Our day was pretty crazy. It started at 3:30 in the morning when we woke up to get ready to take President and Sister Senior to the airport. That was hard. From there we drove on to Ayutthaya and dropped off a replacement stove because the last one we took up there wasn't any good...it was missing the burners so it wasn't worth anything.
While we were in Ayutthaya we decided to go and check on the Elders there and hopefully play a prank, but they had their doors all locked, which is kinda unusual according to Elder Smith haha. But Elder Smith wasn't about to quit and he climbed up onto their balcony and tried the door up there but it was locked too. But Elder Vance was in and he heard the tapping on the window and saw the shadow on the door and got pretty freaked out haha. He let us in and we hung out with them for a little bit before heading on to Lopburi.
In Lopburi we had to take a bike to an Elder who got his stolen and we took advantage of the chance and did some awesome stuff there!! I had star fruit for the first time from the tree in the Elder's yard there. And then we went to the MONKEY TEMPLE!!!
This was seriously one of the coolest things I've ever gotten to do! There's this old wat in the city that has just hundreds of monkeys that live there and chill there. There's a more modern touristy part that has a wat people still pray at and there's little gift shops and food to buy and stuff. We were there first and it was so sick. The monkeys are crazy and everywhere. They go nuts for food and are just insane little animals. They would climb on you and would like pick stuff out of your hair and check out your watch and stuff. It was pretty weird at first but after a monkey or two jumping up on you you get used to it and it's way fun! I'll put some pictures up.
They're little sneaky thieves too! One tried to steal my name tag and there's some bite marks in it. But Elder Cosper has the best story. His name tag got legitimately stolen! The monkey climbing on him snagged it and ran off! It scrambled up the wall and was chillin there. We got one of the helpers who had a stick and is kinda monkey control to help but it was gone. So we walked over to the other older wat (the monkeys are meaner here and less friendly to people) and were looking for this monkey with the name tag for like 30 minutes. We decided to walk around and just look one more time. We got there and were kinda looking around. I turned to the right and like 6 feet away from us is this monkey just chilling with the tag! I don't even think it was the same monkey!
Elder Cosper had a little milk thing he bought and set it next to the monkey to distract it. It put down his tag to drink the milk and he snagged it and ran off screaming. It was really a tender mercy from the Lord haha.
After that we went to do this other thing. There's a random mountain like 30 minutes from there that we went and climbed the 4000 steps to the Buddhist sanctuary thing at the top! It's pretty dang cool! It was totally exhausting, especially because we were in church clothes...but it was totally worth it! On the way down we bought these matts and slid down the rail on the middle of the stairs! It was super steep in some places so you couldn't do it but there were other places that were way fun.
We were so exhausted at the end of the day but it was so worth it!
Then Sunday was weird.
Because of the mobs and stuff hanging around Bangkok the Bishop decided to make church only sacrament meeting. That was the first weird part. But then sacrament meeting really only consisted of confirming and giving the gift of the holy ghost to the 10 people who got baptized, the sacrament ordinance, and then the 10 testimonies of those people. Honestly I slept for a large portion of that meeting...some things never change.
We had an awesome week here and got lots of good lessons and new investigators!
Love you all!
Love Elder Keller