Monday, March 10, 2014

Thailand Week 30, 2014

Hey family!

This week has been hard for us here.  We have so much to work on and so many assignments to get done and then trying to balance it with teaching our investigators and making sure that they progress, it's almost been too much.  We've spent a few nights up way late getting office stuff done and making sure that we meet all of our deadlines.  We had to get baptismal records in by a certain time and there's only 1 computer that can do that so it's hard to be efficient.  That night kept us out until like 1:00.

Right now we're teaching a few investigators and are really happy about it.  But it's hard to get people to keep progressing.  Partly our fault that we don't follow up very well and then they lose momentum.  I think it's something that can happen to everyone, whether they're a life long member or not.  If we get into a good habit we will progress.  We will receive more knowledge and revelations line upon line.  That's one of the reasons being a missionary is so fulfilling.  We get a chance to focus on the gospel and study constantly and just grow so much.  But if there's a week that is just off, it's harder to come back.  If we falter in our conviction and devotion for a while then we end up a few steps back.  

As a teacher, when we let people skip or don't follow up with them then it just gets harder to keep them going.  There needs to be constant goals and progression if someone is going to become converted unto the Gospel of Jesus Christ and receive the fullness of the bountiful blessings associated with it.   

So much about mission life is up to the missionary.  We will see miracles when we use our faith and do the best we can.  I know that the Lord will bless us, he wants to bless us.  Matthew 7:11/3 Nephi 14:11  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

So Gary E. Stevenson the presiding bishop came to Thailand!  He was here in South East Asia doing some kind of tour to see buildings and check up on stuff I think.  He was in Asoke and we got a chance to hear from him! It was way awesome!  As I went up to shake his hand I mentioned Grandpa and Grandma and Sister Stevenson was like "Oh it is Keller!  We'll have to take a picture to send to your grandparents!" It was a way cool experience to get to meet with them.  He gave us a really good lesson about missionary work.  He's been a mission president in Japan so he totally understands.

I know this church is true and that as we put our faith and efforts towards the Lord he will bless us more than we can understand.

Love Elder Keller

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