This was one the most spiritually uplifting weekends of my entire life. Saturday was just a big cultural event with a ton of members making food, putting on shows and just seeing tons of missionaries. Then Sunday we had the huge meeting with over 900 members from the whole Issan section of Thailand!! President Gong, the Asia Area President, presided and we had Elder Khanakham, the first ever Thai member of the 70 there as well to conduct and lead the changes. They dissolved the KonKhaen district and split it up between the Ubon and Udorn (me) districts to make them more strong. This will set everything up really nicely to prepare for new stakes to be made withing the next year or so. Less according to the plans! After that we ate lunch, (they made like 1500 brownies) fellowshipped and caught up with members/missionaries and then headed to the church for a devotional/sacrament meeting. It was a really special opportunity to hold a sacrament meeting. It had to be authorized by Elder Holland even. Elder Gong trained us on the importance of the sacrament and the importance of Christ as well. It was the most spiritual sacrament and one of the most spiritual meetings in general that I have ever been a part of. Elder Gong commented that this was the kind of meeting where Christ could come visit. And he was looking at the door the entire time wondering if he would come in. Then that Monday we had our office zone conference on the doctrine of stakes and really we just learned a ton of doctrine and principles. One of my favorite parts was when he brought up Fire, Water, and Blood. Which are all elements of eternity in some way or another. Moses 6:60 and then I looked in 1 John today in studies and saw that chapter 5 has a huge section on it too. I'm definitely going to study more into it! These things are so exciting to me now haha.
We have a goal of 2 baptisms this Sunday. Transfers is in 10 days and I'm not sure what will happen. For sure Elder Williams will leave. That's the general consensus because he's been here 12 weeks by now. I usually wouldn't think to move but there are 21 new missionaries coming in so they will definitely throw some crazy stuff around haha. More than half the mission will be on the training schedule for the next bit! That's crazy!! I'm super excited. Elder Hunsaker is now teaching at the MTC and I know he'll prep these new missionaries to come out and do the Lord's work!
So some random things. Do you know what a My Family Book is? Probably. It's that little Family history booklet with like 4-5 generations. Could you fill one out for me? Or even type up the sections and send them to me so I can put it together? I would love to have one to show people so I can help them be motivated.
Also during conference I felt impressed that I should continue on and go to BYU when I get back.
Love Elder Keller
|Missionaries from the Issan area|