Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Five Month Mark

Hello everyone! Another good week here in Thailand. We found a really good new family to teach, they are awesome. Right now we have three baptismal dates and lots of others we are teaching. One of them...wow, talk about a golden investigator. He just takes everything we tell him and already has so much faith. One thing our mission has been focusing on is helping our investigators to have strong testimonies before they are baptized. Thailand needs strong members of the church and too many fall way after being baptized. That seems to be a problem here.

I really realized this week that the Lord will bless you when you do all you can and more. When you think you are trying your hardest you really can try so much harder and that is when the Lord will bless you with people to teach and baptize. All of the stories you hear of missionaries just knocking one more house or trying a little harder is when they find that one person that ends up being amazing. I have been trying to implement that in my work with Elder Martins and I think we are seeing the results.

I can't believe I've been out almost 5 months already. That is crazy. Feels like it has blown by, but I have already learned so much and can't wait for the rest of it. I used to think of two years as the longest thing ever but really, some days it doesn't seem like it is going to be long enough. That is why I try to make the most of each day and try my hardest. It is hard sometimes though.

This week was Zone Conference in Khon Kaen. My zone leaders Elders Baker and McDonald (from our stake) assigned me to say D&C 4 in front of everyone. I fumbled a little bit with the language but eventually got it all out correctly.

Pres. Smith said that either Elder Martins or myself will be moving from Udon this next transfer. I hope it's not me. I can see the progress that this Branch has made since I have been here and I can see so many great things happening. I also had the opportunity to listen to some older missionaries who are done here in the next few weeks. It was great to hear how their missions have changed their lives in every way possible.

I thought you would like these pictures. I love Thailand and I love you all. Have a fantastic week!

Elder Zitting

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pictures from Thailand

Hello everyone. Life is good here in the great land of Thailand. I thought you'd enjoy seeing some pictures from my home away from home.

Monsoon season in Thailand...

I'm the one in the orange rain poncho that you can't miss.

Is this the basketball court, where is the hoop?

The Church house...

My new companion...he even speaks Thai.

Everyone rides these little vespas around town...

My name written in Thai...tote dec don't you think?
(in case you don't know what tote dec means, it's short for totally decent...in English of course!)

This is my sweet house in Udon...It seriously is the best I've seen of any of the houses for missionaries. I feel pretty lucky.

I love being a missionary! I love working with the Elders in this mission and with the people. I know I was sent to this mission for a purpose and I am starting to realize that right now. I know this Church is TRUE! I love it and I want to scream it to the world, but I can't do that so I will try my best to teach as many people about it and help them realize that they really do have a purpose in life, and God really cares about them. I hope you can all do the same at home. This Church is true!
Elder Zitting

Monday, August 1, 2011

First Transfer

Well I've made it six weeks in Thailand. The transfer meeting is on Thursday in Bangkok...about a tenish hour drive from where I am in Udon. We will find out tomorrow who has to go to Bangkok for the transfer meeting.

This week has been pretty exciting. One of the best weeks I've had since being here. We taught about 20 other lessons and got about 10 other new investigators. We also got three new baptismal dates. Khem should be getting baptized end of this month. We also got a guy named Pam and another guy named Theeb. They seem great. Hopefully they can keep progressing well. We had a great couple of days where we worked really hard and I could see it paid off.

The language is coming good. Feel like I at least learn a few new words or a new grammar principle every day. I know my listening skills improve everyday. People that I couldn't understand one word of when I got here I can actually understand a little bit. People will say so many things then just throw a random word in there that doesn't make sense but I am getting more used to it. I love the translator I bought. It is way sweet. I can look up all the words I want and it says the words out loud in Thai. It will be a very good vocabulary finding resource. It's way lightweight and I carry it around almost everywhere.

I had a cool experience with helping an older man get baptized. He was in his mid 80's and he has some physical incapabilities. He is in a wheelchair. To baptize him a brother from the ward and I helped push him down in the water and then the Branch President did the baptism. I got dressed in my baptismal clothes for the first time which was really cool. It is really rare for older people to get baptized too. Usually they are the hardest to talk to and the most set in their Buddhist ways. About the Branch President, his name is Prathaan Appywat and he was one of those people that I swear I had seen before when I saw him for the first time. It was way weird but he is an awesome man, one of the best Branch Presidents in Thailand.

It rains all the time everyday. My companion and I got so drenched one day that we had to go home, change our clothes and then go back out.

I will try to send some pictures from here that I have taken.

Okay. Love you all. Hope you have a great week.
Elder Zitting

MTC Experience

Possible first investigator???

How do I look?

My awesome MTC teacher, Brother Olson
I am going here!

My District

My companion, Elder Christensen