Monday, December 10, 2012

Roy Gra Tong Festival

Lighting lanterns after Zone Conference

Floating festival lanterns like in the Tangled movie -

Floating boats with candles -

Elder Terry and I made this map of the branch. It took a good month to make, a few hours a week and now it's done!

Eating an earthquake at Swensen's for lunch - 8 scoops of ice cream - whoa!

We put up this Christmas tree last week at the church -

We had a Christmas movie activity last Friday. We watched "Joy to the World."

This is a cool tree I've never seen before in Thailand -

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bountiful Harvest in Sakon Nakhon

Chalee's (Charlie) baptism

It was an interesting baptism. He showed up like five minutes before, as he always does and then the brother that baptized him, Brother Gung, is a less active Aaronic Priesthood holder. It was a good experience for Brother Gung, even though it took quite a few times for him to get the words right and to get him completely in the water, but in the end it worked out. That's the reason President Senior wants the local priesthood to perform the baptisms instead of the Elder's.

Mission Tour in Udon with Elder Kent D. Watson and his wife

The transfers meeting and District Conference we had with Elder Watson was great. We left on Friday November 16th for Bangkok. The meetings were about eight hours on Saturday and we returned on Sunday. The bus we took back to Sakon Nakhon is the picture on the previous post but it was so sweet here it is again.

Eight hours of meetings is not normal in the mission but they were all good. The branch from Laos was there as well, which was cool. Got my first real opportuniity to hear what Laotian sounds like. It is so similar to Thai I could understand most of it. Translating it is super hard though. Luckily I didn't have to do that this time.

We had a mission tour first. The focus for the tour was the Book of Mormon. We went in, out and around the Book of Mormon and talked about how key it is to our conversion and the conversion of all those people we teach in Thailand. It is the keystone of our religion. Without the Book of Mormon, we have nothing. It is what separates us from everyone else. It is great. We all had to prepare talks but not everyone gave them. I lucked out. I had it all prepared and ready to go but never got called on. They basically did rock, paper scissors to see who would speak because we didn't have a lot of time.

I decorated my apartment window with the stickers Mom sent me last year. That's all Elder Terry and I have done so far.

These are some Christmas fliers we put out for our showing of "Joy to the World" every Friday until Christmas.

We went to a festival called Roy Gra Tong. We couldn't go last year but President Senior let the missionaries go to it this year. They have it in most major provinces in Thailand. We went with members. It was super fun.

They put lit up lanterns into the air like in the movie Tangled and also put these little boats we are holding with candles on them in the water.

Fire on the water

Good food at the festival

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Life in Sakon Nakhon Continues

Just had my second transfer in the Sakon area. This is the bus we took back to Sakon Nakhon after transfers meeting in Bangkok. It looks more like a train with wheels.

This is my zone.

Elder Tzanis is in my zone again. I'm super excited to see him.

I don't know how he and I ended up with that chocolate and flowers, but it happened.

My shoes - nothing a little super glue can't fix. They are good but honestly I cannot wait to throw them away in 5 months.

Try to pronounce the name of this school -

Just taking some pictures with my new camera.

Elder Terry and I eating pizza with members.

Que pasa, just about the only mexican food you can get in Thailand -

Slash some burrito.

Slash some red velvet cake. Not as good as my sister Andrea's, that's for sure.

...And look here, caramel rice dessert, which isn't as good as my sister Emily's.

English class students.

The new Hobbit Movie poster. Looking forward to seeing that when I get home.

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Companion in Sakon Nakhon

This is a view from my apartment

Another view

Halloween Party in Udon

Dom yum gung arooy (delicious)

Transfer Week.
I rode the bus to Udon and then down to Bangkok last Wednesday night to get there in time for transfers meeting on Thursday. Elder Ellsworth moved and my new companion is Elder Terry from Brigham City, Utah. My second companion from Utah. He is from Elder Trabing and Ellsworth's MTC group. The third one I've had in a row from their group. There are only six in that group and I already have had half of them. He's a cool guy. He left on his mission when he was 20 so I am actually only 12 days older than him. He just moved from Srisaket which is another area in the Isaan.

Elder Ellsworth and I with shirts made by the members

It is going to be difficult here in Sakon. Elder Terry will get to experience what it is all about and why everyone calls it the outback...because it is way outback.

This my new suit made here in Thailand

Cool lining inside and my name - way deece

My district is still just two which I kind of like. I am still the district leader. We have one dater named Chaleum. Other than that our teaching pool is empty. We have some good goals for this transfer and will have to do a lot of finding as usual.

English sign we made by the church

Another one we put up around town

President Senior told the missionaries that we cannot ask members for referrals anymore. It is to help the members trust us more and me more willing to introduce their friends to the missionaries without us asking first. We can still encourage them to talk to their friends and things like that but straight up asking them if they have anyone we can teach, we cannot do anymore. That makes it hard because referrals have been the main source of all baptisms here in the last while.

Brasaat Phueng Festival

This buddhist temple sculpture is made completely out of wax. Pretty amazing. Sakon Nakhon is famous for that.