Elder Dillon Haughton in Thailand

Missionary Blog updated by Dillon's Mom

Purpose

A pause, more moments
twists and turns
with desire to stop
for this I yearn

Head up, look around
is life to be found
more ahead, make no sound
dig deep or be bound

Time to prove, amazing again
My spirit knows this is the end
guards and protects
with a mighty force

A pause, a moment
rise and begin
I am here with Him
this purpose to the end

By: Charlene Haughton

It’s been 2 months since my last chemotherapy treatment. It has been a wonderful break. While my team of doctor’s tried to figure out the best course of action, I settled in for the holiday’s, with kids and grandkids coming and going. I still see so many tender mercies all around. A wonderful Bishop and ward family. A friend to walk with – thank you Anita. A great book on Psalms to read – thank you Valli. Sister’s to laugh with – thank you Beth, Marci & Jane. People who continue to inspire me just to name a few. My friend Cheri who offered free yoga classes to people living with cancer. Dr. Bang with his generous heart for healing. Michelle for her creative flare. My soon to be Aunt Tammy with her kind texts. Probably the most inspiring tender mercy recently has been a Coach purse – thank you Heidi for the laughs, love and all the above.

As I start the new year, looking forward to what will truly be the most challenging year of my life, I wanted to create an anchor to ground me. I thought of my purpose in life. Which leads me to my patriarchal blessing. Remembering who I am, a daughter of God. Why I’m here, to be a mother, with the ability to raise my family. My anchor, I didn’t have to look to far, it’s Him. Him whom I love and always vow to serve. I hear His voice and He speaks to me in the stillness of my soul. With Him I know I am anchored, I know I’m home.

Tomorrow I will have the procedure of having radiation beads inserted into my liver. Shortly after that I will start another round of chemotherapy. Hoping I will have another amazing response. So we can revisit having all the tumors surgically removed. During which time my youngest daughter will be getting married. A grand baby will be born. Life will go on. Head up, living will be around!

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Elder Dillon Haughton letter from Thailand

Hey!! Thing’s are great. We had Thanksgiving!! Which consisted of ten chickens and homemade pie! Despite the rioting in Thailand, I don’t think I’ve seen a happier time in the history of the church in Thailand.  This month we had 29 baptisms in our zone and all the members are really helping with the baptismal inviting and such.  We have investigators and daters and everything is going great.  To repeat I don’t think I’ve seen a happier time then these 🙂 and the months ahead seem like they will only get better!  

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Elder Dillon Haughton’s 61st letter from Thailand

Wow!! I cannot believe they are all home (in response to the picture of Nolan, Jacob, Cameron and Clay)!! I’ve still have another 7 months.

WE GOT A NEW DATER! Took forever to find his house because it literally is the size of our bathroom back there at home. Completely made out of wood and sheet metal. He is the nicest man you’ll ever know!!! But I still don’t know his name because he speaks mostly Cambodian but with the Thai he does know we communicate and he already has accepted to be baptized :). The only possession he has of any value is a bicycle and a guitar, which he plays to make money to survive and he is so so so so happy :). No bed, no pillow, a rice cooker, a mosquito net, no shower, no air conditioner, no fan, just a guitar 🙂 imagine that.

One thing I’ve learned this week though is that you don’t know how strong you are until being strong is all you have left My mission has been anything but ordinary haha! I’ve seen things most people don’t see in a lifetime. I’ve experienced some things most people can only dream of. I have ridden elephants, explored ancient temples, healed the sick, mended broken hearts, killed huge lizards and rats, survived in harsh elements with just a machete and a native Thai companion, and the list goes on and on. 🙂 Thank you so much for sacrificing money, heartache, worry, time and everything for me to be out here. I love you all!!

Elder Dillon Haughton

Elder Haughton with companion

Return Missionaries!  Dillon's Friends

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Elder Dillon Haughton’s 60th Letter from Thailand

Surin is the hottest area I’ve ever served in!! It almost never rains haha BUT on Wednesday this week we got stuck in the house because it’s raining like crazy. We had an appointment with an investigator so we brave the storm and leave the house to find Surin completely under water!!!! We tried biking but on the bike the waters up to my knees. Standing up the waters up to my waist haha it was insane, I loveed it!! Such a crazy experience having to go teach with a flood in the way, providing service, fixing bikes and helping people get to safe areas while we go. That was crazy!

No investigators came to church despite our efforts and only 27 members came this week as well. SO that’s been disappointing:( but we do what we can and yes I’m very happy 😉 love you all!

Elder Dillon Haughton 35th Letter from Thailand

HEEEY WHATS UP!! Things are great! We had a good week number wise haha and a new investigator/ dater named too too. Things have also been kinda crazy. Here are some crazy experiences.
One very hot day, invited and visited members all day ended up visiting one sister who’s been having a very hard time and sharing scriptures with her that had the final role in deciding whether she was going to go to church or not, she did :). Then its starts raining, so we get going home in the pouring rain. Me on my bike with no handle bars and screaming YEAH!!! Because you don’t get rain like this all the time let alone have the opportunity to bike in it haha. We get to the house both soaking wet and find out our house has millions of holes in the roof so I’m running around getting buckets to cover all the spills and I ask my companion “are you gonna help?” he responded “I’ve lived in worse houses then this before we will be okay, your getting a good experience haha”. Really pondering that comment. I learned a lot about my companion, a native Thai, parents are not members don’t want him serving a mission, lived in crap houses but worked his own way out of it into college and decided to put it all on hold to serve a mission, thinking he would go foreign because he can speak English and getting called to his own country willing to serve anyway, all because he wanted to get to know Christ even better. And because our house doesn’t have many mirrors, I looked into the window and got to see a reflection of myself and really got to see what I’ve become what I’m becoming. Its marvelous what a mission can do.
Things are great, no matter how dark things get, With God, intelligence, determination, and whole lot of faith, anything is possible 🙂

Elder Haughton

Elder Dillon Haughton 34th Letter from Thailand

I’m not in Surin. I’m in Budhiram. It’s close to Surin. So here’s the story. It’s a doosy. My name wasn’t on the moves, so I’m told I will go to Surin with Elder Nirut, my current new companion again a native Thai. Surin is great, its elephant capital and a lot of foreign influence and I’m with another Thai companion I’m happy. Afterward the meeting my district leader comes up and tells me I’m going to Budhiram. History of Budhiram, two transfers before the missionaries got emergency swapped due to reasons unannounced so for a month and a half there haven’t been missionaries here.
So it’s a lot of work busting our guts to get bikes, luggage of 3 Elders to surin and moving my comp stuff from Surin to Budhiram. The first day we are here, the entire city has its water shut off. We go out not showering visiting members cant poop or pee, luckily that night it turned on we filled up a bathtub in our house with water before the water shut off again. There might be running water right now? We figure out the showers broken anyway so we use water from the bathtub and poured it over ourselves and when the water is on fill it up again haha. There was no clean water in the house and we figure this out on Sunday so we can’t buy any so we drank coconut milk. Luckily there’s a coconut tree at our house. The coconut tree is terrifying with insects bigger than your foot crawling around haha. The branch is small. I was able to bless the bread in Thai though. It’s been an adventure. For some reason I’m doing okay. The spirit of God is lightening my burdens for sure and I’m learning how to live a way I’ve never lived before haha. No hot water and barely having running water. I exercise every morning though at the university track by our house and I love that!! I love and miss all of you…

Elder Dillon Haughton 33rd Letter from Thailand

This week has been a blast!! So much fun this last week, some mistakes, some forgiveness and always improving I love it! So this week started off with family home evening at the branch president’s house and I ask if they need any help and sister Noy (such a great lady haha) goes “yeah your making the food.” She gives me all these cooking utensils and starts dumping vegetables in the skillet hahaha hilarious I got brother Arm taking pictures and couching me how to cook Thai food. “Stir faster, no no the other way, flip it flip it, oh no it’s burning!! Haha all the while in a language were my cooking vocabulary is very limited haha but none the less it came out as something I remember eating a lot with my mom back home, a lot like EDO only tasted healthier haha a lot of fun. Then went to My 1 year mark! We went and ate Sushi haha, this make it yourself conveyer belt restaurant which was a lot of fun! About an hour into it we were all going to explode haha! Great one year mark :). Next we found some members, found some that moved away, some that don’t want to come back all the while looking for a new house. Sunday had 75 people at church, which is awesome!! Another funny story is the members here are starting to be more careful with their vocabulary around me. Because I have a notebook I carry around and whenever I hear a word I don’t know I’ll write it down or ask them to write it down, ask for a simple definition, then look the word up when I get home then try to use it the next day. Fun stuff. I’ve been doing this for a while and am on my second notebook, which is impressive if I need say so myself. But one of the members got a hold of the book and all started laughing at some of the vocabulary I had learned “Who taught you this!” do you actually know this word! haha way funny! Five weeks with all natives surrounding me I’m starting to feel like I have a grasp on the language 🙂 Oh!! And we have a baptism on Tuesday 🙂 love you all! BYE!

Elder Dillon Haughton 32nd Letter from Thailand

This week we had a huge activity at the park Catujak for all the new members which was a lot of fun highlights were taking an army bus to the park and back and people digging threw noodles and chicken feet to get 5 bath haha. Rained this Sunday we were going out to find a ride back home from church I give Elder Thanawut the umbrella and he says “what about you?” I say “ummm I’m a falug” (because Thai people believe if rain touches there head they get sick) but foreigners there okay haha he just laughed and we walked out into the rain.
My year marks this next week. The 7th I think. Another year I’ll be home but before that there’s a ton to do haha. People cant believe I’ve been out for a year they might just be saying that but I take it as a compliment. Life’s not easy but its fun 🙂 its going by like a music video almost with all the laughing, taking pictures, teaching, trials, smiles and almost poetic life lessons being learned.
1. Year mark lessons learned: Don’t spend money you don’t have
2. Don’t make someone do something you want to do, make what you want to do something they want to do.
3. I’ll try mean’s, I’m not going to do it.
4. Memory is the best photo album.
5. Thai is a freakin hard language.
6. Something’s can last forever, its about figuring out what will and investing time in that.
7. The only easy day was yesterday.
8. Staying up all night laughing sometimes leaves you more rested
9. That you don’t know what you got till its gone…… if you stupid
10. Blonde hair rocks!
11. Balance is important, but its more important when your on a plank crossing a shark tank
12. There’s nothing good about goodbye so say see you later!!
13. Jesus Christ is the savior of the entire world!!
14. Don’t be afraid of change! Slap change in the face and say change! Yes that’s written correctly
15. I love music
16. Never send gifts to people, send love, instead its cheeper 🙂
17. Giving up is easy until tomorrow when you’ve come to your senses
18. I love my family, my God, my Savior 🙂
19. Being a missionary is great 🙂
I love you family 🙂
See ya in a year!
Elder Haughton

Elder Dillon Haughton 31st Letter from Thailand

We had a baptism this week! I had the opportunity of baptizing Sister Mik this last Wednesday while the other Elders in the district baptized Sister Nik. It was a very great experience for both of them. A very hectic one for us because we had three Chinese girls come who only one can speak English and they have really been wanting to learn but language has been an issue so we finally arranged a lesson the same day as the baptism with sister Chan, the international sister here who is from Hong Kong. So I’m running around in white clothes, taking pictures/ arranging a lesson and trying to get them stalled so other investigators can see the baptism as well hahaha. I must say I handled it almost gracefully. Somehow everything worked out and the spirit was so strong :). After wards we get the call to go to moves meeting. Show up and our district is sitting together (the two other guys in my district being Khon Thai) sitting in front of me and they get to the slide who will be my next companion and Elder Thanawut shows up (a Knon Thai) and both of them leap up in the air and start cheering yeah! Funniest thing ever, because I’m not speaking English for the next transfer and they know it haha. In the taxi ride home they were saying your gonna speak the best Thai in the mission remember your own name Elder Haston? hafffton?? Hahaha! Next transfer will definitely be interesting especially with service missionaries being sent out in Laos now 🙂 that’s amazing our Mission President is the best for sure. We had district conference that was amazing our new converts went and had a great time :). President Senior even bore his testimony in Thai and the missionary in the zone all sang for everyone unfortunately I was the only one who could sing tenor…..it was an interesting performance hahaha. And now we going bowling today :). Expect my English to be getting worse for sure and Thai getting better already hahaha. Loving my mission experience, these are historic times. I know God is real and that this is his church on earth not because of what he gives me but because of what I’m willing to give up for him and I know, I know he hears every single prayer, every single heart beat doesn’t go unnoticed to him and loves us all just because we are his. I don’t wanna waste a single second of this life :). Love you all! Take care 🙂
Letter from Mission President

Dear Missionaries,

Please use this verbiage regarding Laos in your email to your parents this week:

“By invitation, the Thailand Bangkok Mission received approval to have four young service volunteers to labor in Vientiane, Laos. These service volunteers will work with Deseret International Charities under the direction of the Senior Couples who are located in Vientiane, and will be involved in a variety of humanitarian and educational service opportunities, including clean water projects, hygiene, neo-natal education and English language instruction. The young volunteers will also support the Branch activities of the Laotian Saints in Vientiane, Laos. The Church is not yet officially recognized in Laos and this recent activity is for the purpose of providing additional educational and humanitarian service.”

Thank you.

David M. Senior

President

Thailand Bangkok Mission

 

Happy Birthday Elder Haughton, Letter 30

Great birthday filled with moogata, family videos and great, great people here in Bangkhaen 🙂 kind of an interesting week.
Some funny experiences this last week. We have an investigator whose gone to church most of her life just never got baptized. We wanted her to meet with the branch president so we asked one of her member friends to help her out. So he said “hey, come over here” and walks into the branch presidents office with her then turns around walks out and closes the door hahaha she came out 20 minutes later glaring at the member. We all just smiled 🙂 not the most effective way but really funny :). Another funny experience, one of the members here has a pet sugar glider (a crazy demon squirrel thing) and my companion goes to pet it threw the cage and it starts raving on his finger haha!! He just stares at it in shock then realizing it hurts runs away hahaha little bugger drew some blood. Then awhile later the member comes and takes it out of the cage and we all dive for the couch on the other side of the room, all trying to sink into the couch haha way funny. Four grown men scared of a possessed sugar glider! Then while I was sitting down a member comes and sticks his arm behind my back and pulls another one out from off my back!! DONT TRUST SUGAR GLIDERS you never how many are watching hahaha. I love the area I’m serving in. I slowly feel myself becoming more and more high so eating crazy, crazy food and actually caring about my appearance…. way big change for any of you who know me 🙂 things are great. I love my mission! 🙂

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