Elder Dillon Haughton in Thailand

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Elder Dillon Haughton 5th Letter from Thailand

Hey everybody! Crazy week. So we’ve been teaching this one ten year old kid named brother bird….yes that’s his real name we are also teaching a guy named pond, da, and leg….but anyways so bird lives pretty far away and we’ve had to bike in crazy rain to his house more than once which is fun, especially because I’ve mastered the ability to ride with no handlebars woo ahh! But not fun when the rain is pounding the opposite way and it feels like your thighs are bleeding because there so soar LOL! Worth it when you get there and the members look at you like your a crazy person. “you guys okay?’ “yeah why? ” “because your soaked…..duh” they hate rain over here they think if it touches your head you’ll get sick haha.

Anyway things are great over here, I have a constant war going on with the ants in our house that is almost in its final stages, I just need to pull a Teancum and kill there leader. So exciting stories for the week besides the crazy bike ride. Yesturday we heard one of our investigators got shot by his father. We freak out and call him, turns out his father was drunk and shot off some rounds in the air, which the members heard, scary stuff. We have to be more careful with how we teach him if the fathers around now. Other than that it’s been pretty sane. Except I helped one of the members on her English homework and apparently I did it wrong (you try doing English homework when the instructions are in a different language)!! So now she doesn’t believe I’m a Falung or a Khon Thai lol.

We’ve visited some interesting places, seen some very beautiful weather. There is this one street were we teach this new investigator and that street it seems is always just so peaceful and has such a great view of the mountains and the sun shining through the clouds, I thought I was looking into heaven. If that street was longer I’d tract it for a month, but other people need this message to, actuallly everyone does. Another great thing about Thailand that just kinda hit was how strong these members here are. They are living in a place were everyone, everyone around them is Buddhist, and there church is this three story rented building when on every other street are these huge golden wates with this fancy architecture and golden statues inside and we ask of them so much, we ask them to give up there time, there jobs (because everyone works on Sunday here except the members), there family that often times hate them for loving Christ, for loving light over dark….and we are treated as angels for it. We are teaching this 20 year old, named leg who loves our message. He reads and prayers and holds all these teachings about Christ as truth without any stubborness, and he loves god, and we are 19 year old kids. He looks to us as the wisest men on the planet because of what we teach. We don’t ask you to give up anything God does, he asks it because he knows how much it will bless you when you give it up! So I’m not afraid to extend this message to the people here. I’m not afriad to be a missionary because I KNOW what im offering, which is peace to the soul and knowleage that Jesus is the Christ the same today, yesturday and forever. These people here, though small in number know that better than I ever did in an audience of hundreds back in amazing Apple Valley. Give all you are to God and you will get to know him, and this is wisdom, so I encourage everyone, everywhere, be wise 🙂

Elder Dillon Haughton 4th letter from Thailand

Okay . . . sa wat di krap! Greetings from Thailand!

 (I’m going to make this one kind of short because I’d like to email more to my family and I’ll email more for others next week).

This week was great number wise – taught a ton of lessons and met some great new people, but kind of a bust because a lot of those strong investigators we had are falling off the grid. But the church is true and I’m loving every moment here 🙂

    Cool things this week:

 – I had food that sets your face on fire, known as “ewsan.” It tastes so good and I can already feel myself acclimating to spicy food (haha, love it!).

-The dogs are out! There are these crazy white dogs that live by my house here and they love chasing us. They usually go for Elder Todd. I either laugh or try to hit the things with my bike (gotta protect your “comp”). But one night one dog “gunned” it for me and I’ll be honest . . . you talk a lot about kicking them in the face . . . instead, I screamed like a girl (hahaha). But now I’m ready and I ain’t taking no prisoners!!

– Our most fortunate blessing from heaven is a 10 year old kid scheduled for baptism on the 7th of next month. His name is Brother Bird. We committed him to read and like two days later the kid is on 2 Nephi 27. I’ve been reading the Thai scriptures for 2 months now and I’m only on 1 Nephi 17 (LOL). Great book though in both languages.

So, today we are going to have an investigator who owns a restaurant teach us how to cook Thai food (yumm!). This will be better than last week when we went shopping and I was too stingy to buy anything. Afterwards, we plan to sit out by the river here because I want to draw it 🙂

So yeah, the work here is still going up. I LOVE the people, especially when they help with teaching (haha). We were supposed to only be teaching the commandments with one of our investigators and it’s so funny when the members start all of the sudden talking about the law of chastity and temples (hahaha . . . shear panick!) But in a funny sort of way things always pan out though 🙂

I see miracles every day and I’m surprised everyday and I love everyday 🙂 ImageImage

Elder Dillon Haughton 3rd Week in Thailand!

Hello World!! So this past week was super busy! Full of elephant poop, thundering rain, baptisms by water and fire and anointing with oil in Thai. . . oh and the occasional train (yikes). But I’ll start from the beginning:

I rode an elephant!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool, her name was Lisa and she was six years old (or at least I think that’s what the guy said). She pretty much took us around the jungle, eating along the way. The trainer was getting so ticked because the elephant would always stop and start eating. He had this little staff thing he used to keep it going though, besides the amazing views and getting to touch a real elephant and sit on its back (in a little carriage thing).

The highlight was one time the trainer (or rider) was pretty ticked and kinda prodded it harder than usual and the thing trumpeted. . . No other sound on earth or sounds from movies can prepare you for that noise. . . It resonated throughout the entire canyon, or valley, jungle, whatever. That was really great to hear, so stinking loud and just awe inspiring. It was crazy too while we’re riding, this little kid is riding by on his bicycle and isn’t surprised there’s an elephant walking down the street, but the elephant starts wrapping its trunk around the kid and he freaks out and bolts. The trainer just starts laughing (haha). It was pretty funny. So that was an amazing experience. I thanked my elephant afterwards for all it had taught me and it gave me a hand shake goodbye (note to self: elephant noses really do have those big holes in ’em. I don’t know why, but that was really cool to see that). Oh and elephant poop is the size of a medicine ball!!

So the week goes on . . . we continue to prepare Brother tii for baptism and help our other investigators. Then one of the members here who was a former missionary, but had to get sent home for medical problems needed surgery. So we go to the hospital and give him a blessing. Elder Todd did the hard part and I did the anointing which in Thai is more complicated then most calculus equations!! But I managed and he came out just fine 🙂 Very spiritual experience seeing as the hospitals here are pretty sketchy (haha).

After that the really only other event that holds super significance was the baptism of Brother tii. Elder Todd did it and it was amazing. Before the ordinance one of the members, Brother Gawn, sits by me and pulls out his Thai Preach My Gospel. (Now Brother Gawn is the most amazing guy you can meet. He is 19. A convert of about a year and his family and he are a part of this hill tribe, that lives in you guess it, the hills! Most of the his tribe can somewhat speak Thai, but for the most part they speak this language that he’s been teaching us alittle and it sounds like nothing i’ve ever heard and there is no written form so it’s pretty neat!) So he’s been a member for about a year and wants to serve a mission really bad and he pulls out his Preach My Gospel and starts reading some of it with me, going through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and stops, then says, “I’m going to teach this people,” and he said it so thoughtfully so ready, so lovingly and I just thought why can’t we all have this resolve? This love for the Gospel and for Jesus Christ. He truly has saved us and bore our griefs and more often then naught we set that aside for the things of the world. Why can’t we all want to serve and know this is Christ’s church without stubborness of heart and follow willingly. I encourage everone to ponder what this message means to them – the message of our church. For it is a message of happiness and I see that now more than ever out here 🙂

After that I watched Brother tii get baptized and it’s in moments like that where you just want to spend forever in. But time moves on and there’s much more work to be done. One of our other investigators who was there got called out by Brother tii when he was speaking about getting baptized and it was great because he agreed to a baptismal date!! And on Sunday another one of our investigators, Maprang (famous singer here), agreed to be baptized. She really is golden! She told us about how she prayed to make it church on time and all the lights were green for her going to church that day. She was like, “Of course, I believe in God – that never happens here!” (lol) We asked her who she would like to say the prayer and she gets on her knees and goes . . . umm . . . “I would!!” It’s hilarious. She knows I can’t speak Thai well, so she always stops and goes, “You understand no?” (hahaha).

It’s finally just hit me that i’m kinda a baby here. I was helping the members cook the other day and took me 10 minutes to figure out where they wanted me to put the watermelon (in the fridge, of course). Like if my companion left me, I’d die because I couldn’t order food. I could make noises I guess and point to my mouth, but that’s kinda what babies do and it’s really hard! But the members are patient.

I have no idea why they tagged me as Moses in that photo! They are always giving nicknames (lol). It’s so easy to love them. Here the people are truly amazing! So yeah . . . there’s always so much more that happens, but i’ve gotta write the rest of my family. I hear my little sisters going to college!! ahhhhhh! 😀

Elder Dillon Haughton 2nd Week in Thailand!

What up!! Another week in Thailand has flown by and guess what – got my first baptism!! Which is really impressive because we are in an area where baptisms rarely happen. But because of all your prayers and the wisdom of God, Brother Tee āļ—āļĩ is getting baptized this Saturday 🙂 Should be a great experience and is definitely much needed up here.

Also, we are teaching a famous singer up here. She came to church this Sunday and she is totally golden! Her name is Mabrang and she got her first single here or at least I think that’s what she said . . . anyway.

This week was amazing! I love it here! We were out getting food at a snack stand and I go, “anee kxx alay?” (whats this?) and she goes, “Oh I love you!!” (really awkward as a missionary, but gosh do they love Americans over here). It was kind of weird at first because they’re so . . . well lack of a better word, “Handsy.” You’ll be teaching someone and just randomly they’ll put their hand on your leg (males – completely straight). Then we were teaching Terasack (a great man who we had to drop because his wife won’t let him change religions. So sad. . . I almost cried on the way home from that cause I loved the guy so much ðŸ˜Ķ ). But after one lesson, I was walking out the door and he just smacks my butt! (haha). Elder Todd says don’t freak out its just something they do (lol).

The rain is something indescribable. You’ll be walking down the street, you’ll feel a rain drop on your head, then the next second its pouring – literally pounding you into the ground (haha). Its so much fun!! I just got a brand new planner and its already soaked through!!

They have some really interesting restaurants here as well. This one place called “Hot Pot” or “Muugatoc” we ate at. Its just a ton of meat laying out and they give you a pot of boiling water and you just dump the meat you want in and eat it! Pretty sketchy, but its ALL you can eat. Everything is sketchy you eat down here (lol). I mean every Sunday they bring food for after church and last week they brought a bag of dead crickets – just regular crickets and this little 6 year old was just eating them like candy! Of course I tried some . . . tasted like . . . well crickets . . . I liked it 🙂

So yeah last “Pii” Day we went to this crazy Buddhist Temple called the “White Wat.” I have some pictures! You can’t take pictures inside, but for some odd reason painted all over the walls were paintings of movie characters (Harry Potter, Jack Sparrow, Bumblebee, Aliens, Predators, Terminators). I guess they really love their movies (hahaha). I thought it was interesting how the feeling inside was the opposite of our temple. Instead of an overflow of the Spirit, it felt like a spot on the earth where the Spirit could never exist. It was scary and we got out of there as soon as possible. But it was reassuring of the reality of our temple as a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I miss going to temples already!

So “Hello” (sa wat dii krap). I’ve been using an up tone on “dii” which means (sadly) lesbian . . . so i’ve been saying something like, “Hello Lesbian” to almost everyone (explains alot of weird looks). Luckily my companion caught on a WEEK LATER!! The language is beautiful though and the people here are masters at it! I’m getting better and the Lord has blessed me with the gift of tongues in situations not a few (haha).

The thing i’ve seen mostly this week is the reality that God’s wisdom is greater then the cunning of the Devil. In every circumstance i’ve really seen that this week amongst rain storms, thunder, boiling heat, and people who have no understanding of a god – God works miracles today. I’ll never forget that. Serving a mission is the greatest thing anyone can do.

Today, I’m going to ride elephants 🙂

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