Elder Dillon Haughton 9th Letter from Thailand
So this week has been . . . exciting (haha). We have this investigator who is a Kung Fu teacher and he has been teaching me some moves (Whaaa!!). He showed us a move – how to disarm six attacking people at once (Lol). Way cool!
Also it’s been raining like a banshee down here! It’s amazing, but frustrating when your backpack gets hammered from it and breaks. I was in an investigator’s house and dropped the backpack from my shoulder to my arm and it just “PLOP” smacked the floor (way frustrating, because I loved that thing 😦 haha). So fun though. That investigator is Brother Thaa and he’s fourteen and way solid! He’s practically a part of the branch now, but he’s got to go for two more months (because he’s a minor) before he can get baptized. So he’s looking forward to September (haha). But we’ve been working on his parents who are not interested, but love us! Everytime we go over to teach they start cooking us food and sometimes we’ve gotta physically stop them from feeding us because we don’t have time to eat food. But they always send us home with bags of fruit. mostly dragon fruit (which Elder Todd can’t stand so that’s always fun 🙂 – sack full of fruit with my name on it I don’t mind 🙂 or “Ngok” which is my favorite fruit here and very strange looking! (look it up on Google it’s amazing!).
Great story: We’re teaching a lesson to one of our investigators, and it’s pelting rain outside, when the door slams open and this guy stumbles in plastered drunk (haha). He comes over and tries speaking and tries walking, but can’t seem to remember if he’s a man or a jellyfish (haha). So he sits next to me. He’s soaking wet from the rain, and I’m trying to get him to quiet down so we can finish our lesson with a prayer. The closing prayer is offered with him muttering somewhat and we are walking out when he steals one of the members helping us teach shoes (haha). So I haul him out of those and then he goes to hug one of the sisters helping us so I hooked my arm under his and walked him back very forcibly back inside the house (totally possible seeing he’s drunk and short and I’m 6′ 2″) lol. The investigators family just laughed and helped the guy settle down.
Also had an eight year old baptized this week (way cool to see and to feel that spirit when he bore his testimony).
Most of the way exciting stuff that happened this week involved biking in the rain, dodging traffic to get to appointments (way fun) and Kung Fu from our investigator who with the flick of his wrist can send a chair flying into position (haha . . . his name is “Form” by the way).
On a more spiritual note this week – being a missionary is very hard. I am a stranger in the strangest of lands for sure. The language is tough, the culture is tough, giving all of yourself to God is tough, being an example is tough, but nothing is impossible to God. His hand is in this work and there’s not a day where I don’t see a miracle from him, and yes see the little miracles: the perfect amount of money with you today; rain all the sudden stopping for an investigator to come to church; someone calling you right after you prayed for it. But big miracles too, people changing everything they are for the mere chance that this could be true – healed from sicknesses (amazing things!). Everyday is a blessing that’s why it’s called the “present” and there surely is no greater time 🙂
Thailand is amazing, and things are going to get more amazing with this Asian Union thing going down. Everyone is way stoked about that too which could bring a lot of opportunity for a temple over here 🙂 Pray for it people!!