Elder Dillon Haughton in Thailand

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Elder Dillon Haughton 22nd Letter from Thailand

HEY!! So this entire month has been crazy!! So in the beginning of the month we thought it was just a week long festival where kids play with fireworks and light off lanterns in the sky, but after the week it didn’t stop and turns out its a month long event and on the 30th they all light off lanterns. Over time the little firecrackers, have become fireworks and fireworks have just become full size bombs haha! We’ll just be studying or biking and you’ll just hear these random explosions go off! October in Thailand it’s crazy (the bombs are toys though, not terrorist related what so ever although I hear kids blow there fingers off all the time). We as missionaries aren’t aloud to play with explosive 😦 but we have been doing a lot with lantern lighting, its way fun and sometimes I do find myself singing “Now at last I see the light and its like the fog has lifted!” and so on. We’ve seen a lot of progress in investigators and getting new ones and really just stabilizing the work here for us. It’s a lot of fun! Also this week has been Week JADE which is a Chinese holiday were every one doesn’t eat meat at all, that “some” Thai people do it last about 10 days and I made it one whole day!! But they snuck in some meat in my guitio so I finally gave in hahaha. There’s all this free vegan food going around and we went and tried it out on Friday and well I and seems like 75% of the branch got food poisoning from it haha so Saturday night I was stuck on the toilet all night (sorry in Thai culture its not weird to talk about toilet or diarrhea, or stuff of that sort) managed to make it to church though and had a ton of people there! God is definitely in the work.
Also my younger Sister asked me a question awhile back that I’ve finally just got the answer too. What’s the hardest thing about being on a mission? It’s meeting new people, helping them change, helping them be baptized, helping them understand truth and seeing how much it blesses them, making friends and even family and then having to say goodbye…..there are some days when I really miss those in Chiang Rai, the people back home you’ll see again but the people you meet on your mission you can only pray threw Gods grace you’ll get to see them again. It’s a daunting prospect and I wish I understood it before coming on a mission. But it can’t stop you from loving the people with all your heart, because Christ had to leave his friends and loved ones too. Maybe it just prepares us to be more like him :). I’m grateful for this time of my life, to be a servant of the Savior j Jesus Christ, I know he lives and that through him we all might live and see our friends, our families again and when we stand at the judgment bar of God we will be surprised at how many we have not forgotten :).

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Elder Dillon Haughton’s 21st letter from Thailand

Hey! Not a lot of time to write today! I cut down coconuts, teaching a good man, chopped down a forest in a member’s back yard, lighted off tangled lanterns (yes tangled) and watched General Conference yeah! Love you 🙂 love life ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! NEXT WEEK I WILL WRITE MORE!!!

If you would like to write Dillon here is his address:
Elder Dillon Haughton
Thailand Bangkok Mission
1645/6 New Phetchburi Road
Makkasan, Ratchathewi
Bangkok, 10400

Elder Dillon Haughton 20th Letter from Thailand

OKAY SO I HEARD YOU CAN SERVE YOUR MISSIONS AT YOUNGER AGES HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PREPARE

1] Learn how to be thrifty with money, there’s a lot of money involved in the work for travel and eating if your good with it, your mission president will like you and will trust you haha

2] Know how to live without your family. So many missionaries get care packages from there family every week, don’t do that to your family, where ever you’ll go God will provide for you in plenty

3] Learn how to read people, its a sketchy world, the spirit will help you but I think some things people do should be obvious if we are just smart

4] Lock your heart!! People will try to marry you! Be careful and love like Christ did

5] Have charity, Christians should have charity, nothing is more impressive than someone that has charity and is honest in all their doings

6] Get ready to have the best, most amazing, more best, most rewarding, more stressful, most pressuring, most entertaining, most growing, stretching, learning, funniest, tiring, changing experience of your life 🙂

7] Know how to study

8] Leave yourself at home,

9] Have a relationship with your Savior and Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost

10] Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, two times a day for 5 minutes isn’t enough

Send Chiang Rai my love and know that I love Mahasarakom it is way way beautiful 😉

Elder Dillon Haughton 19th letter from Thailand

Ha….Ha….Ha so I got transferred right. My new area had a girl getting baptized, she’s fifteen and had been going to church for 3 weeks. She had passed her interview and everything was set up for the baptism Saturday (I got here Friday) and apparently they didn’t know the rule that if there younger than 16 they have to go to church for 3 months if they’re family isn’t getting baptized with them…….So I told my new companion that rule and we tried to get special permission from the district leader, then the zone leader then the assistance and I think it even went to the mission president. No one wants to tell a 15 year old girl who’s ready to get baptized the next day you’ve gotta wait another 2 months!! But we couldn’t get it throw so we had to cancel the baptism 😦 I had not have even met this girl yet but we needed to be obedient 😦 way sad and I’m pretty sure my new companion does not like me because of that that and my Thai is still very bad. But we are working it out. My new area is great! Mahasarakham down in the Isaan and a lot of fun! The sky is always full of dust like I’ve never seen before and there are girls everywhere! There is a lot of beautiful ponds and rice fields everywhere! This Sunday was a Buddhist holiday here that had something to do with fireworks. So everywhere there were kids blowing stuff up haha a lot of fun hopefully none of them got hurt….unlikely…..
Its great here 🙂 the members are way way sweet, I hope I can get as close to them as I was in Chiang Rai. I miss them all so much and there will always be little things that remind me of them up there. LACTOSOY 5 BATH or CHANG CHANG CHANG nong curry hen chang ree plow? Or even whenever someone speaks Chinese or the northern dialect I’m just like hey hey come back haha! Great times which I’m sure none of you understand If anyone from Chiang Rai is reading this Know I love you guys so much! Keep the work going and know I’m praying for you all 🙂 Oh, and everyone else…..how was your weekend? 🙂

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