I hope everyone has been having a great week, given the circumstances of recent events😬
So…we have a new president I hear. My email feed blew up with the news from people back at home. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. It’s all over the front page of Vietnamese newspapers here as well, and I had no idea that this sort of thing even mattered to people halfway across the globe. But anyways, not to downgrade the importance of American politics, but time to move on to more important things, namely the growth of the God’s kingdom, not Trump’s.
This week has been so fulfilling and busy. There’s times on the mission where you work so hard, and at the end of the day you are just so…dead…tired. And funnily enough, that’s when you’re happiest, knowing that you gave as much as you had to give that day, and then some, and seeing that work pay off by way of blessings you and other people receive. It’s just another testimony to me of how real this work is, that it’s true, and that this is where I need to be.
This Tuesday we had a zone training conference with Elder Funk, the general authority/Area 70 President who supervises the entire Southeast Asia area. For those unfamiliar with the way the church and the missions around the world are organized, I’ll simplify by saying that THAT’S A BIG DEAL! It’s kind of like meeting someone from the president’s cabinet. Anyways, he trained us on teaching about repentance and I got to be interviewed by him personally after the training because he wanted to get to know some of the missionaries in the mission. So that was really cool, and it was an awesome spiritual experience.
The next biggest thing that happened this week was we had another missionary leadership conference up in Hanoi. I didn’t go, but Elder Tri went up because he’s a district leader. So once again, I got to go to District 6 to be in a temporary companionship with the Elders over there. This time, I was paired with both Elders Vinh and Vuong (Vinh is one of the Elders from the MTC and Vuong is the temporary missionary from Hanoi) because both of their respective companions also went up to Hanoi for MLC with Elder Tri. Anyways, it was a ton of fun being with them for a day, and I learned a lot from their examples.
In terms of the work, we found 2 new investigators to add to our investigator pool! One is a guy named Anh Tay, who is a friend of one of the members and has been coming to church the past few weeks. We finally got the opportunity to teach him a couple times this week and he has a baptismal date for December 18th! He’s awesome. He’s a really humble guy who is really open-minded about religion (he doesn’t have a religious background) and very willing to learn with us. This is the first time I’ve ever said this about anyone, but I really think he could be a golden investigator. Actually, scratch that. He’s a platinum investigator because he also makes pizza at this little Italian restaurant in Thao Dien.
Our other investigator is named Anh Phuc (it’s not pronounced the way it looks in English I promise. It’s “phoop”). He is a father who has been coming to our English classes and has been really touched by our spiritual messages at the end, and so this last English class, he came up to us asking more about our church. We met with him this week as well and taught him lesson 1, and he now also has a baptismal date for december 18th. I loved his response as we extended the baptismal invitation to him: “If this church teaches good things and I get an answer telling me this is the right road, then why wouldn’t I get baptized?” I have faith that as our investigators continue to meet with us and keep their commitments to come to church, pray, and study the scriptures, they will get an answer of what they should do. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of and witness as people’s lives change for the better.
In closing this email for the week, I want to give a shoutout to my mom. It’s her birthday this week! Mom, I know that you don’t want your birthday to be a big deal and you’re not a fan of publicity, but you deserve it cause you’re an amazing woman. Happy Birthday!