Hello everybody!!! This has probably been one of the best weeks, if not the best week that I’ve had so far on my mission. Seriously though, I’m exhausted and super-sore. To be completely honest, waking up at 6:30 in morning has been a struggle for this week cause we’ve been working hard.
I got an email from a friend this week saying how she appreciates the fact that I’m writing “straight-up novels” in my weekly emails detailing pretty much every little thing I do, because if it were her, she wouldn’t remember anything that she did during the week. I guess to dispel all the mysticism behind that, I’ll just come out and say I probably have one of the worst memories on the face of the planet. At home I was always in denial of that fact, but now I’m coming to accept it as one of my biggest weaknesses. It’s definitely a pet-peeve of Elder Tri’s from time to time😝. So how do I write straight-up novels every week? Honestly, I write down everything I did that day in my journal every night, and then when P-Day comes around, I lug that thing along with me and basically copy down word-for-word what I wrote in there. If I didn’t do that, my emails would be a lot shorter and more boring. That being said, I apologize in advance if this email ends up having more content than an Oxford dictionary.
Monday: we didn’t do anything for P-day
Tuesday: Nothing special really worth talking about. We just ran errands and two of our lessons got cancelled on us. It was an ordinary day. (So far so good eh?)
Wednesday: We had a breakfast appointment and a lunch appointment with members! Breakfast was pancakes and bacon and lunch was gourmet burgers. While at lunch, we got to meet 2 less-actives and talke to them, and one of the less-actives (his name is Anh Nhan) brought his girlfriend, who he wants to learn about the church. Since she was a female, we referrred him over to the Sister missionaries. Then that night, we had a lotof new students in our English class thanks to this mass English contacting blitz that we did the week before, so it was fun to teach that.
Thursday: THANKSGIVING!!! If anyone is wondering, no, Vietnamese people do not celebrate Thanksgiving. But, luckily for us, our branch of the mission is the branch where all the foreigners go, so they all got together on Thanksgiving night (along with us missionaries), and we had feasted. TURKEY FO’ DAYZZZZ! Seriously though, that Thanksgiving dinner was the best and there was so much leftovers. I’ve eaten nothing but leftover white brownies for breakfast lunch and dinner since that day.
Friday: The next morning as we were recovering from our food coma, we went out with some members to help a less-active move apartments. The service was a lot of fun, and it definitely breaks the occasional monotony of traditional missionary work. That night, we taught 2 lessons to investigators. One was to a new investigator that we contacted after English class on Wednesday, whose name is Anh An. The other was Anh Phuc, and with his lesson, we got Anh Nhan, the LA (less active) from lunch to help us with that lesson, so that was good for both of them!
Saturday was just awesome! We went out with the combined youth of the Thao Dien branch and the Tan Son Nhat branch for a hiking activity in a province about 100 km outside of Saigon (it’s spelled Tay Ninh I think). One of our former investigators, Em Ngoc, came, as well as the son of one of the LA families. Anyways, that hike was killer! It was a really tough hike, especially when it’s as hot and humid as it is here and yours truly decides it would be a good idea to wear a cotten shirt. It’s harder than Flat Iron hike. We climbed a mountain. And when I say that, I dont mean we hiked a mountain. We actually climbed up the whole way using hands and feet. There was this one tiny cambodian kid in flip-flops in the Tan Son Nhat branch and he went up that mountain so fast! All the little kids did really well, and they weren’t tired the next day. I’m getting old haha. It was fun all the same. The best part is that there’s monkeys on that mountain! So as we hiked, there are just monkeys climbing the trees around us and it was so cool! We shared a spiritual thought with all the youth at the end of our hike and one of the monkeys decided to sit in with our group and listen. It also jacked an entire loaf of raison bread, but I’m sure it’s main reason for being there was to feel the Spirit hahaha. In all, not only was it a lot of fun, but we also got to fulfill our missionary purpose by helping Em Ngoc and the LA boy integrate and build friendships with the other youth in the branches. I got to talk to the LA boy (Em Nguyen) a lot and befriend him, and even though he’s LA, he has that desire to serve others and come to church, and he’s also really impressed by the missionaries. He also hopes to serve a mission one day, and so we plan on having him help out in lessons with us in the future so that he can see what it’s like.
Sunday: We went to church and got 2 new investigators, which is pretty awesome. We taught one of them that day, and we’ll teach another one tomorrow. We now have 9 investigators. I don’t know if that’s a lot compared to other missions, but it’s the most I think I or Elder Tri have ever had, so I know that the Lord is blessing our efforts. We also talked to this guy who was really fiery. His opinion is that the only 2 religions that do the world any good are Christianity and Buddhism, and he spent a lot of time cussing out certain localized religions. Good thing Elder Tri was there, cause I didn’t understand a single thing that this guy was saying haha.
So in all, it was a very productive and tiring week. I’m really mad at myself because I forgot to bring my adapter so that I could attach pictures and videos (and boy did I take a ton of pictures and videos). I spent all this time getting hyped up to show everyone the monkeys and stuff, only to forget…Luckily, one of the members who went with us on the hike took photos so I’ll attach those. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving as well, and now that that’s over, we can all look forward to Christmas woot woot!!! Anyways, that’s all I have for this week. I’ll send my own photos and vids in my next week’s email, so stay tuned.
Lots of love and gratitude,