I’m going to make this one pretty short because I’m running low on time. Today’s been a pretty good week. It’s getting hotter every day here, and I’m getting browner and browner as the days go by.
In terms of the work, it’s going pretty well. In the coming weeks, there’s going to be a national cultural holiday called Tet, where everyone goes home to their hometowns and celebrates in a giant family reunion. It’s said that Saigon is ridiculously empty around this time of year, to the point where you can lie down and take a nap in the middle of the road and not worry about getting hit. Not to say that I would ever lie down on burning asphalt, but I think you understand my imagery. In fact, if possible, I’ll see if I can get a picture of us doing that to prove my point. But anyways, with so many people out of town, it’s hard to set up appointments with members or investigators or go out and find people to teach. Luckily, a few members will still be in town, so when we’re not meeting with them, we’ll be doing a lot of studying, preparing, self-evaluating, and practicing to see what we can do better as missionaries, so that when the Tet season is over and everyone comes back, we’re more finely-tuned tools for the Lord to use.
This week, we got to catch a lesson with a less-active that no one has seen in a long time. He’s doing good and still reads and prays, but he hasn’t been to church in months because of college work. It was cool to meet with him and see where he was at in life. As for investigators, they are all gone to their hometowns for Tet already, except for Anh An. We got to meet him twice this week and taught him about the Law of Chastity and then Tithing, Fasting, and Fast offerings. It was both i and Elder Dat’s first time teaching those lessons, and all things considered, they went pretty well. We were blessed with some great members who helped us teach that lesson.
The highlight of this week was that the Thao Dien branch got it’s first baptism in almost a year! This area has been pretty dry of baptisms, but we were lucky to see one this week. As district leader, I got to interview this new convert, named Anh Tuan, last week to make sure he was ready. After the interview, he asked me if I would baptize him. It was an extremely humbling and just an all around cool experience to help one more of God’s children make that commitment to come closer to him. As he was sitting through that baptismal service, Anh Tuan kept putting his hand over his heart and barely holding back his emotions. It was awesome.
I thank God for this week and I hope everyone is doing well back at home!