You know what the worst thing about having to include 2 weeks worth of information in one general email? You probably guessed it, but it’s having to fit in 2 weeks worth of information in one general email. Normally this wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but my emails are long enough as it is, so fair warning, if you’re reading this email, you’re in it for the long haul. Feel free to stop reading or take a break whenever necessary, it won’t hurt my feelings. I’m about to write a lengthy letter comparable to the final exam essay of a Harvard law student!
So we’ll start this exciting journey of self-discovery starting from 2 weeks ago. So I mentioned last week that we got to skype home to our families and it was awesome. Still socially awkward in the sense that I don’t know how to talk to my own parents anymore about normal stuff. I’m not sure how that happened, buuuut it is what it is. Luckily, that’s not a bridge I’ll have to cross over for a long time.
Tuesday was super awesome. A folk dance group from my school – BYU-Provo came to Vietnam to perform for the members here and their friends and we got permission to go see it with our investigators. Hands down one of the most entertaining things I’ve seen in a long time! Maybe my standards for entertainment over the past 9-10 months have been lowered, but it was so cool. If anyone is reading this they are going to BYU or are in Provo, I recommend it 100%.
That last week I also got into an awesome bike accident. Basically, I ran into my companion, and then swerved to the other side and hit 2 people on a mo-ped. I ate the dirt, they ate the dirt, my bike got jacked up, and the mo-ped skidded a solid 5-10 feet or so. Everybody is fine. The nice thing about Vietnam is that even when people hit each other, they don’t worry about those little important details like insurance and exhanging information in case anyone wants to press charges. If they’re all ok, they just get up, don’t even talk to the other person, and get back on their moto and drive off. Done. I’m not sure what happens when someone actually gets hurt, but hopefully I won’t have to see.
Next up, we got a new investigator. Her name is Chị Tâm, and she’s so great. She’s had soooooooo much bad stuff happen in her past, and in spite of all that’s happened, it’s strengthened her faith in Christ so much! It’s literally all she has, and she’s held on to that for dear life through the years. Now, she’s found a safe environment in the church where she’s surrounded by people who love her.
Next up, we’re finally getting a baptism! Elder Thai and I have been working with a guy named Anh Huy for the past 6 weeks or so, there have been so many cool experiences he’s had. I’ll share just one. He was reading about Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life in the Book of Mormon (for those that aren’t LDS or have not read the Book of Mormon before, it’s in 1 Nephi 8). He was a little confused about what it all meant at first, but then we explained the meaning of the vision to him, and he shared a very personal experience about a dream that he had 3 or 4 years ago. In his dream, there was also a field, a river, a tree, and a “great and spacious building”. The setting of his dream and what he did in that dream was so similar to Lehi’s vision. The only thing missing was an iron rod, and I think there’s meaning in that because he hadn’t yet discovered the church, the missionaries, or the Book of Mormon. When he first woke up from the dream, he at first thought nothing of it, but the dream was significant enough that he’s remembered all these years. It’s not until he read 1 Nephi 8 that he realized there might be more to the dream than he thought. I definitely think that that experience was preparatory for him to meet the missionaries. It was also during this time that he was living with a Catholic family, where he learned a lot of Jesus Christ. Those two things provided a foundation for him to be ready to learn with us. As he shared this experience and drew it on the board, my companion and I were looking at each other completely gobsmacked and thinking to ourselves “This is seriously happening?!” It seriously came out of nowhere
Anyways, the day is now coming up! Anh Huy was interviewed for baptism and he passed! He’s getting baptized this Sunday and he’s asked me to baptize him and Elder Thai to confirm him! It’s exciting that this is finally happening! We hope to have another investigator ready for baptism the week afterwards as well! I’m stoked.
The rain is starting to pick up here super hard!!! I’m excited to once again be biking knee-deep in the rain. Life is good!
So this email was actually a lot shorter than I anticipated it being, which is good! I just want everyone to know that I love you all and that miracles are real. I’ve seen so many these past couple weeks, and it’s seriously strengthened my faith! I hope everyone has a good week and that it’s full of sunshine (for those in Arizona, I know I won’t have to worry about that).
Chúc mỗi người một tuần tốt đẹp! Chúa ban phước cho tất cả mỗi người!