Monday, May 18, 2015

Traveling Around Thailand

So Elder Neal had some struggles this week, but he still is in good spirits. Here is what he said about the week...

Well this week was a interesting week indeed!! It started off pretty normal but then something horrible happened.... i got sick!!! It started Monday night. So the rest of the week i was feeling like crap!! So that made everything a lot harder!! I had a cool lesson with brother Gap and i feel like he is that much closer to being baptized!! He just doesn't understand how its possible that god is real and Jesus is the savior. He believes it but he doesn't understand it. I feel like he wants to know everything before he is baptized but he will just need to figure out that he will never know everything. But he's Awesome! He cut my hair this week too so I've been rocking some sick hair!:) Well on Wednesday we got a call and were told that we had to go to Bangkok so my companion could renew his visa. So on Thursday night at 11 we got on a bus and headed to Bangkok. We got there at about 430 in in the morning on Friday. So then we took a taxi to this building where you do the visa stuff. Well the place was closed so we had to wait outside for like and hour before is opened. I felt like crap and i fell asleep on the grass. Then When i woke up there was a bunch of ants on me!! so that made me feel even better!! haha the whole visa thing too until about 10 then we got on another bus and headed home!!:) so being sick and traveling on a bus for 12 hours was not a good combo! But now all is well. That's pretty much all the excitement that has been happening this week! So yea!! I hope everyone is doing well!! i love and miss you all!!:)

Poor guy! It seems like forever since we Skyped him for mothers day! I miss my brother so much, but I'm so glad that he continues to work hard and serve the lord.
We love you Elder Neal!!!!

A view from Keyen's apartment 

A scary insect that Keyen saw on the way to Bangkok!! Yikes!!

Keyen with the famous Gap!! He gave him a cool hair cut!!

He didn't have his raincoat so he had to make a homemade one. 

Some new members Keyen met. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wise You Have Become

Our family hasn't ever "had" to Skype. Lucky for us we all live close together and see each other often. So our first Skype experience was quite exciting! Luckily we have Austin who is a master technician and he got everything set up for us. Around 8 PM we all gathered around the TV to see Elder Neal! He sent an email saying he was having some technical difficulties, but then a few minutes later the screen popped up saying INCOMING CALL FROM KEYEN NEAL!! We all freaked out!
When I saw my brother pop up on the screen I felt such joy and comfort, mostly because I could actually see him and know he was okay, but then also because I miss him so much!
He looked so cute and he is happy! Something that he kept saying through out the call was that, "Everything is good. I'm okay. I am good." It sounds silly but that was really all I waned to hear and I'm glad he kept saying it over and over again. My mom asked him, "Keyen are you happy all the time?" He was like "Um no. Are you happy all the time?" It was hilarious! But he reassured us that he is happy besides being homesick. He said he is busy ALL THE TIME! What is really special about the area he is serving in is that the Elders are pretty much in charge of everything. There aren't a lot of members or people in the town he is in, plus most of the members are really young. He said that they plan everything for Sunday's and activities through out the week.  There is no Bishop or Branch President to check up on them so they have complete freedom to either follow rules or not. Kamphaeng Phet is a very special place. Keyen says that he wishes that he could stay in Kamphaeng Phet for his whole mission because it is such an amazing place. The members are so loving and caring. They are constantly asking Keyen and the other missionaries what they can do to help. They LOVE the missionaries. Keyen said he has never seen people like this. They don't even need to be asked to do service, they just do it and they love doing it.
Besides getting super close with the members, he said that it is very hard finding new investigators. He says for the most part people are very nice but they almost always say, "I have no time. I am too busy."  Keyen said they do not know who Christ is about 99% of the time and again they say, " I have no time to learn about that." Keyen said it's so frustrating because if they only knew who is really is it would be so different.
Something that I thought was hilarious was when he told us, what he says when he approaches people. Most people in Thailand are Buddhist. In Buddhism beliefs they don't believe that you can be forgiven for your sins, you just have to try more good and hope that it out ways the bad. So Keyen will ask people, "Do you want to be cleansed of your sins?" and a lot of time people say "Oh I have no sins." Keyen then said this is when he starts the mess with people because then he says, "What you have no sin!? You're perfect??" We were all dying! Keyen was like, "You wouldn't believe how many perfect people are here in Thailand!" Haha I loved that!
Towards the end he bore his testimony in Thai. It was absolutely amazing. I know I don't know any Thai, but I can tell that he is getting even better. He then said a little thing personally to each of us. It was very special. But the best thing that Keyen said through out the call was when he talked about Christ and family. He said that he didn't know how much Jesus loved him until he got there and that the knows that Christ is always with us. He said he so grateful that our family had been sealed together. He has been thinking a lot of our other family members who are less active or who are not members and he said that we all need to show love and support for everyone. We need to no be afraid to tell them about Christ, because it really is the most important thing in the world. He said at one point we all accepted this gospel, that's why we are here, we just need to accept it again. If we have accepted it once then everyone can do it again. Eternal families are THE most important thing in our whole existence.
He said we need to love. Show love to everyone, especially our families. Love is what will make people see the good and truth. Even if we can only bring one person back, then that person will find one, then they will find one and so on. That's all the matters.
Keyen is so wise. The spirit is just beaming from him. I could see it even through a TV screen. I love him so much. I love this gospel and I love Jesus Christ. I'm so proud and happy for my brother. He knows this and he has strengthened my testimony. I know he will continue to share that love and truth with the people in Thailand and I hope it will do the same for you.
It's going to be so hard waiting till December to Skype him again, but Elder Neal is truly and amazing young man.
P.S, To view the videos you may have to open it as full version mode if you are looking at it from a mobile device :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Short, Simple and Skype

Sorry it's been a few days past since Keyen emailed, but i'm updating the blog now, so that's all that matters right?
Here's the update from Elder Neal from this past week.

Hello!!! i haope everyone is doing good!!!! So this last week was so flippin hot!!! Its seriously like riding around in a oven!! But this week was good:) haha we had one of our investigators get baptized yesterday!! so that was awesome!! It has been hard to find people to talk to because its so hot!! everyone stays inside!! haha we did find one guy who owns a really nice gym! I might head over there today!:) This week i went and played some Bball with brother gapp!:) We played some pick up games with a bunch of other people! it was a ton of fun!! Gapp is a baller!! Everyone wanted to play against me cause I'm from America haha so they think im automatically good at basketball haha. so yea. Ping is another investigator who is awesome!! hes sooo close to being baptized!! so ill keep you posted!:) yesterday something funny happened!:) So we went to visit a member who is less active. She owns a litle clothing shop. So when we got there we looked in the window to see if she was there. Well she was there and the Jehovah witnesses were there teaching her!! haha so my companions were nervous about going in haha but i just told them that the party is over and walked in there!! haha I just started to talking to sister Peem. ( shes the Less active member) And then the JWS left! haha so that was a good time!:) So its been a interesting week:) Love and miss you all!! you are all in my prayers:)

Sounds like another awesome week for Elder Neal! We are all so excited to Skype him on Mother's Day! I'm sure I will have a big update after that!
Stay tuned to keep updated with Keyen!
We love you Elder Neal!