Monday, July 27, 2015

Moving Right Along

Sorry for being a slacker and not posting last week. I will make this post a big one!

It's almost been 7 months!!

Here's from 2 weeks ago...Keyen shared a letter that he wrote to his mission president...

"Hey Pres. Johnson! I hope all is well with you! I am doing pretty good. Elder luker and i have a few solid investigators who will be baptized here pretty soon. I love being with Elder Luker! We get along so well. I had a really cool thing happen this week. We were teaching a lesson and our investigator was really struggling with some big trials. He did not understand why God would want us to suffer. I didn't say anything because the words weren't coming to me so i was quiet for the whole lesson. But then Elder Luker told me to tell him about how Satan sucks haha. So I looked at the investigator and suddenly i started telling him a story about my own life. I told him that God loves us and gives us trials for a reason. I told him that Jesus knows exactly how he feels and he knows exactly how to help us. I talked for probably like 8 min. I didn't even know what i was saying half the time. After I was done. It was really quiet. Then our investigator tuned to me and just said thank you. Then we ended the lesson. This investigator was really strong but then disappeared for a while. But now he is back and is making great progress. That was the best part of my week. Thank you for all you do for me and all of the missionaries in Thailand, Loas, and Burma.

- Love, Elder Neal"

Also on his P day he got to look at some of the most expense nice cars in the world....Which is pretty much Keyen's personal heaven!

This is from yesterday...

"Hey everyone!! I hope you a;; are doing good!! I miss you all! Well, This last week was a pretty good week! I felt like it flew by!! Nothing to crazy happened but we were just really busy. On p day we went bowling which was a real rush haha! In fact we are probably going again today!! This week We taught a crap ton of lessons!! SAnd it paid off! Yesterday 2 of our investigators got Baptized and it was awesome!! We have another lined up for next week! So the work is coming along good:) After a long week we went over to my companions grandmas house:) My companion is half Thai. His whole moms side of his family lives in this area! So its way cool to go visit them!:) His grandma is so sweet:) She always feeds us and stuff haaha. So that was way cool! So yea im doing pretty good:) I miss home and everyone there so much but im getting through it:) I love you all!!:)
- LOVE , Keyen"

Sorry for this fast post. Thanks to everyone who is reading the blog and supporting Keyen.

We love you Elder Neal!

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Adventures in Bankane

I could not wait to talk to Keyen yesterday.I was so anxious to hear the new place he was going to be serving in. 
Here's what Keyen had to say about the week...

"Wow!! Its been a crazy week!! So I got the call i was moving right after email last week! I was way sad and nervous! My last 2 days in KPP were really good and we accomplished a lot!! Saying goodbye to all of the members way way hard!! It really did suck leaving KPP! The whole drive to Bangkok i was worried about where i was going and who my companion would be. So before transfer meeting i just talked to the Elders who i knew and it was fun just talking to everyone:) I then found out where i was going and who my companion was gonna be!! Im not in Bangkok! My area of Bangkok is called Bankane. Its way cool and the members are really cool and all speak amazing English haha!! I live in a huge building on the 22nd floor! it is a way small apartment and there are four of us i it but its not to bad:) there is a gym where i can do my p90x which i way cool! My companion is Elder Luker... and he is sooo awesome!! he is my best friend!! we both love the same things!! So that's been so cool! we have already decided that we will be each-others best man at our weddings haha! We also got news that Elder Holland is coming to Thailand!! So will will get to have a special meeting with him!! Im a little scared haha but it will be awesome!! Its been a good week!! I hoping it will continue to be awesome here in Bankane!:) I love and miss you all!!:)"

I was so happy for Elder Neal! What a blessing that he has got such a great companion for his first transfer. I hope I  meet this Elder Luker someday! How cool Elder Holland is going to Thailand!! I would be nervous to see him too haha! Keyen has met him before when he was in a program for a Scouts celebration. I wonder if Elder Holland will remember him. 

The New apartment. A lot different than KKP haha! 

We love you Keyen! As always I am so proud for all you do and for working so hard!

Stay strong!! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Miracles Before the Move

Sorry that I didn't post last week, but this week I hope will make up for it.
Elder Neal had a pretty great week. Some ups and downs and some big changes.
Here's what he said about the week...

"Well this last week was crazy! I was really busy!! This week I have to make another long 5 hour bus ride to Chang Mai to meet the new Mission Pres. and his wife. I really like him. He is a lot different from Pres. Senior But i feel like he will be a cool guy! Me and elder Larsen worked our butts off this week trying to find some new people! we went inviting for hours and hours every day!! And the lord blessed us for it. Our mission standard is the have 2 new investigators every week. But elder Larsen and I got 6 new investigators. I honestly don't know how it happened! A lot of the investigators didn't even come from inviting. Most of them came from members bringing friends and stuff. But miracles happened this week. We were also blessed to get a new church building!! the building we are using now is way nicer that the garage we were using before! The new building used to be a bar haha so its even cooler!! haha but its really nice and best of all it has AC!!! Its awesome!! And we were able to make some good progress with old investigators too. And right when i started typing this email i got a call from a lady asking me if she could meet with us and get a book of Mormon. And she wants to learn about Jesus. So we will meet her tonight!! so miracles are happening for sure!!!  This week I had a cool experience when I was teaching Seminary. We are studying the D&C. Anyway we had class in our new church. There were only a couple members there but the spirit was so strong. The section i was teaching was about the spirit. And so i asked them all to share an experience when they felt the spirit and it was so awesome! The members here are legendary!! Today i find out if i stay here or if i'm moving. I don't want to leave but i have a feeling my time here is done:( but hopefully i'm wrong haha. But yea it was a great week! I love and miss you all!!"

A few minutes later after talking he sent this email...

"I'm moving:( i just got the call:( well ill talk to you guys next week!!:) I love you guys!!"

Keyen loves KKP ( Kamphaeng Phet). The members are so incredible in this area and I know Keyen has made a lot of great friends and has done some really great work while he has been there. I was so touching how excited all the members were to get a brand new church building.
Keyen really wanted to bear his testimony in the new church building because he felt like he was going to be leaving soon. He said he was so glad that he got to share it one last time with everyone. 

What a handsome Elder 

I know it's going to be very hard for him to leave. I know Heavenly Father has more plans for Keyen in other areas and I know that he will do great no matter what part of Thailand he is in. I feel like he has done his service to the best he could in KKP and he has more great experiences ahead of him. 

I love that Keyen talked about how the members brought them new investigators. I makes me think about all of us who are members here at home. We too can be missionaries and help out the missionaries in our areas. It was a miracles for my brother and I'm sure it would be a miracle to another missionary as well. 

As always I am so proud and grateful for my brother. Even thought he is thousands of miles away I feel like I have become even closer with him and his example and made me closer to Christ. 

WE LOVE YOU KEYEN! Stay strong!!