Thursday, July 31, 2014

Judo and a Few Surprises

At English class last Tuesday, we had “Speak Like a Cowboy” night.  We taught fun words including “Howdy" and “Whoa" and talked about pioneers. Joan had made a slideshow video of rodeo words that turned out fun.

Saturday for our youth activity, the elders taught judo judo basics. I am so grateful we only had a few bruises afterwards. The youth enjoyed it.

Elder Sowards drove the elders to Suphanburi (1 hour away) to teach an investigator at the only member’s house in that town. She was very interested. She drove herself to church on Sunday. Maybe some day we can have a branch there. There are so many large towns in Thailand that we have no members--area that are wide open for missionary work.

Elder Sowards took the branch presidency to the leadership training on Sunday. We are beginning to realize that when Thais say a meeting will go 3 to 6 PM they really mean 3:15 to 7 PM. While he was away, the wife of one of the priesthood leaders waited at our house. She and Joan had a fun time since she speaks little English and Joan only some Thai. They read scriptures (in two languages) together, made felt flowers, studied Thai and English, and discussed many things. She told Joan she wasn't married – she and her husband were baptized earlier this year and she is obviously expecting. This shocked Joan until she learned that the sister meant that they were legally registered as husband & wife but had no formal wedding event. To the Thai people there is a difference. She said the formal wedding would happen when they go to the temple.

We had a problem with a missionary misusing his Facebook privileges. I hope it is better now that President Senior has discussed it with him. The Internet is a two edged sword. And our elders do not have iPads yet, though they are allowed to keep a missionary profile page and post uplifting messages for their investigators and new members. They are not allowed to visit friends' pages or communicate with old friends through Facebook. Big temptation.

Congratulations to our son-in-law Chris Stapley and nephew-in-law Adam Brown for completing the bar exam this week. What a great accomplishment!

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