Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hello Family

I'm fine mom. How are you all doing? This week has been filled with excitement. Especially yesterday. Yesterday was a Huge change in our area of Sakon Nakon. We had the most investigators in a very long time come to church. It might even been the most investigators that I have ever had come to church at one time. 8 people came to church. That really was only 2 families. Time after time we are figuring out how smart and how much better it is to teach families vs single people in families. The funny thing is that there was still one more family that said they were going to come but I'm not sure why they didn't make it. I'm planning to give them a call later today to talk to them and see if there is anything we can do to help them out.

We were not the only one excited about getting that many investigators to church, it showed in the members faces and testimonies, partly because many of the testimonies were focused at our investigators (We might have to have a talk about not singling people out) But that was alright I think many of them still had a good time at church. We taught a couple of lessons with our Branch president yesterday and even he was excited about it. He praised us a little bit for the work that we have been doing. Its amazing how missionary work can charge the spirit and members and well as us.

One of the families that we are teaching, is a family from France who are Vietnamese who were born in Thailand. That's fun to think about. Elder Peacock has loved teaching them because he lived in France for a long time and can speak it fluently. But the thing about them is that they are only here for a few weeks visiting family. So in about 2 weeks they will return to France. They are pretty fun to work with. The family that they are staying with is a huge family. We are going to try and teach them as well. Currently one of the daughters of the family that is here is interested and is one of the 8 people that came to church last week. So there is hope. But until the other family returns we still have a way to teach them all.

Here is a fun fact. Sakon Nakhon has many Vietnamese people here. Partly because during the Vietnam war many people fled into Thailand for protection and ended up here. So there is quite a community. There was one night that Elder Peacock and I were inviting several weeks ago were we came across a house of immigrant workers from Vietnam. They didn't speak English and their Thai was about as good if not worse then ours. So it was fun trying to communicate with them a little bit. Elder Peacock and I relied on finger pointing and actions at some points. I don't know why but I find it really funny the way people communicate with actions when they can't speak the same language. I almost died laughing after we left. A great advantage to having so many Vietnam people here is that they make some really good food. There are a few good restaurants that I have gone to for the last few months.

We have heard a little about Elder McConkie up here but not a lot. Only that he was in an accident and was in some trouble at first but now is recovering. Mom do you know more about it. could you fill me in a little bit in the next email please? We have been praying for him often as well. Its always a scary thing to hear that someone in the mission is hurt in some way especially if its someone that we know.

It sounds like Connor's 3rd eagle scout court of honor was a lot like mine. Nice little and quiet. So I wonder because he got pinned three time does that give him three times the benefits then a regular eagle scout. lol Anyways Congrats Connor On the finishing the work for Eagle scout. That really is something worth doing as you may find out in the coming years. Plus now you can drive on your dates:P that is so weird to think.

That's a good way for me to remember grandpas birth day. Is on the 12th of august last year I made it into Thailand. It also happens to be Thai mothers day. Tell grandpa that I love him as well.

Ok I think that is it for this week.

I love you all.

Elder Brandon John Holt

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