Sunday, November 19, 2017

(The 80th week) For the first time in forever...

Good morning.. or good whatever everyone!! How do you do? It's been a very awesome week, I'm not gonna lie. Guess what.. I taught a full lesson in Thai for the first time of this year. I could tell that it was super duper hard talking and teaching in Thai. Well, it doesn't mean that I forget my own language but it's been a long time since I taught somebody in Thai so forgive me for that. We got a lot of new people to teach but today I wanted to mention about Johnny...

For Johnny... I cooked Green Curry for Johnny last Wednesday. He thought it wasn't good but after he tasted it, he loved it a lot! Haha of coruse! My food is the best!! We also showed Johnny how to donate tithing and fast offerings. He understood it very well. I don't think that it is hard at all.. never mind then. After that we taught him a little bit more about the temple. Oh I forgot to mention that we invited a member Alex to help us teach also! The lesson went by pretty quickly and the spirit was still so strong. Johnny said he would like to go to the temple some day to do the baptism for the death. 
Sunday, Johnny came to church with us and I was happy for his willingness to come. The best and saddest part was my companion told me that he felt the spirit and cried while we were singing hymns 'I stand all amazed' and I was mad that I didn't notice at all. Anyway good on him! I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church of God and there is the true authority to act in Jesus' name. IT IS SO TRUE! 
We did a trade off with the zone leaders this week. Luckily, we saw a member and she shouted us food! After all we went finding together.. Ahhh I think I learned so many things on that day from my leader and a member. 
Finding in Chatswood is still hard for us.. but it will never be too hard for me! We finally met some new people to share the gospel with and guess what.. all of them are Asians! #MiracleOfADay

And now.. this transfer is almost done. I think one of us is moving for sure. I'd miss my son so very much if we departed from each other! ahhhh I'm gonna cry :( anyway, I will tell you guys later next week.

One thing I've learned on my mission is that there's really no such thing as luck. Miracles happen so much in the field that they become happenstance. Always treasure those experiences. Miracles strengthen those with faith, not the faithless. That's pretty much what happened with us. I hope everybody's week was okay! Have a good week!

LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North mission)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

(The 79th week) ♥

It has been an adventure because we traveled a lot. Lots of fun, lots of luck and lots of photos too. Oi, I love taking photos a lot and It seems like I've been writing 'a lot' a lot too! Last Preparation day, we went on the ferry to the beach! We didn't break the rule or anything but only taking photos there. It was right by the Taronga Zoo. The uniqueness of it was you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from that distance!! Wow amazing huh?
Investigators
Crystal - It's been 2 months since she went back to China for holidays. She just came back last week, we are going to teach her sometime this week and I'm happy and grateful for the opportunity to teach her again. 

Johnny - We taught him twice. For the first time, we taught him tithing and fasting. Things went by pretty well with him. He was willing to keep these law when he gets baptized. We also reviewed the baptismal questions to Johnny, he passed most of it but prophets because he doesn't know much about that. So it led us to the second time, we shared a movie 'Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration' with Johnny. After watching it, he felt the spirit and said 'I have a feeling that Joseph Smith was called by God'. I truly knew that the spirit was there testifying to him about all these things. We committed him to keep the law of the land as our prophet Joseph Smith did, and he was willing to accept it. I hope and pray that he will be able to be baptized and become one of the covenant people of the Lord. And this week, I am going to cook for Johnny! I am so excited for it! #December92017

I had an opportunity to give a talk at the baptism of our friend. It made me realize about my baptism so much. The powerful spirit was always there. I talked about the Holy Ghost. I know that being baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God is the only way to open the gate to walk in the Lord's way. I witnessed this myself and I know it is true. 

Last Sunday was great. There were a lot of members who are willing to help us with Johnny. I was so surprised because of that. The church is true but the members are not, the members are good because of the gospel! YAY!! #TheFieldIsWhiteAlreadyToHarvest #HopeIsAnActionWord!
The weather is getting ok and warmer. I hope it is not going to rain this week. I don't really like finding under the rain and I am pretty sure that no one likes to talk when it is raining. Sydney is a strange place but is filled with lots of wondrous things. 

Thanks for your emails and your love! 
LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North Mission)

Monday, November 13, 2017

(The 78th week) The Prompting Of The Spirit

G'day! 
Sorry but not much time. I will make it short.
It's been raining a lot again this week and the worst thing was they closed down the train station on the weekend to fix something and we had no place to go to find except at the bus stop but it was hard. We were so poor, finding in the rainy day and no one really wanted to talk to us. However, I'm happy because we did our part and I know that the Lord rejoices when we do the work. 

​Even though the work was hard and slow, the Lord did bless us with the terrific blessing. We were able to take Johnny to a member's house(The Sully) for dinner + lesson. Johnny was really appreciated and happy that he had a chance to be there and to have more friends. After dinner we taught Johnny about The Priesthood Authority, why the church has the true power of God to perform the ordinances, why it is important to have this authority. The members helped us a lot and Johnny came up with a lot of interesting questions and he thought that to have the priesthood sounded very cool! We also share a video "Sanctify Yourselves" which was terrific. And again, the spirit was with us, Johnny was touched by the spirit and at the end of the lesson, we both felt that he is ready for the baptism because he has a lot of faith and he's been keeping all the commandments. So we invited him to be baptized. He was as unsure as before. One of the members asked if he has felt the spirit since he read the Book of Mormon. Johnny said 'Yes' and he knew that it is the word of God. Well, I also know that the spirit has been testifying these things to Johnny for the whole time since we first met. By the prompting of the spirit, I grabbed my planner up and told him that 'we will help you to get to that part and with your great faith, I am sure that you will, I feel the spirit each time we teach you and I know you feel the same way. I remember when you went to our friend's baptism you said the spirit was so strong. So Johnny.. what day is best for you'. It was a bit pushy but I know that this is the only way for him to go back to Heavenly Father. Johnny told me next month and I thought it would be at the end of the next month but he pointed at the 9th of December which was surprised me a lot. I know and testify that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church of God and has the authority which allows us to act in His name. Without here, I wouldn't know the real purpose of my life.
​I did a trade off with Elder Graffe this week. He's from Tahiti and we live in the same flat. We had a good and a fun time together! #Tracting
I am doing good here and I hope you all are doing good too! Being here is very difficult but I truly love to serve the Lord. 

​LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North Mission)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

(The 77th week) Exploring in Summer

Ta Dah!!!
​The beauty of my DISTRCIT is this fabulous photo! Everyone looked so great and nothing could be better than this photo. #GiveThanksToTheDistrict

Hi Family & Friends! How are you?? It's been a very long time since last Monday. When it is difficult, time goes by very slowly. A few investigators just dropped us again but that didn't influence anything to us because our bodies were made by steel and nothing could stop us from the work of the Lord!

All right.. we taught only Johnny this week and it seemed like things were going good for him. He was wanting to come to the games night but because of the weather, we weren't able to make it. So we decided to teach Johnny instead! We taught the word of wisdom and the law of Chastity, and again, we were thinking that he was going to drop us just like the others but NO!, he understood and agreed to keep the laws because he truly knew that this is true and is from God, even though this needs him to stop drinking Tea which is what he loves so much in his life. At the end we invited him to come to church and he came.
The members at church welcomed Johnny so very well, some of them invited him for dinner which was surprised me a lot and I literally know that Johnny had a good time at church and felt the spirit of great joy there! 
We are planning to teach him the Priesthood next time at the member's house and ask him to be baptized. I am pretty sure that he's ready for this. Please pray for him! 
My companion and I had been exploring to find the area to find people to teach most of the time! Come on! finding in the same places is very boring. We walked 10kms+ a day under the sunshine of hell ;O! Oh I totally forgot to mention about the weather. It's been very hot lately because it is summer now Yahoo! Well, no more cold but I would die in summer also. Summer here is so different from summer in Thailand. It is drier so the sunshine is stronger. Well, not just pray for our investigators but please pray for me to survive also ;) 
​Walking outside was extremely hot so we chose to find in the train instead haha! #ThanksAC

Thank you for all of your emails and your care. I love and miss each of you a lot! Don't worry about me, I've been trained to do this thing and I am sure that I can do it! With the power of the spirit, we can do all things! Can I have an Amen? AMEN!!!!!

I hope you all will have a good week
LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North mission)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

(The 76th week) Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Sydney, Australia
Hello from Sydney!
How you going guys? How is life!!?!! I feel like time goes by very fast while this world is spinning around. Living in Sydney is such a cool experience, seeing different cultures and different people. I really enjoyed being here. This week has been an alright week. It rained a lot actually, the rain poured down and the sun came up as in the wonderland.

My companion and I worked hard, we got not much this week though, as I mentioned it before it's been raining hard most of the days but that didn't stop us from working and the Lord blessed us with some new friends to share the gospel with.

- Jingle called us randomly and wanted us to teach her 14 year-old daughter Roy about God and YES, Roy is a girl! Roy was super keen to learn and she said she wanted to join the church as we did how to begin teaching. We taught Roy the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and it seemed like she liked it so much, the spirit was there and I truly knew that she felt it. We are going to teach her again this Tuesday and I hope things will go well for her. Please keep her in your prayer.

For our investigators that we taught this week:
- Johnny, we taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ(faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, sacrament, enduring to the end). He mentioned that baptism is very good because Jesus Christ, He is perfect and He got baptized and we are not perfect and we need to get baptized. He also knew that he has to be baptized so much but for some reason, it made him to not be sure about it. Well, poor Johnny. We committed him to pray and ask God if He wants Johnny to be baptized or not and we invited him to go to the baptism with us.
We went to the baptism. The spirit was extremely strong as always. Johnny felt something special there and he said he will think about the baptism again. We are planning to set a date for him at the next visit.

(Me, Tana, Johnny)
- Michelle, We went to a member's house with her and we talked about the Book of Mormon. I truly knew that Michelle had been feeling the spirit since the first discussion. We committed her to pray about the Book of Mormon.
The day after, we saw Michelle again. She told us that she felt the spirit when she prayed about the Book of Mormon. I was so happy! Then we taught her the 10 commandments and at first, it seemed like things were going well but at the end, she said she wanted to stop learning with us for a while and do not contact her, if she is ready, she will contact us back. It was a bit tough for me that this happened. I was sad about it but the only thought in my mind was she's leaving us. However I know that she knows these things are true and I have a great faith that one day or soon she will come back! #Goodfriend #Michie

Last Preparation day, we went to the Sydney Harbor Bridge and just hanging out around there. As you saw the pictures of this week :) It's beautiful, isn't it? At the same time, it was sad because there were a lot of my friends who were going home in the week. I wish all the best for them! And for myself, I have 6 and a half month to go! It doesn't mean that I want to go home but I just miss real Thai food so much ;P
​(Elder Peterson, Elder Warth, Me, Elder Maxfield)
To end this letter I just want to share these steps for you to be happy...
Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive. 
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen. 
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 
4. Give more. 
5. Expect less

I hope you will have an excellent week! Do not forget to put a smile and be happy!!!!
LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North mission)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

(The 75th week) Staying!

Hello From The Land Down Under!

Yo! how are you going?  So this transfer was great! Me and my son are staying in the area for 6 more weeks and the other elders in the flat too. A lot of my friends will be finished the mission in 2 days and it's just so sad for me saying goodbye to them.

This week we were able to teach Johnny and Michelle. They are doing good especially our good friend Michie(Michelle). 
For Michelle, we taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ + the word of wisdom. It went a bit weird because I didn't want her to feel like we're pushing her to be baptized or things like that. Well, that's our purpose anyway, we need to get her ready for the best day of her life. She understood it very well, especially the word of wisdom, she had a desire to follow it even though it makes her to stop drinking what she loves in her life. We also made a deal, if she breaks the commandments, she will make us fried rice Hahaha!! I really liked teaching her because she would always come up with good questions which made me learn from the lesson too! Afterward, we went to the baptism of our friend with her. She met with our President and his wife, and Michelle felt the spirit there at the baptism which was so awesome. We really did have a good time with her and I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to know her, I know that Heavenly Father loves her so much, that's why we need to help her to get to that changing part of her life which we called Baptism!

Johnny - So the baptism fell through but it's ok. He's not ready yet. We taught him twice this week! It was the Plan of Salvation, the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the 10 commandments. I think things are going good with Johnny but.. he still has some weird + same questions like God's name.. Jesus drank wine.. blah blah blah. We answered these questions like 100 times but for some reason it makes him to be confused about it. He sometimes studies with the Jehovah Witness friends and I think that's why. Anyway I am not judging them but it most likely is. That's all about Johnny this week. 

​Well it was a zone conference again! Nothing much though, just having fun with friends ;P
(Me, My trainer Elder Gualco, and my son Elder Warth)
My trainer Elder Gualco is going home this week! I am so excited for him hahaha well I have 7 more months to go. Not long and not fast either.

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve here and I hope you will have a fantastic week!

LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North mission)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

(The 74th week) The conference week in Australia!

Hello hello Monday morning! Hello everyone! how are things going?
Not much time for this week so I will just summarize about our investigators and the details of the week under the pictures.

Most of our investigators went back to their countries so it was not much this week.

Johnny - He didn't had much time to learn this week. Anyway we took Johnny to a Chinese activity called 'Moon Festival'. He enjoyed it so much and a lot of members greeted him and he just had a very fun time there. We will meet with him tomorrow, I have a feeling that it is going to be awesome and I am excited for that.

Michelle - We were able to share the restoration of the gospel to her while we were going to the moon festival she had a lot of questions and seemed like what we shared made her to be interested in learning more with us. We also found out that she doesn't work on Sunday :) It is a good sign huh. It seemed to be awesome meeting with her each time. She's very funny and I hope that she will be able to come to know the truth of the message which we share.
(Elder Phimphan, Elder Warth, Elder Maxfield, Elder Graffe, Elder Peterson, and Elder Riquelme)
This is the last District Training Meeting(DTM) of the transfer because there will be a zone conference this week so no more DTM this transfer yay! I am grateful for my district and for their awesome job they had done this transfer!
​(Elder Phimphan, Elder Wright(an assistant), and Elder Warth)
Break time during watching the general conference! Talking about the conference, I was so sad hearing that Elder Hales just passed away. Anyway the conference was alright and I learned things from that. One of the talks that I liked the most was in the priesthood session by Elder Utchdorf (Read).
The other thing that makes me sad is Elder Wright is finishing his mission soon! I will miss him so much. He's such a great missionary and friend! #PraiseHim :)
(Birds)
These birds were so friendly, they just jumped on me and played with me like dogs >_< #SoAwesome I liked them so much and I wanted to eat them too! 

Sorry guys! I gotta go :( I will see you next week! and this Saturday will have a transfer calls! I will let you know if something happens. I hope nothing will happen to us because we are the best team!! Have a good day!!!

LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North Mission)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

(The 73rd week) Blessings

Nǐ hǎo 你好! Oops! I was practicing too much Chinese.. 
Anyway, G'day mates! How ya going? It's been a week again since the last week. I know there is the General Conference now in Utah and via the website for all over the world. We didn't have a chance to watch it but they are going to let us watch on this weekend for sure and I am very excited for it. 

Oish! it was so hard finding people to teach this week. I don't know why it gets harder for us in this area. We worked all day long but the consequence was low but only one thing that I hope is the help from Heavenly Father and I know that He will somehow help us in this area for sure :)
For Tong and Johnny, we weren't able to teach Tong nor Johnny this week because they were busy. 
- Anyway we texted and followed up Tong every single day, she still prays and read the Book of Mormon everyday and we are really happy with that. 
- Johnny came to church yesterday and he really enjoyed the sacrament meeting and the testimonies of the members. It seems like things are going good with Johnny, I really hope that he will get there to be baptized and to make the covenant with our Heavenly Father.

We also got two new persons to teach.
- Crystal, she's from China. Actually we met her a few week ago but didn't have enough time to teach her. So this week we taught her the Plan of Salvation(+ using pictures), she understood very well, she wanted to go to the Celestial kingdom and it made her to be interested to learn with us more. 
- Michelle, a cool girl from Taiwan. Her family moved to Australia about 18 years ago since she was about 4. Her English is great! Michelle had a lot of questions about our church and stuffs. We didn't have a chance to share much with her because of the time but she's willing to meet up again this week and we are super excited to teach and to share the gospel with her.

Even though the area is a bit hard, I am happy to have these lovely friends to share the gospel with and I know that the gospel will help and change their lives to be better as they apply it in their lives. 

Another blessing that we got from our Heavenly Father was FOOD! After working for all day long, we went around finding something to eat, we accidentally met with members from another and they shouted(fed) us Thai food. I was so happy eating FREE FOOD! hahaha Free food is the best right?
And another day, we all went to the mall to find something to eat and we chose a restaurant and we accidentally met members there again! They shouted us hamburgers! 
​Aahh!! What a blessing!! #Polynesian 

I also had a chance getting closer to a monkey bird named "Kookaburra", if you want to know why I called a monkey bird, you need to search it on YouTube and listen to their awesome sound. 

Today is also a holiday in Sydney. The library is closed so we are emailing at the internet cafe in Chatswood. #FeelingWeird
Well I am still doing good and I hope you guys will have an awesome week!
Do not forget to pray and read the Book of Mormon na ja :)

LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North mission)

Sydney!!!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

(The 72nd week) The Baptismal Date!

Yo yo yo mates! It's me again Elder Phimphan!! Sorry for emailing a bit late, we were doing some finding in the morning so we don't need to do it today anymore. #Feelgood Anyway how are you guys? I'm doing awesome here in Sydney and the bad news is summer is coming here so soon! the weather is getting hotter and hotter and I am ready to be melted by the heat of the sun of Australia. I just noticed that I have passed all the seasons in Australia already, one day passes by like twinkling. I also feel like this week passed by super fast..or because I was enjoying the work of the Lord?? who knows?!? But yea.. things are going pretty good here. We got someone to teach and it was just a good start of us in this area! Yay!! 
​(Elder Warth and I)

We had an opportunity to meeting with our investigator Tong last Wednesday right before the English class. She was so keen learning and understanding what we shared and taught her. We taught her the Restoration of The gospel of Jesus Christ and ended with giving the Book of Mormon + the invitation to read and to pray. Tong really wanted to know all the things we taught and she's been praying and reading the Book since then. Wow! what a cool person on earth!! I can't wait to see her again next time!
​(Us and Tong)

This week we also saw Johnny. And again.. he started to ask us all the same questions he had just like the last week and my beloved son and companion Elder Warth was through with his questions so he asked Johnny's purpose why he wants to learn with us and we also told our purpose why we want to teach and help him. We came up with an idea by the spirit to committed him to be baptized because we know that Johnny knows and feels the Book of Mormon is true. He was a bit scared to be baptized because he wasn't sure if the church is true so we read in the Book of Mormon 
the promise of Moroni and after all the spirit was so strong as we all felt and I asked Johnny if he felt something during that moment. "Yes, I felt that the book is true" Johnny said, and I told him again "This is the answer for you Johnny" And yea after that we got him to commit to be baptized on the 14 of October and I am pretty excited for him if he could make it there. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Heavenly Father's church and the Book of Mormon is the word of God because I have felt and am feeling the spirit of the Lord since I joined the church and I know these things to be true.

Forget yourself and go to work!!! But don't forget that I miss and love you so much mates!!

LOVE,
Elder Phimphan (The most handsome missionary in Australia Sydney North Mission)