Not due to any of our effort, the ward seems to be getting better. There’s an outpouring of love from the bishopric, and the members are soaking it up. Over the course of many months this ward has obviously changed. I’m happy I got to come here to see it happen.
Bangbuathong has a lot of stigmas attached to it. A lot of missionaries seem to be scared of coming here. I personally don’t see what’s so scary. The members help us out, let us serve them, and are growing spiritually all the time. Of course there are people who don’t understand what being a disciple of Christ means, and what to do, but there are those people everywhere in the world. They will learn eventually. All we can do is love them, and serve them until they understand, then continue loving and serving them!
One of my greatest fears near the beginning of my mission was that of not changing. That I would go home, and be exactly the same person I was when I left. I have fought, struggled, and pushed through periods of doubt and fear just to become who God wants me to be. That is my biggest desire right now is to have a desire to follow God in every respect. With this desire, Satan can’t touch me. As soon as one of those thoughts comes in, it should be an instant reaction to say, “No.” I am the master of my body, and my thoughts. My thoughts will be righteous. They will be positive. I will become who I and my Heavenly Father want me to be.
Love you guys, adios,
-Elder Elliot Mayo