All posts by Elder Mayo

Sawaadii Khrap, Everyone!  

That means hello, or good day!  I’m so excited to be here in the MTC.  Even though it’s super duper hot to the max here in Utah, it’s a wonderful time.   I have two companions: Elder Bush, and Elder Paxton (who is now my District leader).  Elder Bush is a big, helpful guy.  Super down to earth, helpful, and doesn’t get my humor much.  Hohoho! Elder Paxton is my District Leader.  He’s kind of silly sometimes, young (fresh from high school), but dedicated to the work.  He knows the rules, and follows them implicitly, so we do too. My whole district is Elders, and they’re awesome.  No sisters, but that’s okay… I guess.  sigh.  But no really!  My Elder in my district are all really good guys, want to follow the rules, and have a desire to teach what they know and feel about the gospel.  With that desire, they work together and through the Spirit to learn the language quickly, and reach goals we’ve made.

I asked a sister not too long ago how to have the spirit guide me on learning the language.  She replied with something to the effect of: It’s different for everyone, you just have to find the way you can.
Then she came back the next day and gave me more advice.  When I go to study with my companions, I should pray to specifically find the answer to my problems.  I did, and I came on these verses in Doctrine and Covenants section 105 verses 35 to 37:  35 There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy. 36 And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosenand they shall be sanctified; 37 And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion. So if I follow the rules, especially in the white handbook of rules I’ve been given for missionaries, I will receive help from the Spirit when I need it.

We were teaching one of the roleplay investigators on the second day of learning Thai.  She only spoke Thai, no Angrid (English).  Her name is Faa.  I was so nervous beforehand because I didn’t remember the words at all to teach, I was sick to my stomach.  About two minutes before we walked in I said a prayer in the bathroom.  I asked to be able to have the spirit guide me through the lesson, to bring words to my remembrance when they were needed, and give me confidence. About a minute after that, I was stone cold ready to go.  Words appeared in my head that I hadn’t remembered very well beforehand.  Words that I’d only heard once popped up, and I taught with them.  In the end, we taught Faa about God, that he’s our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, what prayer is, and how to pray.  I don’t think I’ve ever had the spirit guide me so strongly before.I should be here for another two months or so, I’ll keep you all updated!  When I go to Thailand, I’ll tell you all how hot it is! Choog dii!  (Good luck/Goodbye!) PS. I want letters.  Give me all of them letters. Or candy.  Yeah, that’d be nice. -Elder Mayo

Japanese Encephalitis

This was on the list of vaccinations needed for a mission to Thailand.  Our health department doesn’t even carry it, so Elliot will have to get it in the MTC.  Sounds kind of scary!

Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable encephalitis in Asia and the western Pacific. For most travelers to Asia, the risk for JE is very low but varies based on destination, duration of travel, season, and activities. JE virus is maintained in a cycle involving mosquitoes and vertebrate hosts, mainly pigs and wading birds. Humans can be infected when bitten by an infected mosquito. Most human infections are asymptomatic or result in only mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of infected persons develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), with symptoms including sudden onset of headache, high fever, disorientation, coma, tremors and convulsions. About 1 in 4 cases are fatal. There is no specific treatment for JE. Patient management focuses on supportive care and management of complications. Steps to prevent JE include using personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites and vaccination.

The Mission Call

Thailand Bangkok mission map

Dear Elder Mayo:

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  You are assigned to labor in the Thailand Bangkok Mission.  It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Thai language.  Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  As you serve with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.


Thomas S. Monson