Kamphaengphet just officially became a branch of the church yesterday. Which means the church trusts that we will be able to progress and grow by ourselves. We have 5 Melchizedek priesthood holders that are in leadership callings, and 6 people that are potential Melchizedek priesthood holders for this next district conference. We’re growing! YAAAY!
I have the new calling of being second counselor in the branch presidency. It’s al ot of responsibility, but it’s wonderful practice and experience. I get to play “backseat driver” with my friend, the branch president. He’s an awesome guy, has a lot of faith in Christ, but he’s still a new member. We don’t want what’s been happening all over Thailand to happen here. That is, apostate decisions because the leadership had no training and don’t read their handbooks. I was pretty miffed when one of my RCs explained some apostate stuff going on with another branch president.
There’s a reason we’re given handbooks.
We met an awesome girl named Ma’am (like, the English word), who actually showed up to our appointment, as well as church! She became fast friends with another RC named Meow. Ma’am is way excited to learn more with us, and she’ll be ready for baptism quick! The river’s always there, I don’t need to fill it!
This is a wonderful example to us. We should love all, no matter how weird, creepy, rude, disobedient, rebellious, sinful, etc they are, God will forgive them, and so should we. Repentant souls are still souls precious to God.
A member talked to us about some concerns she had and wanted us to confirm her beliefs about the subject. It was about the afterlife and the spirit world. In the spirit world, will we become emotionless, lifeless things that are essentially nothing? No thought, no will, no being, nothing! A friend tried to convince her of this, but she remembered that in the spirit world missionaries would be sent to teach those who didn’t accept, or hear about the gospel.
So we confirmed her beliefs. We read some scriptures, but what invited the spirit was when this was said, “Why would God make us, give us life, watch us and help us and love us, just to have us turn into nothingness when we die? It’s a short 60-80 years, maybe not even that! Why would he do that to us? Is it a game to Him?”
No, it’s not! We have this life because we wanted it, because God loves us. What purpose would God have to make life just to snuff it out again? There would be no purpose!
Why would He give us commandments to a bunch of people who wouldn’t have any increase from it afterwards?
Really, no truth may be truly understood by man teaching it or reading out of the bible. Truth must be felt, by a manifestation of the spirit to be truly understood. Some people want me to “convince them” that what I’m saying is true, but honestly, there is no other way, no logic loops or explanation that could teach and convince the soul. Only the Spirit can teach the soul.
Alright, I’m outta here. See you guys later! Love you, love you Lord, and I love this work. I hear about you guys all the time, and I’m super happy!
-Elder Elliot Mayo