December 15, 2013

Dear Family,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICAH! I am glad to hear that Micah has found a love for skiing. He can be my ski buddy someday when I eventually have to go home.

I have an experience that will give you a visual of what Thailand is like. On Friday night we were at the church helping with the choir when the branch president showed up with 5 nice looking turkeys for our Christmas party this next week. Some of the old members went out to help him out and they killed them, plucked them, and gutted them right outside the church. All the blood went into the drain outside the front door. They did it so naturally. All the little kids were scarred and all the missionaries were laughing their heads off. This is original Thailand. Those turkeys are going to taste so good.

We had a lot of fun going to all the different districts this last week to train. We are always super tired by the end of it because we have to travel so much, but it’s ok. We are focusing a lot on baptism in our mission. The Lord is hastening his work, so that means we have to hasten ours as well. It’s so exciting to find those that are prepared to hear the gospel, not just those we have to fight to get them to do anything.

We have been serving quite a bit lately and I have learned a lot. It’s interesting how we have to sacrifice in order to serve just as we would at home. We sacrifice time with investigators, contacting and teaching in order to serve. It’s a lesson that I am learning that I can take home as well, that is to sacrifice time with friends, family and work in order to serve. We have been helping out the branches with the Christmas program here and its a lot of fun. I feel the spirit when we sing those songs and helps my testimony. So in the end, service isn’t really sacrifice, it’s a blessing that we don’t see at the beginning.

love elder Harley

PS. next week we moved our pday to Wednesday the 25 so I will get on at around 8 am here. I leave it to you to figure out what time it will be there.

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