Thursday, October 16, 2008

From Jon 10/16/2008

Subject: Kuv tsis tau tuag lawm

Nyob zoo xyoo tshiab!

Hmong New Year was fun, and I got a bunch of pictures, but I didn't bring my camera this time, so you'll have to wait. This one was outside, so it was a little different. We got to talk to a lot of people, and we ran into some old investigators I hadn't seen in many months, and some less-active members too. We borrowed some Hmong clothes from Xai, a very nice less-active lady. I wanted to buy them from her, but I didn't have the heart to ask because I knew they mean a lot to her.

We moseyed over to the Ka Taub tournament, and noticed that the teams currently playing were the champions from the last tournament, and Shoua, Houa, and John! It was great to see them again. Each Ka Taub team has eight players, but only three play at a time. Somehow John's team was able to get the best 'killer' in the nation to play for them in this tournament. The 'killer' is the position that usually spikes with that fancy back flip bicycle kick.

Lori is doing really well. She asked us to come over and bless her house. She is really starting to develop a testimony, and we are planning on inviting her tomorrow to be baptized. She has a lot of fear, so it may take a little while to work past that, but she'll make it.

Mission tour is when a general authority tours the mission, speaking to all the missionaries. We had Elder Arnold of the second quorum of the seventy. He was pretty intense. He eats, sleeps, and breathes missionary work.

The Sawles are going to the temple today to get sealed! They are way stoked. Richard and Krissee are really looking forward to it, but they'll have to wait until next year.

Lana, Rick Stach's "significant other", is actually progressing a lot faster than he is. She understands very well and applies everything to herself. She's pretty sharp, and does a good job of "connecting the dots", so to speak. Many investigators have trouble with that. She would be able to be baptized soon, but she isn't officially and legally divorced from her ex-husband yet---she has been trying for at least four years. She will have to wait six months after that before she and rick can get hitched. She and Rick are living together with Lana's son from her last marriage, and the son they have together, so it would be tricky to split them up and have them live separately.

Sounds like y'all got fancy phones! Neat. Richard, Krissee, and Jeff all got cell phones recently, which is a big relief. Communication with them was pretty rough when none of them had a phone of any sort.

Well, off I must go! Live, explore the universe and eat pie.

-Elder Moua Ying

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