Thai Dignitaries and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Miracle of the week: it came early last week. On Tuesday we were told to switch shifts at the Smith Farm because a Thai group was coming in the morning. When we got there we learned that it wasn’t just any Thai group, but the Area Authority over Thailand and that part of Asia, Elder Khanakham. He and his family were on their way back to Thailand from General Conference and they stopped in New York to visit the historic sites. Sister Phoomphuang took them on tour (I was ahead in another group) and then I met them back at the welcome center after they went through the grove. It was really neat, and Sister P. got to use her Thai (she also speaks Laos, which is super cool). Plus she met them before when she was in Thailand, so it was just really cool. 

On Wednesday we had specialized training at the Whitmer Farm with one of the Buffalo zones. Some elders never get the chance to go to the Whitmer Farm while on their mission, so in April, around the time that the church was organized, President Francis brings all the missionaries there for a special conference so they can visit there. We were lucky enough to have our day there on April 6th, the actual day of church organization. We took a group of elders on tour, we cooked in the kitchen for lunch and got to take pictures in the chapel (we had permission), we received some training that was spectacular, and we got to meet with some other missionaries who we don’t see very often. It was just a really fun day, more of a time for us to be spiritually uplifted and to receive encouragement.  And it’s always fun to be around other missionaries too. Here we are in the chapel.
Bonus Miracle of the week: This is a really funny story. It starts with, “Your life as a missionary is about to change drastically..” Actually, no no no, that’s not the beginning. The beginning was last Monday, Sister Phoomphuang found an odd bug on her pajamas. We killed it and identified it as… a BED BUG! So our housing coordinator came and inspected, confirmed that it was a bed bug, had us put special mattress covers on and told us that our lives were about to become miserable. We’re talking crazy laundry routines, covering all upholstery, taking all the stuff off the walls, putting all our clothes in bags, having exterminators come and spray over the course of three weeks, pretty much everything short of burning the house down. We didn’t have any bites, or any marking that the bugs leave on beds, so I honestly thought it was just one bug that hitchhiked onto her clothes, though Elder Workman was sure that wasn’t possible. So then the professional came today to check aaaaand he found no bed bugs or evidence of bed bugs! We are really happy. Prayers work people. At night we used to say, “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” but we’ve ceased all joking about bed bugs. We dodged a bullet this time, hopefully I can be this lucky through the rest of my mission;)
So that’s about the extent of it. Time keeps flying and I realize there’s really not much new to write about. I’ve been reading the missionary chapters in Alma the past week (17-29) and have learned so much. I love the Book of Mormon. I’ve gained so much insight while reading it on my mission. One thing that I’ve noticed that didn’t stand out to me before was how much there is about FAITH. It’s everywhere because it’s sooo important!  It’s definitely been a recurring theme in my studies.
We went to a Thai restaurant so Sister P. could get some papaya salad (she talks about it constantly). Here is the yummy chicken pad Thai I ordered and my unsuspecting Thai companero. She teaches me a Thai word a day, so my vocabulary is expanding.

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