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October 25, 2015

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Elder Jesse Bundy shares his testimony and what he has been studying this past week.   He writes, "….the other day I was reading from the Book of Mormon in Helaman 12:

 23 Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved.
 24 And may God grant, in his great fullness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.
......I know that as I continue to repent myself and as I bring other souls to repentance through love and kindness, it is a promise that through the grace of God, after all we can do, we will be saved!   We will have eternal families and eternal happiness and the only thing God asks us to do is to hearken to His voice, repent, and act.  I really do love teaching this message because I know it is true!"
Elder Jesse Bundy and Elder Tew going to work in Bangkok
Elder Bundy shared some of the day to day concerns of missionary work in Thailand and learning to work in the city verses in the small country town he served in before.  He writes, "This week was good!  We have done a lot of street contacting... I’m really tired, but it’s a good tired...lol.  We have 3 REALLY solid investigators who are on the road to baptism and we meet with them as often as possible.  Other than those 3, we’ve been having a hard time adding new investigators and finding lessons to teach…..being in the city is definitely a different culture than in the country where I was.  In Plok, people walk around because they don’t have things to do, in Bangkok, people are walking to get somewhere.  Or, if they’re not on their way somewhere, then they are homeless and drunk or high...…..it’s way sad!"
Elder Jesse Bundy is finding that he needs to learn about and adjust to the differing cultures he is encountering in Bangkok in order to teach the gospel there.  He writes, "....we have been trying to come up with different ways to approach things......Yesterday, we took a member of the ward street contacting with us.  This helped me, personally, a ton!  It was definitely a great add in.  He was able to give us a lot of suggestions on how not being so straightforward that we scare people away as well as other little things.   What you told me mom, about people not caring what I know until they know how much I care keeps always going through my mind.  I really like that......I really am trying to apply that more and more as I meet people.  And….we just don’t get opportunities, other than teaching english, to do much service here….so I definitely think we need to find more ways to do that......it’s just so different here than in America…..sooo much different culturally.  But that’s no excuse for not trying….  Another obstacle we have is that everyone here works from 7am to 8pm and they don’t make any extra money….soo it’s just hard, but we will figure it out."
Elder Tew and I with some members at the church

Elder Bundy gets permission for himself and the other elders in his apartment to work out with a professional muay thai fighter every morning.  He explains, "So, this past week we stumbled across a Muay Thai gym that is right behind our house!   Now, every morning between 5:30-7:00 we go train…..all six of us elders go every morning!  It’s insanely awesome!  It was hard at first getting sore and stuff but we are loving it!  We have a real Muay Thai fighter who personally trains us... and NO worries mom, I am always obedient…lololol….we asked for permission.....we were told that as long as we’re not stupid – like fighting each other or letting it interfere with the work and stuff, it’s okay....... It has been really good.  Muay Thai fighters are like worshipped over here! Seriously…so I think it will help us in talking to people while street contacting.  But, I’m not gonna lie, it is so much fun!  It’s great knowledge as well!  Like, I am really becoming confident in my ability to defend myself and others at this point, if I need to…..lol… Our trainer is about your height mom and weighs a solid 150.  The other day, he and I sparred with pads on and he kicked my butt!!  He is way good, but he also fights for a living......The gym we work out in is on the top floor of a little coffee shop/sewing factory….with some matts like the ones we have in the garage at our house in missouri....It’s just him and us six elders every morning, 6 days a week!"
Elder Jesse Bundy showing the neighborhood he lives in

He goes on to tell about the area President, Elder Funk's visit last week, "....Oh yeah, meeting Elder Funk and hearing him speak was sooo good!  He is the area president for Asia.  He was way cool and I got to visit with him for a bit…I will just say it was pretty awesome!  When he spoke, he talked a lot about the importance of planning ahead of time, teaching with the Book of Mormon, being wise and using good judgment.   Oh, and thank you SO MUCH for the pics of AOA!!  They were way pretty....." 

Elder Bundy then had a couple of random thoughts, one about his new favorite thing to eat in Thailand and the other about a water monster!  First,

Elder Jesse Bundy eating his new favorite food?
".....ice cream and sticky rice on a hot dog bun is now my favorite food ever over here!! (see above picture, yuummm) I eat way too many of them though....lololol.....and...
You can see the monster's head under the bridge with his tail making waves to the right!

He goes on, "...oh my gooodnesss……we saw a water monster lizard thingy in the klong (big river that runs through the middle of bkk that also has yucky sewer in it) the other day!  I took a picture.....it was like 6 feet long!!!  It was seriously gross and scary!"

Elder Jesse Bundy goes on to discuss his plans after his mission and what they are going to do for PDay.  He writes, "In thinking about college, if I’m going to play football, I want to play for Utah State....if I wrestle, I only care that it is a d1 school......as for PDay today, we are going to take it easy.  We need to rest up with our new work out schedule..lol…clean the house, do laundry and stuff......
Ohh, and someone asked me about Halloween over here.  They kind of celebrate it…..they just do what they see Americans do….they don’t go knocking doors or anything like that, but they dress up and have parties.  We’re having an activity at the church…."

Elder Jesse Bundy believed he was helping someone who needed help, and did, but then realized there was only one problem?
Elder Bundy helping? 

He explains, "Sooo, the other day we were walking home after a long day of finding and an old man was struggling, trying to get up an overpass….actually almost falling down a couple of times!  So, I rushed up and tried to help him out.  I offered my assistance and he gladly accepted!  About half way across the overpass, I noticed that I was carrying liquor for him!?!?!....lol…Elder Tew noticed what I was carrying and took a picture.   I had the old man promise he wouldn’t drink it….oops!!...lol.."

He ends this week's letter with, "....we’re getting ready to go.  I love you and dad a bunch!  I love my family!..... Tell everyone how much I love them all!  

I love you guys!

Elder Jesse A. Bundy

October 19, 2015

 Elder Jesse Bundy and Elder Tew on a 'song tow' with way too many people! 

Elder Jesse Bundy was so excited this week to have Elder Tew back up on his feet and feeling well.  He wrote, "I am doing GREAT!  I am really, really loving the mission!  the best thing that happened to me this week was probably yesterday at church.  After a week of not have very much success……mostly cause Elder Tew was down, we had almost every one of our investigators show up to church! And, they ALL had way cool spiritual experiences!  I just can't explain how great the Holy Ghost is and how great it made us feel."

Elder Bundy went on to say, "the brother and sister, our gold investigators, are still progressing and doing well.  The brother was able to come to church yesterday and he had a great experience!  His sister had a midterm test at college, so she couldn’t be there, but should be able to come next week.  However, her brother shared the best testimony with her about his experience...."
Elder Jesse Bundy really enjoys his district and zone training meetings.  This is where the Elders and Sisters get together in their assigned areas and help each other out with their investigators and areas.  When he was asked if he had any bad experiences along the way, he wrote, ".....all I can say is that I just haven't had bad things happen.  I've had some rough times, but they all just turned out really good!  I believe that my personal reading and prayers and just staying positive and focused turns most everyday into a good day no matter what.  In my own personal studies, I've really come a lot closer to Jesus Christ.  I am really starting to understand things a lot clearer.  I'm glad you taught me that exercise, diet and cleanliness are all equally important.  Both are coming well and the apartment is clean!  It definitely makes a difference." 

Elder Jesse Bundy went on to share more of his testimony, "I've really just been trying to focus on the Book of Mormon.  I've read it almost 4 times completely through since I've been in Thailand....I was so dumb for being so lazy with my personal scripture study back home!  I know I always listened when you read to me, because when I read it now I already know the stories.  But now, I'm really starting to learn the meaning of the stories, what the gospel really is.  I've always known that this church was true! I've always known that I was a child of God, but now it's really starting to sink deep roots.  I actually know.....I really know what the gospel of Jesus Christ is and I'm really starting to understand the why...I am just so very thankful for it."
Elder Bundy carrying a case of Books of Mormon into the church out of the rain.  He loves Thailand but admits that the daily rain showers and being wet all of the time does get old sometimes.

Elder Jesse Bundy was excited to hear about the creation of the new - historic - Far West Missouri Stake back home.  He writes, "That is way cool that the Far West Stake was organized!  It is always SO great to hear that the general authorities that presided over the change were so inspired and the spirit was so strong!" 

While I was in Laramie, Wyoming, I met a waitress from Thailand who had learned English at an LDS chapel in Bangkok Thailand.  When I told Elder Bundy about it, he wrote, "That is so cool!  We have 2 stakes and a district here in Bangkok.  So, there are alot of english classes being held all over Bangkok every week!  I really enjoy teaching those classes!" 

Elder Jesse Bundy goes on to tell what the rest of his PDay was going to look like, "Today, besides doing our normal cleaning, laundry and shopping, we were planning to go to this crazy Buddist temple by Burma that is nicknamed the Tiger Wat.... it has tigers that just walk the halls and you can go walk with them... But, turns out it was shut down about a month ago because a tiger bit someone!! So, looks like we're not going there!  We might go to a normal zoo instead."
 Elder Jesse Bundy writes, "These are all of the bananas we bought for a dollar fifty!  And yes, this is how Thai's cut their hair.....so if I get my hair cut any other way, they don't really know how to do it and it looks awful, so I just have to live with this.....lol..."

Elder Jesse Bundy ended his letter with, "......I really want to thank you and dad for everything that you guys have done for me.. you guys have done so much!  Helped me on my mission, taught me from the first the gospel, you've always been such great examples of living the gospel and have always supported me in all things no matter what!  I am just so thankful....so glad that I'm your son!  Anyway, I just want to say that I'm sorry and ask for forgiveness for all of the dumb stuff I did........at this point, I'm now seeing just how really great you and dad are and how not so great I have been.  I love you and dad so much!  I feel I have the best mom there ever has been and I have the best dad on the planet!  I've always known that I am a child of God and that you guys love and supoprt me and I'm so thankful!  Thank you mom......thank you dad!"

"Well, I've got to go.....and just know that I'll be working as hard as I can! I love you guys!"

Elder Jesse A. Bundy