Elder Jesse Bundy learns to play Takraw with a local college team, enjoys a busy week of teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and awaits a possible transfer call.
Elder Earl, the local college Takraw coach and Jesse at Takraw practice.
"Hello everyone! Today is transfer day, but so far we haven't received a phone call. I don't know what is going to happen. We have a lot of missionaries going home and not a whole lot coming in. I will let you know as soon as I do. As of right now, I remain in Sisaket."
"We have had the BEST week ever in teaching the Gospel here in Sisaket. Our best investigator, Sister Meaw is SO ready to be baptized! She is SO humble and loves the Lord! I think she is quite possibly the best investigator I have had on my mission! And....our two new investigators, Jack and Josh from the Takraw team are SO AWESOME! They're doing so well. We also have a new dater named Waad. I invited her father and he gave her our number. She came to church and was SO excited about it. And to make this week even better, we had a couple of old investigators that kind of dropped off show up to church and the Sisters had a way solid baptism as well. Just when I think it can't get better......it does! We have been SO blessed here....there is always something good happening here is Sisaket as far as the work goes!"
Jesse and Elder Earl with Jack and Josh, stretching to get ready to play Takraw
"Last Wednesday, some new investigators, Jack and Josh, invited us over on our p-day. We had NO idea what we were getting ourselves into. Now.....every morning at 5 a.m., we practice a game called Takraw with the local college team. It is SO much fun, but I am SO SORE! It is so hard. You can see videos of games on youtube if you want to see what it looks like.
"It is kick volleyball, but the ball is this really hard like plastic/basket material. You can't use your hands, only your feet. My position is the flip guy called the kicker. Strange enough, my knee is handling it better than I thought it would.....we stretch A LOT! The flexibility required for this game is nuts! Anyway, it is a blast and we are teaching several of the players the gospel! They are way solid and I'm loving it!"
Elder Earl, Jack (a Takraw team mate and investigator) and Elder Jesse Bundy
Elder Earl, Josh (a Takraw team mate and investigator) and Jesse.
"Don't worry about my knee, mom. It is giving me some trouble, but by really stretching like they showed me playing Takraw, it actually has felt better. The mission nurse texted me to ask how I was doing and to let me know that they still have had no news on my MRI. The mission doctor is in Hong Kong and I only know that my MRI has made it that far. I will let you know as soon as I do."
"District meeting was so good! We set some really awesome goals, discussed our area and what we can do better and how we can all work harder, then we watched a video. In my personal studies, I've started the Book of Mormon over again and I've just really realized how important it is to love the people we teach the gospel to! It really is true what you said, that people do not care what you know until they know how much you care....I need to work harder on that one."
Elder Earl and Jesse seated as honored guests at opening season Takraw game in Sisaket.
"We went to the college's opening Takraw game against Galasin. When we got there, they honored us as guests of honor! They escorted us to their special stage right in the middle of the stadium and served us food and stuff....hahaha! It was AWESOME!"
Elder Earl and Elder Jesse Bundy
"This game has made me re-commit myself to getting into really good shape. It has really helped working out with these guys and has reminded me of how much I enjoy working out and being in shape."
"Could you send me a Chinese starter guide for reading Chinese characters? I'm studying the Book of Mormon in Chinese.....it is SO HARD! I have to be able to talk to Price when I get home...."
Jesse wearing a trash bag trying to stay dry!
"Today, we will probably get a little rest. Elder Earl and I have been working out with the Takraw team at 5 a.m. every morning and working all day until 10 p.m. So, we need a little rest. We will probably only have time to finish emailing and change our clothes. It is raining buckets right now! It is probably flooding in some places.....it has started the rainy season again. I SWEAR, the rain follows me! It rains every single day and my shirts are getting absolutely wrecked! But it's all good.."
"Well.....I have to go. Just know, life is good here in Sisaket and I am truly LOVING my mission! I am very grateful to be here doing this.....I love you mom and tell dad I love him! Tell everyone I miss 'em and I love 'em!"
"Talk to you next week!"
Elder Jesse A. Bundy