So this week was pretty cool. Elder Bullough and I haven't gotten very many new investigators for a while, so we decided to set a goal for 4 new investigators. Then we set to work. We went contacting and the spirit lead us to some super interesting places. But almost every single person that we talked to had a level of interest in what we had to say. We got several return appointments and turned 4 of them into new investigators. One of which has already read to 1 Nephi 4 (which is super good here). It was a great week.
Bong Heem met with us again! We spent the majority of the lesson stressing the importance of the Book of Mormon since he hasn't read. So when we go back if he hasn't read we may have to consider dropping him.
Bong Somrong finally came to church. He loves pretty much everything about the church and all the similarities it has to Buddhism, and the stuff that he doesn't like about Buddhism he is thrilled with what our church has instead, for example: There is a culture here of the Jewish people during Jesus' time, where they blast trumpets before them as they do alms. People here dress up nice and make sure everyone knows that they are having a party called "bachay buen" which is essentially a party for the kids to respect their parents for raising them. This is obviously a good thing, but Bong Somrong doesn't like that people will have these parties and then not take care of their parents afterwards. Whereas he sees the examples of the members taking good care to follow "honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long in the land" very carefully and they do it on an everyday basis, rather than to just be praised of men.
The doctrines are essentially the same, but the way our church does it shows a good example and substantiates the other doctrines that we teach.
So for all you kids out there, go hug your mother and tell her thank you for everything she has done for you and that she continues to do for you everyday. If anything, it will show a Buddhist a good example. But I would like to support the words of Moses that he received from God, and was reiterated by Abinadi in the Book of Mormon "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."