“Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.”
I wrote a poem too: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I am a missionary, and you can be too!!”
Oh I’m so clever.
Anyway, seriously, please just go love the little missionaries serving in your areas and give them huge hugs (Parker, this is not permission to go hug the sister missionaries). And help them with the work wherever possible!!
This week was absolutely fantastically supercalifragilistically superbly impossibly awesome! (haha and in case any of you were wondering, I do teach my Thai companion these completely useful and real English words).
We prayed extremely hard and 5 of our investigators came to church on Sunday!!! Sister อี๋ว (pronounced “ew”) is the cutest thing ever. She even answered questions in Relief Society! We love her so much. Unfortunately her place of work is kind of going under so she might move back to where her family lives and there are no missionaries in that area:( She said she wants to keep praying and reading the scriptures though. I know God will provide for her. We are also teaching a mother and her daughter and when we taught them the plan of salvation and asked if they wanted to live together forever their reaction was priceless: Mom: “do you want to live with me forever? Or are you already bored of mom?” Daughter: *teasingly pinches her mom’s cheek* “aww of course not” I miss my own family so much but I am so grateful to be here teaching more families about how they can be together forever.
So in Thailand it is extremely rude to kick the back of someone’s foot. It shows extreme disrespect. So I’m kind of naturally clumsy….I may or may not have broken a pot, a clock, and a shelf my first semester of college…and anyway, while walking I accidentally kicked the back of Brother Cruz’s and then Brother Ice’s shoes twice. They’re my age and don’t care as much especially knowing it was an accident and that I was sincerely sorry but I was just like, okay I give up on this walking thing haha.
Sorry this email is so short. There were so many miracles and amazing experiences from this week. I love each and every one of you.
This week the plan of salvation has popped up in my studies so much. An eternal perspective on life is so so so important. We are God’s children sent to this earth to be tested for only a small moment before we return back to God again. Let us all strive to be the best we can be in this short mortal existence. Let us focus on who we are and whose we are:)
Here’s a fun conversation from a few weeks ago:
Elder Wager: sometimes Sister Casper’s smiles get weaker and weaker throughout the day haha
Sister Casper: But I’m still smiling!!
Elder Blad: yeah but is that smile coming from the inside or the outside because if it’s coming from the outside it isn’t really real?
Sister Casper: Maybe, but sometimes when you can’t smile from the inside, start from the outside and the inside will follow suit:)
I truly believe that. If you aren’t happy or feeling very loving towards someone, smile, serve, sing, etc and I promise you will begin to actually feel happiness and charity.
Also I need to know what a group of kittens is called. A gaggle? A flock? A meow? Please respond. This is urgent as the other day a “group” of kittens followed me and my companion down the street and it was the cutest thing ever but I have no word to describe it. Thank you.
And if you have a favorite picture of Jesus send it to me through email:)! Sometimes I feel weird just bearing my testimony every week when I know so many of you have amazing, strong testimonies yourself so feel free to share it with me!:) I’d love it. And pictures of you and your family and your dog and your house. I love seeing pictures.