Can I just say that some of the scariest moments of my life have been on my mission….seriously…I knew I would be tested spiritually, emotionally and mentally as a missionary but I didn’t know I’d be tested this much physically!! Today we went and hiked in a cave. When I heard we were going to a cave I assumed it’d be like the ones you take your family and all your little kids to in America to see the stalagmites and other -ites of that sort and pretty rocks. No. We were crawling through narrow spaces, sliding down slick rocks, and hiking up sketchy ladders and steep inclines. At one point after a particular difficult incline and like 3 people had to help me up I was just like “I am so grateful I am a missionary and supposed to be learning humility because I am getting a lot of practice right now!” Mom, you owe a special thanks to some Elders and the guide who kept me from falling:P Oh and I know God had a huge part in it too (it really wasn’t that scary but for those of you who know me, I am super nonathletic….we’ll just leave it at that haha)
ANYWAY, it was a really great week. In Preach My Gospel there is a section that has How to Begin Teaching Points that we should use with investigators and one of them says “as you come to accept this message, you will face challenges but know that the Lord will help you” (or something like that). Well all of our investigators have been backed up to the wall of faith. Some pretty tragic things have happened in their life and I feel like I can taste a little bit of what it must be like to be Heavenly Father at times who looks down on us and cries with us but ultimately knows what’s best for us. I KNOW what will help them; I know that the commandments and faith in God will help them through these tragedies and hardships. But sometimes they just don’t listen! haha I trust the Spirit will continue to work in their hearts. I can see their potential and we aren’t giving up on them!!!
Miracle!! The other day we went to visit a member who lives right next to the hospital. Then I needed to use the restroom so we ended up going inside the hospital. On the way out a little girl sitting next to her dad (who was white) waved to us. We weren’t going to go over and talk because we were on our way to go somewhere but then I felt like we needed to so we walked over and just started chatting. Turns out he is a super strong member!:) And was just teasing us by not saying anything about his religion until we asked and he was like, oh I’m LDS;P He is one of the most selfless and awesome people I have ever met. He lives in Laos with his family running an amazing charity. Right now Laos doesn’t have a church (pray for the Laos missionaries and the members please!) so this amazing, cute little family went with us to church the next day. Anyway, the miracle was that because we walked over there and he told us his story, we were able to translate for him when the doctor came out to tell him that his wife would take another 20 minutes with her MRI.
Funny quote from the week:
“If only I looked for investigators as hard as I looked for grilled pork….” I won’t tell you who said that but we were really hungry and craving grilled pork haha.
love you all!!! Keep reading your scriptures and praying every day! Things will get better, I promise! Trust in Him!
Out here in the Thailand Bangkok Mission we are tired and happy:)
So many miracles this week. SO MANY MIRACLES. But still no time;)
You all are the best. I have been inspired by your examples and your love. Keep at it!
“For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul”
On Saturday we went and harvested rice all day!!! What an amazing day of service. Doctrine and Covenants section 4 really came to life to me as I “thrusted in my sickle” for hours in the Thailand heat. I came back that day with a sunburn, a headache, rice all over my clothes, metaphors galore and a greater understanding of my purpose as a missionary.
1. The field is white. When God says the field is white He really means it. There was a lot of dang rice in that field of white. We were cutting all day and still weren’t done. God has prepared so many people for us to go and find. We need all the help we can get. Not just missionaries but members too.
2. I’ve never harvested rice before. Someone could come up to me and explain how to do it for 6 hours with a demonstration and a powerpoint presentation and I still wouldn’t be any better. You just have to get started, maybe even make a few mistakes, but that’s the only way to get the work done. Don’t be afraid to share the gospel with anyone and everyone! The spirit is a powerful tool in conversion and brings power to our words.
3. Something that kept coming to my mind was how easy it would be for those fields and fields of rice to burn. If you were to tell a farmer that you knew his rice fields would burn, all of it, tomorrow, what do you think he would do today? THRUST IN HIS SICKLE WITH ALL HIS MIGHT. We know that Christ is coming soon, that the judgement day is near. So NOW is the time to get out there and work with all our might. The day of rest will come but for now let’s show our faith to the Lord and get to work!:)
This all being said I am no where near a perfect, or even good, missionary. But I know God is proud of my efforts. And yours. He loves all of you perfectly. Don’t ever forget that. You are precious to Him. And if you are precious to Him just think about all His sons and daughters on this earth whom He loves that have yet to taste of His love.
Sister ออย was baptized this week!!!:)) She is so cute. I had the privilege of teaching her a few times but she was already completely prepared by the Lord and ready to accept all that He asked of her.
I hope all of you had a wonderful thanksgiving in America! We certainly did out here!:) A member made us some AMAZING thanksgiving food. And then we had to bike home from his house (which was really far) and we almost threw up but it was fun:)
Also I got me and my companion lost for two hours the other day……But lost=new friends=new experiences=more exercise so that’s okay.
I love you all!!
Not much time so I’ll just send you all the letter I sent President this week. Sorry it’s so badly written haha. I’m forgetting english. (by the way I got a new companion who is from Thailand and she is AMAZING. I love her!! More next week!!)
“Thank you President:)
Sister Yuparin is the best. Oh my goodness. The past few days have been a blast. I love my new companion. I know she was called to the California Arcadia mission but I think God needed her to visa wait so she could serve in Thailand too. I keep telling her she should feel privileged that God needs her everywhere. I’m very grateful for her. I’ve lately been thinking about weaknesses. As I’ve been a missionary my weaknesses have become way more apparent. I’ve realized that I really do have a weakness in speaking and teaching. I trust the Lord will fill my mouth so I always try and open it but I’ve just come to realize that is not something I was naturally born to do and unlike Sister Yuparin, I am not very good at expressing my thoughts and feelings (especially in Thai). But I’ve always thought of that as a sin…that I couldn’t teach well or speak Thai…But I read an article in the Liahona the other day about the difference between weakness and sin and it really opened my eyes. We need to repent of sin, that is for sure. And we need to become more humble and rely more on God and His power (as well as keep the commandments and live righteously) to overcome weakness. It’s a sin if I don’t open my mouth because I have been commanded to. But if I open my mouth and really do try (having studied and practiced) to speak by the spirit, then any weakness in speaking will be strengthened by the power of God, by His holy spirit. Sorry I totally butchered it while explaining it but I am working harder at trusting more in the Lord and His promises that my weaknesses will be made strengths (I just hope that day comes soon:)) haha) Anyway, thank you for everything. Sister Yuparin is an amazing missionary and I’m excited to work with her.
Missions go by too fast. I feel like it was just yesterday that I got here.