Sorry, it’s been a while. Life has just been so busy (in a really good way). Unfortunately I have to register for classes so I don’t have time to write out a nice email today. But I figured I’d send some pictures so you know I’m still alive and still loving the work!!
We had a YSA activity this past weekend! the YSA went inviting with the missionaries and it was a blast. My heart is really with the youth of this church. I recently read about the stripling warriors and I just pray that the youth here in Thailand (and all around the world) will continue to be faithful. My heart really does ache for the youth that have fallen away. I know that the youth will be mighty soldiers in God’s army if they have faith in Him and keep His commandments. Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box- the problem of youth getting baptized (or youth raised in the church) and falling away has just really been weighing on me lately. In thai we say su su!! which means keep fighting!!
My beautiful companion, Sister Williamson.
Zebras are EVERYWHERE here in Don Muang. When you ask the thai people what it means they just say “it’s our belief”. Haha no one really knows.
Our investigator (brother guy) was supposed to get baptized on Saturday but 3 days before he calls us and says he has the shingles!! It wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t for the fact that our last investigator (from 3 weeks ago) also had to move her baptism because she got the chicken pox!! (they don’t even know each other)… anyway, it all worked out according to the Lord’s timing though.
I know God lives. I know He loves us. I know He wants us to return to Him and that is only possible through His son, Jesus Christ. I know my Savior suffered for me and that all who come unto Him will be blessed. I know the Book of Mormon contains the words of God and is true. I know this church is God’s true church upon the earth restored by Joseph Smith.
I have 5 months of my mission left and I am determined to make every moment count!
Good morning! This is Sister Casper emailing you from the beautiful city of Bangkok at approximately 3 am:)! (we are going adventuring today and while the Elders said we will be back in time to email in the afternoon, we all know Elders aren’t the most trust worthy when it comes to things like this)
I didn’t get a group email out last week but the work is going so well here. We have some AMAZING investigators that God has prepared for us. Funny story: we saw one really great investigator on Friday who we haven’t seen in a while because he works far away (his name is brother chicken [it’s actually guy but it means chicken in thai) and he ran up to me and was like Sister Casper!! and he kind of looked like he was about to hug me and as my companion describes my reaction “was the most awkward cringe and high five ever” haha Sorry not necessary information but it was funny.
I still can’t cook thai food but that’s okay, a member here in the international ward taught me to make cafe rio so I’m set for life.
Also, I am in a trio with two of the hardest working, funniest, sassiest sisters right now (Sister Williamson and Sister Parker). They crack me up. Sister Parker has two more weeks of her mission left and Sister Wi has about a transfer left.
One of my favorite members from Sakon Nakhon showed up in Bangkok the other day. I love her:)
Sometimes members give you very questionable looking food and you just have to stomach a few bites and then tell them you have to go to another appointment and you are very sorry you can’t finish it.
This week I learned a lot about faith and patience. I love the talk “becoming perfect in Christ” by Elder Gong and any talk by Elder Holland and I implore all of you to to go and read that talk.
I love you! Sorry I’m out of time or else I’d add more.
It’s just been a really happy week:) Nothing much to report on. We work every minute of the day. That’s one thing I love about Sister Williamson, every spare moment we have where we could be taking a break, we just keep working. While waiting for a taxi or bus, we invite or call. While eating dinner we plan a little for the next day. At night we call the sisters we are in charge of or clean the house. It sounds exhausting and sometimes it is but when you are in the service of the Lord, you are always happy.
This morning we raked leaves with Elder Khanakham and his wife (Elder Khanakham is a member of the quorum of the 70 in our ward here in Thailand). They are the sweetest most Christ-like couple ever. And they sure can crack a joke as well. Dang. They were hilarious. I’d tell you the jokes but they were in Thai so it wouldn’t be funny…
Anyway, not too much to say. I’ve been praying for peace of conscious and God has really helped me this week to realize the good I have done. A lot of times as a missionary you feel inadequate (there’s just so much to do!) but this is God’s work and He is always there guiding it. So it’s been a really good week and I’m very happy:)
In Bangkok they know Casper the ghost SO MUCH MORE. Everyone in the ward calls me “little ghost”. It’s really cute.
God answers prayers and He loves all of you. God is real. This week so many times all I had the chance to say before I was rejected was “God lives and He loves you”. That’s our message to the world. There is a God and He loves us. And He sent His son to suffer and die for us.
P.S. an RM (native thai) just came back to Thailand from serving in the states and she totally forgot how to speak Thai.
A lot happened this week!!
Although I thought I would be staying in my beloved Udorn for another transfer, President called me on Tuesday night and said the Lord needed me in Don Muang! This is a picture of me of my last time on a bike! (there is still a chance I might move back to a biking area but for now I am back to walking, taxis, and public transportation)
It’s kind of a culture shock (again) haha. I am serving in Don Muang which is in Bangkok. It’s kind of like going from serving in the south of the United states (like Georgia, alabama) and moving to New York City or Chicago. It’s super different. I miss Udorn a lot but I LOVE it here and I know the Lord has sent me here.
My new companion is Sister Williamson. I actually served in the same area as her in Udorn a few transfers ago and she is amazing. Dang. She is good. Also, when I was a greenie we were in the same zone and I always looked up to her. Now we are whitewashing into Udorn together as Sister-Training-Leaders here. (whitewashing=both of us are new to the area so we are starting from scratch. Sister Training Leader (STL)=we watch over the sisters in this zone. we take care of about 6 companionships of sisters and we switch off with them once a transfer)
Good bye Sister Nixon!!
Our investigator came to say goodbye. His conversion story is amazing and while I won’t be there to see him progress further, I know the Lord will take care of him.
Saying goodbye is hard. You learn all of these members struggles and heartaches and you rejoice and cry with them and then you have to leave.
I love cereal. FYI. I now own like 4 boxes of cereal so you could say I am content now. Yes..it’s russian cereal haha. (shout out to the amazing person who sent this package)
Life is all about learning line upon line and precept upon precept. As I look back on my mission experience I can see how much I’ve grown. I have so much to learn and I am so grateful for the Lord’s tender, guiding hand in my life.
“If you knew who God is, you’d give up Muay Thai on Sundays” A missionary told me that the other day and it is so true. If you knew who God is, you’d give up whatever sin is keeping you from coming closer to Him. I’m striving to better my relationship with Him daily.
That’s all I have for today:)
P.S. The international ward meets in this building and it was way weird to speak english. Also I’m really awkward around white people now. I dont know how to speak english or talk to people anymore haha
Hello!! So this week we did lots of service with a smile! We helped a member run an english presentation at her school, we hacked down a forest (or as the thai people say- we just pulled some weeds), and we taught one of my favorite investigators (Brother Dom).
But……..we spent most of the week in the hospital.
Long story short: I got really sick on Tuesday. Fever, chills, nauseous. I couldn’t stand up without throwing up (I threw up NINE times). The mission nurse said it was the stomach virus so we just stayed in. On Wednesday I woke up thinking I was probably going to be fine but I got up and threw up again and I hadn’t drank any water in 24 hours so we went to the hospital. The hospital decided it was just food poisoning so they gave me some medicine. I was literally in the wheelchair and they were about to take me out of the front desk to go home when I got SUPER cold and started throwing up again. Well at that point they couldn’t release me so they hooked me up to an IV. They decided I couldn’t leave the hospital until I could drink some water and eat a little. So that meant I had to stay the night. In a hospital. In Thailand. Ugh. It’s a nice hospital though. It’s just not the same. Especially when you don’t speak the language (at least not medical technical language). Funny thing. They tried to ask me if I had gone the bathroom but they were using a fancier word (they have like everyday language and then like higher class language) and I didn’t know that word so I was like what?? And all the nurse knew how to say was “you poo poo?” haha One doctor asked if I “defecated” so weird. Anyway, the next day we are in the hospital and I was like well time to go home! But they were like, you need to eat breakfast. Nothing sounded good. I was so nauseous. But I picked at some fruit to appease them. About an hour later I had such a bad stomachache and asked to go to the bathroom. When I was done they came to get me (I had an IV attached to me so they had to help me go to and from the bathroom) and I threw up again…..Anyway, they wouldn’t let me out of the hospital so I stayed another night. But it was really good. I needed the IV. In short, I had some kind of inflammation of my bowels so I’m taking antibiotics right now for that. But I don’t know how to say that in Thai so I tell all the members I just had food poisoning. And that’s my story:) It was a cool experience but I would NEVER do it again.
The day I got out of the hospital we were both so tired of laying around that we were like, let’s get out there and teach!!! And we went to go and teach one of our investigators (biked and everything) but about 5 minutes into the lesson I turned to my junior companion and just whispered to her, this is your lesson, I’m gonna throw up. I barely made it through the lesson haha. We kind of took it easier the rest of the day much to our dismay.
This week though, I just want to testify that God knows all of us and all of our needs. There was one night I was in the hospital and I was just so tired. I couldn’t sleep because the IV was super uncomfortable and I just felt restless and annoyed. I didn’t want to be in the hospital and I certainly didn’t want to be away from the work. I got on my knees on the hospital bed and just prayed for peace. A few minutes later I fell asleep. Guys, I didn’t see God or Jesus Christ. I didn’t hear a voice whisper to me or anything but God immediately answered my prayer with what I needed, enough comfort to fall asleep. I know He heard my prayer and I know He lives.
Love you all!:)
Best birthday present EVER:) A member gave it to be after church on Sunday and I was so shocked and happy:) also I biked home with it #sistermissionaryskills
The work is moving along here. Sometimes when I look back at the numbers, it looks pretty slow, but when I look back at the people I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. One of our investigators showed up at church on Sunday which was AWESOME but we had some chaos regarding who was teaching gospel principles class and then after church more confusion so I hope he comes back next week. We were in the middle of planning that night and I just felt so bad that his FIRST time at church was so stressful and I was just like, hold up Sister Nixon, we need to pray! so we did. And it really helped. We also found 3 new investigators Sunday morning which is a miracle because our Zone Leader said if we could find 3 new investigators (referrals) by Sunday night, he would buy us each 100 baht worth of ice cream (that’s only 4 dollars but it’s a lot here). Also, it’s a miracle because we found new people to teach too:) haha it’s not alll about the ice cream;)
We had zone conference just the other day!! (we now have zone conference with President every transfer). I loved it. It definitely enlightened me and gave me a lot more energy and motivation to get out there and get to work.
We have been trying to help this young man who has been less active prepare to be a missionary and he has made major improvement the past few transfers. This week he got a hair cut!! Woo!! That was important enough for me to put into my weekly email, yes.
Guys, this gospel is the most important thing in my life. Without the gospel I would have nothing. I would not have the happiness that I have. With the gospel I have greater perspective on life, I feel of God’s love and I know I have great potential. It’s a special blessing to be able to run around Thailand and say with as much power and testimony as I can, I KNOW GOD LIVES.
Other than that, we hear we are going to get big news this week so I’ll keep you updated!
Not much to say other than I love Thailand!!! And I love God!
Miracles: an amazing companion, fantastic members, and tender mercies from the Lord at every corner
We are starting to work really hard with the members. We have given everyone a little hand out that has quotes from Elder Oaks talk last conference (Yes, I typed it in thai myself) and are setting up return appointments with every one of them to see how their progress in sharing the gospel is going!:)
A white man named Brin came up to us and very poetically and eloquently bible bashed us. We politely smiled, bore our testimony of the truth of this gospel and then tried not to laugh when he “Blessed us” that our minds would be clear and we would be able to better decipher truth and escape this false doctrine. I’ve never really faced that before! No one even knows who God is here.
Please open your mouth and share the gospel with all those around you!! This is the latter days, the last dispensation! God will fill your mouth. I promise.
There are three things all members can do to help share the gospel, regardless of the circumstances in which they live and work. All of us should do all of these.
First, we can all pray for desire to help with this vital part of the work of salvation. All efforts begin with desire.
Second, we can keep the commandments ourselves. Faithful, obedient members are the most persuasive witnesses of the truth and value of the restored gospel. Even more important, faithful members will always have the Savior’s Spirit to be with them to guide them as they seek to participate in the great work of sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Third, we can pray for inspiration on what we can do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel with others. This is different than praying for the missionaries or praying for what others can do. We should pray for what we can do personally. When we pray, we should remember that prayers for this kind of inspiration will be answered if accompanied by a commitment—something the scriptures call “real intent” or “full purpose of heart.” Pray with a commitment to act upon the inspiration you receive, promising the Lord that if He will inspire you to speak to someone about the gospel, you will do it.
I love you all!