Just a quick email for today!
Miracle: Yesterday I got really sick during church but we had a lot of great appointments set up so we didn’t take a break. I have to explain real quick that in our mission we have a goal for every companionship to get 4 new investigators every week. The first day of the transfer, Sister Williamson and I decided that since this goal was set by God through our mission president that we would never let a week go by without reaching that goal. Well…..last night we had a lesson set up with a solid potential investigator at around 7 at night (it was going to be perfect, we had only found 3 new investigators that week and she was going to be our fourth) but she didn’t come….At this point I feel like a car has hit me. I’m pretty sure I had a fever and I barely had the energy to walk. My companion turned to me and said, well what are we going to do? And with no hesitation I told her, we are going to go and find that last investigator. We invited for about 40 minutes with no success. As an STL I testify to my sisters that they can find 4 new investigators a week no matter what and I knew God had someone prepared for us. We couldn’t go home! I just held on to that faith as we talked to everyone we saw. At around 8:00 we get a call from the potential investigator we had set that appointment up with saying she wanted to meet at her apartment. We went over there and had an amazing lesson about…well everything! She was so interested and had so many questions!! When we trust in God, He guides us. I wish I had realized what faith really meant at the beginning of my mission (and I’m sure I still don’t know everything haha) My mission really changed when I learned about faith.
Also, we got permission to go to a soccer game haha. My district is hilarious. I love them.
Yes we eat meat off the side of the road. Don’t tell my mom.
Love you all!!
I know all you want is pictures this week anyway…:)
Before all the fun (flowered button ups are not optional)
Caught up with some old companions in Bangkok:)
So basically during Songkran (for three days) there are no rules. Everything is free game. You can just soak people, passing cars and motorcycles with water guns, buckets of water, anything, anyone, anywhere. Everyone carries their phones in ziplocks because it’s too dangerous not to! We went to this street called Siam on pday and we just drenched each other. It was way fun:) sister Wi and I didn’t stay all day because we have the same personality and got tired after only a few hours:)
This was a nice shot taken just as an Elder threw a bucket of water at us
Matching water gun back packs:)
Overall a really fun day participating in a great thai celebration:) Only regret: didn’t see Sister Coleman (another past companion) but it turns out we were at different streets haha.
Also: a monk came to church. This is all his monk stuff on a chair in the foyer. The other sisters invited him and he showed up. So crazy:) This gospel is for everyone:)
I love Thailand and I love the Thai people.
Also as we talked about Easter and resurrection this past week, it kept coming back to family history. My dad’s going to say “I told you so” but one of my biggest regrets is not having done family history before my mission. I definitely am going to go back and work hard on my family history. The prophets and Christ himself testify of the importance of doing family history and so many blessings are promised from it!
I love you all!!
Hello!! Long time, no email! Today is SONGKRAN!! the day we run around with water guns and everyone gets drenched haha.
Here’s a summary (provided by our mission president) of the symbolism of the water festival:
The Songkran Festival is also known as the traditional Thai new year. The Songkran Festival is a time when family and friends gather to pay gratitude to elders and to visit temples for prayer and offering. Songkran literally means to pass or to move on. The Songkran Festival is also a time when Thai people cleanse and pour water mixed with Thai fragrance on Buddha images. The festival also showcases a bathing ritual where the people pour water on the senior Buddhist monks. The process is believed to bring good luck to them. The young people pay gratitude and also show a sign of respect to elders in a sacred ritual, which involves pouring down scented water on their hands and also giving them new clothes. The Songkran Festival is a time when the Thai people splash water on themselves, which they believe will cause plenty of rainfall in the coming year. Water is also used to cleanse themselves from bad things.The bad things of Songkran Festival is that the carnal world turns an event such as this into a time to party hard and to lose all control.
No time, elders say it’s time to go! But I just wanted to bear testimony about my Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the saddest things about this week is that no one, not even the members, know it is Easter. I love Easter. It is a time to reflect on our devotion to Jesus Christ. I know that because He lives, I can live with my family for eternity. I know He lives. As Easter comes around this year, I hope we all remember Him and His sacrifice for us.
Love you all!
No time at all because I officially registered for classes today (so weird, I still have 5 months left! don’t rush me BYU!)
A few items of business:
1. Funny story: We called our investigator Brother Guy this past week thinking he was still going to be too sick to be baptized and the funniest conversation ensued:
Us: how are you brother guy?
him (in english): GREATS (that’s how they say Great. Kind of like Grace haha)
Us: oh why?
Him (in thai): I am better! I can be baptized on Sunday!
Anyway, he was baptized on Sunday along with another investigator of the elders. He was so excited and happy to be baptized. It made me so happy to see him enter into the covenant and understand what it meant. I don’t know if I mentioned but Brother Guy is actually chinese. Anyway, the girl in black next to him in the picture is his girlfriend (she’s a member) and now I want them to go get married in the temple haha. He bore a beautiful testimony that God lives.
2. Next week is the Thai water festival (songkran). This is why people want to serve in thailand (seriously). it’s a huge deal and like the whole country shuts down for it. Thus our pday is moving so we can also enjoy the water festival with the thais:) We won’t have pday until April 14th so you won’t hear from me until then. (also, mom, my zone conference is april 13th so you will be seeing pictures soon enough).
3. I’ve never been happier in my life because I get to spend all day every day with Sister Williamson. 😉
4. I want to bear my testimony that I know God lives and that He loves us. I know through Jesus Christ we can feel forgiven and at peace with ourselves as we progress and repent each and everyday. I know the Book of Mormon is true.
I love you all!!
I’m so excited to watch conference this weekend!:) we haven’t seen it yet over here