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!
We had zone conference and District Conference last week. It was amazing. I got to be with both of my “daughters” for three days. If you can’t tell by my smile, I was super super happy.
I also got to see everyone from my last area at church. These are some of God’s elect children that I had the privilege of teaching while I was over in Sakon Nakhon. I cried while saying goodbye for the second time but the one on the far right (who got baptized soon after I left the area) said “it’s okay. we will see you at the temple” so of course I started crying more.
Anyway, this week all the members are hyped for missionary work because a member of the Seventy spoke to everyone about the importance of member missionary work. He forbade them from saying they aren’t free! so we are definitely excited for this week!
Also he spoke about marriage and then (because I was sitting in the front row) he looked right at me and said “now missionaries, hold your horses”. hahaha:)
But seriously, seeing my old companion and the members who I had grown to love and had been through so much with made me so happy. And it got me thinking about how I’ll feel when I see my Heavenly Father and Savior again. This week try and think of how you’ll feel when you see God again and what He will say to you about your work and life here on this earth.
I know God loves each and every one of you:)!!
Aww:) Love these girls so so much! Sister First, Cream and Ploy. They will change the world!:)
Your missionary in Thailand
You know when you’re just so happy that you don’t feel like you can even contain it in your body and it just starts pouring out through your limbs and you can’t keep still? Yeah. I’m that happy this week. (credit for that quote said by my daughter, Sister Coleman)
Nothing really spectacular happened this week but when you feel God’s love in your heart, everything is spectacular.
1. We shaved pig ears, cut down trees, fed ducks, washed random people’s dishes for them, shoveled dirt on the side of the road, lots of other fun service thingies
2. We have mission tour this week and District Conference and Sister Casper might have to translate at District Conference. I really hope not but we will see! Pray for me!!
3. We saw amazing miracles with our investigators and LAs that we are working with this week.
4. Amazing experience with a strong member in our branch. The Elders hinted she needed a visit. We go over there to serve a lot but we don’t usually just sit down and share a scripture with her so we repented and then went to her house that night to share God’s love with her. As soon as we started talking to her the spirit flooded the house. She sews for a living. All day. Every day. She has a very high maintenance autistic daughter and her son is being a teenage boy and adventuring down a little side path rather than the straight and narrow. We testified to her of God’s love for her and we shared my favorite scripture in Alma 26:27. The spirit testified to me that God loves His children. This week as we met an investigator whose sister is dying, this member whose son is traveling dangerous paths, a recent convert who didn’t even have enough money for food, and many others (including myself) I pondered the question “why does God allow evil and suffering to occur?” As I studied this question in my personal study my trust in God and the Savior grew. Would a God, who you know loves you, give you something that wasn’t good for you and your eternal progression? NO! I really do love this gospel. I hope the people I come in contact with see that.
5. Apparently I can’t speak english. We were informed this week that we can’t end sentences with prepositions hence “where are you from?” is incorrect and so now our District says “From whence do you hither?” instead. Just thought I’d let you know.
6. Also Sister Francks almost sneezed out rice. yes, we are in Asia.
There are dinosaurs in Thailand. FYI.
I think the biggest thing I learned this week was about charity. And that’s what God’s love is; charity. God gave me a glimpse into what a life with charity is like. That doesn’t mean to say I didn’t feel upset when corrected or that I wasn’t a little frustrated when commitments weren’t kept but I continuously tried to pray for God’s divine gift of charity and I discovered how much better life is like with love. Life is so much happier.
Attached is a video of our 65 plus RC just hacking at a piece of wood. She’s crazy awesome.
Love you all!!