Hello!! Happy Mother’s Day mommy!!
We couldn’t be with our own mom’s on mother’s day so we prepared lots of little treats for some of the members and senior missionaries who have been like “moms” to us.
April showers bring May investigators!!!!! After much prayer and fasting we found an amazing investigator who is prepared to be baptized at the end of this month!! She is so prepared and keeps every commitment. She has a relationship with God that started way before we met her even though she didn’t know who He was.
Me and a member talking a pic in the bathroom haha
I love you all!
See you later!
Update: I am still in Don Muang but I have a new companion! Her name is Sister Darunee. She is from Udorn Thailand (where I served about 3 months ago). She is amazing. She has such an energy for the work and really understands and cares for evey investigator.
Right now as Sister Training Leaders we are watching over 4 new greenies!! I love greenies! I can’t wait to switch off with them.
Other things? The BYU folk dance group came to our ward yesterday and then gave an amazing fireside for the members here. Also, Elder Cook is coming in a few weeks and we get to see him!
We are praying and fasting that our investigators will continue to see the importance of the gospel in their lives as they progress toward baptism. Right now we are specifically praying that we will find someone who will be prepared to be baptized this month (May). We know God will help us as we strive to reach the goal set by our Mission President!
Sorry it’s so short!
I love you all!
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