Thai Fruit is DELICIOUS

“Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.”
I wrote a poem too: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I am a missionary, and you can be too!!”
Oh I’m so clever.
Anyway, seriously, please just go love the little missionaries serving in your areas and give them huge hugs (Parker, this is not permission to go hug the sister missionaries). And help them with the work wherever possible!!
This week was absolutely fantastically supercalifragilistically superbly impossibly awesome! (haha and in case any of you were wondering, I do teach my Thai companion these completely useful and real English words).
We prayed extremely hard and 5 of our investigators came to church on Sunday!!! Sister อี๋ว (pronounced “ew”) is the cutest thing ever. She even answered questions in Relief Society! We love her so much. Unfortunately her place of work is kind of going under so she might move back to where her family lives and there are no missionaries in that area:( She said she wants to keep praying and reading the scriptures though. I know God will provide for her. We are also teaching a mother and her daughter and when we taught them the plan of salvation and asked if they wanted to live together forever their reaction was priceless: Mom: “do you want to live with me forever? Or are you already bored of mom?” Daughter: *teasingly pinches her mom’s cheek* “aww of course not” I miss my own family so much but I am so grateful to be here teaching more families about how they can be together forever.
So in Thailand it is extremely rude to kick the back of someone’s foot. It shows extreme disrespect. So I’m kind of naturally clumsy….I may or may not have broken a pot, a clock, and a shelf my first semester of college…and anyway, while walking I accidentally kicked the back of Brother Cruz’s and then Brother Ice’s shoes twice. They’re my age and don’t care as much especially knowing it was an accident and that I was sincerely sorry but I was just like, okay I give up on this walking thing haha.
Sorry this email is so short. There were so many miracles and amazing experiences from this week. I love each and every one of you.
This week the plan of salvation has popped up in my studies so much. An eternal perspective on life is so so so important. We are God’s children sent to this earth to be tested for only a small moment before we return back to God again. Let us all strive to be the best we can be in this short mortal existence. Let us focus on who we are and whose we are:)
Here’s a fun conversation from a few weeks ago:
Elder Wager: sometimes Sister Casper’s smiles get weaker and weaker throughout the day haha
Sister Casper: But I’m still smiling!!
Elder Blad: yeah but is that smile coming from the inside or the outside because if it’s coming from the outside it isn’t really real?
Sister Casper: Maybe, but sometimes when you can’t smile from the inside, start from the outside and the inside will follow suit:)
I truly believe that. If you aren’t happy or feeling very loving towards someone, smile, serve, sing, etc and I promise you will begin to actually feel happiness and charity.
Also I need to know what a group of kittens is called. A gaggle? A flock? A meow? Please respond. This is urgent as the other day a “group” of kittens followed me and my companion down the street and it was the cutest thing ever but I have no word to describe it. Thank you.
And if you have a favorite picture of Jesus send it to me through email:)! Sometimes I feel weird just bearing my testimony every week when I know so many of you have amazing, strong testimonies yourself so feel free to share it with me!:) I’d love it. And pictures of you and your family and your dog and your house. I love seeing pictures.
Love,
Sister Casper
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Thank you for all the BEAUTIFUL emails! Look ma! No tears! But in all seriousness, no tears this week:) Hard moments and struggles but all smiles:) Thank you for the prayers and love. I know God loves you and me. And I love Him. That’s still about all I can say in Thai but that’s okay because it is so true. It is the essence of this gospel. God loves us so He gave us a plan and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love Him so I will try my very best to follow that plan. And I know God loves all of His children so I will try to help them know of and follow His plan too to have true happiness.
Sorry if I send a bunch of emails this week but I have a bunch of pictures that I can finally send! Yay! Although I hear pictures of me are floating around Facebook…
When you are watching the District for training and get SO EXCITED that you just have to take a selfie with the mini TV…..my trainer might think I’m a little insane (for all of you who don’t know, the District was filmed in my home ward in San Antonio and this is my old Bishop and awesome, amazing family friend Bishop Miller!!!)

This is the cutest little Thai girl:)) Sister อิม. She’s a recent convert. I love her to death. We have an awesome secret handshake and everything. (we just finished sports night if you can’t tell…haha)  I LOVE Sport’s night. Great opportunity to get families to the church and lately we’ve had so many adorable little Thai children and their guardians come. I taught them Red Light, Green Light. One of the families is SO cute. We gave them a tour of the church and will hopefully have the opportunity to teach them about the gospel in the next upcoming week or two when they have free time!! 
At some old Buddhist วัด (temples). Super hot but very cool. Today we are going to go visit a haunted วัด so wish me luck!!

Cool story: We were about to teach english class and this awesome girl walks in. We aren’t ready to start yet so we start talking to her and one of the elders asked her how she knew about english class. Well, she just points at me and was like, she invited me. I couldn’t remember exactly where but Sister Hassaya and I thought about it after class and she figured it out: we were on…for lack of a better word…the back of a pick up truck (it’s how we travel here but there are benches and a covering) when this awesome girl got on. We didn’t talk, I just smiled at her and said hello. Just as we were about to get off her hat flies of the truck and no one catches it in time. We were getting off so I couldn’t say or do anything and just handed her a pass along card and told her I was sorry that happened. And she ended up coming to english class! She was super sweet! The Lord’s hand guides this work. Getting people to english class isn’t the goal, but getting them to church is and I feel like if she keeps coming she’ll want to learn more. She’s the cutest human being ever. She asked to take a picture with me too:) So fun.



Our district!! It’s pretty small but so much fun:)
Also! I feel like I should share the good news of my friends and family too!!
1. My brother got a 30 on the ACT!! He’s a mind blowing genius. Wow. Also he’s cute. And available. Just so all you single girls know.
2. MY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED IN LESS THAN 30 DAYS!! So happy for her:))) Wish I could be there but I’ll be there in spirit…and a picture of me better be there too.
3. My roommate and one of my best friends is getting married too!!!!!! Congratulations Noelle!!:))
4. Lindsey Tobler, Jacob Williams and Ashly Weight are about to go serve missions!!!! They will be great instruments in the hands of the Lord
5. My other sister has the cutest kids EVER. Also, she’s cute too. But not available….obviously…..She’s hilarious and if you ever need someone to lift you up, just talk to her.
6. I don’t know what’s going on in Adam’s life…He doesn’t email me;) jk jk. He’s cool. He’s rocking the college life.
Oh and yes….starting soon, sisters in my mission can wear pants:) haha I know many of you were curious.
The Lord has always answered my prayers. Every time I’ve knelt in fervent prayer, pleading for His guidance and love, He has freely given it in one form or another. Every. Time. I am so grateful for this gospel. I am grateful for God’s plan for me. I know my Savior lives. This week my testimony of the Book of Mormon grew so much. It is such a powerful book. It truly contains the words of God.
I love you all,
Sister Casper