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!
Let us all be like this little boy:) Despite having just finished a chemo treatment, here he is all smiles, getting ready for a primary talent show. If we could all just “Search, Ponder and Pray” every day as his song implores us to do, we would be on the straight and narrow our whole life and despite any challenges or difficulties we could smile through just as he is:)
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
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!:)