Transfers, city life, and cereal:)

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:)
Keep fighting!:)
Love,
Sister Casper
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

Service with a smile and hospitals without

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!:)
Sister Casper

เป็นคนไทยแล้ว

 
I’ve discovered I am not the best at writing emails home but thanks for still loving me:)

On Monday the CUTEST thing happened. So after President Tiger took us to get Mexican food (he’s in the mission presidency and lives here in Udorn. FUNNIEST guy ever. Speaks english fluently and loves to tease) we went back to work. Sister Nixon and I planned to visit a less active family for FHE and teach their daughter (who is our investigator). So we get there and start teaching and all of a sudden all of their dogs (they have TWENTY) start going crazy. Barking up a storm. We go outside the house and there are about 10 members from the branch standing there with a cake and a guitar.

I felt so loved in that moment. I went to thank the person who made me the cake and she was like, don’t cry Sister Casper!! haha Good day. Good day.
We are also working with this amazing guy named Brother Dom. He just surprises every week with how much he has progressed. He has been prepared by the Lord. I’m scared I’m leaving Udorn next transfer but I asked President if I could stay and  he said probably!:)
I’ve started teaching piano here in Udorn. Not regularly and not to a ton of people, but a few members have asked and I’m here to share my testimony and talents. Right now I’m teaching a cute little RC (he’s ten). We are trying to work with his mom who is not a member and kind of against everything church related. But she’s slowly opening her heart. I’m also going to start teaching another member (15) who has been pretty less active but is coming back. I’m seeing more fruits from this than I thought I would!
Sister and Elder Hart (the senior couple) make the missionaries waffles every Sunday night. It is the best thing ever. 

Also I miss Panera.
I hope all of you study your scriptures and the words of the apostles daily. God has something to tell each of you.
Do I really have to leave Thailand someday? Thailand is where I am coming to know who God is.
I love you all!
Sister Casper
The house of an investigator we visited the other day. Count your many blessings everyone.

Turtles, Ice cream, and investigators:)!

Hello:)

Best birthday present EVER:) A member gave it to be after church on Sunday and I was so shocked and happy:) also I biked home with it #sistermissionaryskills
The work is moving along here. Sometimes when I look back at the numbers, it looks pretty slow, but when I look back at the people I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. One of our investigators showed up at church on Sunday which was AWESOME but we had some chaos regarding who was teaching gospel principles class and then after church more confusion so I hope he comes back next week. We were in the middle of planning that night and I just felt so bad that his FIRST time at church was so stressful and I was just like, hold up Sister Nixon, we need to pray! so we did. And it really helped. We also found 3 new investigators Sunday morning which is a miracle because our Zone Leader said if we could find 3 new investigators (referrals) by Sunday night, he would buy us each 100 baht worth of ice cream (that’s only 4 dollars but it’s a lot here). Also, it’s a miracle because we found new people to teach too:) haha it’s not alll about the ice cream;)
We had zone conference just the other day!! (we now have zone conference with President every transfer). I loved it. It definitely enlightened me and gave me a lot more energy and motivation to get out there and get to work.
We have been trying to help this young man who has been less active prepare to be a missionary and he has made major improvement the past few transfers. This week he got a hair cut!! Woo!! That was important enough for me to put into my weekly email, yes.
Guys, this gospel is the most important thing in my life. Without the gospel I would have nothing. I would not have the happiness that I have. With the gospel I have greater perspective on life, I feel of God’s love and I know I have great potential. It’s a special blessing to be able to run around Thailand and say with as much power and testimony as I can, I KNOW GOD LIVES.
Other than that, we hear we are going to get big news this week so I’ll keep you updated!
Love,
Sister Casper!:)

I LOVE THAILAND!!

Not much to say other than I love Thailand!!! And I love God!


Miracles: an amazing companion, fantastic members, and tender mercies from the Lord at every corner

We are starting to work really hard with the members. We have given everyone a little hand out that has quotes from Elder Oaks talk last conference (Yes, I typed it in thai myself) and are setting up return appointments with every one of them to see how their progress in sharing the gospel is going!:)

A white man named Brin came up to us and very poetically and eloquently bible bashed us. We politely smiled, bore our testimony of the truth of this gospel and then tried not to laugh when he “Blessed us” that our minds would be clear and we would be able to better decipher truth and escape this false doctrine. I’ve never really faced that before! No one even knows who God is here.
Please open your mouth and share the gospel with all those around you!! This is the latter days, the last dispensation! God will fill your mouth. I promise.

There are three things all members can do to help share the gospel, regardless of the circumstances in which they live and work. All of us should do all of these.

First, we can all pray for desire to help with this vital part of the work of salvation. All efforts begin with desire.

Second, we can keep the commandments ourselves. Faithful, obedient members are the most persuasive witnesses of the truth and value of the restored gospel. Even more important, faithful members will always have the Savior’s Spirit to be with them to guide them as they seek to participate in the great work of sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Third, we can pray for inspiration on what we can do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel with others. This is different than praying for the missionaries or praying for what others can do. We should pray for what we can do personally. When we pray, we should remember that prayers for this kind of inspiration will be answered if accompanied by a commitment—something the scriptures call “real intent” or “full purpose of heart.” Pray with a commitment to act upon the inspiration you receive, promising the Lord that if He will inspire you to speak to someone about the gospel, you will do it.

good luck!

I love you all!

Sister Casper

Brother Jo!

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This is Brother Jo:)
He lived in America for 9 years though so we call him Bro Jo. Well sometimes I call him dad (that’s a Thai culture thing).
ANYWAY, I’ve been teaching Brother Jo the past THIRTEEN weeks. It has been a roller coaster of a 13 weeks. From “Brother Jo, what the heck??? why did you drink with your friends yesterday??? ughhhh” to when we’d ask him to pray and we’d get all ready to pray (heads bowed, arms crossed) as he would get on his knees and look up at us and then wait for us to follow suit. He’s such a good guy. His faith manifests itself differently than mine but his faith is there and I’m so proud of him and grateful that I was able to help him come to know God. At first, and even now, he EPITOMIZES the scripture john 7:17. Do the will to know the doctrine. Every commandment, he was willing to keep but honestly he did not believe in God. He wanted to know God though so he was willing to do everything we (God) asked. I can’t wait to see the good he does for the church here in Udorn.
Other things?
We ate pizza this week. NO. we MADE pizza this week. The senior couple went home last week which means we got all of their left over food AND their oven. It was heavenly.
I love the sacred time I have to study the scriptures each day. I feel at peace with myself and with my life here on earth.
I love the people here so much. I can’t imagine ever leaving them.
I love you all! Pray daily. If you feel like no one is listening, ask Him straight out if He is there. If you really want to know and are willing to look for the answer, He will tell you
Sister Casper

2017 :)

Good morning!!

This email comes to you from the great city of Udorn at 5 am! (we are going to go on an adventure today so decided to email before just in case).
Updates!!
I am still in Udorn (it’s close to Laos)
I have a new companion! Her name is Sister Nixon. She is from Wyoming and she is the sweetest thing ever. This story basically describes her personality: the other day we were about to start companionship study off with a hymn and I went to go grab my hymnbook but realized it wasn’t there. I told my companion “dang it, my hymn book must be downstairs”. Without a second to think, Sister Nixon bolted, I mean BOLTED, out of her chair and booked it downstairs to grab my hymnbook from off the table. And she’s super patient with me like when I cry because a member I’ve been working with so hard for 2 transfers didn’t come to his own little sister’s baptism or when I cry because I receive a really really good email from a friend. (I tear up so easily now:P Happiness, sadness, stress, hunger, all of the above)
Other updates? It is almost mango season so you know what that means!! Mango sticky rice!!! I’m so excited.
It’s 2017!
Miracles!!
So right now we have an investigator who only speaks Isan (it’s a dialect of Thai closer to Laos). Most people here speak Isan but they also speak Thai. This investigator doesn’t:P And since I don’t have a Thai companion anymore I really get to see the gift of tongues in play. Sometimes I walk out of those lessons still not knowing exactly what was said but I receive confirmation from the Holy Ghost that God will help her. She has two friends at church and they helped us teach the 10 commandments. It was a miracle because literally just the day before we taught her, the Elders had taught these two members the 10 commandments so they were all excited and ready to teach their new friend and I could trust that it would be explained correctly.
For part of this week (long story short) the other sister and I were companions and looked after two areas. It was amazing. We were looking for an investigator of hers and we thought we had found the house and went inside and sat down with the father and daughter while waiting for the mother. When the mother arrived, we realized she was the wrong Sister Da but we sat down and taught them anyway:) And they were actually really interested! And were in my area!! We also taught another cute little family just because we happened to be listening to the spirit and in the right place and at the right time.
Also! I found out why my back hurts so dang much. Did you know it is possible to mount your bike wrong every day multiple times a day for a whole year?? Because I have been. Unfortunately the correct way is a little hard in a skirt but I’ll try.
I love you all!! PLEASE READ YOUR BOOK OF MORMON EVERYDAY. Not for my sake, but for your happiness. And always keep in remembrance the power of prayer.
Until next week!
Sister Casper

Trust in Him

Guys!

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!

Tired :)

Out here in the Thailand Bangkok Mission we are tired and happy:)
So many miracles this week. SO MANY MIRACLES. But still no time;)
You all are the best. I have been inspired by your examples and your love. Keep at it!
LOVE YOU,
Sister Casper:)

THE FIELD IS WHITE

“For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul”

On Saturday we went and harvested rice all day!!! What an amazing day of service. Doctrine and Covenants section 4 really came to life to me as I “thrusted in my sickle” for hours in the Thailand heat. I came back that day with a sunburn, a headache, rice all over my clothes, metaphors galore and a greater understanding of my purpose as a missionary.
1. The field is white. When God says the field is white He really means it. There was a lot of dang rice in that field of white. We were cutting all day and still weren’t done. God has prepared so many people for us to go and find. We need all the help we can get. Not just missionaries but members too.
2. I’ve never harvested rice before. Someone could come up to me and explain how to do it for 6 hours with a demonstration and a powerpoint presentation and I still wouldn’t be any better. You just have to get started, maybe even make a few mistakes, but that’s the only way to get the work done. Don’t be afraid to share the gospel with anyone and everyone! The spirit is a powerful tool in conversion and brings power to our words.
3. Something that kept coming to my mind was how easy it would be for those fields and fields of rice to burn. If you were to tell a farmer that you knew his rice fields would burn, all of it, tomorrow, what do you think  he would do today? THRUST IN HIS SICKLE WITH ALL HIS MIGHT. We know that Christ is coming soon, that the judgement day is near. So NOW is the time to get out there and work with all our might. The day of rest will come but for now let’s show our faith to the Lord and get to work!:)
This all being said I am no where near a perfect, or even good, missionary. But I know God is proud of my efforts. And yours. He loves all of you perfectly. Don’t ever forget that. You are precious to Him. And if you are precious to Him just think about all His sons and daughters on this earth whom He loves that have yet to taste of His love.

Sister ออย was baptized this week!!!:)) She is so cute. I had the privilege of teaching her a few times but she was already completely prepared by the Lord and ready to accept all that He asked of her.
I hope all of you had a wonderful thanksgiving in America! We certainly did out here!:) A member made us some AMAZING thanksgiving food. And then we had to bike home from his house (which was really far) and we almost threw up but it was fun:)
Also I got me and my companion lost for two hours the other day……But lost=new friends=new experiences=more exercise so that’s okay.
I love you all!!
Sister Casper