- Dear Brother and Sister Higginson ,I am happy to inform you that your son, John Kimball Higginson, has been scheduled to travel home at the conclusion of his mission on 10 Aug 2018 .In order to start the process for your son's return home I need the name of the airport where you will pick up Elder Higginson . If you know the airport code that would be helpful to me. I will be requesting his travel along with other missionaries leaving at that time.I also would like to ask for your current email address. I will add this to the request for travel and you will be sent the proposed travel when it is booked and the final itinerary about a month before departure.Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to come to Thailand to pick up your missionary. I have additional information that I will email. I will need the airport he would have flown into regardless so I can start the reimbursement process for you.Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.Sincerely,Sister GayThailand Bangkok Mission Secretary
Friday, March 2, 2018
President Nelson and Elder Holland will be visiting our mission next month. We are preparing and very excited. Temples.
It spoke of many things that are coming to pass and amazing things that will happen. We love Lao.
One special thing it talked about was the young ones in the family and the children. It talks about their influence on their families but also in Lao and bringing people unto Christ.
All I can say is that Lao has the most amazing, humble, and Spirit-filled children in the world. We have had a very sacred opportunity to teach many. We have a great big Primary that is rapidly growing.
Us 4 Elders were meant to be here because of our love for Children.
Children come with their member friends and then they bring more of their friends. What is most amazing is the example they are to others. One of the children, ຕຸກຕາ is probably more spiritual and mature than us Elders combined. She is 11. Although she has only come for about a month, she knows her Savior. She especially understands the sacredness of the sacrament, as she folds her arms, prays, and thinks of Christ. She will be baptized soon.
I wish you could meet them all. We have baptized many and many are to come. But what is most amazing is how much I have learned from them. These children have taught me what Christ means when He says to be as little children.
Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, If ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
They are humble, happy and joyful, reverent, respectful, and so so loving.
I now know. I love the Lao children here more than anything.
ຝື່ຈັ້ງ, ນູດີ, ວຽງ, ວິໄລວັນ, ຕຸກຕາ, ທ໋ອບ, ໃສ່ນ້ຳ, ໝໍ, ກີນ້ອຍ, ລຳໃຫຍ່, ໂດ, ແລະອີກຫຼາຍຄົນ.
I also love the deaf children. (: They turn any hard day into the best day.
John 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus.
Commitment: Read Mosiah 3:19 and counsel how you are going to 'becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.'
I love you 💙😊
Posted by Tawnie at 7:04 PM
Saturday, February 17, 2018
This week we called dozens of handicapped people across the country of Lao, including Lepers, victims of war, and random elderly people, in order to help distribute wheelchairs for DIC. A couple days later, we did some 'product control' and had a look at the new set they're making. Then we got to ride them down a ramp and back up. The brakes on mine weren't working so it was pretty scary because I almost hit a van. Good thing we tried them out first and a handicapped person didn't end up even more handicapped because of the impaired brakes. We also taught lots of great English classes and are off to a good start of the new term. For those of you who haven't gotten on board yet, DIC is what keeps us here in Lao. Usually we don't have this many DIC obligations, but this week the senior couples needed some extra help.
But the real reason we're here is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel. Despite our unique circumstances, we've found ways we can do this while keeping the laws here. We went and encouraged some of our investigators this week. We send our investigators and recent converts scriptures to read all the time. We had a great spiritual thought at family home evening about how the gospel can heal us. We got to visit some members that we haven't been able to get to know as much. One of our investigators was interviewed for baptism this week and passed! She will be baptized this Sunday! Her name is Sanya. Her mom was baptized a few months ago. We've been teaching her forever but we didn't want her to get baptized just because her mom told her to. So we kept teaching and sending scriptures patiently and then BAM! one day it was like a spark went off and she was suddenly interested and now she's ready.
We also saw a camel.
Posted by Tawnie at 1:58 AM
Now I, Elder Higginson, write somewhat as seemeth me good;
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would liken the scriptures unto yourselves, and ponder these things in your hearts.
The Love of God has been on my mind.
What I love the most and really am trying to be better at is pondering.
Pondering to me is like conversating with the Spirit.
When I pray and study, pondering takes over and my mind is taken away on a spiritual adventure. The experiences I have are like Nephi's in 1 Nephi 11, except the being taken away into a high mountain part haha.
The Spirit knows my desires, and He is constantly telling me to Look and Look.
Anywho, one thing I loved from this last week was reading about the Love of God.
Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
As ya prolly know แล้ว, the Spirit here is talking about Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the literal, physical proof of the Love of God.
I love teaching the Plan of Salvation. God created this plan for us and our progress. We sin though, and cannot return to Heaven if we are unclean. But because God loves us, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior. The Love of God.
God gave us Jesus Christ because He loves us.
Through Jesus Christ, we also feel of God's Love.
Through Jesus Christ, we also feel of God's Love.
Whether we are experiencing repentance, being comforted in trials, or experiencing the joy of life and family... this is the Love of God.
Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
One more neat thing was visiting with a member named Jim Lee (who is a big golfer 😊😊😊). He told us about the question that made him both interested in and converted to Jesus Christ.
Why do you pray to Buddha? Jesus Christ prayed to a higher being, and so did Buddha. So why do you pray to him and not that higher being?
He spoke of how he feels praying is and how it should be done and that has helped me so much.
Praying should be a special Father and son experience. Hey dad, how are you? And I miss you.
We should talk to him as we would to our fathers. We kindly ask for advice and help.
When He speaks, we do not interrupt.
Thanks for your love.
I invite you to liken yourself to the scriptures more. Let the scriptures ask you questions and challenge you to be better.
Bye love you.💙
Posted by Tawnie at 1:55 AM
Saturday, February 10, 2018
We began English classes again after a long break. Hard getting used to the schedule but its good. I love serving others and seeing them learn and grow.
Life is good. Lao is good.
So many things happen daily where I think: ' Before my mission, this is the last thing I thought I'd do as a missionary. '
Such as watching our investigator's baptismal program in the US over skype on a projector in the sacrament meeting room with about 14 people.
Or leading out a group message with a few monks and talking about good things.
Getting a passport that says 'issued in Laos.'
I have a long list.
Make life interesting.
I love you 💙
Posted by Tawnie at 10:38 PM
Friday, February 2, 2018
I am going to start off this email with a tribute to my companion, Elder Fjeldsted. Figured I may as well since this is our 3rd transfer as companions haha. He went to BYU before serving. He was leadership in the Student Association. He is from Minnesota, which is home to many many Lao and Hmong people. We are in the same MTC group, and also we both sang at General Conference together. We have so much fun together and I have learned so much from him.
We both are into 'attributing' everything to the Spirit. Any random thought that comes into one of our minds, we will just go and do it. Sometimes the same prompting will come to both of us at the same time. We both focus really hard on recognizing the Spirit and acting on it immediately. Sometimes it takes us to do crazy things or be late to places, but it always ends with neat experiences and positive results.
We had the neatest lesson the other day. We facetimed with ແສງເພັດ Saengphet, and his wife and family was with us at the church. We taught about temples and eternal families. It was a great lesson and bearing testimony of these two things felt so amazing to me. It felt so good, and I miss the temple. And I LOVE eternal families. We then asked ແສງມະນີ Saengmani if she had anything she wanted to share. She gave the most real testimomy I have ever heard.
She said and I quote: I know what these Elders are saying is true. I don't really know the temple, and I have never been; but I feel it is good and true. The members who have been before talk and testify of it and although I have never been, I know it is something that we need to focus on. Ths Spirit has told me all this.
Saengphet then said: which temple would you like to get sealed in? I'll let you choose.
It was so neat. Although they're separated now, they will get to be together for eternity. It was so neat seeing their true love for eachother and desire to follow God as a Family.
He gets baptized in a few days.
Because of that lesson, their daughter ຊັນຢ້າ Sanya has finally had a desire to learn and progress.
We have started wearing differently designed nametags. They have a picture of a family on them.
Although we cannot have the Savior's name on our chests, we will represent the next most important thing. Family. Also it contains the word Charity; the Pure Love of Christ. 😊
Along with my nametag, I changed my name to ໂຢຮັນ Yohan which is John's name in the Bible. Haha.
Saengmani also asked if dad is half chinese or half asian somehow haha. Niiiice.
I am so grateful for Family. Before my mission I may not have shown it, but you are the most important thing in my life. This Hope of an eternal family drives and changes people. It drives and is changing me as I preach it to the world. I know that Families can be together Forever, and I will do whatever it takes to receive that. I Hope we all will. I love each one of you. 😊💙
Families are Forever
2 Nephi 2
Up & Up
Posted by Tawnie at 10:37 PM