On Sunday I was able to meet Brother Bunmaa. He is Elder Xaiyavong's younger brother who was baptized just a couple weeks ago. He is amazing and we are already best friends. He loves to share the gospel and help us teach.
Going by first names is still so weird and when people call me it usually takes a few times for me to respond haha. I've asked the Elders to call me Elder in the house and at church. I can't handle it hahaha. Just call me Elder when I get home and I won't have a panic attack.
I love Lao. It has been globalized pretty hard from the rest of the world. There's so much culture and food from all over the world, including a North Korean restaurant which we ate at. It is run by the North Korean government. The waitresses are a lil awkward and creepy but we just laughed and joked around and everything was okay. They'd keep turning on these propaganda videos for the restaurant. But we were the only people there. It was a good experience.
Lao, of what I've learned/heard/experienced, is a very humble and sweet country. Sadly it has been pretty compelled to be humble. Through great wars in the past century, Lao has not been treated too great. France and Japan with many others didn't treat Lao too well during the World Wars. And then during the Vietnam war, America sent bombing raids for a long time over the entire eastern side of Lao. This country is ranked the number one most bombed place in the world. Australia has kinda tried to pick up this place and start a lot of programs in english and doctors, etc. Which is great and all but the way they do it is kinda lame. I can explain later haha.
Anywho, these days many countries have come back to Lao saying sorry and helping rebuild this place and give the amazing Lao people better lives. President Obama even visited here just over a year ago.
So we are in Vientiane (pronounced Wiangjan), and here just has every culture and people and language you could imagine. Not religion though haha. If you go outside of the capitol city its 100% Laotion people but yeah.
I love this place.
We get beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Just what I needed. As well as awesome rainstorms. We were also informed that a Typhoon is headed right for us so I'm excited for that.
I sleep in a hammock every night. Hopefully the new house will be ready soon. Prolly early next week.
Elder Jarem Saunders is such a great guy and I am so grateful to be his companion. He's training me here well.
Lao sign language is going great. Lao even better. This language is so so fun. We visit the Def Boarding School about every day. These kids are amazing. You can just see in their eyes how pure and sweet they are. What hit me hard was when I spoke (spoke?) with this one girl who looks and acts so much like Leah. It kinda hit me what these sweet lil kid's lives are like. A world with no sound, but they still manage to have so much joy and fun and happiness. For brief little seconds I can try to feel how they do. I have so much love for them. And I really can feel God's love for them. They are amazing. I know Heavenly Father watches over these children.
One more fun thing that occurs pretty often is Lao people asking me if I am ຄົນລາວ (a Lao person). Others usually ask if I am ລູກຄຶ່ງໄທລາວ( half Lao and half-Thai). I don't know what it is. I do tan easy and I love the people and culture but I didn't know I was becoming one haha. Also I'm like twice as tall as these people so it just makes no sense hahaha.
life has a beautiful crazy design
I love you (: 💙
Love, Elder Higginson
here i just want to stay
amazing day amazing day