Saturday, April 7, 2018
One of my testimonies towards the Plan of Salvation is the 'Natural Man.' Mosiah (3:19)
As I think about all the natural desires of our bodies and how we are constantly being tempted to break the commandments, it is a constant reminder to me that 1. Satan is real 2. He eants you to think he's not real and 3. God is training us to overcome these Satan and these evil desires.
In order to become like God; we must have self-control, discipline, and have 'no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.' (Mosiah 5:2)
It can be hard remembering that Satan is real. That is actually what I questioned myself a few minutes ago before I wrote these thoughts down.
As we continuously develop our understanding in Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation, we will find it easy to have Faith in it; because:
It just makes sense.
Study it over and over again from any and every perspective and you will see that it plainly just makes sense. It is real; and because of it making sense and being real, it has brought so many people to know God.
I am so big into teaching and learning simply. I love things that are easy to understand and just make sense. In my favorite scripture, it shows that Nephi is the same:
I glory in plainness. (2 Nephi 33:6)
As we focus on that 'this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God' (Alma 34:32), we will more understand the preparations we must do to be ready.
One of the biggest factors of us coming to earth was to receive a body. Receiving a body is one of God's most important gifts to us. We can learn about this importance through all 4 of the Standard Works, and our modern day Prophets.
Receiving a body is a huuuuge step to becoming like God. But there is so much more to do. Our bodies are very imperfect. We are tempted greatly, we have flaws, and we always struggle.
Fortunately, God gave us commandments and also sent His Son, Jesus Christ with His Gospel and example to help us progress and prepare to become like God. They have given us the clear path.
I truly believe that we are on that path, and that it is real.
We must remember that Satan never received a body. He also caused many of our spiritual siblings to not receive bodies likewise. It is his goal to prevent us from these amazing things and progressing.
We need to remember that this long and hard life is all for our good. We receive bodies and families and can experience things the way God does. We have happiness and sorrows.
We need to remember that we must prepare and train and constantly strive to overcome our mistakes.
We still fail, and usually do because we are natural men and women. But as Lynn G. Robbins said:
"Repentance is God’s ever-accessible gift that allows and enables us to go from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm. Repentance isn’t His backup plan in the event we might fail. Repentance is His plan, knowing that we will.
"Real intent implies with real effort and real change. “Change” is the principal word the Guide to the Scriptures uses to define repentance: “A change of mind and heart that brings a fresh attitude toward God, oneself, and life in general.” That kind of change results in spiritual growth...
Things that don’t change remain the same."
God sent His Son, for us. His Atonement made Change and Repentance possible. Without Him, receiving bodies and families and all this experience would end up with us all driftin away in endless space after this life.
So ຍ່າງໃນເສ້ນທາງນັ້ນຕໍ່ໄປ, and be chill. Forgive others. Be happy. Respond positively. Show gratitude. Stay productive. And help others do good. Learn from mistakes. Serve. Love. And love God.
Men are that they might have joy.
Keep training. Keep preparing.
Fulfill your potential.
'And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.' (Helaman 12:24)
Because it is through His Grace that we are saved, even after all we can do.
I love the Savior and I love love love His Plan of Happiness. 🤗
💙 Elder Higginson
I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.
- Elder Fjeldsted and I spent half a day touring the North to visit several members. On the way up in the back of a ສອງແຖວ (truck), there were 8 people riding along. We talked to 2 french men who were traveling. We helped them understand this funny Lao woman next to them. She was speaking some crazy Northern dialect. On my side of the truck was a few Hmong people who kept switching between Lao, Hmong, and Chinese with one other person.There was one point where I just sat there taking in all the conversations going on. The Language diversity is amazing. French, Lao dialects, Hmong, Chinese, English, and I probably thought in Thai at some point. Nice.On our way back from the trip North, the truck stopped to pick up a woman and her baby. She climbed in, holding her baby in a scarf wrapped around herself. As we began moving again, this young-ish man rammed into the back of the truck. He began yelling: ເອົາລູກມາ (give me the child), over and over.This woman appeared like she had been through a lot. Her face was worn and tired. She was very humble and determined to leave her current circumstances.The man yelled again and then started tugging on her and becoming violent. Eventually he pulled her off, and everyone only watched as she walked away and cried.I don't know the situation. I don't know any backstory; and although I didn't understand what was happening, I have deeply regretted not taking action.I had many thoughts about why mankind naturally watches and doesn't help or take action. It's as if we are programmed to be like the bad guys in the 'Good Samaritan' story.But even more than those thoughts, I had the longest ride ever thinking about the things I could've done. I dreaded the thought of what that woman had to go back to. I absolutely despised the way she was treated.I have spent a long time pondering the value and preciousness and complete importance of every daughter of God.I have read a few times over my mission in President Hinckley's Teachings book, in the chapter titled 'Daughters of God.'President Hinckley speaks from my heart:How thankful I am, how thankful we all must be, for the women in our lives. God bless them. May His great love distill upon them and crown them with luster and beauty, grace and faith....I am grateful now more than ever for all the dear women in my life. My mom, my grandmas, and my sisters have all greatly influenced mine and countless people's lives for good.In that chapter from President Hinckley, he mentions the word 'precious' many many times. God's daughters are so precious to him. And I know it breaks His heart as it does to mine when women are mistreated.I regret not ever showing enough gratitude to all that my mother has done for me.Our mothers are an essential part of God's plan, and accomplish many important things for us.My mother gave me an earthly body, and has helped take care of me every step of the last 20 years of my life.My mother supports me in all I do, and helps me be better from my mistakes. She is my example on trusting and having Faith in God even when its hard. She is my example of diligence, even through hard things like raising 7 children.She is constantly serving her family and others, even though it all goes unnoticed. She is always forgiving and loving.I love you mom.I love my white grandma and brown grandma. They both are amazing examples of charity and love. They have both raised amazing families and continue teaching and serving.I am grateful for my sisters. For my best friend Emily, and also Leah and Ruby.It is now my top priority and promise, to never let anyone disrespect or mistreat any of these precious women in my life.It is my promise that I will act when any woman is being mistreated. It breaks my heart and I will not let that happen again.I really do believe God cherishes and loves us all, but especially His daughters. I know He desires the best for them.Sorry I've had many thoughts and this is all over the place.I guess you could say this is an early mothers day message.Last thing that hurts me is when people amd women demean themselves.From Gordon:No woman can afford to demean herself, to belittle herself, to downgrade her abilities or her capacities. Let each be faithful to the great, divine attributes that are within her.I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you.Love being you....I have been working on Hope lately, and sometimes it really does hurt my heart and soul thinking about all the things I wish I could do to change the world and make people's lives better. These moments as I try to grasp that Hope, are really hard. But I have found that in these moments, we can contact with our Heavenly Father more closely. In this I both find comfort, and know that these people will be okay one day.But also He helps me know that He will help me make the world a better place.I Hope that we can love and respect one another. I Hope we can love and treat women our Father and the Savior do. I Hope we can all act more and help other people have better lives and be better.Anywho thats all.Elder Higginson 💙
Posted by Tawnie at 12:47 PM
Friday, March 30, 2018
Asking another person for help is difficult. It can be difficult because 1. You feel เกรงใจ and don't want to be a burden; or 2. You need to humble yourself.
One of the most frustrating things ever is when someone clearly needs help with something but does not allow us to help or serve, even if we just go and do it.
I feel that asking others for help is something we all should be more open to, especially as we are always requesting help from Heavenly Father. Most of His help and blessings comes through other people.
Asking for help can be an answer to another's prayers, as I'm sure most people are praying for opportunities to serve.
We can also pray to know who we should ask for help from!
Asking for help shows our humility, and also helps another person have more charity.
I hope we can all grow closer together as communities and families as we serve one another and spend more time together.
When someone asks you if you need help with something, please let them help you. (:
Also if the missionaries ask if there is anything you have for them to do or help with, you do; and please let them serve you.
Most Church Members have a deep desire to serve, and it sure would be nice if we all had more opportunities to get out of the house and serve one another.
Also, service can happen through sharing a quick spiritual thought or message. Or even just being some encouragement.
Look for those around you who need some help or need a friend. Be a listener.
Let's help one another be more productive and have more charity.
Let's achieve our potential together.
I love you 😊💙
My song is love, is love I know
And I've got to get that message home
Posted by Tawnie at 1:56 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
- 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 email@example.com 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
Posted by Tawnie at 4:28 PM
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