Tuesday, June 19, 2018

message from John. Hmong People.

My investigator ຖືຢ່າງ called and talked for 40 minutes straight. He started talking about how he has been trying to find out which church is true cause he previously was baptized at a hmong church. He worrying so much because many many people in his ghist religion and his old church and famiky and frienss are turning on him and him and his mom having been having evil spirit experiences and dreams and stuff. As he vented out to me, he started to figure it out that our message makes sense and all that. He talked about how his mom has been going crazy at the book of mormkn and says she believes in it. Not only that but this book was meanr for hmong people and tied it to the 2nd coming and she was prophesying stuff. When i first met him i knew he was special. He has already brought his parents who live 4 hours away and several friends from 2 hours away. He wants to be a missionary and share the book of mormon to the hmong people everywhere.
I think Pres Nelson will open china, and then maybe some lost hmong tribe (clan) will emerge as the lost tribe i dont know Satan is working hard on him. Like unbelievable. He brought up a lot. But in the end he said, "ever since you taught me the plan and to be baptizedand to endure to the end, i have fced so much opposition but have been revealed so much truth. I promise you i will endure to the end.' He is amazing. Pray for him and his family. Hmong people are amazing.
  I told him that. He's going to be a great warrior in Gods army and Satan doesnt want that. I really believe he will be a huge part of the gospel in Lao and for hmomg people
I shared Ether 12:6 and asked him to read the whole chapter.
 
Especially pray for him because i have this curse that every person i talk about to home, doesnt work out.
Its a curse i have that like the whole mission at one point knew about
So yeah
Need a miracle now haha

Monday, June 18, 2018

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We had our last Zone Conference with President and Sister Johnson.
I love them. They're amazing and I am so grateful for all they've done for me and for Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. They have changed thousands of people's lives including mine.
During Zone Conference I was reflecting back on my own spiritual growth throughout my life. I tried to think back as far possible to the first time I gained a testimony on something.
I can remember it still. Tithing.
My parents have always been so good at raising us children on living basic gospel doctrine and recognizing blessings.
I still remember paying tithing every time I lost a tooth when I was young or when I got birthday money or anything. I remember being around 8 and realizing that each time I pay tithing, I felt happy. I felt like I was doing right. I remember my mom telling me one day that the reason I had so much money (for my age) was because God was blessing me for paying tithing.
I know He was.
In 3 Nephi 24:10, we are promised that when we are full-tithe payers that God will 'open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
On my mission I have honestly missed paying tithing. (I also reallyๆๆๆๆๆๆ miss the temple). I really look forward to participating in this again. 
Tithing was my first testimony, and I cannot deny all the spiritual and good feelings I've had when I pay tithing and in knowing I am a full-tithe payer.
I know it's all true. 😊 
I am grateful for the spiritual growth God has given me since.
The law of Tithing can be a 'make it or break it' deal for many people. But those who atleast try know that it is real. 
I love when investigators pay tithing and the Branch President says: "Elder, who is that?"
Tithing requires extra Faith. But God does open the windows of heaven for us.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God.
I love you 💙
Let us put on the armour of light.
 


Monday, June 11, 2018

Behold, he created Adam, and by Adam came the fall of man. And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son; and because of Jesus Christ came the redemption of man.

And he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgment-seat.

And then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of God.

(Mormon 9:12, Mormon 7:6, Alma 40:25)

Amen.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

everglow

A funny thing about learning new languages and sign language is the new meaning it gives to my English vocabulary.

As most missionaries do, we will speak in Laoglish or Thainglish or Elder Hansen and I will even sign language our secret combinations to eachother.

But another interesting thing that happens is I'll be speaking English and I'll say 2 or 3 English words at the same time.

It happens so much! The most recent example was when I said 'beave' (bail and leave). 

My mind thinks in Lao so much. But for each Lao and Thai word, there are  like 10 different translations into English. So very often I mess up and my mind spits out many English words all at the same timd.

You'll understand what I mean when I'm home haha.


But another really neat thing about learning and focusing on these new languages is how it's also brought more meaning to each individual English word. And although I'm sometimes not the biggest fan of teaching English, teaching it has also brought more meaning in the English language to me.

I'll give a long lecture about it someday, but right now I want to talk about 3 Nephi 18.


Jesus gives counsel on 3 important things.

-prayer
-sacrament
-repentance

Then He returns to Heaven to report to the Father.

He says amazing things. He teaches of the importance of these things.

I think it's the worst how Satan tries to degrade the sacredness of these important things.

Do you think that a message given from the Son of God, right before He ascends into Heaven, is important?

Yes!

We partake of the sacrament in remembrance of him.

'And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.'

He teaches about prayer in verses 15-25.

Then He says: 'give unto you another commandment, and then I must go unto my Father that I may fulfil other commandments which he hath given me.'

He goes on to speak about the sacrament again, but about how we are commanded to not partake of the sacrament unworthily. The Spirit guided me as I explained these verses to an investigator.

Usually we do not partake of the sacrament if we have sinned great sins. But, I believe that we are unworthy to partake of the sacrament for any sin when we are not sincerely trying to overcome that sin.

Meaning, we all sin and have mistakes. To me that doesn't make you unworthy of the sacrament. If you are sincerely trying to overcome your sins, I think you need the sacrament to motivate and uplift you and give you more Spiritual help to be better.

Unworthiness in my ຄວາມຄິດ is sinning, even if it is small sins, and partaking of the sacrament with no plan to change.

If you are striving, I believe you are worthy.

Repentance is all about trying, striving, and not giving up.

As we strive to overcome our sins, don't let feelings of unworthiness get you down and depressed.

I love the example of Nephi.

2 Nephi 4:18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.

As we teach investigators, feeling guilt because of our sins means we have already begun the Repenting process.

Don't let Satan get to you. Don't let him make you feel unworthy if you're trying. 

Don't let him make you think that little small things like prayer and the sacrament won't help you. Because all these 'small and little' things turn out to have great impact and propel us further in our progression.

It is why Prophets and God repeats many times that 'by small and simple means are great things brought to pass.' Get to know that and don't forget it.

I love the scriptures. I love the people I work with. I love Jesus. I love being a missionary and I love the deaf children.

12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.


Remember who hath been your support. He will fill you with His love.



Love, Elder Higginson

Oh, the light that you left me will everglow

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

To Leah for her Baptism

Dear Leah,

I am so excited for your baptism! I am grateful for your good example and decision to be baptized and follow Jesus Christ.

While being a missionary, I have learned how important baptism really is! When we are baptized, we make a promise with Heavenly Father that we will try our best to always do good. We promise that we will follow Jesus Christ.

Because of this promise, your spirit will be clean, you will be blessed, and you will receive the Holy Ghost.

This is a very important day, and I hope you will never forget it. Always remember that you and God are keeping a promise. He will help you be happy every day if you always remember this promise and always remember Jesus Christ.

I am sad I cannot be there for you. But I hope it is a lovely day. You are beautiful and I miss you.

Thank you for being a good example to Ruby.

I'll see you soon!

Love, Elder Higginson

Friday, May 18, 2018

Letter from President Johnson regarding transfers

Dear Missionaries,

I have been working hard on transfers. It is such a challenging, but inspiring process. The Handbooks give me only limited input regarding this process. The primary instruction is this, "As you assign missionaries to proselyting areas, seek inspiration and evaluate carefully the needs of each missionary and of the mission." Although this instruction is brief, it is powerful because it tracks with the process of inspiration found in D&C 9, which is to study things out in our mind and do our part first, then seek the Lord's confirmation and inspiration.

Additional direction I am given is as follows:

"Assign missionaries to areas where members take an active part in missionary work."
"Give missionaries a variety of experiences."

I want you to know that I spend hours thinking and analyzing, evaluating carefully, and seeking the will of the Lord. I spent nearly 16 hours completing this transfer.

The Mission President's Handbook gives one more direction that I want to share with you.

"Transfer missionaries as infrequently as possible. Senior companions in particular need to stay in areas long enough to earn the confidence of local leaders and members and develop strong, cooperative working relationships with them."

I have seen the blessings of strong Church leader, member and missionary relationships when good missionaries serve for significant periods of time in areas. We need to take advantage of situations when things are going well in an area and relationships are strong between Church leaders, members and missionaries.

This gives you some perspective from my side of transfers. Now, from your side. I think of transfers like the story of Lehi's family. When in the wilderness, Lehi assigns his sons to go back to Jerusalem two times, first to get the plates and second to get Ishmael and his family. The assignments to go back to Jerusalem can be compared to transfers. The responses of the sons can be reflective of the responses that you have for transfers.

Laman and Lemuel responded to these assignments as follows: (1) rebel against us; (2) continue to murmur; (3) saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; (4) angry; (5) wroth; (6) hard in hearts; and (7) blind in minds.

Contrast the responses of Laman and Lemuel to these assignments to the responses of Nephi: (1) I will go and do; (2) the Lord shall prepare a way; (3) let us be faithful; (4) it is wisdom in God; (5) let us be strong; (6) led by the Spirit; (7) I did obey; (8) the Lord is able to do all things; and (9) give me strength.

It is your choice. Is your attitude regarding transfers going to fit the description of the attitude of Laman and Lemuel or of Nephi? I hope you choose to have the attitude of Nephi. I promise you that if you have an attitude like unto Nephi, you will find great joy and success over this next transfer.

I love you all. Thank you for your service.

President Johnson

Monday, May 14, 2018

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Sorry we have been lacking email time lately.


We'll make it work.

One of my favorite things to say.


There comes many situations in our lives where we question whether what we currently have is enough to accomplish something. These situations come especially often as missionaries.

Often we have a shortage of time, information, direction, patience, energy, or even Faith; as we go about doing His work.

But so often the Spirit pushes us to go a little further, try a little harder, go this way go that way.

I am grateful for the Spirit who has helped me so much that I can have that confidence that 'we'll make it work.'

Countless experiences have helped build my Faith in the Spirit's help.

We were biking almost 2 hours in the rain and mud to a current missionary's parent's home (who are nonmembers) actually in the middle of nowhere. In this ride we were losing time and patience, we had no direction and little information, and used all of our energy and our Faith. 

We didn't know where they were and started to doubt if they would even be home or if a visit to some nonmembers who dont even have phones or know we are coming would work out. We were exhausted and 2 bikes were broken

Now our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, but something inside me said to go just a little more.

Very quickly, Elder Johnson and I came upon what we thought might be their house. And... the gate was locked. We laughed and then waited for the other 2 to arrive. After some disappointed comments, I was again prompted to keep trying. So Elder Johnson and I hopped the fence. Went to the house and found no one home. After walking around the property for a while, we found them off in the distance picking rice; so we called the others and it turned into a productive and uplifting visit.

It was a really simple but neat experience. I love all I have learned and experienced about with the Spirit on my mission.

In the beginning, I struggled greatly with my testimony of the Spirit. I thought I didn't have Him with me at all. But I've now realized that I didn't understand Him back then. I probably missed many important things.


I'd like to share my testimony of the Holy Ghost. He is here to help everyone. He is ready to help us all. He wants to help us out of our sins, addictions, habits, and error. He wants to guide us onto God's path, but also guide us to help others onto that path.

I feel like I now have close relationship with the Spirit. I used to doubt I had one or ever would. I also understand what those feelings are like if doubt the Spirit and would like to reach out to anyone who currently or ever will do so. 

Heavenly Father is guiding us through His Spirit. He is leading out this great work. I know it.

Whenever you doubt, have a shortage, or feel like you're not enough; remember: 

We'll make it work.

We means you and God.



I love you 💙

my song is love