Monday, July 2, 2018

Idleness Robs Happiness

This is advice John gave to a RC who is struggling to not be idle. I think it is good advice for John and everyone.

You need to remember with everything you do, does it make you a better person? 
Its mandatory that we stay busy. 
Its part of Gods plan for us. 
If we are lazy and don't do anything then we are ruining Gods plan for us.  
If we look for good things to do and just DO IT then God will help us be successful and will build upon us.
If you want to go to America then you can! If you find good things to do and have goals and plans.
Things that make you forget or not focus on your goals need to be removed from your life.
Sometimes that can be friends. 
This is why God gives us commandments. 
He tells us not to do things that distract us from our goals or that keep us from achieving them faster.

I asked her what her plans and goals are and she told me them but feels she cant do them.

So i said first off she needs confidence in herself.
She said how?
Pray Build your faith in God Then build your faith in yourself which means being confident with yourself.  Believe that you can do things and then go do those things.
Then a second ago she sent this



"I have a testimony that i need to tell you.. about that day when i counseled with you about and you gave me suggestions..so i went and did what you said. Do you remember? When i said i want to speak english well and interpret really well And today!! I went to find sister nidnoy in relief society but on my way sister Meldrum stopped me because she couldt communicate with president khonsavanh. There was no one else that could help then. And sister meldtum asked me to help. I was reallt nervous and scared because i really lack confidence. So i thought about what you said about having faith in God and then having Faith in myself because God has Faith in us. So i went in and translated and i thought about God and I was able to translate everything including the meeting after. In the end i had success."

True Love

I've really really enjoyed my time as a missionary. I love Laos and Thailand, and especially the people.

President and Sister Johnson chose to come to Laos for their last Sunday as Mission President.

I also interviewed with him for the last time. I will always be grateful for him. President asked what I have learned and become as a missionary.

There are many many things I've learned. I've learned soooo much. But all I can think about is the people whenever anyone asks about mission. I usually don't remember stories or experiences as much as I remember the people and my love for them.

Yesterday I had one of those days where I realized my time here is short, but really wish it wasn't.

We spent all day visiting legendary members who live hours away. We visited them in their shacks, their rice fields, and their villages.

Sometimes I get too used to the fact that I am living among legends. I am amongst amazing people who are the pioneers of Laos and are currently making history. These people who struggle with lacking full religious freedom still invite literally everyone to go to church and come unto Christ even though the church is hours away.

These amazing members have been in prison for this cause. They face hard opposition and trials.

I am so blessed to serve here. Although we work all day with barely time to even study, it still feels like we are on the sidelines watching God and the members build His Kingdom.

The Lao members reach out to everyone. They make everyone family. Its so neat seeing little packs of members throughout many separate villages in the provinces and being a light and love to them.

I love these people. I can't even put the words tovether to express how much they mean to me. They truly are amazing people who have real Faith and always act on that Faith. Being able to teach so many family and friends and helping bring back less active family and friends brings me so much joy. I love love love these people.

Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time; yea, and perhaps until the day I die.

There is so much happening in the Church's young age here in Laos. I desire more than annnnnything right now to be here for the next decade or so and see religious freedom slowly be granted and Church's built throughout the country and in the member's own villages.

I love Laos. And I love the work here. God set us up for the perfect opportunity to follow Jesus' example and minister to the people. All we do here in Laos is minister to the members. We visit them, we bless them, we be a friend to them, we help them not be lonely, we eat their food to make them happy, we are happy with them, and we love them.

Ministering has a new meaning to me. I love love love the Savior and being able to do as He did truly gives me the greatest of joy and I love this feeling. I looooove these Lao members and I never ever want to leave them.

They have changed my life.

They are legends.


Love, Elder Higginson 💙
 

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