We received news about Thomas S Monson the hour it happened. We were somewhat sad but mostly felt at peace. I am going to miss Tommy. He was the best.
Since Lao doesnt really get ANYTHING translated or get news from the Church, or even have much church material...the members here still dont really know that he passed away yet.
I received a phone call yesterday from the Branch President's wife. She is the sweetest person ever. She asked why there were so many pictures of Tommy on social media. I told her that he passed away. She cried for a few minutes and we bore testimony to eachother. She loved him soooo much and so do all the members here. They are amazing.
Commitment: Read his last talk titled 'The Power of the Book of Mormon.'
Watch his Special Witness of Jesus Christ video on the Book of Mormon
Tommy Monsons main messages during his reign were Missionary Work and the Book of Mormon. I hope you will ponder and apply what he testifies of in those two talks.
In the next few months, we will be getting a new Lao Book of Mormon. Also, the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price will be printed in Lao. I am so excited for this. The Lao Book of Mormon is great but even when I was first learning Lao I could tell it needed some changes haha.
One big thing I have learned on my mission.
America is the best.
I know my Americans dont think that way. But it is true. I can guarantee that most missionaries who served out of the US agree. We are the best. Our country, cannot be beat. But also the amount of things our country does for other countries is amazing. First off the US Embassy in Lao is literally the nicest building in the country of Lao. But for a real reason... the CMR.
Center for Medical Rehabilitation. This is where we spend most our days. Whether its hanging out, teaching English, visiting with deaf children, or studying. I loooooove this place. It is my Disneyland. America also plays a huge part for this place. Although America has had a really shaky history with Lao and Vietnam, we have come back and done amazing things.
One day while we were teaching deaf children, this delivery truck showed up full of donation supplies. It was packed to the top with many heavy items labeled from Japan. I helped unload and thought, man I wonder if America donates anything to the deaf children. I thought. A few minutes later as we got deeper into the truck...there appeared hundreds of massive bulky bags labeled USA on them. They were heavy and took 3 people to carty 1.
There are so so so many little moments like these where I get so proud and bleed red white and blue.
I like to ask others what they think about America. The answers I get from especially Australians and Canadians is: " you think you are the best."
We are the best. When friend DJ Bassett and I heard that from one of our Australian friends, we took no hurt from it. We looked at eachother and said: yeah youre right. We are the best.
The greatest conference talk given ever. 1975 by Vaughn J Featherstone.
I think it is time we should all awaken. Our concern isn’t about the flames of freedom which burn so brightly in our generation; the concern is that in the upcoming generation the fire has never been kindled. Our youth have never known anything but criticism of the United States of America. We need some faithful, free-loving patriots who will issue forth a clear, loud trumpet call. Remember Paul’s counsel: “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare … to the battle?” (1 Cor. 14:8.) Freedom ought to ring in the heart of every Latter-day Saint regardless of his country.
We as Americans need to see the blessings of life in America more. Its sad growing up in such an amazing country hearing nothing but bashing on the country.
I love America. And my heart is proud for America. I desire so much for Americans to feel the same. Imagine how much greater America would be if Americans loved America.
"But Watchman, What of the Night?
I am thankful for America and Tommy Monson and for Lao and my mission and my family and the deaf children and the Lao members and Jesus Christ. (:
What a blessing.
Love Elder Higginson