Sunday, December 25, 2016

Kamphaeng Phet - Christmas

As simple and amazing as Christ's Gospel is, I love how deep it goes as well. Recently, I have really enjoyed reading from the Teaching's of the President's of the Church. They have so many simple, happy truths... as well as way deep doctrine that really makes you think. Pondering is so good. Always be pondering for good. Allow the Lord to teach and inspire your heart and your mind.

2 Nephi 19:6 or Isaiah 9:6
      For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Was a very interesting Christmas for sure. Nothing like the rest I have had. Even the ward barely recognized it as a different day. But sure gave me a different perspective on what Christmas is. Gave me a whole lot more time to focus on Christ and I love that.

Matthew 26:41
     Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Just a real good reminder to keep your Spirits clean, treat YOURSELF with some respect (: That's all. Matthew 26 is so good. If you haven't read it lately, try it out.

Also a very good recommendation I have is to read in Preach My Gospel: The Book of Mormon, Chapter 5. Read through it, and then approach The Book of Mormon in a completely new way. With more purpose than you have ever sought from it before. The Book of Mormon is amazing. The Book of Mormon answers the great questions of the soul. As we read it, the Spirit will guide us. We will be open to blessings and revelation. The Book of Mormon is the number one thing you should go to if seeking revelation (which should be Always). The Book of Mormon helps us understand that God's commandments are only guideposts to a happy abundant life. The Book of Mormon can help with anything. I have learned that personally and continue receiving more and more that testimony. Help others feel the spiritual power of The Book of Mormon. Study and utilize The Book of Mormon in a consistent and humble way so that the Lord can communicate to you and that you might learn and apply His will to your daily life. Seek out the unmistakable witness that it is True.

Well, I had my first dreams in Thai this week haha. Twice. The first, I became a District Leader this coming transfer and trained a missionary as well. It was way cool.

I just really want to get the message to everyone, Start Now. Begin now. Strive to come closer to Christ. Strive to follow His commandments with exactness. Strive to make your study and prayers more sincere. As I have tried to do this, I only realize more and more that this Gospel is true. It brings so much hope knowing that I can rely on the Gospel even if times are hard. Along with gaining more testimony, you WILL be shaken by Satan more and more. This is a truth. That is what he is set to do. But he also tries to make you think he really isn't there. That both Christ and himself are just a myth. Don't give in. Along with ALWAYS knowing Christ and Father are real, never ever ignore the fact that Satan is real too. Use that knowledge against him. As you are shaken more and more by Satan, as long as you handle it right, your faith will grow so strong.

I am slowly but surely learning the many true purposes of a mission. It is a real good feeling. More to come.

We had a pretty interesting Christmas party. I won UNO 4 out of 5 games with about 10 people. Also won Monopoly twice. Nice. I made a new friend named Men. He is 14, but is like the only Thai basketball player I have met here so far. Wish sports were a bigger deal here haha. Anywho, I'm trying to take advantage because we literally never exercise and I am going crazy since I never get to play sports. Men invites me to play basketball since he plays pretty often and I'm excited to play again. I share the Gospel with him in return even though we haven't gotten to playing yet. There's like this Professional Thai League that plays on this outdoor court in my area almost daily. One day I want to go challenge them all haha. Challenge them to baptism as well of course.

Christmas Eve, we had a random black dude named Frankus stop by 'just to say Merry Christmas.' Way good guy. We talked about God and stuff for a while. He absolutely loves the Holy Bible, and God. Then he went off on a way long tangent about God and how no one needs church they just need God. Never once said anything against our church, just saying weird stuff. For example, 'you could be God, I could be God, he could be God.' It went on for a while and the moment I felt inspired I immediately blurted out 'Have you ever heard of the Book of Mormon?' He quieted down and said 'Nope.' So he was introduced to it, we explained it is another book just like the Bible, that testifies Jesus Christ is real. I explained the 'other sheep which are not of this fold.' It was good. We sent him on his way with a Merry Christmas and a big smile and wave. Hoping he truly finds out the truth for himself and stops by again one day.

Had a cool thought one night. Can't remember if it is from the scriptures or what but it just came to my head.

       He believes in me, even when I do not believe in myself.

Always remember that truth as well. Just remember everything, okay?

2 Nephi 25:23 
      For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ...for it is by His grace that we are saved.

Learned some crazy Thai dialect with two of our investigators one day. Called the Yisan Language. That was fun.

There is nothing better than being a missionary.

Keep your flame burning - Brother Lamar Bangerter (Thank you for that, I will never forget it)

I love you (: 

was so good getting to see and talk to you this morning.

"And I held your hand through all of these years, but still, you have all of me"





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เอ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kamphaeng Phet

Faith,
Behold, all ye that kindle fire, that compass yourselves with sparks, walk in the LIGHT of your fire and in the sparks which ye have kindled.

I'm going to start out by talking about food. I ran out of MSF, in the middle of the month. I drink almost a gallon of milk a day. I eat equivalent to 7+ meals a day. The members watches me in awe, and wonder 'where the heck does it all go?' Well I am a walking wonder. Because even through all this, I have only lost weight. Real confusing. But food is good haha.

During one night, as I ate 3 plates of chicken steak and a bunch of fries... I explained my favorite movie to a few ward members in Thai. Interstellar. Used all my vocab up to the very limits but wow it was so cool to explain such a deep, confusing, awesome movie, in a completely different language. Only thing better is explaining the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in a different language. I love it. 2 Nephi 9:13 'O how great is the plan of our God!' 

One thing I found really cool this week was in Preach My Gospel. In the Plan of Salvation Chapter, it says: God's whole purpose is to enable each of us to enjoy all His blessings.' How special is that. Us compared to God, we are nothing. But He wants us to literally have everything and more. So He took His time and created a plan for us mere mortals (dust of the earth). A really simple plan. And really, anyone who doesn't follow it is really silly. Not only is is simple and easy, but all it does is help you to be a really good person. 
A few paragraphs later: our Purpose in this life is to have joy and prepare to return to God's presence.' What an amazing truth that is. The first thought every time I read that I have is: ' how sad it is that that is literally all we have to do, especially compared to God's purpose.' But really it is so simple and so so special. I love it. I like to add after that line: 'and bring as many of God's Children with us as we can.'

Here is a checklist I made for our life here on earth:
-gain a body
-be tested
-walk by Faith (which includes ordinances and covenants)

As stated by God, that is all we have to do to become like Him.

What A Wonderful Life

2 Nephi 11:4-7 Behold, my soul delighteth...in the truth of the coming of Christ, yea, my soul delighteth in His grace, and in His justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death. There is a God, and He is Christ, and He cometh in the fullness of His own time.

Through the Atonement and living the Gospel, we become worthy to enter the presence of our Heavenly Father permanently.

Jesus Christ literally 'stood in our place and suffered the penalty for our sins.'

Heavenly Father 'can apply mercy {when we have repented and endure to the end} and welcome us into HIs presence.
I love the line: welcome us into His presence.  It feels so good to have someone up there who loves us so much, and does so much for us, although we don't do too much in return. Nothing can pay Him or Christ back. But he still will 'welcome' us into his presence. Just the thought feels so good haha.

Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father are honestly too kind. What can we do to show our gratitude?

Light the World

I love the scriptures. I love prayer. I love the standards, doctrine, teachings, values, missionary work, literally everything about the Gospel. It is so real.

We did one of my favorite things a few times this week and that is going to make new friends. We biked around the town quite a bit on last Tuesday. I had us stop at this school and we just walked into the gymnasium where a class was taking place. I made some new friends. We hung around for a while,  I talked about our Church and invited them to learn before we left. They were really excited. It is so cool what you can do as a missionary. And as a tall white kid haha. No one believes I am 18.

We have done a lot to prepare and celebrate the birth of Christ. And to bring others to the True purpose of this Christmas season. We taught some good lessons, went to a Christmas celebration at a protestant church. Honestly there is just so much I do in a week that I never thought I would ever do in my life. Thailand is awesome. I love being a missionary. There is so much to share and even so little time to even write it in my journal.

We had a Zone Conference up in Chiang Mai. It is cold up there. Way cold. It was very unexpected. Such a cool place up there. Had the funnest day. I have made so many missionary friends too and it was so good to see so many familiar faces. Hadn't seen a white face in a while. (;

I'd say yesterday was the best day for sure. We taught 3.5 lessons. Also got to talk this cool member through anxiety. He has depression, anxiety, and bipolarity. Way crazy but such an amazing person. It is sooooo fun and makes me feel like I have purpose so much talking to him. He brought a white friend with him last night to the church. Her name is Brin. After a while, I talked to her for quite a bit. She has grown up in North Carolina. Has never met a Mormon until she met the one Brother. Says she was real confused because Mormons don't have the best stereotype back where she lives. She said she is a different kind of religion like atheism where she doesn't believe in any religion and doesn't believe any can be proven true. Anywho I was just being a friend to her. Then eventually I snuck into the Gospel. Told her about an experience I had when I was little and had another kid tell me a bunch of bad things about our church. Anywho, can't remember exactly but I snuck in the Plan of Salvation and the Light of Christ etc. Eventually she said: you have really changed my opinion on mormons. You guys are amazing. It feels so good being here like I just have no sense of being uncomfortable here even though I thought I would, and you... just have this something about you. Like you are just so... chill. Like you have good vibes and you just have something good about you." I quoted that. It sounds weird but I explained to her about the Holy Ghost and a bunch of other stuff. And I got to bear my testimony, in english. For the first time in forever. It felt so good and she really felt something. She said she wants to come back the next day. So so cool. The Gospel is True.

Well, that's about it. Pray and read your scriptures kids. It'll do good to ya haha. Seek that revelation.

I love you!

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เอ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Transferred.

We knew we wouldn't hear from John on his usual p-day because of a Christmas devotional but then we didn't hear from him for two weeks. Finally he wrote and said that he got a call from a missionary from the MTC thanking him for his love and example and told him he was going home. A while later, John got a call from the mission president that he was moving John up north to replace a missionary who was going home.  He packed and left early the next morning for his new area.
John is struggling a little bit because his companion doesn't like to work much and it makes it hard. I fear that this new companions work ethic may have added to the feeling and eventual leaving of the previous missionary.  So sad.
John misses his old ward but says he is doing great and is trying to stay busy studying and learning.  He said he had too much on his mind and it was easier to send pictures of his journal instead of write so we were lucky to read about nine pages of his journal.  He writes a lot in his journal. It helps him relieve stress and frustrations. We're happy he has found ways to work through some of the hard things.
I'm forwarding the one little email we got with pictures.
Thank you friends and family for your love and support of John!! He feels so much gratitude for every one of you and has been amazing at recognizing his blessings while on this mission.
We love you too.
Love, John and Tawnie

From John:
Bangkhen is gone. I have been moved to kamphaeng phet. It is a way cool place. There aren't any other missionaries within 3 hours of us. It is a small town in the middle of nowhere. People every where talk and look at me like they've never seen a dang white man before. It's funny but I love the people here.
















Sent from my iPhone

Monday, November 28, 2016

Extra email week 8

Heavenly Father and Christ are real. I know it. And I am so grateful for Them. They give everyone Hope & Light. They give opportunity and changes for better. There is nothing better and nothing other than them that can give us eternal life with our families. Take advantage of it.    
They love you and offer you everything!!!

Week Eight - Bangkhen





Saturday, November 26, 2016

Week Seven - Bangkhen

Hey there!

We had a really great week. Investigator work has really really slowed down, but we are still working really hard. Got a lot of LA work in too. Niiiiice.

On Monday we went to the old lady's funeral. In Thailand for the members they do both a Buddhist and an LDS funeral cause it's like a strict culture thing to have monks do something. But it was wayyy cool. At Buddhist funerals they give away a lot of gifts and you go throw a flower in where the body is.  Then they go cremate it. That night we had family night with an awesome family. So we weren't able to go anywhere for Loi Krothong for lanterns, but we still got to float away our wishes on little plant boats haha. Watched the super moon til really late. 

Tuesday I bought a lot of pens. And it wasn't until then when I realized I have like 50 pens and all of them are blue hahaha. During gym time I ran my best mile ever. I've been working on it every day here. Ran a 4:44!!! It felt so good mentally and so bad physically haha. Taught english, which was really intense because Transfer calls were that night but we didn't know when. We taught a way good lesson with a Sister investigator about the commandments. It is such a good feeling to participate more in a conversion process. We eventually got calls and I still got the same companion! Elder V is moving out and we got Elder Brooke who is a way good guy. Lots of missionaries in my Phii group (the group that came right before us) have lots of responsibility. Cause their group and my group make up like half the mission I guess haha. So there is a good chance I could be a DL and/or trainer next transfer! Nice. Made my blessing book. Nice.

Wednesday I don't even remember it was a slow day. Buuuuuut... that night was awesome. Book of Mormon reading with members, investigators, everyone is the best. Especially when you can finally understand what is going on. For some reason every activity that happens, they want me to share a thought. So I shared Moroni 7:47 about Charity and Love. It was cool like bearing my testimony about Charity and Love and Christ. In a different language and with the Spirit. Coolest feeling. After I said amen a couple members just said 'wow'. Then we closed and had a lovely rest of the night haha.  Had a couple Elders from an area 8 hours away spend the night, and were up way late. Was a fun time though. MAde my new daily planner, wrote a looooooot of deep thoughts in my journal. 

Thursday we had transfers. Got a package from the family and I was the happiest boy. Put up the traditional hand turkey. Had a way fun time with taxi drivers and talking about the Gospel. Prepared a few investigators for baptism this sunday but then found out we have stake conference so we are working that out haha. Our ward is gonna be split probably! AS well as our stake. Big changes! 

Friday I set the record for the farthest plane thrown off our building. Nice. Had some cool thoughts about this texting thing Elder Weaver and I do. We have a list of people we send a scripture to every day. And I have done it every day because Weaver thinks I'm like this Book of Mormon master haha.

Had a way deep thought process about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Was a way cool experience.
Because on Monday and Tuesday, I was feeling great about how well the language is coming and all that. Then Tuesday afternoon, it left me. I was defeated. Haha I could not communicate or understand anything. So before Book of Mormon reading tuesday night, I repented real hard. Then went to the activity. Immediately it was all back, and I had a way good time. Heavenly Father gave me a way good lesson on humbleness and gratitude haha. That was a way cool testimony building experience.
I then wrote like 4 pages on the Gospel. There are 5 points to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End. I won't write it all down, but basically it was that for absolutely everyone, the Gospel needs to be a daily thing. Not just for new people to the Gospel. Every day you should check your Faith. Show Christ and Father your dedication and belief and love to Them. Fix ANY doubts through the scriptures and prayer. Repentance should always be a daily thing. Avoid having to repent, but also repent for everything. Recognize what you are compared to God and be humble. Repentance builds upon your faith. AFter Baptism, it becomes a weekly thing through the sacrament. But it also is a daily thing. You should be preparing for the sacrament each day through Faith and Repentance. The Holy Ghost supports all the other points as well. Always check your Faith and check your worthiness of the Spirit each day. Use the Atonement. Always pray for and seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Last is Endure to the End. Make each point an important part of your life. Never slack off or get lazy. Strive to share the Gospel, which helps make it all so much more enjoyable. Look forward to things in life. Be 100%. God loves you and there is no other better team to be on. Evaluate where you are every day. Also, Have You Done Any Good In The World Today? The Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be heard through every ear and can only make every person's life better if acted upon.

There it is. REal summarized and sounds weird and like a step by step list. Also didn't include the like 200 scriptures I referenced haha. Enjoy.

Sunday was weird but still good. Visited some really sketch LA's who kept mocking God and Christ and bein real rude to their mother who is a great member. They were the farthest thing from interested, but they were still kinda nice to us. We have been working on them a while. When we finally left, the daughter walked us to the Taxi, and then asked 'Why don't you two ever give up?' Elder Weaver replied in the most perfect way. And then we left. An hour or so later we got a call from that girl. She told us she wants to help us teach investigators. Was the weirdest and most exciting thing. LA's are hard but are also crazy and fun. Visited quite a few yesterday. Lots of liars and strange people. But it is good. It is the work of the Lord. We finally got home, studied, and threw a million more planes off the roof.

Then we went to the Zoo this morning. Thailand Zoos are crazy lemme tell ya.

That's a lot of stuff I just wrote I realized. Was such a good week.

I love you (:

Also I forgot to mention why I love sending the scripture texts. I love it cause the people that receive it sometimes tell us about experiences or how 'perfect timing' the texts were. As well as getting to share the amazing Book of Mormon and D&C... I also get to share my favorite scriptures and study in the scriptures for other people. That makes now sense but it is awesome that is all.

เอ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission


Loi Krothong

Best I could do of the supermoon



Transfer 2 daily planner (Christmas Transfer)

Thanks for the care package. Traditional thankful turkey with hand feathers.

I don't know if any of you have heard of a trunky book but most missionaries do it and you write everything you miss in it. I found this book at the store and decided to name it my blessing book. I love writing down my blessings both here and at home. That is all. :)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week Six - Bangkhen











Thursday, November 10, 2016

Week Five - Bangkhen

Another week full of hard work, teaching, and miracles.
I have started transitioning my Personal Studies to studying in full Thai. It is really fun. I have seen a major growth in my language this week and it has been a real blessing.
Monday, oh boy, we went to visit some Ancient Temples. It is no wonder Thailand is known as the Ancient Kingdom of Siam. It is unreal. So gorgeous and so ancient. There is so much culture and amazing temples and beautiful things everywhere.... except my area. But that is okay because there is 21 months left. 
Tuesday: we went to visit the old lady who hasn't been doing too well for a while. She is finally in a hospital. It is so sad. She was a really good member until her health has confined her to her bed and her caretakers and son have really been ignorant to her. Just waiting. But she finally got into a hospital. When we finally got there, the members said they had been waiting 5 hours to go in and that we should probably get going because we most likely will not get to go in. I didn't feel right about that, but we decided to get going. We made sure to stall a bit and next thing you know, they came out saying that they would allow just the elder's to enter just for a couple minutes. So we went in and I said a prayer for us while we all held her arm/hands. During the prayer, her heart rate got better I guess and she started improving. I was told that I had helped her. I don't really know how or what but the spirit was soooo strong. We taught English that night, got two really solid, awesome investigators. I committed one to baptism and another to prepare.
We were supposed to have some baptisms this week and this next week but complications with the funeral and lots of other things have made it a little weird. As of right now we have 6 investigators being baptized this month. 
All day wednesday we had a multi-zone conference with Elder Wong who is from the Area of the 70. Way cool guy and he is from Hong Kong!! Awesome.
Next day had 'enlightenment' come to me about Buddhism haha. It's cool how even the weirdest of religions can be traced back to Christ. Elder Weaver and I have figured out Buddhism. Most/All Asian countries and people have a tendency to worship people instead of following teachings.
Taught this way awesome dude. He is actually our gym trainer but, he is the best guy. We finally got a lesson with him. We taught the Plan of Salvation with a little of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in there. It was strategized so perfectly to his needs and the spirit was strong. During the lesson, I was prompted to open up to a scripture. After the main lesson, I had him read it.
3 Nephi 11:33 'And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the Kingdom of God.'
I bore my testimony, (explaining that this is Christ speaking in the scripture), on the Celestial Kingdom, and the importance of baptism as well as the rest of the Gospel. Then I asked him to follow these teachings and be baptized. He said Yes! And we have had a lesson every day with him since.
He leaves near to us so after every lesson we take a bus home with him. He told us his goal of opening up a gym in America. We told him to open it in Utah haha. But one thing he said was: Now I can accomplish this dream, because I have God on my side. He is awesome. His prayers are powerful and his faith is strong. I don't know if I have a picture with him yet but he is as tall as me but has arms like the size of my thighs. He is a way huge Thai dude that works out every day. He is great.
Friday, we had a good time teaching lessons and had sports night. We met this way awesome family and they are fun to hangout with. The dad and the son speak like 8 different languages. The mom speaks Japanese, and the grandma, who lives with them, speaks Chinese. And they all speak Thai as a first language.  They say it is almost impossible for a native English speaker to learn both Chinese and Thai. I'll show em wrong.
Sunday we committed 2 more investigators to baptism in their first lesson. We're getting real good at that haha. A Thailand RM from 4 years ago came to church with his wife and another couple. I translated testimony meeting for them and that was fun.
Okay last thing. This email is way confusing but that's probably cause I haven't slept in over 27 hours. At about 1 am this morning, we left for the Grand Palace of Thailand. We did something this morning that no missionary, or probably any white person has ever done. We got to go into the King's Palace. Wow you can look up this place, but none of the pictures can even show how amazing this place is. It was amazing. We had to have our shoes off everywhere and we weren't allowed to take pictures. I don't know what else to really say about it. We accidentally were part of a Buddhist ceremony for the King's funeral. But Elder V said it was okay for us to show our respect to him. It was awesome.
So many things have happened this transfer. Elder Weaver is a missionary veteran and says this is the craziest, most coolest transfer he has ever had. Both spiritually and with all the crazy stuff going on. I don't know if any transfer can match up to this greenie transfer. Our area hadn't had a single baptism in 6 months til we were here, and Elder Weaver hasn't had a baptism in 8 months til this month. Miracles.
Love you guys (:

                                                              อ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission















Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week four - Bangkhen

Hey la familia
This week was real successful and I love it.
On Monday we went to the tramp park. Way nice place and one of the Elder's from SVU and I had a dunk contest the whole time. We also did a lot of calls that night. My Thai is coming well, I am so blessed. I set up quite a few appointments throughout the week with less actives and former investigators.
Personal Studies are the greatest things ever as always. Tuesday came across Doctrine and Covenants 18.  I marked down verses 13-24, but more specifically 28, 31-36, and 40-45. I could go on for a while but the two I'll say something is verses 28 and 31. Just real great and then 31 quotes me directly. I am THE TWELVE.
We were at the mall for district meeting at Swensen's ice cream, as usual. Then everyone went to the bathroom so I stuck right outside next to an arcade. I kinda gave in to the claw machine game and won a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal my first try. All the elders came out and were like 'WHAT? HOW?' Then they had me go again with their money. And again. And again. Haha. I won 4 straight times and they were shocked asking why I'm so good at everything. What can I say? (,:
Haha. We taught some lessons and had a good day.
Next day I went on a switchoff because there was a district and zone leader meeting at the mission office. Elder Weaver is a DL. So I went with Elder Wilcox who just lives in Farmington! We're good friends so we just contacted all day doing the funniest, funnest games and strategies. It was a good time.
Light.
This last week we have had the coolest rain storms. It's not even rainy season, but they're soooo cool. Rain is one of my favorite things ever and oh boy, walking and inviting for an hour or so in your church clothes in the hardest rain this world has ever had is sooo fun and sure felt like one of the realest mission experiences so far.
Just typing a lil bit from my journal. Wish I could just send you the whole thing. Got 112 pages going. More storms, lessons, a huge rain vortex, real awesome experiences with investigators, some real encouraging moments, etc. We have started waking up early, like 5:00 am, so that we can teach a certain investigator. It's awesome though. We get a two hour gym time right before lunch cause of it.
More awesome study experiences, late night conversations, ohh yeah.
We met with this LA who immediately loved us and stayed around with us all day Friday. Not kidding, Elder Weaver and I probably walked 40 kilometers this day. Our church is a 48 minute walk and we did that walk 8 times! As well as finding houses and investigators in other places also! Soooooo exhausted but it's missionary work and it feels good.
Had some of the loveliest sunsets ever. And oh boy waking up early is sure worth it cause I sit out on the porch and watch the sunrise every day. I've got lots of pictures, be ready.
Elder Weaver and I finally got to buying new sheets for our beds. We ended up not being able to buy them because we only looked at the expensive places. It was one of the most uncomfortable times of my life. Wearing matching clothes, following your friend around and having a million workers help you pick out some sheets cause that's what Asians do. They want to help you buy their stuff. So we keep looking for 2 small twin sized or so sheets but they keep offering us saying "we need just one sheet. And here is a biiiiiig king sized one that will be great!"
And also kept bringing up like big combo sheets with pillow cases and plush blankets etc. Yeah I'm going to be straight up, lots of people think missionaries are just a bunch of gay couples so yeah that's all.
My nametag melted in the heat, more studies, lots of gym time, more staying up way too late talking, haha.
Kinda got a lil too down on myself. We had a realllllly good Saturday with a lot of investigator and less active lessons. We are up to 10 investigators with possibly baptizing 4 of them this next Sunday. Really good lessons but Satan got to  that night. BUT...Heavenly Father does look out for everyone because next morning I had in my mind that 'it's going to be a lovely day.' Still was feeling quite weird but we got to church and very very unexpectedly had 5 of our investigators there. They just showed up! It was awesome! I love them all.
Thai people say my Thai is very good and I speak chat (clear). And in a baptism photo yesterday they said I look like some model, I didn't know who the person they compared me to was haha. Watched some basketball (,: Just had a really good, exhausting week. 

I Love you so much
Take care of the children
Keep the family close
believe in miracles

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เอ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission


​promise my eyes weren't closed .012 seconds before

​learnt from my father
​wish cameras were better at picking up real light haha