Friday, September 30, 2016

MTC week 9

Still trying to keep my heart up. In my patriarchal blessing it says some special things about the Gathering of Israel and also that 'the Adversary will diligently try to lead you away from such service..." etc etc. and once my mission came I thought : 'oh i guess it just didn't happen or I handled it pretty well.' but no, haha this week he has come all out on me oh boy in ever y way possible. He DOES NOT want me in thailand. And he has gotten to me way too much. But I've been able to endure it. The devotional on sunday was perfect. It was this way funny guy but i felt that his entire talk was directed to me.

As I was going to bed one night I heard a Heavenly voice say to me: just get to Thailand, it will all be worth it. And I realized that what I am going through is only helping me to become stronger and more prepared. It's giving me a lil confidence that since Satan is trying so hard, that means that something real special is waiting for me in Thailand. Also I heard about this wayyyyy cool thing that one of the main Buddhist temples in Thailand has family history work that is a huuuuuuuuge archive but no one is ever allowed to access it. Imagine what the church could do with that! Asians have always been amazing at keeping geneology and I am really wanting to  do some huge things in Thailand haha that's all.
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MTC week 8

Week 9.

This week is going sooooo slow but it has been really good. Satan has been working on me really hard but at the same time Christ has been as well. So yeah I'm kind of a mess. But I can do it!
Some amazing things have happened this week and ofcourse I forgot to bring my journal to emails haha. 
Thailand is so close. And I'm so glad I made the choir to help this week go faster. I am missing on so much study and class time but it's worth it haha. It is going to be so fun. Saturday Afternoon! They put me as a 1st Tenor so I will be right next to the Sisters so be on the lookout (,:
It is a really lovely experience. I love being able to do one of my favorite things, with the most powerful spirit, AND also preparing for a really amazing thing. It's really overwhelming and I love it. But none of that made sense just know I love it haha.

Congrats Savannah!! That is so cool and I am so excited for you to serve in the Dominican Republic!!

My work as a Zone Leader is done so that is fun! We are starting to pack...etc. Dangit I need my journal.

It feel's good to be on the Lord's side. That's all. Next email will be from the other side of the world. 
What a lovely opportunity this is and all the opportunities is opens up as well. My mind is going crazy with so many thoughts haha.

Thanks for all you do. I love you so much and this gospel is true. Always rely on Christ, because even through the most hardest things ever, He has unexpectedly helped me in very unexpected ways.

D&C 34:11

I Glory In Truth
I Glory In My Jesus

On a platform, I'm gonna stand and say:
That I'm nothing on my own,
Got to get that message home.

Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MTC week 7

Still surviving! Some Elders wanted me to cut down on singing all the time, but then I got accepted into the Missionary Choir haha. So look for me during General Conference! One of my dreams is coming true. I'm real excited.

One thing I found out is that the word 'Bangkok' translates to 'City of Angels.' The full name of the city in Thai is like 20 something syllables long but just understand that the Thai language is amazing and I love it haha. It is coming really well and I cannot wait to use it allllll the time.

I finished the Book of Alma, and some of Helamen in under a week. And I have never understood the scriptures as I have been here. Like when I read I am so focused and loving what I am reading. The Book of Mormon is truly amazing.

We have been Skyping people in Thailand lately to give lessons. They are members but it is a good opportunity to use our Thai. I'm loving it. I can hold some really cool conversations speaking only in Thai. Ah I love it. We had 3 straight devotionals held by Apostles. They gave some really good messages. Also they winged it hard like they even admitted to not preparing anything. So they spoke 100% guided by the Spirit and they were really neat.

Well, I don't hate the MTC one bit. I love it. But I need to get out of here. It is getting long but at the same time it is still going fast. One way you know it's getting long is when Google Maps is the funnest thing to do here. It's a hobby amongst most Elders. You should all look at Google Maps it is actually really cool when there isn't much to do hahah.

Found many many cool words in Thai that translate to cool things but the one I wanted to share most is: Spouse.

In Thai: คู่ครอง

which translates to: companion to be ruled by

hahah it is cool.

We got to see a cool addon to Meet The Mormons last week. I was impressed very much by the segments but
one of them got me really excited to be a dad one day.

Like I can't explain how excited I am to teach my kids to love Coldplay, and to love the sky, and
to love sports. But most of all I am really looking forward to teaching my kids to love Christ.

What a lovely opportunity that will be.
I miss Coldplay, the Sky, and yeah even sports sometimes I guess. But a mission is way more worth it.
I love it. I haven't seen a sunset in 2 months so I'm kinda going crazy there. I miss allllll the family
a whole lot. But you are always in my mind and heart. In a way that keeps me motivated.

That's all.

I love you so much

D&C 34:11

Elder John Kimball Higginson

Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Not much to take pictures of.

Up in the middle of the night with a bloody nose.

Monday, September 19, 2016

General Conference Choir

I'll tell you more later but I made the General Conference Choir (: I love you!

Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Letter Six - MTC

me taking down (i'm not allowed to name the elder) who weighs 50 pounds more than me

​Buzz & I early on 9/11

these mirrors are the worst but missionaries are the best
This week has been preeetty good. Tell all the family thanks for all the letters and treats and love. It sure helps a lot and I appreciate it (:

Last Wednesday I was called in to get my final immunization. After it was done I put my shirt on and was walking out when the lady stopped me: "So we just gave you the wrong one." She was pretty nervous about it but fortunately it was just the flu shot. I got super sick from it which was frustrating because I was finally feeling better after having been sick for 4+ weeks. But the worse part was that after getting the right Immunization, they tried to make me pay for the flu shot. But I talked them through it... we chillllll.
The language is coming on really really well. I cannot wait to be immersed in it and actually use it for real. I can't wait to learn it fully also haha.
My district has been a little more open to playing sports so that has been nice. They all think that I'm going to the NBA haha it's a good time.
We got to hear from two apostles this week: D. Todd Christofferson and Russel M. Ballard. That was a good time. I got a lot out of those.
I accidentally swore in Thai when talking to my teacher about basketball because I guess that Kawhi Leonard's name is a swear word in Thai. That's all haha.

Happy Anniversiary Mom & Dad (: Love you so much!

Tell everyone thanks for all they do. But also our home teachers. I think of Brother Bangerter's quote every single day. 'Keep your torch burning'

As a request from father; here is a basic day in the MTC:
6:30 Wake Up
(I take a long shower in the mornings its nice)
7:20 Breakfast
7:50 Study
10:50 Gym Time
12:20 Lunch
12:50 Class
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Class
9:30 Back to residence
10:30 Sleep

Repeat (unless P-day or Sunday)
Well there ya go haha.

One thing I have decided here is that I really really want to teach Thai at the MTC when I'm back. Also I really really want to go to Laos and learn Laotion. And maybe even teach that too. But being a teacher here is like my dream right now. It would be the best thing. I saw a bunch of applications for a large variety of language jobs and all of them were labeled under someone named 'Julie Higginson.' I'm hoping it is the Julie Higginson I am thinking of because she should help me out with a job when I am back haha.

We get 10 new Thai missionaries this week finally. I can't wait to meet them. I'd say one of the hardest things about the MTC is that since I know so many people... seeing so many come and go as I have been here has been rough. I don't know how to explain right now I'm sure you understand.

This week has been real good though. And all I've heard is that the last three weeks of the MT go really fast so I'm excited for that. I love the MTC, but being in Thailand doing real work is what I want right now haha.

I can read, speak, and kinda write in Thai. If you need anything translated just let me know haha it's really fun for me. Still feeling the spirit a lot. Especially the last few days. Sister Cutler, one of our teachers, will be teaching the younger Thai group, starting Wednesday, and not us anymore and she gave a real powerful testimony last night.

Also last night, one of the Elders had a lot of really deep questions for the teachers and was just not understanding much. He didn't understand Spiritual Gifts and was using scriptures against other scriptures. So I kinda said something and then explained something that I understand really well because of my patriarchal blessing. I'll let you read my journal in 23 months then this will make more sense haha. But basically I am grateful for Gifts and patriarchal blessings. Last night was really powerful.

I love being a missionary and I love Jesus Christ

AND I love you (:

Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Writing Home

September 3, 2016
Dear Family,
I miss you more everyday. The last few days have been hard, but today was really great! I feel like missing the Coldplay concert triggered so many things to happen. I'm pretty sad about that. But the last few days I have had many opportunities to work some Zone Leader, Patriarchal Blessing, and gifted magic. (Heeeeckyeahhhhh)
There has been some contention lately and many Elder's have been struggling. The first problem was between two elders in my own district. They are both crazy smart and debaters and so on. Anyways, they've clashed a lot, until I talked to them. One of them impatiently demanded I do and say something immediately. Like he wanted an explanation, I'm not sure. Anyways, I told him I would say something after writing in my journal so I did and said a quick prayer as well. All of a sudden a memory came to me I hadn't thought about in years.
I started talking and felt the Holy Ghost speaking for me. I explained a situation I had in 4th or 5th grade with Christopher Hughes (remember him?). Anywho, it'd take too long to explain all, but basically I said that you both being smart should be used for each other and not against. I said more but long-story-short, they have been really good friends since. Which is funny because the one elder told me that he could never be friends and he's never met someone he's hated more.
I'll give you another example, this was actually elder has been really, really down. His companion told me that in a companionship inventory that he told him for a long time everything and everyone he hates. Also that he was getting ready to go home. Anywho, today I've been super goofy (like obnoxiously) and really good to him and he is doing so much better. I have talked about Thailand and mission work and pretending to be oblivious to what he's going through. I think he is saved, he is so happy especially tonight.
I love helping others. I know Thailand needs him.
One thing I wanted to share, is that I haven't missed my phone at all. It is sooo nice to have such a big worry off my hands. I know you will feel the same if you do more and use electronics less. Please listen to me. It's TRUE!!
Anyways, just wanted to write real quick. Along with that music, could you add on: myloxyloto (the introductory song). I would really appreciate that. We can't use music devices until the mission field so take your time.
My district has been cracking down and being strict and stressful, I'll tell you more on Tuesday.
Alma 37:37
elder john kimball higginson

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Letter Five - MTC

I made an art piece for one of my favorite scriptures so I'll try to get it to you sometime. I meant to take a picture of it but I forgot.
2 Nephi 33:6
I Glory In Truth, I Glory In My Jesus

I love you
Alma 37:37
I don't know what to report on. Not too much happens here. I've been saying goodbye to a lot of friends and they haven't done mail or dearelder since last Thursday.
Chad Lewis from BYU gave our devotional Sunday night. I'm sure glad I know sports because no one in my district had any idea who he was and what he was talking about. He gave a really powerful devotional and testimony through his life and career in football. He played for the Chiefs as well! He also had a picture with the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers who was recently baptized into the church. He showed us many famous athletes who he has taken to temple open houses and helped feel the spirit. It was really good.
Danica sent me a BYU shirt

I had a really neat experience yesterday. I was able to teach in a splits to a less-active. (I hope you all know that the investigators, etc. are all really teachers but play as someone they know really well haha) Anywho, I didn't know Thai was coming so well until this lesson. She said her faith is 100% and she reads scriptures and prays every day. But that she has to work Sundays to pay for school and she cannot go to church on those days. We gave her help explaining how if you turn to Heavenly Father and ask for his help that it will all work out great. But to remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ come first. We explained the importance of sacrament and baptismal covenants and so on. I don't know I wish everyone could experience it because it is hard to speak my mind right now and the spirit was so strong and she was crying a lot. I felt Heavenly Father's love for her both as a teacher and who she was pretending to be. I am so excited to get to Thailand.
There isn't too much to talk about. Still learning a lot and being able to bring the spirit through another language. I cannot wait to get to Thailand. Thai is coming so well. And so is the Gospel. I love it.
My Jamaican brother.
​This is how the entire MTC has looked the last month and fortunately the Thailand MIssionary residence is the farthest one away from everything haha. 
Message from Elder Turley ;)
This leaf from the Sacred Grove has been in my Book of Mormon under Jesus Christ in the topical guide for over a year now. It still looks lovely as ever.
Not too much to take a picture of.

My Shrine