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.

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 (:

Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission