I love my mission.
We visited a gorgeous waterfall last Monday. Spent all of Tuesday traveling in a Bus that had more people standing in the aisles than there were seats. Just for a District meeting almost 4 hours away.
Have to do that weekly (,: We had a lot of Branch drama as usual, lots of activities, lots of missionary work, etc. We sent off the best member in the world. Brother พี. He moved to Bangkok. He literally helps us teach every lesson, drives us to everything, helps us invite, is the 1st counselor next to the craziest Branch President ever, and many other things we just really needed him to stay for. But it is good. We are finding more opportunities to do more.
Together, Elder Woodbury and I have invented SaCing. Service and Contacting. But I change the little 'a' to adventuring. Because although it is missionary work, is very effective, and gets us doing a lot; it is also straight adventuring. It is so fun. I looooove it. It has taken us to places we didn't know even existed and has found us so many new investigators and opportunities to serve.
I feel like we can kinda re-motivate this area in the Gospel again. It's really struggling, and sadly for reals us Elders are the branch's last leg. But we are getting to work. We are finding and creating Miracles. We are up way too late every night talking about how crazy each day is and discussing the Gospel.
Yesterday. 9:10. Church is supposed to start at 9:00. We had 4 people at Church including us Elder's. Yeah we are trying to get things going. But we eventually had 21 people show up.
We went SaCing last night, and met some really cool people. Walked up to this dude in the middle of a Colosseum flying his drone. We ended up hanging out with him for an hour or so. His drone is like $2000, and does the coolest thing and takes the coolest pictures. Anywho, he used to be a professional singer... but now makes videos and stuff like that. He had me sing a tune into a microphone so he could use it for a video or something haha. So I sang Miracles by Coldplay. We eventually snuck it into the Gospel and turns out we think we can get him really good. He is really eager to learn but 'just to learn.' But if we just throw the Restoration and the Spirit at him, it'll be way too easy haha.
We have two investigators ready for Baptism this coming week. They are really great and feel the Spirit. But it is so hard to get Buddhism out of people. They said they want to wait until after this Buddhist Ceremony in a month to be baptized because they don't want to 'break a promise' and want to 'receive those blessings' before they come receive their darn salvation dangit. Thai is still coming way good. I am blessed.
I'm sure its a typical missionary thaaaang but yeah just have lots of questions and want my Faith to be perfected. It's hard having your faith shaken a lot. But I am learning very well "that the trying of your Faith worketh patience" ... "let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire."
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ... whom having not seen, but ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory... Receiving unto the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
Just some nice scriptures I came across.
In conclusion, I just want to get across that I Love My Mission. Through exhaustion, stress, and sadness... there is still no better feeling than what I am feeling. I am so happy.
Also the weather has been so beautiful this last week. Everything is so great.
I love you (:
Always in my head.
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission