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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Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

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