Monday, March 27, 2017

the lover, the dreamer, and me.

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It was transfers week. Kind of a slow week but Elder McKay and I will be reigning Ubon for 6 more weeks.
The new Elder who replaced Elder Gremillion is Elder Wannasri. He is sooooo awesome. He is Thai.  It is always good to have more homies around.

March 22, 2017 I opened my call 1 year ago this day.
We taught catholic named Jane. For some reason we are teaching every english speaker and every non-thai person in Ubon. But it is soooo good. We taught her the Restoration and she kept saying 'it all makes so much sense.' And then at the end we bore our testimonies she stopped us and said: \wait, the way you say it... it just feels so good like... it's all true.'
She is awesome. We got her a baptismal date.
I made a list of the variety of nations I have taught on my mission so far.
India, America, Mexico, Switzerland, Cameroon, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan, Isle of Man, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Portugal, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Cambodia, Thailand, etc.
I love Thailand & I love my mission (:
I got my first lighter and pack of cigarettes while teaching a man on the streets and so I offered to help him quit. He gave em. I threw them away no worries.
We also taught a Baptist from India who is way neat. We have a loooooot of investigators from the Seventh Day Adventist church. Some of them are so close and we feel that once one of them finally get baptized that the whole church will collapse and join the True Church!
We also got another Thai Catholic investigator who loves reading the Book of Mormon more than anything.
Teaching lots of real neat people. And most of them are Buddhist if you forgot that Thailand is Buddhist. Way too much haha. Too Buddhist.
Thanks for the loooooove (:
Last thought, was thinking the other night how excited I am to one day have kids who are best friends with mom & dad. That'll be the day.

You be you.
one day we'll find it, 
the rainbow connection
From your Elder Hig เอ็ลเดอร์ฮิก


One thing I've realized is that I have been having companions who have just
had a pretty stressful companion or something like that. Elder Weaver has
had lots of hard companions as well as a few that went home early as he's
told me. Elder Woodbury had just had Elder Brown go home. And Elder McKay
was just with Elder Eaton who went home. Think it's way cool what my
patriarchal blessing says about my Gift of Charity and Love and how I will
become an instrument in the Lord's hands to help uplift spiritual,
emotional, and temporal burdens. That I will help heal the brokenhearted.
All my companions I've gotten along with so well. But it's neat that I've
been able to help 'provide faith and encouragement to others.' And 'through
the Holy Ghost' I have 'known who to help and how to help them.' I love how
it is so easy for me to just get along with everyone. It truly is a
blessing. Anywho, just a thought. Love you Dad!

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*เอ็ลเดอร์ฮิกกินสัน*

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beautiful Morning

We did good.
 
We started off this week by being invited to go to an elementary school to teach english which was way jammin.

We had basically like a four day switchoff cause of Zone Conference week. The other Elders in our district who live about 2 hours away came over Tuesday night. We had interviews all day with President, Wednesday, then Zone Conference which was good on Thursday, then we switchoffed in the other Elder's area Friday to interview one of their investigators for baptism, and then had a huge Sports Day on Saturday.
This week was so so good but didn't get a whole lot of work in due to meetings and traveling. But it was so good and the Holy Ghost has been so strong.

It's been unbelievably hot, but... it started raining! Way hard last night. Best thing ever taking a shower outside and then falling asleep to rain.
We had a bunch of Sport's tournaments and I took part in the Church Ball tournament which we won by a lot. Had a huge crowd. Met up with Elder Weaver, my trainer, and that was awesome.
2 Nephi 2:25 & Alma 34:32

Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
Just had a neat thought about how much joy doing God's Work has brought me. Literally our purpose on this earth is to work. It is a Godly thing and that is why it (should) naturally bring us happiness, especially when it is doing His work. I love it, and I am happy. If you read in Jacob 5 it talks about the laborers and how the Lord labors with us and how we will have joy with the Lord as we labor with Him. Its neat and I can easily testify that it is truth. I can feel my Savior strengthening and guiding. I know He lives, especially because through us, He has changed Sister ทิพย์ life. There is nothing better in this life than fulfilling what He has for you to do. I love being a missionary (:

Also what makes me so so happy is having Sister ทิพย์ help us teach lessons and even come to Ward Missionary meetings because of her desire and Faith. She is amazing. She shares scriptures and recognizes the Spirit and testifies of the truthfulness of Jesus Christ. She is already bringing others closer to Christ, including the missionaries.
Transfers this week, will update you next week.
I love you (: 💙
light

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เอ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลล์ฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission

Monday, March 13, 2017

Family



Monday, March 6, 2017

All I Know

This week was so great just like every week in อุบล. The language dialect has been really throwing me off but I'm still trying to progress at the language. We had a week full of opportunities and miracles. We taught many many lessons and got 7 new investigators this week! 

Running out of time so here is an excerpt from my companion's letter.
"GOing to a DIfferent CHURCH?!?!?!!?: So we are teaching a 7th day Adventist as we mentioned earlier and so she goes to church on a Saturday. And after one of our lessons with her my companion was just like, "Hey can we come to your church on Saturday?" ANd at first she was really surprised(almost as surprised as I was) but then she came to her wits and said that would be fine. At first I was a little nervous and unsure if we were even Allowed to go. But we got it approved and went with a prayer in our hearts that all would go well. And if there is anything I would say it would be that I learned there are many, many people who truly love Jesus Christ and have a very sincere desire to serve and follow him. It was a nice service and the people were so welcoming and loving. And we saw a cool miracle from it as well. There was a member there who went there for the first time since she has been here in Ubon. And she was so excited to see us there. So she got our number and we parted our ways. But she called us later that day as we were cleaning the church and she was lost so we called her some transportation and made sure she made it home safe. So she invited us over the very next day and we were able to teach her and introduce her to the Book of Mormon. She was very excited to read it. I know that if she reads it and prays about it with real intent the lord will manifest to her the truthfulness of that book! "
This girl is so so neat. She is from a tribe in northern India. Her family of nine has consatantly been changing religions out of searching for truth. And after years and years of 'coincidences' and miracles, she ran into us. She is so ready and prepared it is so neat. I am excited to give her the fulness of the Gospel.
Sister ทิพย์ is all ready for baptism and that'll be this Sunday! We started teaching a family of 5 who accepted a baptismal date. Layara is coming so so close to Truth and I think we have got her. I keep thinkin that I need two months to serve in America because we sure do know how to convert 7th Day Adventists haha.
Last Pday we went and ate a big meal on a lake. This morning we went Golfing. Home. I loved it. Shot a 40. They made us have caddys which were 4 way old ladies who know golf pretty well cause they've worked there for decades haha. It was a good time. Had another switchoff which was very successful. Life is good.
Transfers go so fast. Especially when you're working hard and making it so fun. I love my mission. Feel like my testimony is too big to fit inside me. I know I was supposed to be in my last area. Layara one lesson brought in a bunch of stuff about our church she found online and so we gave her lds.org and gave her the articles of faith while I took her journal and wrote down a testimony and some advice and other stuff and yeah she is well on her way.
Too much to share. Stoked for Heaven when it'll be easier to share everything. I love my mission.
I love Thailand.
I love you (: 💙

Acts 19:10-11 (JKH edited)
And this continued by the space of two years
so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word
of the Lord Jesus.

And God wrought special miracles by thine hands.

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เอ็ลเดอร์ยอหนขิมบัลล์ฮิกกินสัน
Elder John Kimball Higginson
Thailand, Bangkok Mission