Thursday, April 27, 2017
hey dad when is opening day? And i heard north carolina won but how was the championship game??
how is the china order going? That is the coolest thing ever you're doing that. I tell every one you're the reason all of china will be baptized in te next few years hahaha. Thank you so much for your testimony. I love it and it sure helped me so much when i struggled last area.
One thing I realized this week that i needed to tell the family to take advantage of doing fast offereings. I don't have the biggest testimony on fasting yet but I sure do love and have a testimony in going around the ward collecting them. I was such a bum haha. i really do miss it and thats why it was on my mind. Take advantage of it lil bros
How about that wayyyyyy dope conference talk about Light (,: by Mark Bragg haha i felt like he literally stole my journal from a few months ago and quoted the whole thing i loved it.
Also this conference was sooooooo good. AFter it I downloaded a million talks from 1972 until now and just listen nonstop i love this church. i especially love thomas s monson. He brings me so much joy. if you watch the 'dare to sstand alone' talk or mormon message... it has this part where he says
dare to be a mormon
dare to stand a lone
dare to have a purpose firm
dare to make it known
and i watch this part over and over and over because of the smile he gives at the end and he is just sooooo dear to me i love him
I had a way neat thought listening to a talk by President HInckley last night. I thought about when Adam and Eve came to this earth at first how all of us in heaven were just watching in wonder at how amazing and lvoely it was. How before they came, we all saw our Heavenly Father and mother and wanted to be with an eternal companion like them. Then Adam and Eve came and we watched how it all starts and how we will all have it soon and then we all came one by one and ah for some reason everything the last couple weeks around me has been about eternal marriage and families and temples but I ain't even mad its like Heavenly Father is showing me these blessings I got to make sure I am prepared for and worthy for. I am so stoked. Anywho I'll just show you the rest of the thought from my journal cause it makes more sense there haha.
I've been listening to the 1998 General Conference. My very first one. and i think its also the best one to ever take place. YOu should watch it sometime it is amazing. Especially the priesthood session but all of it
Heyyyyyy how was conference? i realized, why have we mnever had grandma over for conference???? We need to do that. I watched that Craig Manning devotional you sent me mom. It is amazing. Thank you for that. I put it on our phone because it helps me so much! After watching it we went and played song kran and then played ping pong and i took first place in the whole ward!!! Let me tell you Thai people are crazy good at ping pong just like all asians haha but I jsut had this confidence in me that wasn't pride at all. I learned something very special. ONe of my biggest weaknesses is bad self talk, and especially 'playing with my compet\ition.' through everything school, church, and especially sports... i 'play with the competition' instead of just performing my best. It's a bad mental thing that i really need to overcome to succeed. I think it is why i destroy in golf and basketball when i play by myself or with really good players. It makes sense. And it sure was made shown to me in ping pong. Someone also said a real cool thought about 'why elder higginson succeeds. Just listen to the sound the ball makes on his paddle. ' and then they explained this way cool theory that i gotta share sometime when i got more time .
My mission call is in a binder full of all my mission stuff! maybe its in a bin or something. buty its in that clear white and blue binder i know.
I've got plenty of medicine left but im always down for more (:
Moooooom . What is that letter you or dad showed me years ago from that one missionary to his cousin that was about basketball and mission work and that sat in my dresser for years and i read it almost every night do you know what im talking about haha. I reaaaaaally need it.
Hey girlllllll hows prepping for USU???"?? Is that exciting or WHAT?
Also have you been asked to prom yet? Hows' choir and school and everyone and everything??
YOu being best friends with the family? Also those pictures and videos are teh cutest things in the world holy haha
I love you so much (:
the rest of the siblings.
hey i got a letter in the mail for ya on the way. sorry im so awful at mail hahaha but its comin
i love you too!!1--
Posted by Tawnie at 3:45 PM
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Solid week in preparing people for their first covenant with God. Switchoffs. Meeting German doctors working with leprosy in Laos. Commitment giving. Drama in the ward. Love. Teaching and Inviting. Zone Conference. Friends. Getting an investigator married. Our RC getting a random person a desire to be baptized. Traveling 16 hours to the mission office and back. The Plan of True Happiness. Faith and Faith in yourself. Power Statements. Buddhism. The Book of Mormon.
I love my mission.
I have realized greatly the importance of commitments. Commitments are invitations for action. Faith requires action. Acting on Faith is how you build Faith and receive more personally your own witness. The more difficult the action, decision, or test... the stronger your testimony becomes. So this week as we have focused on giving meaningful commitments, we have seen one of the most successful weeks ever. Have Faith, build Faith, test Faith, see miracles. It is the neatest thing when someone follows through on difficult commitments. that is when I start to see their own person testimony in Jesus Christ begin. One of the most important commitments we are all given the opportunity to do, by our Savior Jesus Christ, is Repentance. Teaching a very Buddhist people, who believe sins are with them forever, has given me a new perspective to Repentance; and especially that people really can change for better. The simple miracle of Repentance can sometimes be difficult to understand. But as we bear testimony of the joy and realness of Repentance, through the Holy Ghost, people both desire and feel of its truth before even trying it. These people usually will want to meet again really soon and will have an eagerness to fulfill any other commitment you give to them. They'll show up with this new light and peace with them. They will have just experienced one of the miracles Christ offers to everyone. They're Faith in the Savior and His Atonement is magnified and they are committed to follow Him.
I love the Lord. I am so humbled by this sacred opportunity from Him to help others know Him and be changed by Him. One of my biggest desires as a missionary is to change lives. My goals as a missionary are to change the lives' of everyone I meet, to change my own life for better, but also to change my Family. I need to do better at this. One important thing I've greatly learned as a missionary is the importance of Family. Being separated from you physically, in a land where family is rarely seen as a necessary thing, has brought me closer to you spiritually. My love for you and desire to be with you forever has become more real. The plaque we see in almost every mormon's house which reads: FAMILIES ARE FOREVER has become one of the most powerful statements in my life. My desire for your Faith has increased greatly. And as I know you have got great Faith already, I want to give you a commitment. Just a simple little one. Every day these next 7 days (and so on if you desire): pray, study 5-10 minutes on Sincere Repentance, and then Repent.
I love the beauty and simplicity of the Thai language. It may be considered one of the hardest languages in the world, but once you understand it you realize it actually is a very basic and simple language. One neat translation is the word for Repentance. การกลับใจ. This word's literal translation is 'returning heart.'
Return your heart to Christ. Everyone sins every day. This is our 'turning' our hearts away from Him. Let us return our hearts to Him each day. And through this action and commitment keeping, our Faith grows rapidly as we feel His Love & Joy in us. And as our Faith, Hope, Love, and testimony grows, so does our desire. Our desire to learn more, to pray more, to Repent more. But most of all, our desire to Love HIm and be like Him. I know Repentance is real. It is our commitment to action we must take part in. Given to us by our merciful, loving Heavenly Father.
I love you 💙
Posted by Tawnie at 3:57 PM