Monday, August 7, 2017

keep on dancing all life long

For a long time our mission was averaging about 45-50 baptisms a month. Back in March, President Johnson prayed and felt inspired to set a goal of 85 per month. He has made effective changes and our mission has become very productive. It took us several months to reach our goal, but in July we finally made it. Our mission baptized and confirmed 116 of God's children in July. This work is amazing. We have an amazing mission President who knows what's up. Heavenly Father is blessing us and Thailand.

Back when Elder Bastian and I were companions several weeks ago, we would always be saying 'What a Blessing.' These three words always followed something that you usually would not call a blessing. Anytime we would get frustrated or down, the other person would say 'what a blessing.' We did really good at keeping each other's attitudes in the light. The truth behind it is that these hard things in our lives really are blessings. These moments are always love opportunities to grow. We should and I do love these opportunities. Anywho whenever one of us would get caught up on something bad, the other person would say 'what a blessing' and then we both would and we'd go forward happy or usually just laughing haha. It's simple, it's silly, but it has so much power behind it. It is spreading through the mission.

Thou knowest the greatness of God; and He shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.

This simple phrase found in 2 Nephi is one of my favorite in the whole Book of Mormon. I have a strong testimony on it. As we look back on trials we have gone through, we are almost always grateful we had gone through those things. We for sure may not enjoy them in the moment, but as endured well they will be for our gain. We will be grateful for the experience and lessons learned.

Many scriptures in the Book of Mormon are translated in a way where I actually like the Thai version better sometimes.

ลูกรู้จักความยิ่งใหญ่ของพระผู้ เป็นเจ้า; และพระองค์จะทรงอุทิศความทุกข์ ของลูกให้เป็นพรของลูก.

Child, you are familiar with the greatness of God already, and know that He will consecrate thy afflictions to be thy blessing.

It's not like any big changes or anything, but in Thai...sometimes it sounds and feels a lot more loving and smooth and simpler.

So yeah, my message is to just have Faith and trust. Strive to enjoy those hard moments. It's so worth it and so good. Always remember that this life is your short time to become the best you as you can...and the best way to do that is to constantly struggle and become better. Trust that God is using this time wisely and for thy gain. For thy blessing.

I love it.

Well I realized today from you that I have passed my year mark. Thank you for letting me know and I will see you in another two years.

I love you (:


in you i see someone special
Homei Brother Gae but everyone tell him to receive baptism.


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