Hi, sorry my email’s a day late but I guess you're all up counting down for the New Year so...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Yesterday, we went up to a mountain with a member. Long story short we were there for 14 hours. Two reasons--lots of traffic and the car broke down. Therefore we had quite the adventure.
Before that, Christmas was so fun talking to everyone. As always it felt like it went so fast! After that we went and made another turkey and a mountain of mash potatoes. We also went up to Chiang Mai for specialized training and that was fun as always. This time I got to see Bam!! :D :D Just as we were leaving the church she walked in. I was sooo happy. We've done a lot of cleaning this past weekend. The church and our house. Everything is pretty sparkly.
On Sunday, Brother Jack received the priesthood and Brother Mark got permission to come back to church and Brother Oh showed up too! We also went to go see a recent convert on Sunday, it was so stressful getting to his house but we eventually made it. We met his mom and she is the sweetest lady. Sadly, she doesn't live here and she works in a different province but one day, she will be given the opportunity to learn. As of right now, she still has an open heart and her son (who is the member) will be such a good missionary because he invited his sisters to read the Book of Mormon and they've been reading!!
Oh yeah, so we also ate dinner with them on Sunday. They fed us fish and noodles and sticky rice. Last but not least, WE ATE SNAKE! Haha...it was actually really yummy. It taste just like tuna--not gonna lie, I would eat it again. haha For more weird things on the mountain we ate banana cheese ice cream. Can't say I liked that one, nor will I eat it again.
Well I gotta go but I LOVE you all
How is everyone??!!! Cold yet? Well, we are! Yesterday morning I almost froze on the way to the church!
Good news first…JACK GOT BAPTIZED! :D He's so great and has so much faith. Things all fell into place and his baptism was personally very touching. He asked me to give a talk and so I decided it would be appropriate to talk about Faith in Jesus Christ and baptism. I wasn't as nervous giving this talk as I was when I was a greenie in Chiang Mai. Oh yeah, on the night before, we had our Christmas party and this year I personally had two foci, the Savior and the Thai people. Anyway, back to Jack…I brought him an early Christmas present (a white shirt and tie). This was his first Christmas and Christmas present. After opening it, he was quiet and looked at it for a few seconds. He looked back at me and smiled and said “thank you.” His eyes were red and later when we were standing in the foyer I asked him if he liked it. He pulled it up to his chest, held it with both hand, looked me in the eye and said, "Sister, this means a lot to me." It was such an awesome moment of happiness.
The next day at church--NO ONE was there! Literally depressing! The opening hymn started and I seriously would have cried but then, Jack showed up in his white shirt and purple tie and came and sat by me. All was well! Also, he shared such a solid testimony that I'm so happy that Heavenly Father let us learn with him. Elder Khanakam, President Seniors first counselor also attended our branch yesterday and was at Jack’s baptism. After Jack's baptism, Elder Khanakam asked Jack if he wanted to be a missionary. Jack said “yes” and then they talked some more about how to prepare and what he needs to do. Jack came and told me about his conversation and I wish you could have seen the look of excitement on his face when he talked about it.
I feel so blessed to know Jack. He has come a long way and he knows the church is true and what we taught him is true just by his commitment to live the gospel and how he is currently living.
This week, we also went up to Chiang Mai for zone conference. I’ll have to show you pictures at some point. But we went up to Doi Pui--the mountain where we dressed up in those colorful costumes. (I'm not sure how else to explain it). Anyways, it was fun talking to Sister and President Senior. Essentially, they took us out all day and spent time together with us for Christmas. It was incredible! Sister Senior spoke for a while and she mentioned a talk by Elder Bednar called the “Characteristics of Christ” that I really loved from the MTC. She touched on a lot of wonderful things that truly help up focus our Christmas on the Savior and on others. Last night, at dinner Sister and Elder Harris were talking about marriage; because S. King is going home and so like always people get teased about that. So Sister Harris always has these amazing quote and this one was simple and true. JOY = Jesus, Others and Yourself. If God comes first everything falls into place. In marriage (not that I know but I assume so) in companionships and life.
Well in the spirit of Christmas, I learned from zone conference, my district leader and other sources that when we think about Jesus Christ and Others before ourselves (Yourself) then we will truly find the JOY in Christmas.
Love you all always
Sister Peterson took us out
for manicures and pedicures ... pre B-day. |
S. King, Me, Bell and
Always need Mash Potatoes on
my B-day :P haha. |
Elder Harris and Sister
Harris brought us to Swenson's for our B-day (Sister Harris' birthday is the
|Got Fondue and an Earthquake.|
From Sister Na <3.|
|22-years young missionary! :-)|
|Went out with the YSA and has Mukatat (sp?).|