Oct 19 2015
We got to skype members in Thailand for the first time today!!
We were so nervous!! But once we were able to get over our anxiety, and let the Lord help us through the spirit, the lesson went well!
I love the people of Thailand!
Sister Smith and I had the opportunity to talk with Sister Beth.
She was so patient and understanding towards our lacking Thai.
She was sincere, and you could feel her love for the gospel!
We also had the pleasure of teaching one of our teachers, Sister Painter as herself.
This was the testimony arose in my heart as we taught her:
I know that when we put Heavenly Father first, and prioritize the gospel in our lives, we will be able to get through the challenges and trial in our lives with lighter hearts.
We will always have challenges in our lives, but we can either choose to do it with Christ by our side by doing the small and simple things (prayer and reading the Book of Mormon daily) or we can choose to make it harder for ourselves by loosening our grip and hold on the one hand that can truly help us. Remember that no trial is too big or too small for Christ to lend us a helping hand!
Our burdens are truly made lighter when we reach out to Him!
Oct 20 2015
I finally finished making script cards for the Thai alphabet!!!
I have managed to turn all of the constants, vowels, and most of the vowel clusters into pictures to help me remember what they are!
Best Quote of the Day: "The Atonement isn't like a cleaning service, the Atonement is like your mother" - Elder Blad
As funny as this quote may sound at first...Here is an extremely sound explanation:
A cleaning service cleans your clothes and that's it.
But, your mother is always constantly there for you.
If we have a broken heart and a contrite spirit, we can use the Atonement that is constantly accessible to us.
In addition, our mothers teach us how to clean the laundry, just as Christ and His Atonement teaches us how to be spiritually clean instead of doing all the work for us.
Oct 21 2015
During Personal Study today, I decided to re-listen to Sister Rosemary M. Wixom's talk from this past General Women's conference.
I loved the following quote from her:
"Because you are His child, He knows who you can become. He knows your fears and your dreams. He relishes your potential. He waits for you to come to Him in prayer. Because you are His Child, you not only need Him, but He also needs you. The world needs you, and your divine nature allows you to be His trusted disciple to all His children. Once we begin to see the divinity in ourselves, we can see it in others."
Elder Blad's Study Pose....
Sister Painter's Diagram about what happens to Elders and Sisters in Thailand...
According to her... The Elders will lose weight...
As for the Sisters...
Well...we'll be gaining 'rice cheeks' and lower body fat to make a cushion to compensate for the lack of cushion on the bike seats...
Oct 22 2015
Today, we had the opportunity to practice teaching a Less Active (LA).
Here's the conclusion that Sister Smith and I came to at the end of our evaluation, after teaching our LA:
We both don't know what we said!
BUT whatever we said worked because as we taught, we could see in the eyes of our LA that he was feeling the Holy Ghost!
At first he wasn't really paying much attention to us, but as the Spirit sank in, he sat up, more alert and attentive.
I learned the importance of trusting your companion. Even though I couldn't understand complete what was being said by Sister Smith, I could feel it was trust and I had trust that she was following the spirit.
Talking through the heart with sincerity is the KEY! Voicing what we feel and know to be trust is the only way into others' hearts.
Thinking about language is a big nono during the lesson. Trust that you know what you've learned and your ability to apply it with the Lord's help.
What we need to work on: establish expectations in a better way.
Oct 23 2015
I decided to study out Ephesians 6 !
And this is a summary of what I learned:
Oct 24 2015
Early morning ghosts... Time for Breakfast!!!
Study Break Pose!
I love being able to have the opportunity to serve as a Sister Training Leader because it means that I have the privilege of learning from all the sisters individually.
Currently we have 28 sisters in our zone. Sister Smith and I divide the sisters and each interview 13 sisters, each week.
That means I have 13 constant close up examples to learn from! (Plus the examples that everyone else in the zone sets)
We all have our trials and the sisters in our zone are no different. But their willingness to continually follow the will of the Lord, learn from their trials and persevere in their own ways gives me the strength to do my best and constantly strive to be better. Each sister is different, so I learn something different from each one...whether it's charity, love, diligence, patience, optimism or something else.