Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 37 in Field!

Our lovely Sister Nuan and her two little boys intently watching a video about the Atonement of Jesus Christ! 

We had to make a trip down to Bangkok this week to get Sister Courchaine's Work Permit...

She was sooo excited for our train ride! 

It was a party! :)
Dorothy from Germany and John from Australia joined us! 

Our morning exercise in front of City Hall

On our way back to Chiang Mai, we took along Elder Mcrae with us...
I felt like I had two toddlers with me with two Greenies who we so very excited to be on a First Class Bus! >.< 
And just radiant about being in Thailand! 

Sunday evening......

It took us 40 minutes....

to get it out of the house!
BUT it came back in again....and we had to chase it out a second, and third time.
It was too much stress for one night. 


It's such a blessing to be a trainer!
I am learning so much from training...
It's really helping me to reflect on myself and how I can refine some of my qualities to set a good example for my companion.
I have also been amazed at how far I have come since I was a Greenie and I know that Heavenly Father has taken such good care of me on my mission and has helped me to learn and grow in so many amazing ways!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week 36 in Field!

This past week has been long and so busy I don't even know if I remember everything that happened...

Monday FHE with B. HoldtotheRod and his dad! 

Last District Meeting of the Transfer at the Barlows' home

On Thursday, my entire district (all 8 missionaries) arrived at the office in Bangkok, early in the morning to get our new assignments! 
Generation Picture: Sister Tuk (my adopted daughter/niece), Sister Blaylock (my stepmom/Auntie), Sister Hayes (my mom)

I was excited to find out that Sister Smith would also be training!
It had been so long since we've met...
I was secretly relieved and glad that there were some things about Sister Smith that have not changed at all!
She's the same old Sister Smith, my amazing companion from the MTC, but much more spiritually grown and mature^^ 

New Missionaries Training Meeting (Greenies + Trainers)

And VOILA! Meet my daughter, Sister Courchaine!!! 
She's such a cute, optimistic person :) 
It's a pleasure being able to serve with her!^^ 

We got to go on an adventure up the mountains to visit Sister Nok's family, together with two of our Elders because Sister Nok had asked for a priesthood blessing.
As we taught Sister Nok and her family, and the other people in her neighborhood, it was really cool to feel the unity that all four of us missionaries had.
Sometimes, it's even hard to have unity within a companionship when teaching, but all four us managed to maintain that unity.
As each of us followed the promptings of the Spirit, we were able to support, and build upon the things that each of us shared.
It was so rewarding to be able to experience the power of lessons taught with unity and through the Spirit.
We had to rely heavily on the Holy Ghost because the people that we taught speak another language, Hmong, that we don't understand.
As we did so, we were able to testify of the truths that we know to be true, and help the people that we taught feel the power of the Spirit as well.

We got to attend a wedding reception to support two of our members! :)

First PDAY as a New District = District Bonding! 
Elder Saunders, Elder Sun, Elder Noyce, Elder Lor, Sister Podsawan, Sister Daruni, Sister Courchaine and Me! 

Our very excited District Leader! He is literally excited about everything :)

"Do not pat gong noise" HUH?! 

Dad and Son

Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 35 in Field!

FHE at Sister Nuan's home with two other lovely Sisters from our Branch! 
Sister Sheh, Sister Nuan and Sister Suay are three exemplary women of service! 
They have so much love for the gospel and everyone around them. 
Don't they just glow?!

One day this past week, we decided to go serve Sister Barlow (One of the Senior Missionaries in Chiang Mai) by visiting her home.
She has been sick for several weeks, and hasn't really been around. (I can count the number of times I've seen her on one hand since I have been transferred to Chiang Mai)
So, we decided that we would bake cookies and spend some time getting to know her. 
It was such a blessing to be able to get to know another valuable member in our district and to learn from her endless wisdom and experiences!
It was so nice to see a big smile on her face too ^^

More service this week!
My companion and I have not had the heart to drop one of investigators who isn't progressing very much at all.
She lives in a pile of garbage, in this broken down home because she collects recyclables and sells them to a recycling company.
Because she wasn't really understanding what we were teaching, and we could feel that her heart was not yet opened, we decided that we would serve her and help her feel loved.
We stop by her house now and then to help sort her bottles, containers, paper and cans. 
Slowly, but surely, she has warmed up to us and we can feel that she appreciates our help and company each time we go over.
As I have been able to serve her, my love for her has grown too!
I know that charity, and the language of love has no boundaries! 
It's what can draw us all closer together as Children of God. 

And more service at MEE Jan's home/workplace! 
We helped her clean and hold laundry..


How many Elders does it take to transport a piano?

I had the pleasure of talking with Sister Ellsworth after my interview with President Johnson on Sunday.
Sister and Elder Ellsworth are in charge of Humanitarian Aid here in Thailand.
Sister Ellsworth and I shared our experiences of how service opens doors!
Learning to speak the language of love is so important because it is the key to Heavenly Father's work here on the Earth. 
Without it, we wouldn't be able to go very far.
We need to learn to look at everyone through Heavenly Father's eyes. 

Today for PDAY, we went on a trip as an entire district for the first (and probably the last-transfers are in just a couple days) time.

Elder Bunker (our Sloth): I got you a leaf! 

Our first (and probably last) district picture this transfer!!