This week was another busy one. I love being busy! We finished up teaching Brother Big and he passed his interview! SO he gets to get baptized this Sunday! :) So excited for him! We always check up with him every night and see how his reading and praying are doing. Last night he was like, "don't worry, I do these things everyday!" He's a "good egg" as Sister Parker would say. We had some more awesome people come to church yesterday! Sister Noy's student, Brother Bia, came! He's about 10 years old and kind of shy. So I went and talked to the other kids and asked if they'd invite him to play with them. They were so nice and went and introduced themselves and invited him to go and play football with them. He had a good experience at church, he felt so welcomed and said he wanted to come back again. I've realized how incredibly important it is to be welcoming to those that are new. Members are so important in this work. As cool as us missionaries are, they need members to hang out with as well! It turned out to be a great Sunday, I'm always so stressed out on Sunday's, trying to call people and get them to church. And then when not that many people come it's kind of discouraging. But then I can't enjoy the rest of church, I don't feel the spirit because all I'm doing is worrying about people not leaving or people that didn't come. But yesterday, even though some things didn't go the way I wanted it to, I saw so many tender mercies of the Lord. I found myself enjoying church for once and feeling the spirit. It was a great lesson that I learned, that even when things seem to not be going right, I always see the little miracles and blessings the Lord has given me. There's so much to be grateful for and sometimes we forget the those little precious moments that truly make life great. Something that I loved that was said in the Christmas Devotional (I can't remember who said it!) was that the Lord is constantly showering blessings upon us, that we can't even comprehend it. The Lord is in every detail of our lives. Let that be something that we never forget.
We went and taught Brother Kit's family with the elders!
This Christmas season definitely doesn't feel like Christmas at home. If you walked outside you'd think you were in the middle of July! And I always thought it was so cheesy when people said that Christmas comes from within. But now with the trees, the food, the lights, the snow, everything out of the picture, I feel like I understand more. I love the Christmas Mormon Message put out last year (I literally watch it everyday and show it to all our investigators and the members). In it it talks about how our Lord and Savior is the gift. He is the gift that Heavenly Father gave to us. As I thought about that I thought of what that meant to me. I looked over my life in this past year. How different I was from the beginning and how much I'd gone through and overcome. And I knew that all of this was done because of the gift of the Father. I realize that there are so many things that I can't do on my own. But there are so many things that I can do because of Christ. And that in it itself is the greatest gift. So even though it's not the Christmas season you'd picture, it's been one of the most amazing Christmas seasons I've had. So I'm going to become one of those cheesy people when I say that the Christmas spirit truly does come from within. Our charity and love towards others and the Savior. The things that we give instead of receive, that's where the true Christmas spirit lies. A Savior is born! And because of that, we can become who we were destined to be!
They made a cute little nativity in the church back yard! So cute!
It's transfer weeeeek! I swear, I blink and the transfers are just over. This transfer was only five and then the next one will be seven so that those dying can go home before Christmas. I'm putting my guess on the table and I think I'm staying :) Six months in Lampang, I'm so up for that! This last week, we had some fun things happen.
1. First off I talked to a white guy from Holland and talked to him about Christianity and God. He ended up telling me that I didn't know that there was a God. Apparently I think there's one but I don't know for sure that there is one. Haha! I just said I know that God lives and He loves us. I wouldn't sacrifice 18 months and come to Thailand to lie. So that was fun!
2. Elder Darby also shared a fun scripture with me. He started off by telling me that when sharing Nephi 3:7 with an investigator who just agreed to baptism, to make sure it's 1 Nephi not 3 Nephi. Read it. I died laughing. Finding scriptures and pretending to share them with our investigators and picturing their reaction. That's where us missionaries get our laughs from!
3. It's also been cool enough for me to wear a sweater (sometimes).
4. We went to eat pizza at Long Jim's with a bunch of the members. They were impressed (?) that I could eat five pieces of pizza. They were dying at three! I was still hungry.
Love you all, hope you're all having a great Christmas season! Have a great week!
1 Nephi 21: 15-16
Biking! (this is the road we live on, it's so pretty!)
I love this dog! It's one of the neighbors dogs and every time we come home it comes running. We named it Happy because he always looks like he's smiling.