Sister Maisie Carrillo

Sister Maisie Carrillo

Monday, March 7, 2016

Thailand/Chaengwattana week 47

Hey Fam! 

A couple announcements: Next week is transfers (WHAT??!). And instead of P-Day being next Monday, it will be this Saturday. Make sure ya'll write in your agendas to write me Friday night :)
This week was the craziest, fastest week ever. Lost lots of sleep. We had lots of meetings to go to and that meant getting up really early. I think I have almost overcome the art of mind over matter. Almost. 
Yesterday we had a cool thing happen! We got a call from the missionaries over in Bangkhen saying that they were sending a guy to our English ward that showed up at the church over there. He's from Iran and he has a crazy story. He became Christian when he was over here in Thailand and then when he went back home, he was sentenced to be executed for it. So he escaped and came back to Thailand a couple months ago and showed up at the church asking how he could become a member. So awesome! The entire time he was telling his story, I couldn't help but notice how much the Lord had led and prepared him. He just kept on thanking God for bringing him there and for  He loved church and the members loved him! I can't wait to teach him about the restored gospel :) There are a lot of cool little miracles that just happen everyday. We have a couple other investigators we're working with, Sister Tip, Peasan, and Bee! We were inviting a couple weeks ago down at the Pak Kret market and Sister Forte was showing this old lady where the church was on the handout and he just went up and grabbed it out of her hands and asked where the church was. Yep, that's Peasan for you. He's so funny though! He makes up all these different comparisons to help him understand the gospel. Bee is getting baptized this week! And Tip, she keeps telling us that she's Buddhist. We know that already. She totally feels it, knows it's true, she just denies it. She came to church yesterday though, and that was a big step for her! We love these people so much though. It's funny how your investigators just become your children! :)
As crazy and tiring as this week was, it was really a spiritually up lifting one as well. We had some training this week and there was a lot of good stuff. But I think the greatest thing I got out of this week is how much I know that these things I'm teaching are true. And I need to know that! The spirit, no matter how tired or hungry I was, was there in all our lessons, in all our teachings. And I had a cool realization that I am also learning as well. I don't know everything. And that's ok, that's why we have prayer and the Holy Ghost. But these things I know with confidence:
God is our loving Heavenly Father. We are His children. He is aware of us, He knows us perfectly and He loves us more than we could possibly know. And because He loves us, He sent His only Begotten Son to suffer for our sins. To to open the way and give us the possibility of returning to Him. I know that Christ is our Savior and that He lives. I know that through His sacrifice that He made all things possible and we can overcome anything if we will follow Him, remember Him, and love Him. I know that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is His restored church, with the restored priesthood and the restored gospel. This is His church. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. And that it was through the restored priesthood that the Book of Mormon was translated. This week I received another witness in my heart that this book truly is the word of God. It contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and by it we can come closer to our Heavenly Father and Savior. I know for myself that these things are true because the spirit has borne witness to me. 
I just want to challenge you all, just as I have challenged myself this past week, to find out for yourself if these things are true. Whether it's the first or millionth time! Keep on seeking and the Lord will continue to give light. Pray with all sincerity, and God will answer your prayers. 
I love you guys! Take care! 

ซิสเตอร์ ริโย

D&C 88: 67
ps...I can't wear contacts anymore because my eyes turn red. It's just too dirty here. And then Sister Morgan asks me if I have pink eye every time.
Just teachin'!

Leadership council meeting

Dinner at President Johnson's house
Our new mission nurse! Also the first sister missionary in Thailand!  
So excited to have this legend apart of our mission family.  Welcome Sister Martell!

FHE at Prathaan Sathit's #selfiefail
Sorting some red hot chili peppers at Kim Sawan's House

Taking a boat to Sista Ning's place! 

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