Sunday, October 25, 2015

Oct 17: wear it on your sleeve

Saturday: My best friend Jessica Christensen is now officially Jessica Mcmillan!!  We got to watch soem conference!! Oh how I loved conference. Per usual. I loved so many... What Lack I Yet? That was good. I know that specific prayers will receive specific answers. Loved Elder Hales.. President Monson's of course. So many more. After conference. I told Sister Alley that we needed to go to Red Mango.... (yes indeed family there is a red mango 10 minutes from the church @ terminal 21- another reason I know God is real :P)... That evening we went to go visit some members... Sister Lek and Hong... Was a way special experience because it turns out Sister Jackson had taught them! They still had the pictures and notes she had written over a year ago stuck to their walls and refrigerator. Love that.

Sunday: Another round of conference. Loved it again of course. We watched it in the overflow of the sacrament meeting room with all the falaangs. So fun. Sister Alley and I went to visit a less active after church.. Wow it was quite the experience.. That I will probably have to give in full detail in person.. It included but was not limited to my awesome companion telling the member to use a softer voice when using the Jesus Christ. Woooo! Adventures in Thailand!! The evening expired with a beautiful mexican food dinner at the Grange's apartment! Oh I love the Grange's.They are the office senior couple! Love them. They live in the same apartment that the Marvel's did when they were here! They even have some of the Marvel's dishes! It was good to spend time with them and with the District. The office elders are so fun... Elder Web and Elder Roberts.. Are too fun. They followed an investigator home the other day.. Because they wanted to see if he was homeless or something of that sort... but it resulted in Elder Roberts ripping is pants right in the back. The elder office elders are Elder jeng and takeuichi.... Both so Asian and in their natural habitat . We love them They are way fun to have around. And then Elder Lingard is training Elder Smith! They are good Elders. And then of course the AP's! Elder Cooper and Wright. They are too funny. Good district. Also got to talk to Sister Olsen today on the phone!! So fun... She gave us a referral named Frank.

Monday: Met and taught Frank. He has a date to be baptized. :) That's my girl sister O! Family Home Evening... We got a special invite to take some of the YSA to the Johnson's house... with Elder Funk from the 70! Yeah that happened. And it was so cool! All of the sweet khon Thais felt so special to have been able to go. And bore such amazing testimonies. Two things that I was most impressed with is that each of strong member's testimonies were centered on Jesus Christ. He was the reason they converted. That was so special to hear. And the spirit was so strong. The other thing I was so impressed with was.. Almost all of them were able to bear their testimonies in English. Elder and Sister Funk we very quiet and humble.. But they loved being there and brought a special spirit. At the end of the evening the Johnsons brought a game.. "cat and mouse" president Johnson was the cat and was trying to trap us all (a little piece of candy with a long string attached to the middle) under a big pan lid. hahaha... It was so so funny.I will forever remember that night! 

Tuesday: MLC (mission leadership council) Wow so fun to meet up with all the zone leaders and STLs! We had an all day long training with President and sister Johnson and Elder and sister funk! There was a lot of prayers answered and lots of inspiration that came. One things I loved that Elder Funk shared was, quoting Elder David A. Bednar talking about the 12 apostles.. "as good as these men are here... They are even better when they are in private." Stand as a witness of Christ at all times and all things and in all places. Not just when you think others are watching.

Wednesday: MISSION TOUR! Another all day meeting but this time at the Jengwattana building! The theme was on being an Epistle. Having Christ's word written on the "fleshy tables of our hearts".... Being converted so deeply in our hearts that we wear it on our sleeves. We had Sun Rise Tacos catered for lunch... (Linda I got tears in my eyes again too!!!)

Thursday: Today was an interesting day. Many appointments fell through... Which turned out to be totally okay.. Because we were able to learn how to follow the promptings of the holy ghost. 

Friday: Did switch offs with Sister Peck! It was a great day with her and with lots of spiritual experiences. She came to Asoke and where we went to visit a LA she had worked with in her time serving here. It was so wonderful to meet this sweet sister who expressed deep feelings of heartache for the love that she would feel at the church and from her Heavenly Father. To which both Sister Peck and I felt impressed to share personal testimonies and teaching visual aids. Sister Peck reminded this sister of her individual worth by taking out a crisp $20 American dollar bill asking what it was and if it had value. Answer was it's 20 bucks! And yes it has value. After which she crumpled up the bill in her hand and hit it around a little bit. She asked what is it and does it still have value? Answer: a $20 bill and yes of course. Sister Peck then testified of this sister's divine and individual worth as a daughter of her Heavenly Father. That no matter how many times we feel crumpled up and thrown around because of our own mistakes and those from those around us- we are still Heavenly Father's children. That God loves us eternally for who we are. And that love is not contingent on anything. At the end of our visit Sister Peck told the sister she loved her and stuck the $20 bill into her scriptures; marking the page for the verse that says "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God".

------->Sister Alley and I had the most intense pillow fight known to man Friday. It consisted of about 9 or 10 pillows flying. And blankets and laughing and weezing... And needing a drink of water after. So good. SO funny. Love Sister Alley!

I know that Heavenly Father truly does love us and sends that love in many ways. I was grateful to witness Heavenly Father sharing his love with one of his lost sheep through Sister Peck.

Saturday: Oh wow it is Saturday again! We are going to jump on trampolines with the Elders. And save the world afterwords. 

Tomorrow: I speak in the international ward. Thank you very much Sister Alley! :P

Oh the Asoke life is so good. God is around every bend and corner. Thailand is still the Hunger Games in every way. I have finally made it to the capitol. I'll have to explain to you what that entails later.  

I know that God lives. He is good. May we all strive to fuel our desire to serve him with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. Follow the prophet! Ponderize.

Here is my ponderize scripture from the past week: 

Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in theearth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?

I love being a missionary.
Sister Coates

was walking at lumphini park and saw this water monitor... And that fat dog pic i sent? yeah that is real. And is the story of my life sometimes... Except not so much here. We dont have much time to eat lots!

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