Well unfortunately today I didn't make it to see the monkeys but now I have time to email! Ha ha The crazy Elders that went last Pday, well they had some stories. Ha ha they teased the monkey's, got bit, had to get rabies shots, and one of them passed out when they put it in his finger. I guess the nurse wasn't really watching him so he fell over and hit his head. That ended with him needing stitches and having a nice bandaid on his head. Of course this all happened just in time for mission tour this week when Elder Gong (from the seventy) and his wife came. I expect going to Lopburi will be banned for missionaries soon. It is already recommended we don't go.
Beyond that it has been another great week here in Bang Khen. Hopefully not one of the last with transfers happening on Thursday. We should be getting called about that sometime today to know who is moving! We think a lot of things are going to change because we have pretty much stayed the same in this district for 12 weeks now. Two of us are now finished with training. About 8 sisters are finishing their mission and about 8 are coming in. So I expect a lot to be changing.
This week I guess I shouldn't have said it was great because Sister Her was sick... Thats kind of rude calling it great week when your companion would probably not agree. Because Sister Her was feeling sick, it was a bit more of a slow paced week. I got a lot of personal study time in which was way nice. Yet somehow I wish I got more! I love having time to just sit and study the scriptures. There just isn't enough time in a day because the scriptures all together just so happen to be a pretty long book. Ha ha
This week we also got to go to mission tour! That was cool. Wednesday night we went to Asoke for a devotional that had a surprise icecream social. Yum free icecream! Yes I got two bowls. Ha ha Thursday we headed to Cheang Watana for the rest of the devotional. There we had Que Pasa cater so I got chips and salsa! Man do I miss Mexican flavors here. But the devotionals were really good. Before going we were informed the theme was the restoration, the atonement, families, priesthood, stakes and temples. Before going it made me laugh a little, the whole church is the theme right? But Elder Gong, Sister Gong, President Senior, and Sister Senior all gave great talks about the topics. They made them flow so well together. Everything the church teaches just glide and connect together perfectly. One thing the church believes easily strengthens a different topic or subject the church also teaches about. Its just great.
This Saturday we had a ward talent show. That was really funny! It had a seventies theme and they pretty much turned the church gym into a club with the speakers and lights they had set up. It was pretty cool. For the missionaries talent we did the macarana. Ha ha Then the ward mission leaders interrupted us and said it was boring so they took over and turned it into the Harlem shake... They wanted us to be a lot more interesting but we told them the macarana is as interesting as missionaries are allowed to get. Ha ha I think I will have to steal the video of that from someone in the ward who recorded it.
Beyond on that, nothing too interesting happened this week. Just working with our investigators, recent converts, and finding new investigators. The life of a missionary right there. Ha ha
Here is the scripture I want to share this week: Moroni 7:13
"But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God."
God isn't just in the spiritual aspects of our lives. Anything good comes from Him. If you are looking for His hand in your life, just look around you and find all the good there is!
I hope you all have had an awesome week! Love you!
(Sister Cott, I don't know if I have mentioned this, but that is my name here. Ha ha no one can say Nethercott. It actually gets confusing when we are at meetings with missionaries and they ask me what my name is because my first response is always Sister Cott now.)
Sorry I kinda forgot to take pictures this week and Sister Her was sick so nothing interesting enough happened to take pictures of... My bad. Here is the talent show.
That is so crazy that the house is so empty! Ha ha It makes me think of that first night when we all slept up in the piano room together when we first moved in.
I am so jealous you got to see Gordon Hayward! Not fair! Ha ha I bet Gray wasn't focused on dinner at all.
Kylie's ring is huge! At least it looks huge in the picture. It looks like a pretty dramatic engagement with the sign and the roses and the waterfall. They seem to get bigger and bigger as time keeps going. Ha ha
This week we had mission tour. Something I like that was said about the atonement or final judgement is that in order for us all to be judged fairly we all have to be treated differently. Its funny how that can make sense. But all of our circumstances play a role in everything that we are judged for. During a discussion we had about it at "family dinner" last night, it was brought up that the gospel helps even the playing field for everyone. But you still can't judge a member of the church that is from the slums of the Philippines and Mitt Romney the same. I am just glad that my Savior knows me perfectly and will know how to judge me perfectly. I just need to do my best to follow his teachings and use His Atonement. :) I wish I could have been there for that lesson though, it sounds really good. You can't quite get those powerful Sunday school lessons when it is mostly new converts, teaching new members, and it is in a language you don't fully understand.
Good luck with moving and everything! I am actually really excited for you guys. I think it will be really good for all of you. Funny timing though, the only time I really miss home is for Holidays. You are moving just in time to miss all of them! Ha ha. Guess I won't have to miss being home for Holidays as much now. But I hope this opens up a lot of good opportunities and new experiences. And you will get to see Dad! Ha ha that'll be different.
Well love you!
That is a lot of miles flown! (200k and going) Save those up for a daddy daughter trip touring all these lovely places you are working at. :) I loved the long flight over to Thailand. After all of that scheduled time at the MTC and knowing there was over a year of fully scheduled time ahead, well taking some time to sleep was nice. Ha ha What's going on in India? Are you thinking about starting the next school there? I am glad to hear there is no Ebola in Kenya. I was a bit concerned hearing about it and knowing you travel to Africa so often these days. I have been thinking lately that you should start finding me a spot in your company. What you are doing is really so cool. I think after the gospel, education is the next best thing you can share with people. I could be your personal secretary. Ha ha But really... Could I have an in?
Oh sports... I am glad I stopped watching them for that while before leaving. I think they would be a serious distraction. Ha ha Elder Curtis has completely pulled himself away from them. If he brings up things like why McDonalds sells a bunch of chicken nuggets on certain days it takes him a long time to explain because to him sports just don't exist anymore. Its kind of entertaining to mess with him by bringing up certain conversations and ask him who certain people are. Ha ha
Unfortunately I don't get to go have fun with the monkeys today. The Elders tease them too much. It kind of scared everyone out of going I think. And I guess the Seniors recommend the missionaries don't go often. That might be something I have to do when you come pick me up. :) Is that the plan? For you to come pick me up? You won't be too far away if you are still in Malaysia.
So the way Sister Her likes to contact is by walking around... She says if you stand in one place it feels way longer. So we walk around (because there are people everywhere here) and every single person we pass we ask, "sonjay by bood?" Which is are you interested in going to church? Or we ask if they have ever gone in the church before and if they want to. But seriously anywhere where you go, all of the time you have to ask every single person. It is the rule of the mission. If someone is on the phone, you still interupt them, if someone is on a bike, you make them stop. Everyone. Bus stops are the worst! You start at one end and just go down the line of 20 people and ask every single one of them the same thing. Ha ha Once I learn Thai, I think I will change things up more. Ha ha But most missionaries just hold out the card to everyone and say Do you want to wash your sins? I think thats how that would translate. Ha ha I don't like that one as much. And when you hold out the cards here in Bang Khen people just think you are selling something and they don't even listen to what you have to say.
Transfers is this week. I think I am staying but I am not sure. I think Sister Her will move.I don't know. Now would be a good time to head out to the Issan for the lantern festival. But Elder Hill said it is pretty in Bangkok too, just illegal or something. Ha ha But I have some theories. I can tell you about them once they happen.
I think this week we might be dropping a lot of our investigators. They all want to keep learning but don't seem to see the final goal as baptism... Its kinda a sticky situation when it is like that. Especially how we do things here in Thailand. Our district laughs about how ridiculous our mission actually is. If you aren't baptized in 2 weeks you aren't elect. If you don't answer after we call twice, your a contacted referral. If you aren't a dater at the end of the first lesson, you never will be. Ha ha We move quick here. If missionaries were like that in America... Ha ha the difference.
Well I hope you land safely and enjoy home for the last week! Love you!
Did the Elders actually catch the swan and cook it? Ha ha Crazy idiots! Ha ha