Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Birthday! Week #52

Hello everyone! Another great week here in Bang Khae! I hope its not one of the lasts with transfers coming up on Thursday. Logically it makes sense for me to stay for many reasons. But I have also never stayed anywhere longer than 2 transfers so that would be a change.
This last week we had district conference. Its just like stake conference. Elder Gong from the 70 came with his wife. They are really good speakers. (And I think it was more than just the fact that it was my native language for once instead of Thai). Sister Gong told this really good story about friendship and following promptings of the spirit. Sometimes I wish I could just record church meetings to share the lessons I learn with everyone!
Last p-day we went to Asoke to a big market full of so many fun things. I have been so good on my mission not buying too many things. I knew if I bought something I would have to drag it around my whole mission. I told myself I could wait until I was closer to going home. I guess I cracked when I knew I only had 6 months left and I was told my death papers are in the mail. I went to town with my shopping. Ha ha but all good stuff! Not a singe bit of buyers regret! It was so fun!
This week we taught and contacted as always. I love missionary work! Its so good! This Saturday I tried something... I didn't tell anyone it was my birthday. I just wanted to contact.... But it turns out we had a meeting in Asoke for district conference. We got there and conveniently my birthday package was at the church. I got to open it on my birthday! But then, my birthday card had my birth date on the card. The secret got spoiled. Sister Beckstrand saw it. So after getting to the church we went down to the Japanese restaurant that I love (its cheap for Japanese food here)! Tradition stands, Japanese for birthday dinner. While we were eating one of the members there for the district conference paid for our food! It was so nice! So I got a free Japanese birthday dinner! And then President knew it was my birthday and told me happy birthday and the secret was just kind of gone. It only lasted until dinner. But conveniently it turned out to be a really good day!
This week we didn't have a baptism from our companionship but there were 5 people baptized into the branch on Sunday! The church is growing so much here! Its amazing! One of our investigators that was baptized this month is now sharing the gospel with everyone! She has brought a different person to church for 3 weeks now. She is so great! Hopefully as we start teaching the family she introduced the gospel with, we will see some more miracles!
During district conference some scriptures were shared about faith. Mostly in Alma 32 and Ether 12. I love both of those chapters so much! If you have some extra time, just go read them. But I think it was Sister Gong who talked about faith growing and how Heavenly Father has performed so many miracles in the history of the scriptures why would the miracles stop now? Sometimes they are just little things throughout the day but the Lord's hand is in all things. I've seen it time and time again on my mission. Heavenly Father answers our prayers. He blesses us according to our obedience to His commandments and according to our faith. 
I love you all!

-Sister Nethercott

So I called this member and he doesn't answer. He texts saying its not convenient to talk but he can text. So I text him this thing in Thai and it takes a while to make sure I spell things right and to find the letters on the keyboard. Right when I get done, I get another text that says. You can text in English. Ha ha that would happen to me. Just look at the times. (I guess it took her 7 minutes to type her response)  :)
 Awesome storm that came in


This is the box card I made for her- she loves the Red Sox, elephants, Subway and Coldstone. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sneezed on by an elephant Week #51

Hello everyone! A great week here in Bang Khae. I thought not leaving our area would finally make it seem as if time has slowed down, but its still just flying by like crazy!
Last p-day we went to the zoo! It was so fun! It is not like the zoo in America where they have rules and safe fences... You can touch the animals... Its almost like a petting zoo. Ha ha the only fence I didn't want to reach through was the one with the lion in it. The zoo was cool though! We saw a little elephant show (it was maybe 5 minutes) and then an crocodile show. I still haven't ridden an elephant... but my feet have now been sneezed on twice by one. Gross! Ha ha
This week we taught some new investigators. We have this great older lady investigating. She really doesn't understand much of what we say to her, but she says she has seen her life improve since she has started meeting with us. She always looks around with these wide eyes and questioning smile. She is great though. On Sunday another one of our investigators called asking where the church was. Somehow our old lady investigator ended up with the phone explaining to the other investigator how to get to the church. Next thing I know the old lady is literally running out the door and down the street to meet up with the investigator and help them find the church. It was so great!
Another great moment (or maybe the greatest) of the week was Bugki's baptism! It was so great! She originally started learning in Ubon with the missionaries there. She then moved here to Bang Khae last transfer and we started teaching her. The only problem was she worked all day everyday so the process was a little bit slow. But this week she finally got to be baptized!
Another fun part of the week was Brother Shipley (one of our mtc teachers) came to Thailand. We got to eat dinner with him at a members house that he taught and baptized back when  he served here. It was fun. And funny to hear him speak Thai now that I can speak Thai and understand him. There was also a sister that came who finished about a year ago. They were amazed at the growth that has happened here since they both served. It was fun to see their reactions and really recognize how blessed Thailand has been. 
This is a scripture that I came across this week during studies. It was then brought up again by Sister Beckstrand. Its in D&C 68:6
"Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come."
Take it for what it is. I really like this scripture. 
Love you all!
-Sister Nethercott


Crocodiles, monkeys and tigers oh my!

I got to  hold hands with this cute white monkey! :)
 We rode bikes this week to an LA's. While waiting to meet the Elders I thought I'd get the picture you were always requesting.

 Brother Shipley.

Sister Beck contacting.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day Week #50

On our Mother's Day skype call!
Hello everyone! This week went by so fast! We had MLC in Asoke. Then the next day we went to Jangwatana (I have no idea how that is spelt in english) for Sister Beckstrands work visa. So finally on Friday we got a normal training study schedule. Ha ha I don't know where all the time goes! It feels like there is never enough time in the day to get things done!
The good news is, the Lord blesses you when you are diligent. Sister Paan got baptized! She was so happy, excited, and nervous on her baptism day. She was just grinning all day long. And she has such a good desire to share it with her family. The primary did a musical number during the service and safe safe (the little 8 year old who was baptized last week with his mom) got to sing. Then the young women did a musical number and our investigator sang with them. It was so cool to see everyone getting involved.
Today we are going to a crocodile farm where we should hopefully get to see baby tigers! Sorry I don't have much to say. 
Thanks to all the mothers out there that have been an example to me! Thanks especially to you mom! I am so grateful for your example and all you have taught me. 
In honor of mothers day the scripture I want to share is Alma 56:48. It says, "And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." 
This is the army of Helaman explaining where their great faith came from. They knew that their mothers knew Christ was their Savior and if they put their trust in Him, He would help them. Whether or not we are mothers, we  should always strive to follow the example of the mothers of Helaman's army. Everyone should know that we do not doubt our testimony.
I hope you all have had a great week! Love you all!
-Sister Nethercott
 Well I tried durian... It didn't stink... It just smelt like pumpkin
 We got to eat a que pasa! :)

 We bought some coconut orbs (I don't know what its called). I've never seen 'em before. It was just the coconut cut out of the shell
 Baptism! Sister Paan.

 The big elephant is me because I am the mom. The little elephant is S. Beck because she is my child. Ha ha

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Asoke adventures = empty wallet Week #49

What a great week full of faith and miracles! I mentioned how our mission had a goal for 4 baptisms a companionship. That is about 340 baptisms for the whole mission. Just this month! I've already seen the miracles that have started only 4 days into this month!
Yesterday Ying and her son Safe Safe were baptized! They are so great. Safe Safe is the cutest little 8 year old boy. He even has that whole missing teeth thing going on. Yesterday while we were at church (it was some broadcast with voiced over thai, not a sacrament meeting) he was getting a little restless. So I pulled out my notebook and we started drawing pictures. It started very innocently with me drawing an elephant, him drawing an elephant, him drawing a fish, me drawing a dolphin, me drawing batman, the next thing I know he hands me a picture of poop. Ha ha 8 year old boys... He thought it was hilarious, which then actually made it pretty funny. Saturday night before the Sunday (baptism day) I called Ying to make sure they were ready and she said that Safe Safe came and asked her earlier that day, "tomorrow we are getting baptized right?" So adorable! I love them!
This week I went on a switch off to Asoke. That involved an adventure of trying to find a farrang man who is LA and is supposed to be going to the international branch. I guess his mom sent the bishop his information. So we got to leave the area and try to find him. After the adventure of subways, buses, getting ripped off on the price of coconut water, we found his house! Unfortunately he was on vacation with his family. We left a little note and said we'd come back again later. Apparently this was attempt number 4 in trying to find him. I hope attempt number 5 the Asoke sisters will meet success. 
We also went and did training in Asoke. I really need to stop going to that city. Every time you go it feels like a special occasion so  you eat out at food that is special. (Asoke has the widest variety of food that actually tastes like real foreign food). The cause of all the Asoke adventures is an empty wallet... Its kind of an issue. But I have now caught on to the trend and how I end up so poor. I now just have to remember that going to Asoke is not a special occasion and that I do not need to eat special food. I didn't even like the subway in Thailand when I was a greenie... The longer you are in country, the more real the food tastes. Ha ha
This week we were also able to meet some great new people that seem so prepared. I guess my companion Sister Beck and the sister from Asoke were able to experience some miracles in finding people to teach during the switch off. I am excited to go and meet them and continue to teach them this week. 
As I was studying my scriptures this week I came across this scripture in Exodus,
"before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord"
I feel like this is what the Lord is telling us in Thailand. Sorry I can't really think of a way to apply it to you who are reading it, but I am sure you will be able to think of something to take out of it! 
I love you all! Hope you had a great week!
-Sister Nethercott
 Tioing last p-day

 Asoke... It gets me everytime.


 I love 'em!