Monday, September 28, 2015

Awesomeodd and awesome baptisms! Week #70

Hello everyone!
This was a great week! We had 2 switchoffs but we made everyone come to our area for a change. Ha ha I got to switch off with Sister Herrmann! It was way fun. We went LA hunting and tracked down all these addresses with the help of the post office workers. They have this big book of old addresses with the new ones. All of the church reccords have the old addresses so that was way helpful! 
The other I switch off I got to go on was with Sister T. She is Sister Zoller's ลูก... Sister Z trained her. But that was forever ago now. She is such a good missionary. I was way impressed. I felt bad too because all of our plans fell through so it wasn't all that great of a day. She stayed happy and worked hard through all of it. While having to make a ton of phone calls to confirm plans for their baptism the next day.
This week we made a trip out to Awesomeodd (I really have no idea how to spell it). That is the area out 30 kilos where all of our investigators live these days. The people out there are so prepared and ready to hear the gospel. 
This week we had 3 of our investigators get baptized! They are adorable. Two of them are 14 and one is nine. At first we didn't give them much attention because normally kids that age will come for a bit and then leave and never hold out til their baptism. But these kids proved it hard core. Their grandpa died the day of their baptism and their mom called and said they couldn't come. She wouldn't explain why so we were a little hard on her and told her this was the most important day in the world. Then we talked to one of the 14 year olds and she told us she would find a way to get to church. They came a little late but due to the circumstances of a dead grandpa I think thats ok. They showed so much faith coming to church and putting that first before anything else. After their testimonies were super cute. All about being happy because they were baptized and knowing God lives and that they will keep his commandments. 
This has really been a great transfer. Our whole zone got balanced every week! That is crazy and I am pretty sure unheard of. The missionaries in the Roiet zone are just so full of faith and hard work. I've loved every moment of it. Yesterday alone, our zone had 19 baptisms split between just 4 areas (2 of which are one district). The miracles are just pouring down. 
This is the scripture I want to share for this week. I feel it is approriate with what is happening.
"And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men." -Moroni 7: 29
I know that God was, is and always will be a God of miracles. The miracles come in accordance to our faith. If you are wondering where the miracles are around you, either open your eyes or check the level of your faith. If you need more faith, pray and read your scriptures. Nothing else can help more than those 2 simple steps. 
I hope you have all had a great week! Love you!

-Sister Nethercott

 Tioing last Monday

 More Tioing


 Look how cool this fish is! Ha ha it was in a tank at an LAs shop

 More rice fields... Back out 30 kilos. I love biking out to Awesomeodd (I don't know how to spell it but that is how you say it). There are always so many miracles!

Ha ha can I just say cute?


 Baptism!!!!! The fruits of Awesomeodd.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Nothing to do but have fun. Week #69

Sorry no updates last week. We just had MLC and did some trainings. I got to go train in Galasin! Its been a dream of mine to go there since that is where my trainer moved from when training me. Its really not nearly as small as people make it sound. I would almost argue Roiet is smaller. MLC was way good though. Some really good missonaries have been called to leadership. It was probably my favorite meeting. Its great to see that all these strong fiery passionate personalities can sit down in the same room and be unified together in the work of the Lord. Even if they all do missionary work differently, that room was full of love and respect. It was awesome.
This week was zone conference and it was so fun! We got to go to Ubon. Because Sister Brown and I are always leaving our area, we were smart enough to take our bikes. She got to show me around and we attempted to visit some RCs. It was fun! The best part might have been the food. They have some really good farrang (foreigener) food there.
The actual zone conference was way good. We got to learn how to make plans and processes through triangleception. We learned all about diligence. I way loved it. The night before the meeting, we had a game night with the missionaries. I don't think we have ever just had fun as missionaried before unless you figure it out on a Pday. It actually felt really weird the whole time. Just sitting down and having fun. Ha ha Before it started Sister Browna and I kept going around asking for projects or ways we could help. There weren't any. We didn't even know what to do with ourselves. It was so funny.
After the trip to Ubon, we had a lot of work to do in our area. We are working with these young kids and their families that live 30 kilos away. Its always so hard because we feel way bad making members drive us out there all the time. But if we ride our bikes it gets dark before we can come home because they can't meet til they are home from school. Then it is dangerous and the members get mad at us. I think we've finally figured out a system though. We are going to try it out this week. I just hope that the distance isn't what stops these people from progressing and acting on their faith to grow it even more. What they really need is baptism and the gift of the holy ghost! Two of the kids should for sure be getting baptized this Sunday though so I am super excited for them. They got to watch 4 of the Elders investigators get baptized yesterday and they looked up at us with pleading eyes asking, "Thats us next week right?" These kids just have so much faith its amazing!
I forgot to mention that at zone conference, I gave what we call a จบing testimony. It kind of translates to: your home the next time we have a zone conference (which still happens before the group that goes home right after us is done) so we need you to bare your testimony. It was kind of weird. My whole mission that day always seemed so far away. And then it was there and I had to stand up and say my final words. (Am I really that close to going home?) It was fun because Sister Brown and Sister Herrmann both got to be there and give their testimonies too. 
I love being a missionary. I love being able to proclaim the truth to everyone around me at all times. I hope that all of you have a chance this week to stand for truth and righteousness!
Love you all!

-Sister Nethercott

 This is how we have district meeting... Ha ha The progressive position changes.

 The Ubon tour. Sister Brown's food lady missed her. She was so excited to see her she got up and gave her a big hug.

 Zone conference!

 Late bus rides get weird....