This week was a good and interesting week all in one.
Yesterday we had the craziest day... it even involved me being alone... in Bangkok...
Let me explain:
So Sister Coates and I were running to the train in order to get to our next appointment, we see that the train is already at the station, but also that the doors are about to close. Now with trains here if you hear the buzzer on the door go, you know you won't be able to jump in before the door closes. Many a time Sister Coates and I have jumped in, beating the buzzer, but yesterday as we were running to the train, Sister Coates was a bit ahead of me and as such she jumped on the train, I, (still on the platform), hear the buzzer and second guess my "jumping on" abilities, thinking that if I do so, the doors will cut me in half. So the door closes, and Sister Coates is on her way going to the next stop while I am still standing on the platform...oops. It felt really weird to be alone, and kinda scary. At the beginning of my mission I never thought I would be able to get used to being with someone all the time, but now that I have been a missionary for so long, it felt sooo weird to be alone. Anyways, long story short Sister Coates and I met up at the next stop and had a good laugh.
The other really crazy thing about yesterday, was we were inviting this nice family in a park when this CRAZY lady, comes up to us and starts yelling at us in this mixed babble of thai and english... we got nothing out of it other than, "God loves you", which is always nice to hear..but then when we saw her again she was like yelling and it was scary...anyways. ya..
This week a lot of new Thai greenies came in, and as such Sister Coates and I were given the responsibility of preparing lunch for them. Sister Mcknight is training a missionary from Cambodia, who doesn't speak Thai or English, so she has to go back and be a missionary in Cambodia. However, in the meantime they are staying at our house and its really fun! Sister Mcknight may even be serving here until transfers!
This email is so random but I just want to say 3 things that were really happy this week:
1. A less active member from the international ward took us to get italian food at this delicious restaurant.
2. On a day I was feeling a little down, and 3 little Thai girls came up to me and asked if they could hug me and Sister Coates. They thought it was so cool we were from Canada and America.
3. I got Sawyer's letter! Her story about Remembrance Day was soo cute!
The coolest miracle that happened this week was that Sister Sa (our Cambodian investigator) brought us this card with Jesus on it that was super old. On the back it had a picture of the old cover of the Book of Mormon in Thai. We asked her where she had gotten that card and she said she had found it among her deceased husband's things (he died around 10 years ago) She was amazed to know that this was the same church that her husband had a card for, all those years ago. Life has very few coincidences, and the hand of God really is in all things. Oh, and on a side note Sister Sa lived in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge was a thing. She said she had a lot of scary, scary experiences, but I won't go into detail now.
This week was also MLC. MLC is this big meeting with all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders, the Assistants to the President, and President and Sister Johnson. President and Sister Johnson as well as the Assistants trained us on some new vision, goals etc for the mission, and then it was our job to go to all the areas in our zone and train the districts on what they said. It was a lot like giving a group presentation to a lot of people. Anyways, I was a little scared to do this. I was feeling a bit like everyone else had a lot of good things to say and maybe I wouldn't have anything, but I prayed for the Spirit's guidance and read this scripture:
Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
I loved this scripture, and it really spoke peace to me and realized that everyone needs to speak out, whether you feel small, or whether you feel great... your voice matters. We need not fear as we can talk about anything with God, and he will hear us and help. Over my mission, I have been amazed at the answers you can get to prayers from the scriptures. It turned out that the training was great! I wasn't scared, and had lots to say.
I love you guys!