Monday, August 10, 2015

LITERALLY. Planted rice this morning. And Elder Holland Coming to Thailand!

LITERALLY. Planted rice this morning. I am officially in the coolest mission in the entire world.
AND no crabs bit me. Miracle #2.
I feel like the longer I am here, the more I just feel like a khon Thai. But then I slave out in the rice fields all day and get totally sunburned and remember I am still that crazy redheaded Canadian born America raised white girl. The best part is that even though I feel completely burnt to a crisp. I am happy.

This week was wonderful. Kind of weird to be honest and FLEW by. But I enjoyed it a lot. We taught prayer a lot this week because believe it or not we got not one but two new investigators! It reminded me of the amazing gift prayer really is. I have seen my relationship with my Heavenly Father become so strengthened over these last 10 months I can't even explain it. Such a blessing.

So since this weekend we will be in Bangkok to see ELDER HOLLAND! So excited. And then the next Thursday after that is Transfers, so yesterday was most likely my last Sunday in Sisaket. Since the chances of me moving are pretty high. 6 months!! I have been in this one area for 1/3rd of my entire mission. So crazy to think. But I honestly got kind of emotional while I was sitting on the stand conducting the music. So much has happened these last 6 months here and I realized how much I really do love these people. It will be good to leave and get a fresh start in another area. But I really do feel like a part of me will always long to be in Sisaket. I am excited to see where I go though! Bangkok????? Probably. 
Anyways, P-day is changed to Saturday this next week (or Friday for you guys) because we will be in Bangkok Sat afternoon after the meeting with Elder Holland with nothing to do until the meeting on Sunday. So, all 180ish missionaries in the entire mission are going to be having p-day together in Bangkok. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. 555 But it will be cool to see everyone together. I want a copy of that picture for sure.

Just a quick thought from my personal study this last week. I spent some time studying D&C 4. You know the section that every missionary in the entire existence of forever has to memorize. I have read it and recited it so many times, but I don't feel like I have really internalized it for a while. But this last week verse 3 and 5 really stuck out to me.

3 "Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;"

5 "And faith, hope, charity, and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work." 

I realized that it is our desire that calls us, but it is our NATURE that qualifies us for the work. It is not just a change in behavior to be faithful or have hope or have charity and love. Or to have an eye single to the glory of God, but it is quite literally a change of nature that we have to undergo to become qualified for His work. At first, a desire is sufficient because everything has to start with our desire first, but after that God expects us to qualify for His work by BECOMING. Becoming like His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. So cool, no? 

Everything comes back to PMG Ch. 6 - Christ-like Attributes 

Can't wait to see what Elder Holland has to say on Saturday! Hope everyone has a great week.


Sister Burbank 
We are on a sleeper Train to Bangkok

Place we planted rice

Our meal after planting rice.

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