Friday, February 7, 2014

3 February 2014 (Pictures)

My question to Sister Mullen was, "Why are you in the middle of the picture? Shouldn't that be Jasmine?"
Jasmine's new companion - Sister Allen
Really?  He's an AP?
Is she scared or excited?
First baptisms in Kamphaengphet!  Do you recognize the river?

3 February 2014

Sister Rachel Mullen

I got the package yesterday!!! Thank you so much!!! I got it after church on a fast Sunday, so everyone LOVED it!!! All the members were like, you have the cutest mom! Haha thank you thank you.

I will have the whitest teeth and the best smelling armpits in Thailand.

So here is how January went down. 164 out of the goal for 200 baptisms. It's AMAZING. It is the record for Asia, and we learned that Taiwan has adopted our inviting technique. Also, crazy news... some companionships did WAY too awesome. There were 3 companionships that got 15, 9, and 7 people baptized in the month.

We had great training on just keeping the faith. They said there is a lot of 'poison' going around that it is the missionaries fault if a recent convert goes less active. Or talking about an investigator and saying, why baptize them if they are just going to fall away.

What we fail to remember is that to share the Gospel is a commandment. Even as tithing and the word of wisdom is a law, so is missionary work. Baptize them, give them the Holy Ghost, and give them a fighting chance at living life. These fast baptisms are not rushed. It doesn't take a long time to repent... the process is long... but in talking about that first decision to decide to stop doing something... takes a second.

The way I see this work is changing everyday. It's amazing.

We are working on trying to find new investigators. Trying to keep up the energy in an area that we've served in for 4 months... I feel like I have seen everyone at least twice. Everyone in this city. But then you find that ONE person you missed. That ONE person that just wasn't outside when you were there. Inviting is still major, it's always going to be. We should never give up on those people we have reached out to. I can't tell you how much courage it is going to take to re-invite and reshare my testimony with the friends I have already tried to talk to... but that's what God requires of us.

Oh man, funny story. We were inviting, and sometimes you have to look at a person first and decide if they are crazy or not. I invited this guy and I thought he was all there. He looks at the picture, doesn't answer the question... He looks confused. I tell him again. Baptism. Do you want it?

And then he literally just turns around. That's it. I was so confused and just weirded out. I'll act it out for you when I get back. aHHHHH

The former investigator we are teaching came to church this last Sunday. First time in his 10+ years of investigating the church. And he came.

This church is SO true.

Sister Mullen #1

Sister Jasmine Mullen

27 January 2014

Sister Rachel Mullen

Sister Jasmine Mullen

Hello! I had a wonderful week! We were lucky enough to have a sisters conference. It was the best. I was really having trouble and all I can say is the Lord knows us. SO WELL. The theme was about becoming eternally changed. We kinda have a theme in our mission of experiencing a mighty change. And it was really hard for me at first. The main thing I'm working on right now is my pride. Its just like no matter what I do, I can't seem to break this rut that I'm in. But then at sisters conference, some of the departing sisters bore their testimony and it was so good. The thing about the gospel is that we can change. People change and even though it doesnt happen in a week or even a month, we still have that ability. "To believe that deficiencies in our character are unchangeable is to reject the plan of salvation." We are not cast in stone. And from this week I have learned that if I listen promptly to what the spirit is telling me I will become better. I want to keep changing. That was pretty much my miracle this week! I feel rejuvenated. And I'm really happy because I was tired of feeling tired to share the gospel. I should never be tired to serve, I only get 18 months! I am also soooo grateful for answers to my prayers. I do things wrong everyday and I still say some pretty dumb things but I'm so grateful for the opportunity to learn and to be tired. I LOVE BEING TIRED! Its great. I actually almost fell asleep in a lesson the other day. It was an awesome lesson, I just was so exhausted. Lets pray that never happens again. So also the nickname I gave myself has gotten around. Lets hope President doesn't hear that I call myself sister ap. haha. Its a joke. Obviously. And yeah we're still working with the same people, everything is good. I love you and I miss you. Our ward is doing a PMG challenge. To read it in 3 months and we did a presentation on it, it was pretty good. The APs did most of it so obvs it was haha. I love you! have a good week! Sister Mullen #2