I SAW YOU MOVE!!!


Well, I guess it's Pday again! 😁

I know it has been only 2 full days but it's Monday again and we're back to our regular Pday schedule! Yay! Well, there's really nothing much to say but I think I have a few stories to tell, hahaha! 

We had an awesome ZONE PDAY AND ZONE CONFERENCE in Ubon! We had some new goals and everyone is excited to "missionary work!"💪🏼 Some goals include: centering aspects of missionary work to Christ, diligently fishing everyday, talking with at least 10 people a day, and most of all, directing investigators/members/recent converts to the temple. Because the temple is the goal... right? ❤

เป็นคนไทยหรือเปล่า

Phikun's Family
สวัสดีค่ะ 

Hello, everyone! The last time we had a pday, it was the start of the month. And now, we're almost halfway through July! Woah! Where did time go? Honestly, it went by so fast. Met a lot of amazing people too! 

Well, last week, we finally met with our new Mission President... President Hammond! (Together with his wife, and 2 kids) They are amazing! They brought with them a different energy and vibe to the work and that makes us all excited to work with them too! We're going to be with them today for Zone Pday and Zone Conference (in Ubon). Sooo that's exciting.

ALWAYS SEEKING FOR MIRACLES...

We went to Surin 3 weeks ago and rode elephants. It was SO FUN!!!!!!! 
Biking without hands... 
สวัสดีค่ะ 🌐 


It's ALREADY July!!! Where did time go? I have no idea which week I'm on but guess what? I'm still in Mahasarakham! (With Sister Peterson). So the Journey continues in มหาสารคาม. I'm on my fourth transfer now and I had to say goodbye to my one hour Language study time. 😅 I have no idea how my Thai is right now but It's okay, I guess! Haha I remember 3 Sundays ago I translated for some members from Cambodia(Thai to English) for the Sacrament Meeting. It wasn't easy! Hahahaha so I just kind of made my own talk... hahahaha

Kaya ko to จริงๆ ☺

Hello, everyone! Your favorite sister missionary is back! (Haha, that's for my family)


So It has been long since I last emailed. We had stake and zone conferences last week and we were blessed to have Elder Muers of the Seventy with us..  He is amazing! He focused more on ministering and what it really means. We had a special meeting with him (just for missionaries) and talked about our investigators. We volunteered to talk about our investigator ต๋อย. Sister Peterson and I had the chance to role play with President and Sister Johnson too. I'll say I was a kinda nervous but it was so fun and I'll miss the Johnsons so much. In zone conference, we were asked the question: Why do we do what we do? 

I am reminded of my purpose as a missionary, a servant of the Lord. Sometimes, LOVE is just one of the most used words. We can say we love a book, we love a view, or we love something. But to say We LOVE the Lord is something different. It's something that we show, something that we do. I know that I am a missionary because of my love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. And to help in this LABOR OF LOVE  is an opportunity to show my love for Them and to my brothers and sisters. Definitely, this is not the only way to show our love for the Lord. We have small and simple things too. That is a challenge for each and every one of us.

งูเขียว (No BIG Deal)

On Saturday, we visited a place for old people and I met this grandma! She is so sweet and when I left her she was calling "Gagarin! Gagarin!" Hahaha, so cute!

Hello, everyone! How are you all doing?

This week has been one of the most interesting weeks of my mission ( at least for me hahaha)

Because

THERE WAS A SNAKE IN OUR HOUSE. It was a green snake! I almost got bit by it but thankfullyyyyyyyy we were safe!!!! Our branch President came and killed it for us. We aren't sure yet if we're moving houses or not though. But I definitely was not able to sleep well for a night. Hahaha We're still alive!


Third Transfer // Week 22

Hello, everyone! 

This week has been fun and all sorts of challenging! Well, Im not a greenie anymore! That's new to me. Biking the roads of Mahasarakham has been familiarly strange, if that makes sense at all. This time, I lead the area so the area has never looked this big for me hahaha. It was kind of hard but this is a milestone I guess for missionaries as we need to go out of our comfort zone and be full pledged missionaries. (Not training anymoreeeee)

Happy Mother's Day + 3rd Transfer (Greenie No More)


สวัสดีค่ะทุกคน 
How are you all?


It's transfer day tomorrow! We're going down to Bangkok to work on our Visas and get our new companions. I'll be staying in Mahasarakham and I'm so glad! I love this area and the people here so much so I'm really excited for this transfer. I'm surely going to miss my mom (SIster Pherson) so much. She's the best trainer and I'm blessed to have her for 2 transfers. SO, I'm not a greenie anymore! (You get to be a greenie on your first two transfers. meaning: you're on training) I'm done with training so there's no excuse anymore. Thai is still a work on progress but I know that the Lord will help me with the language.


Prayers

Hello!

How are you all? It's been a while since I last sent an email but everything's going well here in Mahasarakham!

Last week, we had switchoffs with the sister training leaders and they were in our area so we arranged the schedules for the day. I was with Sister Feldman (she was a greenie here so it was really fun and learned a lot from her!) 

Oh also, I almost forgot, I gave a talk at the sacrament meeting 2 Sundays ago!!! I shared my favorite airplane story. I was really nervous but also excited to share because our investigators came! I was so happy they came because they(จุ๊ย and นาบุญ) were so worried they wouldn't have friends. they ended up going home at 2pm though! They surely made friends! They are really so good! every time we visit them they will tell us about what they have read in the Book of Mormon! Last time, จุ๊ย 's prayer was " Heavenly Father, Yesterday, I saw a kid who fell off her bike and I helped her. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." but they improved so much now. every time we end a lesson they always ask when they are going to learn again which is soooo cute! Hopefully, they'll receive permission to be baptized this Sunday. นาบุญ told us how she prayed so much because her grandma might take her to move to another place. But now, they will not move anymore! God really answers our prayers!

Love you all and I'll be keeping this email short, hehehe! 

With love,
ซิสเตอร์ กาการิน
Sister Gagarin

Thai New Year and Water Festival (Songkran)



Songkran was so fun! For pday, we went to a downtown road and it's so packed! There are so many people and literally, everyone would pour water on you. It's like a way of showering blessings for them. We met some less actives along the way so that was interesting. It was kind of weird to pour water on them in like, our first meeting but it was Songkran! hahahaha But one of them came to church last sunday so that was really great! Here are some photos! 

*also included is a photo of a veryyyyyyyyyyy sweet dog hahaha even though I'm kinda scared

The Prophet and Apostle

Yep! He came! President Nelson and Elder Holland, together with their wives, came to Thailand! It was a very historical event and I feel way blessed to have witnessed it. Last Friday, we flew down to Bangkok and the event was so far the biggest Thai Mormon gathering ever.It was a great sight! Also, it's my first time to see the Prophet and it will forever be one of the best days of my life! They both had translators so everyone would be able to understand. People from Burma and Laos came too. It's amazing how much they have sacrificed to came and listen to the Prophet's voice! 

There are just so many miracles! We have this investigator who we almost dropped because she is not really progressing BUT called us last week and said she's going to Bangkok to see the prophet!!! Now that's a miracle. It takes 8 hours to go to Bangkok and that's a lot of faith. She went with the branch. She got to see the prophet!!!! She said she had goosebumps all throughout the meeting and she loved all the messages! aaaah! She asked why the meeting was so short and she wanted to stay for like, until 11 or something. she just loved it so much and asked us when the next meeting is so she can book a flight instead because the bus ride made her sooooo tired. She's about 50 yrs old and she's from Laos. There are times when I can and can't understand her. Sometimes she speaks Laotian, Thai and Isan. So maybe sometimes it just works out. hahaha But she's really amazing. when we visited her yesterday, she doesn't want us to leave yet because she says she has a happy feeling when we're with her. She told us about her dream about a tree, with a light coming out of it, and a person dressed in white above it. and that she's trying to reach His hand but she woke up... well we asked her to read 1Nephi 8. She's just really so close and she needs to recognize the Holy Ghost more.

Songkran

Two kids playing pre-Songkran

It's so weird to have pday on a Friday but it's fun! I mean, I don't know yet but I think it's going to be fun! hahaha! It's Songkran Festival today - water festival/New year of Thailand. Year 2561 or 2562 (I'm not so sure!) 😁


The past few days have been incredibly hot- around 40 degrees Celsius. It's been kind of a struggle because a lot of people cancelled appointments with us! also because It's a major holiday so a lot are out of town. BUT that can't stop us from sharing the gospel! hahaha we had facebook video calls with investigators and members which is also fun. We met the mom of one of our investigators through the video call. She's so nice and invited us to their house which by the way, is not our area. so it's not allowed.😉