In Thomas S. Monson's first talk as a Prophet, he shares, "I begin by mentioning one of the most inevitable aspects of our lives here upon the earth, and that is change. At one time or another we've all heard some for of the familiar adage: 'Nothing is constant as change.' "
As the time goes on... we are bound to experience change around us. But aside from the physical changes that occur around us... I have learned that greatest change that we can make in our mortal life, here and now... is ourselves.
I have learned that progress and change only can happen according to a person's personal desires and actions. People around us nor neither God the Almighty can force us to change.
God loves us so much that He gave us the freedom to choose for ourselves. Never have God has forced us to do anything. We chose to come to this earth. We chose to receive a body and go through the pains and sufferings so that we may experience joy. We have the choice to learn during this earthly life. Even after we die, we will be able to make choices.
I know that God loves us. He loves us so much that He put away His own wants, so that we can have joy in doing what we want. I know that God desires us to grow and learn, but it is our choice to do so. There is a greater joy awaiting for us as we take action to change.
I want to change. I want to be better. And I know that deep and converting change is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through Joseph Smith. It's such a blessing to be able to change as we apply His teachings in our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- Elder Santeco
I love this talk as well! https://www.lds.org/blog/how-i-learned-my-worth-isnt-measured-in-checkmarks?cid=HP_TH_22-6-2017_dOCS_fBLOG_xLIDyL2-2_
As for the missionary work. We have been doing well! We currently have 12 daters! 😱 We are truly seeing God's hand in doing the Lord's work. We also had MLC last week in Bangkok. Where we are all able to learn more about how to be more effective leaders. It was really inspirational. I loved it. This past week, I went to Nhong Khai for a switch off. While there... I saw the land of Lao. Haha. This week, we will be having Zone Conference, I am excited to see all the missionaries come together to learn and grow together! I love being a missionary. Time really does fly by fast. I need to write in my journal.
LOVE YOU ALL!
Last P-day that I had with the Bangna District. (Didn't get this picture until today) This is Brother Rak. We like burgers.
This is President เสือ. He is the happiest Chinese man I have ever met. He is an amazing asset in doing the Lord's work here in this Zone.
A little bit of nature. I love green.There's Laos!
Udon District got a baptism! Yayyyyy!
Elder Dugquem preparing the baptismal font.
This is Brother Jack. The COOLEST member that I have ever met here in Udon. He's always willing to help us out AND he dresses like a local hawaiian guy. That's a plus.
Elder Dugquem is such a boss.
Brother Jack's wife.. Sister Thukata is an amazing cook.
I found stuffing! I also found liquid smoke! hehhehehhehe
We are helping Sister เอิง wake up for church. She has a sleeping schedule which consist of her sleeping at 4 in the morning and waking up at 3 in the afternoon. So far, she has been able to wake up for church these past two weeks. MIRACLES.