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Sister Stacie Lynn Chambers

50/829-832 Muang Thong Thani

Chaengwatana Road T. Ban Mai

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Nonthaburi 11120

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Monday, August 30, 2010

I Stand All AMAZED!!!!!!‏

Wow. I really don't even know where to begin. This last week has really been the BEST week ever. Mostly yesterday. I can't even begin to express my joy. I know that I've claimed to be happy before and that every week is great. But yesterday tops it all. I've never felt so much happiness!! But ok I have to tell about the rest of the week before I can explain why Sunday was so amazing. Ok. So.

Wednesday, August 25th- Fabulous day. P-day was changed to Wed. just for this week because of some training that was going on. After we emailed we went and bought some groceries and then went to the church and baked all day. It was so much fun! I made some delicious Zucchini bread! Mae Nong was at the church too, so she helped me and so it was so fun. I was worried that it wouldn't turn out, but Mae, Sister Pecht and Sister Webb all loved it! It was gone before 6 pm :) I made some Rice Pudding too! It turned out a little yellow and not as sweet as my amazing mothers. I think Thailand just has weird eggs, weird butter and weird milk. But I'll try again. I couldn't find any Karo syrup :( so I couldn't make Special K bars, but I'm going to look again today! Mae taught me how to make สมตำ (Som Tam!!!!) Oh I was so happy! It was so much fun!! And it turned out delicious! Brother Ooy, Sister Rat, Woon, Win, Tob, and some other members came to the church and when they tasted it they couldn't believe I had made it! It was funny. Oh I love this ward so much!! They really are like just one big family! That night there was a HUGE rain storm! I mean it usually does rain a ton at night anyways, but the thunder and lightning were so crazy cool! I love standing on our balcony and looking out at Thailand! Yes I know I'm a sap. :)

Thursday I made some delicious choc. chip pancakes! Oh man. It was heavenly! We went and taught this darling little mom and her 8 year old son. They live in a huge purple house in this way high-so neighborhood. It was the nicest house I've ever been in. Sister Webb said it was the nicest one she has ever seen too. We met them on a song thow and invited them to English. Then at English they said they were interested in learning about our church. The moms name is ออ (Awe) and the little boy is กาย (guy) he said the closing prayer and I seriously thought I was going to cry! He started off by saying: "Heavenly Father, today at school my teacher taught me about Buddhism, but I like Christianity better." haha it was so cute! I love little kids! They seriously have so much faith! He prayed for his dad at work and then he asked Heavenly Father to help him with a test at school tomorrow. So darling! But they won't be able to come to church this week because he has a test at school. Then we went to see our next amazing family! ตัก (Phii Tag) She is the cutest little lady that we invited a couple weeks ago. We've taught just her 3 times, but last Saturday we met her 11 year old son Bos and her 16 year old daughter Belle. They live in this big condo in the same neighborhood as Brother Ooy, Sister Rat, Wun and Win!! Its crazy! Its like the same family! Anyways Sister Rat and Wun have been helping us teach Phii Tag. Since there is so many of us we have just been teaching her in the lobby. Key note: there is a security guard that sits at the front desk. He is the nicest guy. We always say hi and ask how he is doing. We can tell that he is listening in on the lessons, but we haven't asked if he wants to learn. Anyways, wow I am really bad at telling stories because I get so distracted on all the details! Sorry if this doesn't make any sense! Ok. So Thursday night. Me, Sister Webb, Sister Pecht, Sister Rat, Wun and Win, all go over to the lobby to teach them. But just Phii Tag comes down. She said that Bos and Belle were just doing homework. You could tell she was way sad. Ok another random important side note: Phii Tag is already Christian. Her two kids and husband however are not. She hasn't gone to church in 4 years because she used to be at the church all day every day and started neglecting her family. But she still has such a strong testimony of the Savior. So her kids are a little sketchy about their mom learning about Christianity again. And we haven't met her husband because he isn't very happy about it either. OK. haha Well Phii Tag asked Win if he would be friends with Bos and asked Wun if she would be friends with Belle.

Friday, we had a great day too! We had two random lessons right off an invite. Then we went and visited this darling lady. She is 83 and only has one arm. Her name is ดรณี (Dorani) and we only had time to teach her for about 15 minutes. She went to a Christian school when she was young and loved singing songs about Christ. So she said she would come to church for sure. We taught Mae Rugira and Pa Santi too. We told them if they didn't come to church, they wouldn't be able to get baptized. Pa has been pretty good about coming. But Mae Rugira just always finds an excuse of why she can't go. We taught เเซง (Sang) She is darling. Oh it was just such a great day! I came home and experiment with the Som Tam. I put some apples in it and not any peppers. It was so delicious! I'm so my fathers daughter and love creating new recipes!

Saturday,we taught ปริม (Breme) She is darling. We taught Phii Su. She is so funny. We were riding on a song thow and she saw my name tag and said that she was Christian, but didn't really have a church to go to...haha. We told her we could fix that. We went inviting in this new neighborhood I found on the map. haha it was so funny! Because I didn't really know where to tell the taxi driver to take us, so we got a bit lost. So finally I was just like, "Oh that house! That house right there!" haha and the taxi driver was like, "Really? That house?" Oh I love being a missionary and confusing the poor taxi drivers! :) But it worked out great and we found some great new areas! Well we went and saw Phii Tag, and guess what?! Bos and Belle came down! Bos and Win are already best friends. Belle is a little stinker and isn't really interested. But Wun is still trying to be friends. It was so amazing! Tag was so happy!! She just wasn't sure if she could go to church, if her husband would let her.

Sunday. Ok. Is everyone ready for the miracle day?? Ok. It started with cute Dorani, the 83 year old lady calling us and saying that she couldn't come to church because it was raining. So we offered to go pick her up. Got to the church and who did we see?? Bos, Belle and Phii Tag!!!!!! We were all so excited!! Her husband had woke up and made them breakfast and called them a taxi to go to church!! She told us that the secruity guard that has been listening, talked to her husband and told them that we were nice and teaching them good things!!!! CRAZY HUH!! Oh man!!! It was so epic!! haha. Well Mae and Pa came!!! Su, and Sang too!! it was amazing!!! The best part was the Elders investigator, Tob, got baptized!! Oh it was the best day of my life!! i was just so excited!! Tob is the cutest little guy!! He is so always smiling and so filled with the spirit! I can't even explain it. And I'm so happy! The Lord is so good to us! I feel like Ammon!! I love being a missionary! I'm so happy! The church is so true!!

Sister Chambers

PS moves are this week. And I'm most likely moving ;( there are two new sisters coming in and Sister Webb hasn't trained yet. So I'm probably getting bounced. I'll let you know next week!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Scripture Power!!‏


It feels like it has been forever! Haha I've decided that I have lost all sense of time. I really can't believe that five months ago I said goodbye to all of you and headed into the MTC. It seems like just yesterday! But at the same time it seems like that was at least 3 years ago...yes. I have no sense of time. But that is ok! As a missionary I love it because I just eat, sleep, and drink the gospel 24/7!! Last week was Zone Conference!! It was AMAZING!! It was on the Book of Mormon and how we need to be better at using it. They gave us a Book of Mormon and challenged us to read it 4 times through on our mission. The 1st time to high light in red all the names of Christ. I'm on chapter 15 of 1st Nephi and it is just amazing how much already He is mentioned!! I love the scriptures!! 2nd time highlight His doctrine. 3rd time highlight His words. 4th time highlight His attributes. I'm so excited!! I've also started working on finding amazing scriptures to use in all my lessons. That is something that I really need to work on is understand and knowing the scriptures better and knowing what scriptures to use. I just wish I could explain to everyone that I talk to and teach how important the Book of Mormon really is. I tell them how it has changed my life and what a blessing it is, but they just don't understand. But I don't think any of us will ever understand how important the Book of Mormon is. It is just amazing!!

Well it is still raining about everyday here. I love it! Last P-day, we had sports day at the church and it was so much fun!! We played volley-pong. It was so funny! It's like volleyball on a ping pong table and there are three people on each side and they all have a paddle and you just hit the ping pong ball like a volleyball. Haha I can't really explain it. But its my new favorite game! In the church parking lot there is a basketball court, but it was much to hot to be outside, so we just stayed inside. We ordered pizza too. :) so much fun being with other missionaries!

We got Sister Pecht back this week too! Yay! But she only goes out with us for about half the day. But it is good to have her back! Today we are going to the church and she is going to teach us how to make some yummy Thai food! I'm so excited! Plus I'm going to make some Zucchini Bread (Thanks so much Aunt Lonnie!! sure love you!!), Special K bars (Thanks so much Summer!! You are amazing!) and possibly some rice pudding!! I'm way excited!!

Things here are so great. I love Srinakarin. I don't want to leave here! I need to work hard this week and be better! Everyday I learn so much and have so many amazing experiences! I love being a missionary!! I'm so happy!! The church is so true!! Thanks so much for all your love and support and prayers! I love you all so much!!

Sister Chambers

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory‏

Dearest Friends and Family!!

What a week!! Haha! It was kinda crazy but overall still an amazing week! Last Monday my darling little Sister Pecht was supposed to take off to New Zealand, however we got a call from President Smith saying that the MTC just called and said that she has to wait until the next group goes in, which is Sept 2nd. So she will be with us the whole moves! I was really excited, but still felt bad for her. The poor thing just wants to go serve her mission. But she has a great attitude. The amazing/twisted thing about this whole story, is that Tuesday she started having some side pains, and come Tuesday night she was miserable and in a lot of pain. Sister Webb is a nurse and thought it might be her appendix, so she called up Sister Smith and asked what she should do. They decided she probably should get to the hospital. She ended up getting surgery at midnight! Crazy huh! She was in the hospital til Friday, then we went back and got her. She is at the Presidents house now just recovering, but will probably be back here sometime this week. So that is pretty much the biggest story I have to tell this week. I'll keep ya posted on how she is and such.

As for me, I'm doing fabulous! It was weird this week just being me and Sister Webb. But it was great. We worked hard and invited through the rain. It really is so beautiful here. I love it so much! I don't really have much else...today after we email we are going to the church. We are having a zone sports day! Woot woot! We probably won't stay very long because we are going to be the only sisters...and Elders are just awkward. Well here is my analogy for the week :)

In our apt we have some pet ants. And I love watching them run around the floor. This week I noticed an interesting correlation between them and our life. The ones that are in the middle of the floor, just run around crazily. It looks like they have no goal in life, they just run in circles and can't walk straight. I'm sure that is what we look like to Heavenly Father sometimes. Just these little ants running around in circles and getting no where with our lives. However, I noticed that the ants that walk along the side of the wall, or have some sort of "guide" can walk straight and get to their desired destination, aka our leftover food :) But that is totally our lives. Thanks to our guide, the iron rod, we are able to make it to our desired destination!! I'm so grateful for this opportunity to help my brothers and sisters here in Thailand find the iron rod!! I love being a missionary!! I'm so happy!! The church is so true!!

Fruit Stands

me and my companions!

me and Sister Pecht eating our ice cream on a hot dog bun

I bought a Germany soccer pen, and I was going to mail it home for Scott, but I figured I would keep it :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For The Beauty of The Earth!!!‏

Well its been another amazing week here in Thailand! I seriously wish that there was someone following me around recording my life because I'll never be able to explain all of this crazy cool experiences!! It is officially rainy season here in Thailand. Every day around 5 pm it starts to pour. Something you need to know about Thai people: they don't like the rain. They think if they get a little wet they will be sick. So this is good and bad for us missionaries. Bad because everyone scatters and runs inside their house. But if they are in the streets they just hide out under bridges or something. So its perfect for us to go up and start talking to them! This week seriously has been so great! I rode a bike for the first time!!! Oh!! I was in Heaven!! I was on switch-offs in Bungkapi with Sister O'Neil again. Oh I love her and want to be more like her! She just is always so optimistic and loves talking to everyone! I learned so much! This week I've been thinking a lot about all the ways Heavenly Father has blessed me by preparing me to serve in Thailand. Here are some of the things I've thought of: That I had my bike at Snow and gain a love of riding bikes! That I got Lucy so that I could get used to crazy dogs! The people here never wear shoes, so of course I fit in perfectly. That I love food and ain't picky and can eat just about anything. That for the most part I get along with everyone. That I rode the Frontrunner and the UTA bus to school because we ride buses all the time. These probably all sound like small insignificant things, and they probably are. But hey. I'm still so grateful!!! Lately there have been the most gorgeous sunsets!! Since we have been doing lots of inviting, we get to see them! I try not to waste too much time, but I have to take just a minute and soak in how beautiful Thailand is! Heavenly Father loves us so much!! Last P-day we went to see this huge buddhist temple. It really was fun and pretty! It was fun to see some of the other sisters! It was just weird because their temples aren't sacred at all. Anyone can just walk right in and do as they please. It sure made me miss the Ogden temple. I know everyone always rips on the Ogden temple because it "isn't beautiful" but I beg to differ. Sure it isn't made of gold and sure it doesn't have jewles and diamonds all over it. But it isn't supposed to. It isn't supposed to attract tourist. Think about what goes on on the inside and tell me that that isn't amazing!!!!! This is eternal life we are talking about. That is kinda a big deal. I was thinking about how amazing it is, how amazing everything is in this gospel!!! I'm so grateful to be here and to serve the Lord!!! Sure we aren't "having much success" right now. But it isn't about how many people you baptize. I will walk and invite all over Thailand to find those people that the Lord has prepared. Being a missionary is the greatest thing ever! I really wish that I was better at explaining everything. Sorry. But all that really matters is that you know that I love it here and that I am working hard and loving every minute of it!! OH!! I almost forgot the best part of this week!! Yesterday was Mother's Day here in Thailand. (Sorry that I told some of you that they don't have mothers day, I wasn't aware that they did!) Anyways it was the coolest thing at Church! they had the choir sing the MOST beautiful song ever! Everyone was in tears! It was so cool because they had people doing solo's and then they had children talking about their mothers and oh it was such a cool experience! The best part was that Sister L and her mom came back to Srinakarin and were there!! Oh!! It was the best day ever!! Today me and Sister L went running at the park one last time before coming and emailing. Oh I just love her so much. Listen to how amazing she is. We stopped to buy water, and started talking to the lady, and Sister L told her all about the Church and the lady said we could come back and teach her! Sister L. Her last day in Thailand and she is still being a missionary. I love her!!! Well that is about all I have to report home this week. I love being a missionary!! I'm so happy!! The church is so true!!!!!!! Thanks again so much for all your love and support and prayers!!!

Sister Chambers

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Today While The Sun Shines!

My goodness! How is it August 2nd?! I demand to know where the time is going! This week seemed like it was forever long, but it still went by way fast. I guess it is always like that though. Well last P-day was fabulous. Me and Sister Webb get along like two....we just chilled and I remodeled our apt. We went to see that family and they fed us some delicious food. Have I told you lately how much I love Thai food? Oh it is just so delicious! We usually don't get fed by members. Unless it's like after church. It's so funny because everyone always asks if I can eat spicy food. I actually don't mind it. And they love that. In there eyes only the really good missionaries can eat the spicy food. Haha they are so funny. Ok anyways sorry about that random tangent on food. You'd think it was fast Sunday yesterday or something. :)

Well this week can be summed up by the following words: We walked and walked and walked and walked. And by that I mean we invited all week! It was great! Except until Saturday night when we called all of our potentials and they canceled on us. We had one investigator show up to church. We have two with a baptismal date, but neither of them came to church yesterday. So we decided they aren't ready. Well some good stories from inviting...lets see...Well darling Sister Phet is still with us. The guy who was working on her visa was sick all last week and the earliest he said it would be done would be tomorrow. She has been such a blessing! I'm really gonna be sad when she leaves! She is sooo funny and has helped with my Thai so much! Speaking of my Thai...I know everyone has been curious with how the language is coming along. And honestly, I'm just amazed at how much help I'm receiving from Heavenly Father. There is no way that I could ever learn Thai. But I can bear you my testimony that the Lord is helping me each and every day. I remember looking at the Thai Book of Mormon before my mission and thinking that there would be no way I could ever read it. I remember when Dave and Summer gave me the Thai hymn book for my birthday, which by the way I use everyday so thank you SO much you two!!! Anyways its crazy to think that now, and only through the help of the Lord, I can read it. I'm understanding more and more everyday. For the most part I got down the lessons. I just struggle with like having a conversation about life with random people. We are trying to go for the "buddy-buddy" approach before we attack them with the gospel. So I'm working on that. But thank you so so so much for all your prayers for me. That is another thing I can bear testimony of is the power of prayer and fasting. I'm so grateful for all of you so thank you so much! Haha ok sorry about that random tangent on the language.

Back to my stories about inviting...so darling Sister Phet and me and my companion were walking down this little alley talking to everyone we could find and there was this dog that we saw and he was kinda a nasty looking thing so we agreed to stay away from him. Well on the way out it like almost attacked Sister Phet! Haha and by that I mean it just started running toward her, barking and growling. She like jumped on top of me and I shooed it away with my Book of Mormon. Ok so it doesn't sound as funny in an email. You just had to be there because me and Sister Webb started laughing so hard! Lets see...what else was funny. There is so much! I really just laughed so much this last week. It's the only thing you can do when everyone you talk to says they aren't interested. Its funny because right when you say that your a missionary they say "Phud" which means Buddhist. And we just laugh because DUH!!! We know we are in Thailand and we know that you are Buddhist! Then they all say the classic "Every religion teaches to be good" and they smile and laugh and think that they are so clever and that they are the first person to have told us that. This week I felt like Ralph on "A Christmas Story". Don't worry I didn't get in any fights or anything! But I just felt this fire inside of me for the gospel. I just want to hit these people over the head with my Book of Mormon! But that isn't Christ-like so I won't, don't worry. :) But its just like, come on people! Are you really going to be that stubborn and that blind! We were teaching this lady yesterday and telling her about the Book of Mormon and it made me so happy! She got so excited! She is an exception to the case because she is actually Christian. But it was so cute because when we were talking about the apostasy and then the restoration and Joseph Smith she just got so excited and kept thanking us for bringing her the truth. Haha I don't know if she will be promising or not. But I hope so! Last Wednesday we celebrated our "One Week Anniversary" by ordering pizza again and eating on the roof! It was great fun!!

Today has been pretty rainy. We are so lucky. We haven't got rained on once. It seems like it is always rainy in the mornings and then when we got out inviting it is the perfect weather. It really isn't all that hot. It sounds like it is hotter at home than it is here! It's just pretty humid. But I love it so much here! After we email we are gonna go to this cool Buddhist temple place with some of the other sisters. I'm so excited! Plus we are gonna go eat at this restaurant called "Secret Recipe". I'm so filled with joy I can hardly stand it! Sister Webb is so good to me! Yesterday at church was so great! We had a meeting with the Bishop and he said that starting this week he is going to ask the Priesthood and the Relief Society Presidencies for 5 referrals each! Yay!! That will be so great! Inviting is great fun, but referrals are so much more effective! I'm learning so much about life and about being a missionary. It's better than I ever imagined!! I love being a missionary!! I'm so happy!! The Church is SO true!!

Sidtee Cheemba!

PS- There was a missionary here in Thailand that got in a really bad wreck on his bike. They took him straight to the ER. It's a pretty gross story. So those with light stomachs might not want to read any further......namely you mother dear. :)

He hit a pot hole, and flipped off his bike and the handle bar got jousted into his thigh. Nasty huh! He is sooo lucky though because it didn't hit this artery. But he did loose a lot of blood. He's name is Elder McConkie, yes the grandson of THEE Elder McConkie. But he is doing a lot better now. Just thought I would pass the word along.