Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Subject: Imagine you're biking to church in your Sunday best....in the middle of Songkran...you're doomed to be soaked.

Basically if you are moving and breathing...you'll get soaked. By anyone and everyone. Songkran...the "new year" in Thailand (and the wettest most insane three-day holiday evvver) consists of people standing on the side of the road and waiting for any passerby...and then pouring buckets, literally buckets of water alllll over them or squirting them in the eye with hoses or squirt guns. No mercy, absolutely none. Zero. Zip. Nada. It's sooooooo fun:). Haha we got to have P-Day on Friday, so we went to this big famous street where tons of people go and bought squirt guns and met a bunch of other missionaries and were wet out of our minds haha. And there were soap machines, too! And beang, which is this creamy flour water mixture thing. People just run up to you and surround you so you can't move or leave and spread beang all over your face and neck and arms. It's crrrazzzzy. LIke unbelievable. And so fun haha. And so refreshing because it is out of control hot here.
It was fun. Lots of water and lots of laughter, so I liked it:).
Speaking of water...actually entirely unrelated to water but still great....this week I read a lot about Moroni and about the armies of Helaman. I want to be like Moroni, or at least marry someone exactly like him. While the opponent was preparing for war by focusing only on the physical, Moroni prepared his army physically BUT more importantly, spiritually. He built their faith, their courage, their trust in God. He created a title of liberty, a purpose to fight for and keep going, keep enduring. Something to remember when their hope was close to gone and they strength dwindling. So I made my own title of liberty:), using Alma 46 as a model. I'd invite you all to do the same:)

Okay. I love you all. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Sister Roper

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