may you bloom and grow

Dear Family and Friends,

Remember สิงทอง (Singtong)? He is golden. No, literally golden. His name means “golden stuff.” He’s a world class chess player, he knows the president of 7-eleven, and his mom is 114. He’s pretty stylish. We’ve seen yellow, green and blue pants and sick boat shoes. He’s got a date for baptism next month and he’s amazing! He is truly the miracle dude at Tesco.

We asked if we could meet him with a member and he said “it’s far.” Being the determined biking sisters that we are, we said “we can handle it.” We met up with a member on her motorcycle, Sister กาญจนา (Ganjana) and her granddaughter, แบม (Bam) and they rode along side us. He wasn’t joking. It was far. But we made it to this random 7-eleven in the middle of “near” nowhere and we taught him Plan of Salvation. He was so open and seemed to light up when we talked about eternal families, that this life is not the end.

After the lesson, he showed us where his old house was. It’s a potential service project to fix it up! It’s this beautiful traditional Thai house and there’s this large green tree in the front that will eventually bloom bright pink flowers. That’s how I feel about Ayuttaya. It’s this beautiful place, a little unpredictable, but full of opportunity, the little miracles that bloom just when you need them.  It just takes care, patience, and a watchful eye to recognize them. That was a great day.

On another fun note from this week, I have to talk about English class. I had the chance to teach military soldiers English. It was really fun just because we went over the ABC’s and learned basic conversation. We played some really funny games with racing to the board to guess vocab words. I love my job. That same day, Tuesday, we taught the advanced group at the church for English. We went over how to write stories and then me and Sister Pratt said we would act out whatever they wrote. For one story, I was playing myself and Sister Pratt was Draco Malfoy. Apparently Draco was casting spells to make everyone sad. I made cookies and helped everyone feel better.

Little things make all the difference. And I’m seeing that truth in every sense of the word as I work here. I love D&C 123:16-17

You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.

It may seem like a great endeavor, whatever we’re doing in life, but it’s the little things that we do right that keep us eye to eye with God. Verse 17 says it perfectly:

… let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance.

We’ll always have assurance if we’re doing all that is in our power. That’s the joy I feel each day here. And when we do all we can, we can know that we are “recommended unto God” (Moroni 9:22).

To close this letter, just wanted to share Galatians 6:9-10.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Use the opportunities we already have. When we take the step, we’ll gain the strength. We won’t be weary in well doing.

Love,
Madeleine (Sister Powley)

 


 


 


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Bonjour! I'm a college student, bookworm, singer, traveler, french speaker, and a whole lot of others things! Sometimes I eat Nutella from the jar. And I tell a lot of stories. Adventure is out there and I'm here to write about it!

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