Dear Family and Friends,
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! With the Larsons still here in Ayutthaya, we had a real dinner and a lot of the branch members came to celebrate! It hit me that it’s my only Thanksgiving in the mission and it is truly a holiday about being grateful. We made an effort to visit a variety of members and those investigating the church to let them know we were thinking about them and talked to them about their own blessings. It’s a way to see what really is important in life. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for missionary work because of Thanksgiving and … Christmas!
It’s a time of reflection for me in my mission. My half way mark is Friday and I’ve come across a lot of scriptures this past week that have helped me understand what it means to develop yourself. More than that, how we become capable. Mosiah 2:20-22:
20 I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another–
21 I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another–I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.
All that God asks of us is to obey and work with each day that we have. In this point of my mission I feel like I’m trying my hardest to work with what I have and make the connections I am supposed to. And it’s the perfect opportunity and feelings I’ve had for what is happening this transfer!
The running joke is that I’m the “best killer” because I now have two companions who have finished their missions. Sister Pratt was the cutest and I feel so honored and blessed to have had a chance to serve with her! She truly made a difference in Ayutthaya. She loved these people and loved this little area. I’m going to miss her so much!
On Tuesday night, as I was teaching English, I got a call from President Johnson and he said “Hi Sister Powley, let’s talk about transfers. Are you ready?” I said “Of course!” President Johnson then said “Well, you’re really good at helping people end their missions so we’re going to switch the focus here. We need you to help bring one of our young ones in. We need you to train.” So, I’m training. I will officially be a “mom” in the mission. And my “mom” in the mission, Sister Courchaine is ending her mission as well but just in time for her to have a grandchild! 🙂
A lot of things are changing for me in the mission and it’s really exciting!
Madeleine (Sister Powley)