"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." Joseph Smith

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Delivery on Wheels

Nearly everything here can be delivered on two - maybe three - wheels.  No challenge is insurmountable.  

From fruit...

...to who knows what.... if it can be transported....

...motorists in Ho Chi Minh City are transporting it!

Flicker.com courtesy of Kevin O'Gorman
Our grocery store delivers via moto to our doorstep for free, and with a smile!

The old days of the Fuller Brush Man are alive and well in Ho Chi Minh City - on wheels!

Our neighborhood tailor brings his business to our apartment - on wheels. When the day is over, he packs up his treadle sewing machine and heads off down the street.

Even sleeping children are moved about comfortably on wheels! No staying home for this mom!

Rain or shine, the roads are criss-crossed with businesses and deliveries on wheels.  If they can figure out a way to strap it to their vehicle, it will get transported.
Their ingenuity is only surpassed by their tenacity. 

What if we were to tackle our obstacles or burdens with as much determination and resolution? 

When we are faced with life's challenges and can't figure out how to get from here to there, how to realize the successful resolution of our latest test or see anyway to reach the end of the row, I'll long remember these common scenes from the streets around us.  We are continually motivated and inspired by the people's determination to accomplish what needs to be accomplished without making excuses.  

Reminds me of a couple of quotes.  

Do it now!
I can do hard things!
I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
                                                                         Philippians 4:13

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Teaching English Conversation to Amazing Students

What is the best part of our senior mission?  The people - absolutely!  They are such an amazing delight.  Whether we are working with them one-on-one in Gospel discussions, teaching English conversation, sharing self reliance workshops, or just having fun with them - the people here are refreshingly open, teachable and very loving.  

We teach free English conversation sessions twice a week - one night in the District 6 Branch and one night in the Tan Son Nhat Branch. All missionaries share in this opportunity in Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels.  Elder Coffey and I lead the Advanced levels, and are grateful to mentors who assist us in the classroom!

Our fantastic mentor helping with the discussion groups

One of our students made a video of our last class - you'll get a good feel of what it's like to interact with these amazing students! Click here - English Class.

At the conclusion of the hour long free English class, we share a 15 minute spiritual message to those who are willing to stay and listen.  No one ever leaves.  The Spirit is strong during those messages and sometimes we see those who are being touched by the power of God as they hear, sometimes for the first time in their lives, of a God who loves them and cares for them.

Some of the crazy, fun, amazing missionary-teachers of our English conversation classes: