Cambodia Town

Cambodia Town

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Exploring Where This Missionary Has Never Gone Before

This week was a great week overall. We met some more crazy people as usual, but taught a lot of Cambodians. Another Young Single adult that we found and began teaching, got baptized. We keep handing them off to the singles ward Elders, so they go to the ward they belong to. It's hard because we want to teach them to baptism, but they get baptized none-the-less, so it doesn't really matter. So, we've had 3 baptisms in about 2 months, which is great news! We should have another pretty soon.

An elder from the MTC in our district sent me and Elder Tarter each 4 ties from Cambodia. They are cool. Thanks Elder Tran!

The ghetto is pretty sad, but I'm used to most the things I see. I'm used to the trash and dog poop everywhere. I'm used to people collecting bottles out of trash, and seeing super nice cars parked at super crappy houses. And junker cars everywhere. The alley's here look like the rougher parts of Mexico, but I don't even notice anymore. It was weird getting used to it at first, kind of a culture shock, but I'm over it now. It's going to be weird coming home and seeing nice stuff! 

 We work with less actives a lot. We also started teaching Sokha's deaf husband by writing on a white board. It's super hard but it's interesting. Sokha really wants to be sealed to him.

The new missionary from Cambodia is awesome. He has a twin brother serving in the Salt Lake mission. 

We went to the top of Signal Hill and to the ocean finally today. I've been waiting so long to do something besides play sports. The new Cambodian Elder doesn't play sports so that's why we got to do it. I was so happy to see nice areas finally. We might go see the Queen Mary soon.  Yea!

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Just sharing a quick picture...
There is nothing better than seeing a friendly, familiar face when you are away from home.  
This awesome man is Kyle Brodowski.  He grew up with my mom and attended the same ward in southern California.  Kyle married the amazing Laura LaFond, who my mom became friends with in her teenage years....the awesome 80's!  Their friendship led to my friendship with them and their awesome family.

This picture was taken at the Priesthood session of conference, where Kyle just happened to be attending at a different Stake Center than his own.  The ironic thing is their daughter, who is attending college out of state, was staying with my parents at the same time I ran into Kyle. We take care of each other (Que eerie sounding music)!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

So, we sort of in a way had two more baptisms this week... more or less.   As the Cambodian missionaries we really only get to teach the Cambodian people, but we talk to everyone.   Anyway,  we contacted one girl, and she ended up getting baptized in the English ward in our same building.   We also started teaching a Cambodian girl, but she was YSA age, so we had to transfer her off the to YSA Elders, which was hard because we knew she was going to end up getting baptized with them, BUT we still were so happy we got to teach her a few times, and introduce her to the gospel. So yeah, basically 3 baptisms, (indirectly) in the past few weeks! 
Ming Sunra, who I think I've written about before, answered this to our question "why don't you have a boyfriend?"   She replied, "No money, No honey."   Which we thought was pretty funny. She barely speaks any English, but knows a lot of funny phrases.
We have a lot of Cambodian investigators lately that have been much more difficult to teach.  They are really struggling with the effects of the horrible treatment and events brought on by the Khmer Rouge, but we are trying to do our best to teach and help them.
That's all for this week, love ya!