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This week was another interesting week. On Monday, we were in Phnom Penh because of Sister Nhem's wrist but came back that night just in time for zone conference on Tuesday which was incredible. President and Sister Christensen are literally angels. We talked and learned a lot about becoming a deliberate disciple which is President's vision for the mission. Something that came up was the scripture 2 Nephi 4:30 when Nephi decides then and there that he will rely on the (hahah wait sorry I accidentally hit send). Anyway, Nephi decides then and there that he will rely on the Lord forever. And I realized a lot of being a deliberate disciple is having a willing spirit and deciding now that you will not give up or turn back. This week I just gained a lot of spiritual knowledge of things I should have known beforehand but didn't ever really think about. I'm seriously grateful for the hour of personal study we get each day to learn by the spirit.
On Wednesday, we went with the elders to meet SokChen -- who was scheduled for baptism on Sunday-- for his baptismal interview. He's about 10 and was taught by the elders but they decided to hand him off to us because they were having problems with his mom. Anyway, he passed his interview and was just baptized yesterday, so now we get to finish up the recent convert lessons with him :)
After the baptismal interview on Wednesday, Sister Nhem started feeling really dizzy and weak and was going to pass out, so we went home to let her rest. It was kind of scary because we weren't sure what was causing it because she had eaten plenty that morning and drank a lot of water. Turns out, she took the medicine the doctor gave her on Monday. It was medicine to take only when you were in a lot of pain but she didn't know and took it because she thought it was medicine to help heal her. Anyway, we ended up spending the rest of the day in the house and she slept off the medicine and even the elders came over to give her a blessing.
On Thursday, after weekly planning we headed back down to Phnom Penh for exchanges. I went with Sister Or Max who came in two months ago wit my group and Sister Nhem went with Sister Christensen who is from Springville, UT and knows the Tangrens! Small world!! Anyway, Sister Or Max is WAYYY good at English. She lived in Malaysia for 8 years and went to an international school, so when she speaks English sometimes I forget that she's Khmer because she knows so much. It was a way fun exchange and I certainly learned a lot from her. She is super obedient and and super diligent. There were a lot of things that she taught me to do that I didn't know we were supposed to be doing. Anyway, it was really good because again, it just goes to show how much obedience really does affect the work for the better.
We came back to Kampong Cham on Saturday and met with Srey Niang and Lisa. We watched the Restoration video together and then taught the doctrine of Christ. It's really hard to tell where they are on a progression scale because they are always so so willing to learn but haven't come to church yet and aren't really keeping any commitments.
Yesterday, all the missionaries gave talks in church and it was so fun. Our branch had 2 baptisms yesterday and they seem like they're going to be pretty solid members. Sister Nhem and I also cover Branch 1 so we always go to Branch 1 sacrament meeting. Anyway, we went and these three girls who regularly come to English class walked in. We talked to them after church and they said they could come back and meet with us at 5! So we ended up picking up three new investigators yesterday. It was an incredible lesson, one of the sreys even pulled out her book and pen to write things down haha. We are a little worried though because it turns out, they're under 18 and we have to get permission from their parents to continue teaching. So we have to wait for that before we continue teaching.
A lot of this week will be setting up appointments and meeting with the contacts from the car wash. So I'm super hopeful that we find a family to teach because we haven't gotten to yet and this gospel really is a gospel for families. I'm excited to see what happens and I'M WAY STOCKED FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR. There are a considerable amount of Chinese and Vietnamese in Kampong Cham so I hope we get to be a part of some sort of celebration. Anyway, chuc mung nam moi! I love you all and have an awesome week!!
Picture 2 Sister Nhem, my mom and Sister Sok, my sister! (We were both trained by Nhem)
Picture 3 Pochey. My favorite person EVER.
Picture 4 MATCHING