Monday, March 14, 2016

The Week I Discovered the Origin of Dolphins‏

Week 2 of this transfer finished!! Sister Soem is my new companion and boy, could I just rave about her forever. She is 19 and the youngest Khmer I have met in the mission. She is super tiny and very very cute. She grew up in an orphanage and has gone through her fair share of trials and more, but she is the strongest person I have ever met. At first, she was really quiet and didn't really talk much, but now every night she tells me these ridiculous stories that are hilarious. My favorite one so far was about where dolphins come from. Are you ready? So the story goes that an angel came down from heaven because he saw this incredibly beautiful girl. He took the form of a snake so he could talk to her. They fell in love and got married and he was super rich because he's an angel and all. Anyway, a family next to the girl saw what happened and were jealous. So they went into the wilderness and captured a huge snake in hopes that the same could happen for their daughter. They brought the snake into their home and had plans for a wedding and everything. But one night, the snake was super hungry and just starts swallowing the girl. Everyone heard her screaming but just thought they were joking around, until some guy decided to go check up on them and the girl wasn't there!! So he cuts the snake open and pulls her out. She was so embarrassed, that she jumped into a well and became a dolphin. Hahahah none of it makes sense to me. 

This week was a little frustrating for Sister Soem and I. I haven't been in the area for too long and Sister Soem just came so we are basically white-washing. A lot of the investigators that the Sisters before had can rarely meet with us and aren't progressing so much. So this week, we just tried to do CBR finding ad look for less-actives that haven't been to church in forever. Oh btw, I don't know how american missions work, but in Cambodia we have CBRs that are records of the persons, all of their paperwork, a picture of them, updates on how they are doing, and a hand-drawn map that we have to try to decipher. It's been a little hard to try to read the maps. Also, Sister Soem is feeling a little under the weather so we have been inside looking at maps and resting up a lot. 

Other than that, we were able to meet basically our only progressing investigator Maninoot. She's doing super well and always understands what we teach and has great questions to ask! One of my favorite was, "When we are in heaven. Will we be able to eat food?" Good question. If anyone can answer that, that would be great. She, however, broke the news to us that she might be moving back to her hometown where the church is non-existent. She is not sure yet. We are praying that she stays here so she can get baptism and continue building her already strong faith. 

Yesterday, we were able to get a member to take Bong Sovan to church! It was way awesome and we hope we can continue to get members to fellowship her. The Korean church payed her a visit and is trying to get her to join their church too. *sigh* 

Sister Soem got her patriarchal blessing yesterday and it was way cool for her! She kept asking ,e how long mine was because hers was so short. I could tell she was a little bummed, but we all tried telling her that her faith was so strong already and the Heavenly Father trusted her a lot! 

This week, we are going to try to find more members houses and less-actives and maybe get help knowing the area. Also, we got two referrals yesterday so we will go see them this week and are super pumped! We are hoping this week will be a lot better than last week!! All we can do is work! I read this awesome quote from President Benson today that said if we work, we will have the spirit, and then we will be able to teach by the spirit, and then we will be able to touch the hearts of others. I wholeheartedly  believe it! I love you all!! 

Sister Nguyen 

Picture 1 We got to help with a Primary activity! They were cleaning the church and learning about service!! HOW CUTE. 

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