Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Week of Translated Whispers!


The work has been good! 

1. KRISPY KREME (the donut business, not the rapper now known as froggy fresh) IS HERE IN PHNOM PENH CAMBODIA
2. We splurged and impulsively bought a dozen 
3. We started meeting with a Less-Active named Srey Niang. Her boyfriend is serving a mission in Vietnam and so she stopped going to church for a little bit there, but has been coming back. She's way cool and I love her so much. She likes to call me Sister Pig because I am so big compared to Khmers
4. On Wednesday, we got switched around a little bit and Sister Xiong and I ended up teaching basic english class by ourselves. More than 45 students!!! And then for spiritual thought, one of the native vietnamese elders got up to share and the class just went wild because he was so quiet and he didn't speak the clearest english ever. it was rough haha
5. WAIT. Last week, we went to visit Thanh and this small frail old lady who lives next to her started throwing sticks and stuff at us through the small hole in her fence. It was way scary. We asked Elder Khanh about it and he said she's probably possessed. Turns out she just hates missionaries. Don't worry. I am 100% sure we are safe though.
6. Srey Kaa the 8 year old we have been teaching ccame to meet bishop for an interveiw on Friday. She was SOOOO nervous. She had us come into the interview with her and wouldn't even look up at bishop or open her mouth. She would whisper stuff into my ear and then I would have to say it aloud. By the end of the interview, she was smiling and laughing, but still not speaking. 
7. All of our other investigators are doing way good and I am so grateful to be serving in this ward!!!! 
8. Can you believe I have already been out for 8 months?? That was way fast. I hope it slows down!!!


Picture 1 They have mango flavored donuts lolol

 Picture 2 look at how Thanh's dog sleeps hahaha

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Week Soem and I Broke Hearts‏

Sua sdie! 

Last night we got transfer calls and I am staying in Toul Tom Pong and Sister Soem is leaving to Stung Mean Chey. I am so sad to be separating from her. She is literally the best, 10 out of 10, two thumbs up, would recommend to a friend. She has helped me learn and grow so much these past two transfers. Lucky for me, we will still be in the same zone so I can see her at zone training :) I am not too bummed about staying, I kind of had a feeling I would be here for a while longer. Sister Xiong is my new companion. I do not know much about her so will update you next week. 

The youth in our ward were pretty upset that one of us is transferring. They even cried and have been very sentimental with us hahaha 

As for the work, it is still the same. We have three progressing investigators right now who are all on track to receive baptism in June or early July. Thida, Sophaly, and Thanh. They all come to church each week and are keeping the commitments we give them. The only problem is that they don't quite read the BOM as often as they should be. We are still trying to figure out what to do about that. 

This week, Sister Soem and I were waiting outside of the church for our investigator to show up for an appointment. A random moto pulled into the church and three American looking girls got off and came up to us to ask about the free piano class we teach. I was expecting them to speak English BUT THEY SPOKE FLUENT KHMER. Would you imagine that? A bunch of Americans speaking fluent Khmer! Turns out they are actually half Russian, half Khmer. But they don't look one bit Khmer. They showed up just half an hour early for piano class so we invited them to sit and wait for the other missionaries to show up to start teaching piano. But instead, they  ended up sitting in on our lesson with our investigator, Sophaly. As we taught them all, the spirit was I N C R E D I B L E. Afterwards, we asked the oldest, Bong Srey if she wanted to learn more. She said she didn't want to bother us but we told her we were full-time missionaries and all we do is teach! Se was so happy and said she would love to learn about Jesus Christ. We were soooo excited but ends up she is in Comkarmon area, right on the border so she is going to be taught by the CKM sisters. 

We didn't get to do much proselyting this week because the electrician came twice this week and stayed for five hours each day. It was frustrating because he told us he would come at 7:30 AM but didn't come until 10.

There was a HUGE Young Single Adult conference this past weekend for the all of the YSA in Cambodia. More than 500 people showed up. Some of them were definitely not old enough and most of them were definitely not "young". But it was way cool to see so many members gathered together to meet. The President of BYU-H came to talk to them about studying at BYU-H and the Us Ambassador of Cambodia even came to talk about getting visas. It was awesome to see them promoting the importance of getting a good education. 

On Sunday, the elder's investigator, Vireak was baptized! His parents were very against him getting baptized and even threatened to kick him out of the house. His father even beats him sometimes as well. We told him he didn't have to rush into this decision. He prayed and thought he would put off baptism for a little while until he could find a steady job and place to live. He decided one Sunday to go to a different ward. Stung Mean Chey,  just to get away from everything for a little bit. When he went, one of the Recent Converts of that ward got up and shared his testimony of the importance of baptism. And then afterwards, the SMC elders had a baptism. Vireak took this as an answer from Heavenly Father and came back the next day and told us he wanted to be baptized! I am still a little nervous for him. But we are definitely praying that he will be safe and be comforted and that his parents' hearts will be softened. 

Not much else happened this week! Sister Sok is sick and we are very worried that it might be something neurological so if you guys could please pray for her, that would be awesome! 

Ok! Have a fantastic week! I love you all so much and am so happy to be here in Cambodia doing the Lord's work and serving His children. 

Sister Nguyen


Picture 1 We went to eat Korean food after district meeting. And now we have been craving kim chi ever since
 Picture 2 Vireak's baptism! Here are a portion of the youth in our ward
 Picture 3 Soem and I with our favorite grandmother
 Picture 4 Sophia was choking me