Our golden family is doing great! They told us that they were leaving back to Vietnam on Saturday to get their visas renewed. I panicked a little bit but then they reassured us they were coming back this week actually.
One of our other investigators, Em Oanh is doing really good. We went to teach her and she confessed to us that on international women's day, she broke the word of wisdom. It was sad, but she said she repented and realized how bad it actually was and that the next time she had another urge, she just prayed and it went away! She also told us about how much opposition she's been facing and how her life has been really hard and everything that could go wrong is going wrong. So Sister Mead whipped out a scripture in DC 24:8 and we had Oanh read it. And she got really quiet and we told her that that scripture was Heavenly Father talking to her. She said she realizes that she needs to read the Book of Mormon. Then she said she really wants to get baptized but since she is only 17 and is hiding from her parents that she is learning, we can't baptize her yet. And then she said she'll do whatever it takes because she knows this is the true church and that she is so much happier ever since learning with us. And then she said, "I've felt really prompted these past few days to tell my parents I'm learning and I think I'm finally going to do it"
All of us Viet missionaries had a going away party for the Leavitts where we each wrote a speech to them and read it. It was really fun and a very tender moment. I'm grateful for senior couples. and I'm grateful for the Leavitts because of how loving they have been to us missionaries and to the Vietnamese people here.
On Saturday, we had a meeting with Branch President Kim Ess. When we go to the church we found him standing outside and getting ready to go home because he forgot we had a meeting hahah! Anyway, we went inside did our meeting and talked about needs of the branch and then he gave us a history lesson. He told us about a Vietnamese princess long ago who married this prince and she was never happy and he said "what can i do to make you happy?" and then she told him she was sad because her people didn't have any land to live on so he agreed that every time she laughed he would steal another Khet from Cambodia and that's why Cambodia is so small now haha.
Last night, we went over to Co Kim Ly's house and were going to share with her about gratitude but felt prompted to ask her if she was preparing to go to the temple. She told us that all of her family history work was done but she has put off going to the temple. and then we gave her a stern talking to and at the end of the lesson, all we could do was testify of the necessity of temple ordinances for ourselves and for our ancestors and she looked at us and said "Ok, Sister. I will go talk to branch president next week and get started on going to the temple" and smiled super big. we were really happy!!
I love this work more and more each day! It is such a blessing to be a part of it. I love the people here more than anything!!
Chi Ca Nguyen
Picture 1 Our super cute golden family
Picture 2 Em Oanh
Picture 3 At the Leavitts going away party. I was in the hot seat.