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Monday, May 25, 2015

Safely Home!

Edward safely returned home on March 28, 2015! We are so grateful and happy that he has had such an safe and amazing experience. He boarded the aircraft in Cambodia on Friday, March 27 at about 11:00 p.m. and flew to Korea. There he changed planes and flew Business Class on the upper deck of an Airbus A380 to JFK in New York City. He was meet there by Lyndon, Christine, Cosette and Henry for a great visit during the layover. It was wonderful of them to travel to the airport to see Edward. Unbeknownst to Edward, Brooke and her boys were on their way to Utah and met up with him at JFK and flew the last leg of his trip from NY to Utah. The plane was not full so they all sat together and arrive in Salt Lake City en masse. 




Monday, March 16, 2015

Baptism, Angkor Wat, 2nd To Last P-Day!

We went to Ankgor Wat and a bunch of other ancient temples in that area. Super fun. No better way to spend for a birthday! And this time was way better, because we actually made an agenda so we were able to see a lot more temples than last time, and it was good. Super tired too, we started at 5 am and went until about 3:30 p.m. We were planning to email yesterday for a little bit, but the power went out and so the zone leader approved us emailing today. yay! 

This Friday will be complete 2 years. That is pretty amazing!! I am at the end of an amazing journey. It's been an amazing journey because of a wonderful Heavenly father. I was told by Him in the MTC to "fear not, I am with thee, oh be not dismayed for I am thy God and will still give thee aid". That as definitely been fulfilled and that experienced has helped me plow through the difficult times of the mission.
Yesterday the sister who was baptized last week was confirmed and is doing great! And yesterday we started teaching her husband, and she stopped sewing on Sunday (that is her job) and told her boss that she can't sew on sunday and she said so was way more effective during to week. Cool stuff.
We also had a baptism yesterday, he is awesome! So much faith, he told his boss when we started learning to give him time off or he'll quit.

We are hoping for another baptism in two weeks on the 29th, but looks like I'll be gone.

We have a lot of investigators! We don't have enough time to teach everyone we need to, but I like it that way. A little overwhelming, and the best part we have four families we are teaching. Two progressing two a still very hesitant. 

The down side is the RC from about six months ago have disappeared and we don't know where they went. 
Good news, ever since Elder Belcher is now the district president, our branch is doing a lot better, and things are getting under control. It is still incredibly new and weak, but it is getting there.










































Monday, March 9, 2015

Baptism!

This week was great! 
Yesterday an new convert got baptized and it went well. She is awesome. Monday night we had to teach her a lot to get her ready for baptism.
Wednesday was zone conference, my last one! And Elder Gong came, he is president of our area. It went really well. We talked a lot about talking with everyone, lesson one and the Book of Mormon. Elder Gong's wife had everyone write down two things they liked and two things they didn't like about their comp and she read the lists with us. They were really interesting. 

Another good thing about zone conference is that all the provinces came up to Siam Reap, and I got to see all the elders in my group but one. 

This week the AP's our coming and my old comp Elder Brewer is coming on exchange with me.

Last Sat there was an couple about the age of 50, they have lots of free time Sat and Sun and they are looking for something to improve their lives. We taught them a short lesson and they came to church the next day. We will hopefully meet them again next week. I think that he will become the first stake president in Siam Reap! 

Yesterday at church went well. we had 75 people come and for our branch that is super good. Last week we had a little over 50. And we had a meeting before and the branch president was thinking about some new counselors and I suggested a less active man who is starting to come back, and he came and the was  interviewed by the branch president...not about being a counselor but about receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood, hopefully it encouraged him not scarred him. 
The principle dude is making progress. He still says he doesn't believe in God but this last time we met him he had a different attitude about learning and his prayer was more sincere, he is getting there. He has faith he just doesn't realize it...... yet. :) 

Last night I had deja vu from my first area, we were teaching this drunk less-active in low lights, dusk in a jungly area with monks chanting in the background. That is when I start thinking again, I'm in Narnia! 
A random scenic picture.






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