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Thursday, September 26, 2013

No changes, Fish eyes, and Fishing.

So transfer calls were yesterday and.... everything is the same; no changes.  

This week was good. We started teaching a former investigator and she is really interested. And we had 100 people at church yesterday which is great! So the branch is doing well. It feels like I just got to Ta Khmau but, it has already been six weeks. Nuts. Crazy. 

Cool things that happened. Last week the mission president came and had breakfast and studies with the district, they brought pancakes and yummy eggs :). It was fun. I ate fish for the first time since forever last week. It wasn't terrible. I ate a fish eyeball, that was nasty, the texture was all slimy, the taste was fine, but I almost gagged cause I was thinking about it too much. Elder Decker was sick last Saturday so I took a nap, first nap in the country! And sunday I cooked, some fried noodles. It was scrumptious.  Your son is learning how to make food. (And more that just pb&j.) :)

Yay for Christine and Lyndon, that is soo awesome, love the name. Very excited for their new baby. General conference is coming up soon so that will be fun, but we watch it about 4 or 3 weeks after it comes out.  

Life is good. I wake up, stretch. Eat, study, go preach, come back eat, go out preach some more, come home. Plan, write in my journal and repeat. It is great, it finally feels natural, not like this is a weird lifestyle, no it just feels like life. O ya baby. 

Well love you all so much, it was great to hear from you! Love you sooo much! 
One of our investigator grows bananas. yum!

Rainy season at the Mekong River in Ta Khmau.

From a porch of an investigators. Awsome tie!

On Tuk Tuk. 

Caught no fish, perhaps Edward is a better fisher of men.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Baptism, Political Protests, Missionary Transportation, & Soccer

Yesterday we had a baptism, Moy Li. It was a good ceremoney I was asked to give a talk 5 min before it happened, so I gave a short talk about the Holy Ghost and Baptism. It went well, it was short but I felt the spirit.  

So, there is a riot in Phnom Penh today, It is supposed to be a peaceful protest, but it is big, and you never know what might break out. And we are not allowed to go into the city today, we can only stay in TaKhmau, which I am happy about, usually P days we are always in a rush to do things and it isn't relaxing at all. But today will be relaxing, so I am happy about that. 

In Cambodia there are a lot of less actives. They all received a testimony and were baptised but the less actives are not truly converted. That used to worry me a lot. But I was reading in Alma 32 about the seed of faith, and I thought, the seed of the gospel is always good and perfect. And if it is planted and nourished with care it will grow and produce blessings. But so many people plant the seed and are baptised but just stop nourishing it, until it is dead. This is no fault to the pureness and goodness of the seed or gospel, but the fault is just the lack of nourishment. 

Things with me are going well. And they will just continue getting better. Love you all so much. The gospel it true. The Holy Ghost truly is the comforter! I have felt it. This is the church of the living Jesus Christ! I know it! Love you all so much.
Moy Li and Elder Decker

Missionary Transportation. 

Friends from church.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Teaching Less-Active Members

"Overall we are doing good. The work is slower here than KC. We only have two investigators. One of them will probably be baptized next week. So that is exciting. Most of the work we are doing is teaching Recent Converts and Less Actives. So the work is slow but good."

"On Saturday we went to a place called Kah Koo, (Cow island) and we were biking, then suddenly it was just a wall of hard rain just hit us. It was nuts! It didn't start off small then get bigger like normal. It just started so hard, I got soaked in 5 seconds, no joke."
"Well I want to bare my testimony on a couple things: 
First off, God answers prayers! There has been so many times when I am going through a rough patch and I just pray as hard as I can and I feel so much better. He hears and answers prayers. 
Second, the Book of Mormon is so awesome! Every morning I receive so much strength from it. It really is just the best ever. 
Well, things are great! Love you all so much! Have an awesome birthday Hannah! 
Love, Edward"  
Along a bike path near Ta Khmau

The view out of the apartment window. Edward studies next to this window. He claims it's the best view in the mission.

A member makes cool Cambodian ties, I have bought a few. I have defininitely adjusted to the humidy, maybe too much, I always feel so cold during studies cause of the A/C. But don't worry I still love A/C. It is only really bad when we are teaching and there is no fan or A/C. That is when sweat just drips down my face (really no joke) but the heat isn't too terrible.

With Elder Sin, a great chef. Edward was sad to see him be transferred out of the apartment.