Friday, September 25, 2015

Monday, Sep 21, 2015

      Welcome back to my weekly e-mails / blog! I hoped each and everyone of you are still doing phenomenal as I continue to serve in Kampong Cham Branch 2 in Cambodia! Last week's been a fun week even though it's been super rainy this past week... gotta love the rainy season! Well here's this week's update of how'd last week went!:

      Last Tuesday: So after District Meeting, me and Elder Hunt and a member help continued to visit Bong Ni and her son Sal as they're continuing to investigate the Church. As we kept asking about how's she and her son's been doing on her reading in the Book of Mormon they've been taking time to read it. It's amazing because Bong Ni says that usually she does read the scripture while she's in her job. She's been asking really good questions as she's been reading the Book of Mormon, so she can understand clearer about what she's been reading, and on top of that we'd taught them about the commandments such as Praying often, Reading the Scriptures, and Obedience. Later on we took a visit to Look Poo Cia a less active, and taught him about Temples! After that we were teaching Look Poo Pan's 3 Grandchildren about Tithing and Fasting - Kids aren't really easy to help them get super focused but hey... they're kids on the brightest side Look Pan helped his grandchildren stay as focus as necessary about helped one of his grandchildren pray as we close the lesson! Lastly, we just visit an active member Bong Pheap and shared scriptures we loved that stood out with me and Elder Hunt.

     Last Wednesday: We visited Bong Nani and his family and taught with them about a important moment or miracle in the Holy Bible where Christ stood/walk on water and when Peter wants to approached to him on water, but got afraid because of the storm and cried for Christ to save him. After we visit Cho Ra and helped him be prepared for his Baptism coming up! Then we met with Look Poo Hiab and shared with him a couple scriptures in Mosiah 4:9-10, and explained the importance of maintaining our belief in Heavenly Father. Lastly, we kinda had REAN English Program... we prepared so much for the English Class re-opening it since last week but not so many people attend except a bit of members. So we just alternate the time of English Class into playing an activity of UNO. Hopefully, this upcoming Wednesday there will be more attendees coming in on time and so we can share an English Lesson and spiritual thought! 

     Last Thursday: After weekly planning, me and Elder Hunt continued to visit Bong Ni and her son Sal learn more of the commandments by explaining the Words of Wisdom or what we usually call it for Khmer to English the Health Law and also the Law of Chastity. Then we visit a less active couple that work a lot at a Bus Stop and shared some scriptures in Mosiah 4:19-21 extending invitation for them to pray often, and read scriptures to build stronger faith and hopefully they can make time in a Sunday to come back to church. Lastly, on this day we met RITH or better known as  រីទ្ធ as from an old post or two as I serve here teaching him in English, and now I sometimes just speak Khmer just because I am just comfortable teaching anyone in Khmer even though my vocabulary's not that big. (As I typed that I am just saying the languages still growing I can never know enough of Khmer! I always I want to push myself to know Khmer. Even to the point that I can't even tell that I am speaking fluently.) So anyways, on that time I took time to share along with Elder Hunt about Temples and why its so important really reading the Book of Mormon for himself. So the case is he's a strong Baptist and has strong belief that's based on what he know since he became baptist 2 years ago. So I shared with him one of my favorite scriptures specifically from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 a highly recommended from me to up and ponder about. Knowing that he loves the Holy Bibles just as me and Elder Hunt does. We just took time to let him know he needs to try and it's worth the time doing so. 

     Concluding that appointment he said right off the bat "I'll join this church as soon as I know that the Book of Mormon is true". (This will take a whole lot of patience.)

     Last Friday: It's pretty much the same idea  as last week except with successfully visit both of the families! Treading through super muddy pavements on the island! We shared with all of them scriptures from Alma 32:22-23. That's just basically reminding them that God loves and he's very merciful. I love visiting Look Poo Kon and Look Poo Piara! They're super decent semi-active member as usually all the way from the island of Kampong Cham within me and Elder Hunt's area! Later on we met with Bong Sovan who's a recent convert a really nice guy, we just helped him remember simply about the importance of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After that we met with a kid named Mang Chang and taught him the Plan of Salvation along with his mom's help. Lastly, we met up with Kim, Rong's little brother and taught him about the Law of Chastity and Words of Wisdom. I love serving in this area so far!

     Last Saturday: On this day we visited Cho Ra and reminded him simply to read from the Children's Book to learn from the Book of Mormon along with his older brother then we checked to make sure if he's ready for his moment to become Baptized! (Now the honest thing add up is he's the Relief Society President's son so he's isn't actually a investigator but she wants us to help him learn clearly about the church simply before he becomes baptized and so we did as much as we can and as necessary.) Before the baptism we visited Look Poo Hiab (recent convert FYI) about Temples! Similar lesson as of teaching Look Poo Cia however, we just want to uplift him also and keep extending invitation to attend the Temple someday either the Phillipines or the Hong Kong Temple! Then moment of truth Cho Ra finally received his baptism! Was an awesome moment to see him finally receive his baptism as become a member of the church in "tomorrow" as coming into "Yesterday"!. 
     After the baptism we lastly meet up with RITH again... he wanted to meet up with us because like before teaching him he needs a little help on some job applications... so we help him for a little while and then we share scriptures from the Book of Mormon about how God the Father and Christ are part of the God head... then challenge him to read the references we gave him that talks about the God head... Yep. (Soon,perhaps we would just keep helping him have a "desire" to know for himself than being afraid to know because of his experience as a Baptist.) I love teaching him even though it's a lot of conversing over doctrines over though. Really awesome guy! I love serving all I have the opportunity to serve as I continue to do so! 

     Yesterday: In the morning me and Elder Hunt visited Bong Nani and his family again to share very important scriptures where Christ appeared in ancient america in 3 Nephi 11:3-17! And we remind them that God loves all of us and so he provided us a savior named Jesus Christ so we can all conquer death after this life! Plus, we can keep conquering our obstacles we go throughout our lives just as long as we maintain our faith in Jesus Christ! Church's been wonderful! Lots of members were asked to give brief and simple talks about some Gospel topics from the Branch Presidency, their talks are wonderful! After the 3 hours of church, we tried to visited a investigator that I've never met yet, however he was busy lately... however we just visited Look Poo Pheap's family and taught his son about the Plan of Salvation and simple as necessary.

      So at this moment I like to bare testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is TRUE! I know that God loves us and so we have the restored Church of Jesus Christ today! I've seen miracles as I've been taking time to serve here and helping my heritage come unto Christ! I know I've been very repetitive on typing this but I truly mean it! The gift of tongues has been truly helpful to me and my companion(s) as we continue to serve in the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission! Serving a mission is truly one the best choices I chose to do ever in my life! Despite hardships, I still just kept going and just give all I could to keep inviting anyone to Christ. I honestly had came across times when some people in this mission that bluntly tells me that I don't speak clearly when I do... but you all know what ...I still keep striving to improve everyday to become a instrument in God's hand! Doing missionary work is what had kept a smile on my face although sometimes I take missionary work seriously sometimes as necessary but that's only because I always love to do what Jesus would do. Yes, I had stumbled with some mistakes at times as I serve here (but that's why we ALL have the atonement of Jesus Christ),  I just keep it just being there for anyone I come across to serve with Elder Hunt! With God all things are possible.  I LOVE SERVING IN THIS MISSION!

     Oh yeah everyone! General Conference's coming around the corner (in about 2 weeks) please don't forget to watch it soon! I testify to you all that, you'll all receive very important counsels that can help each and every one of us in our lives from anyone that that speak throughout each session!:

     I am eternally grateful for each of you who's kept me in your prayers and rooting for me as I serve here, you guys have been awesome seriously! Well, this is all I had to share for this week! Will be posting next week... so each of you stay fantastic! (And blessed!)

-អែលឌើរ រស់ (Elder Ros)
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16
“I have often said that one of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work! If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. Work, work, work—there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.”  - Ezra Taft Benson

After my travels on the island throughout the last Friday morning through muddy pavements. (Could really use a new pair of shoes because they're utterly destroyed...not sure if I can find a shoe repair in this area.) Hahaha! (They're some hole and big damages of the shoes so... they're not in the best condtion unfortunately Hahaha! *sigh*) 😅

Cho Ra's Baptism from last Saturday! 😁

Narak and his older brother Naruan trying out our glasses... Hahaha! (The kid on the left Narak's always super energetic to meet us everytime we visit Look Poo Pheap.)

Us and Look Pheap's family! Next/Behind Elder Hunt is one of our investigators which is Narin!

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