Thursday, September 24, 2015

Raining (Sept. 21, 2015)

Dear Family,

This week was great! I love doing missionary work! I'll have to begin today by telling a funny story. When I finished shopping at the market last P-day I piled all my groceries into my bike basket and then while I tried to unlock my bike it fell over knowing down all 20 bikes parked next to mine. They were dominoes. The onlooking men started clapping and hollering "happy happy!!" in English. It was awesome. So I picked up every bike and fled the scene. I also got to play soccer again last P-day and Elder Smith gave me a pointer on how to dribble and I shot 4 goals! It was way fun. I'm totally going to play soccer back in America so ya'll better be down. 

Tuesday we went proselyting with Dy, a recent convert, and he introduced us to some more of his family. Dy was just ordained an Elder this week at church! He showed us to his great aunt and she was like 70 something but looked like she was 99. She had never heard of Jesus before! That is always a rare find. But she couldn't hear us very well and wasn't interested in learninganything at her age. That night we also went with Ming Vy (a great member) who brought us to her close friend's house where we taught the first lesson. She accepted the invitation to be baptized on the first visit! It was way exciting. She said she has been feeling like she should join the Christians for a while now! Talk about the Lord preparing His children.

After we taught English class on Wednesday we were trying to catch a taxi-van back to Kampong Jam but felt like we shouldn't try to catch a car that night. I don't know what it was but we listened to the prompting and went and contacted a man down the street who said we could come back another time and teach him. So maybe it was just to find that return appointment! The next morning we did weekly planning halfway in prey cho and halfway in Kampong Jam. Then we went out to teach our investigator Tait when it started dumping buckets halfway down the road. We took cover under a shop and stuffed our things into our waterproof bags and boy it was raining hard! While we put our things into waterproof bags the shop owner asked us if we were Christian to which we replied in the affirmative. She said she had learned before so we gave her a pamphlet ith our number as well as the two other students who took cover from the rain and told her we would be back later since we were late for our other appointment. The rain let up just enough for us to dare going out again and we got to Tait's house and taught him. Right after the lesson we biked way hard over to the church to drop our bikes off and catch another taxi van to Phnom Penh for a special training day for new missionaries and their trainers on Friday. It was a long ride and they made us switch from a van to a little car and we all had to squish together with no shocks on the worst dirt road in Cambodia. It was very uncomfortable the rest of the way to Phnom Penh.

Friday had some great training activities with President and the AP's and the Senior Sister Training leaders. They fed us sub sandwiches and lays potato chips for lunch and Khmer curry for dinner. That lunch was way great though. If I closed my eyes and forgot about the humidity it was almost as if I was in America. Almost. On Saturday we rode a bus back to Prey Cho (we had to have them stop on the way to Kampong Jam so that we could hop off at our house) and we taught a new investigator. During our dinner break we stopped for grilled beef sandwiches on a baguette and avocado smoothies. So dang good though. While we were eating the owner came over and showed us video slideshows on her smartphone of a bunch of selfies. She told us that last year she was way more white and pretty. It was awkward. hahah. 

Sunday morning we went to church in Kampong Jam and heard some talks from the District Presidency about Self-Reliance. Then we went home and made a way good omelet for lunch before catching a taxi-van to Prey Cho for church at 2 pm. We barely made it on time because the van driver was giving us problems. When we got there I had to play the piano, bless the sacrament, and give a 30 minute talk (having zero notice beforehand). Is spoke on making and keeping sacred covenants with Heavenly Father. It was fantastic really, how  the spirit gave me word after word to speak to this small gathering of only 23 saints. Nothing is more important than keeping our covenants with God. There is no other way to receive the blessings of peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. Let us live our religion in every aspect! Offer your whole heart as an offering to God! I know God lives and Jesus Christ is our savior. Lets follow Him.
In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

-Elder Lyle R. Brewer


In the car

In the tuk tuk

On the bus

Raining in the bike

Saying hello


Way cool palm trees

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