Monday, September 26, 2016

Travel Tips and the Parable of the Moto

The best time to travel to Cambodia would be when rainy season ends, and it's cooler. So, like maybe November-January. February it starts to get hot again, but there's no rain to ruin the trip and probably less tourists. If they want to go to other places besides Angkor Wat, then any of those months is good. The only tourist-infested place is really Seam Reap.
The lesson with our two new investigators went super well. They committed to a baptismal date of the 22 of October. So now we have four people scheduled for that day. Hopefully, I'll be able to see them through to the end. They both read the scriptures, prayed, and came to church again. It's going well. 

A spiritual experience: I was teaching someone about repentance, and I felt like I should share about an experience that I had. This experience was easily relatable for a Khmae. I added in some minor details for relating it to repentance.
When I was in high school, I wanted a moto (if you still don't know what a moto is, it's what we would call a scooter, motorcycle, or moped all squished into one word), so I asked my mom for a moto. She said, "No," the first time. Then I kept asking her and eventually she agreed. Then when we went to buy the moto, my mom wanted to put it in the back of the truck, but I begged her to ride it home. She reluctantly agreed. Then on the way home I wiped out. Since my mom was in front of me, she didn't see. I could have run away, so that she wouldn't get mad, or I could continue to go home and accept what I had done whatever the consequences. So I went home and when I told my mom I wiped out, she wasn't mad at me for breaking off the mirror and scraping up the side of the brand new moto, but she was merciful and helped me clean up the blood off my clothes. I related this to repentance. When we fail to do what Jesus has directed us, some people run away forever, fearing repentance. However, if they would just repent, they would see that repentance is a very healing experience. Jesus Christ is full of compassion towards all of us. (This story probably didn't have too huge of an effect on whoever I was teaching, but it was cool to 1) see that yes, when I repent it's only for the benefit of me; God does not see it fit to brutally punish us for every small mistake; He is willing to work with us and knows our mistakes; and 2) see, as I always have, that my mother is a very Christlike person. Shout out, Mama.
Alright, I'm sure Sis Spencer sent you some pictures.[Editor's note: Yes! She did and I'm so thankful.]
I love you mom!
Elder Hall

[From Bro. Hall: "In my scripture study this week I read in Alma 32 about the missionary efforts of Alma, Ammon and other church leaders.  Verse 2  highlights that the missionaries began to have "success among the poor class of people."  In this case it was a group of people who were humbled by their experiences.  This is a metaphor for us personally, I believe, as well.  Individually, we have humbling experiences that open us up to the influence of the spirit.  I have noticed that people are open to the doctrine of the gospel when they have trials such as a death in the family or struggles with addiction."]
It's interesting in Cambodia. What you said about the poor people. Most poor people are just as prideful as the rich people here in Cambodia. The humbling factor, I believe, is those who are rejected of their community. The villages in Cambodia are so tightly knit together that a non-Christian who has a close group of friends would never even dare talk to missionaries for more than a minute, because they know that if their neighbor sees it, they'll never hear the end of it. Satan does good work here (or bad i mean). BUT when somebody becomes rejected in their particular friend group, maybe because of disputes, or maybe because they don't like the way their friends are going, or any number of reasons, those are the people that are humbled sufficiently to receive the gospel.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Bamboo Train

 Here's a video of Wyatt and his district on the Bamboo Train:

Bamboo Train ride
click here to view the video.
This week the highlight of the week was teaching a LA who is the son-in-law of the branch president. All of his family around him are members. He has been to the temple; however, he fell. He really won't talk to anyone about it except for the elders, and his family feels really worried about him. And I do too. I feel like I can relate to him really strongly. Almost more strongly than anyone I have ever met in my mission. I am looking for the reason I got called to BB, and I think he is it. He is very open with the elders, and every lesson we have with him is spirit filled, but he is so afraid to talk to the branch president, because it's his father-in-law. We shared with him in D&C 128:22, which was meant to pump him up, and I thought it worked, but he didn't come to church on Sunday. This is gonna be a marathon--not a sprint.
Also, our newest potential investigator is meeting with us at 5 tonight, and we are inviting the district 1st counselor and the branch president to help teach since they are all about the same age. The new investigator was found through English class, and he has been to church twice. He felt something special in the spiritual thought at English class, which caused him to want to learn. He actually told the elders that if he hadn't felt what he did during the spiritual thought, he wouldn't have requested to learn. He drives a car, too, so he could obviously be a good help to the members.
The Siam Reap exchange was last Thursday and Friday. Because of that exchange I have made it all the way around the lake! All the missionaries in Siam Reap are doing great and I got to see Chanda who is one of my RCs [= recent converts] from when I was serving there. I had planned on calling him to meet him one more time, but he ended up being at the church, which was good because he said his phone number had changed a couple times. He is now serving as the executive secretary and has one more year of school left and then plans on leaving on a mission. I was super excited to see him, and I think he was glad that he could understand me when I speak now. Haha.
I love you, mom!
Elder Hall

P.S. Also, do I really look fat? Because that would make me super happy. I have noticed that my cheeks look fatter, because I saw a picture of me at BYU and I looked way more skinny. I thought I was just getting stronger, though. I do lots of pushups with eEder Kheav. He likes pushups.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Day in the Life

[I asked Wyatt to describe a day in the life...] 

I wake up every morning with a big smile on my face that never feels out of place. Then we go exercise in the unfinished 3-story building behind our house. We come back, shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast. Then we study. Then we leave the house at 9. Then we usually teach a couple less actives unless we have some activity planned or service or something. Then we come back and eat lunch. Then after lunch we leave again and go out to teach some more less actives and then on Wed and Saturday at about 3, we go to the church to meet with some investigators and then have an English class meeting and then teach English class. After English class ends (at about 6:30), we go out to teach someone else. If Elder Spencer has me translate, it usually takes about 3-4 hours. 

It's weird because I forgot how to be a big brother. haha

Doing what he loves!

This week we had lunch with a bunch of members to strengthen them. I think it went well. Elder Spencer and Sister Spencer got to go to one of them. The members really liked that. The members love having lunch with the missionaries. It's a party every time. 

Also, the member of the district presidency that is also Elder Spencer's translator was in Phnom Penh this week, so I had a bit more translating than usual this week.
I love you mom!
Elder Hall