Elder's Nguyen's Favorite Scripture

"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

"The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

"Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever."

- D&C 122:7-9

Monday, December 17, 2012

Email Dated Monday, December 17, 2012

Hi everyone,

It's really hot in Cambodia (at least it feels that way) every day, so everyone carries a lot of water with them.  We all carry at least two full water bottles with us most days unless we aren't going anywhere (so basically on CBR days or holidays when the traffic becomes dangerous, there was one of those a couple of weeks ago.)

There aren't any investigators in our area.  My companion, Elder Workman, said that everyone who speaks Vietnamese has already been contacted several times, so the only people in this area either already are members or have absolutely no desire to learn the Gospel.  We spend most of our time visiting members and teaching recent converts.  Luckily we don't have to bike very far, about a maximum of thirty minutes if we're going to the extreme edge of our area or are going to the mission home.

The Vietnamese missionaries aren't allowed to leave the city unless they are being transferred to Vietnam or going home, so I'm going to be in Phnom Penh for most of my mission.  The traffic in Phnom Penh is worse than in Ho Chi Minh City (I didn't think that it was possible, but apparently it was) because in HCM there were often separate lanes for cars, meaning that there were only motorcycles and mopeds to contend with most of the time, but here everyone uses the same roads, which makes things much more chaotic.

I'm looking forward to Christmas.  The entire mission celebrates together except for the missionaries in Vietnam, who celebrate together in Hanoi.  There's supposed to be a lot of things going on, including a talent show and a white elephant gift party for those who want to participate.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Nguyen

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