Cumriabsua!!!!Okay I'm just gonna start with definitely the most exciting part of the week: Our devotional last night was Elder Dallin H. Oakes!!! Yep yep....a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles came and spoke to us. It was so awesome. He talked about why we are different from other churches, but emphasized the fact that pretty much all religions across the world have truth and good in them. We are simply offering them the opportunity to add to the good they already have. So I loved that. One thing he said that really struck me was: "If the Lord calls you, he qualifies you." Being a missionary is super hard, and I know it's only going to get harder. Sometimes I really feel like I'm not cut out for this. BUT. I know that God called me to this specific mission because I have something to offer and because I totally CAN do it. If we put our trust in Him, He will help us along every step of the way and He will qualify us to do what he has asked of us. Nephi 3:7 anyone???? "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." I can already tell that He has helped me so much and I know that will continue to happen throughout my mission.
Speaking of people who are helping me, I just have to go on a short rant about how AMAZING the teachers here are. Both of my Lookruus are so so so awesome, which I know you already know. But it's not just them. All of the teachers in our zone, whether they teach Vietnamese or Lao or Cambodian, are always helping us in any way they can. Sometimes other teachers will give their class a water break, and in those 3 minutes of a break they have, they will come into our class if we don't have a teacher and just sit down with us and be like, "How can I help you? What questions do you have about your investigators? What questions do you have about the language?" They genuinely love helping missionaries and love helping us be the best missionaries we can be. I'll let you guys in on a little secret: I want to teach at the MTC when I come back! Odds are pretty good for me because there aren't many Cambodian speakers, and what better way to hold onto my language than that? I would love to be the example for other missionaries the way my teachers have been for me.
What else has happened this week??? hmmmmm.........okay, so the Thais left our zone this week. There were like 16 of them and now they're all off in Thailand! It was sad to see them go because the Thai sisters had become really good friends with all of us. They were so sweet. I'll send you pictures from the day they left. So the day before they left they sang "God Be With You Til We Meet Again" IN THAI. And it was so so beautiful. Anyway, I miss them.