For the record....I think I spend more time thinking about a witty subject line than I spend actually writing the email. As I write this, I'm still currently in the process of thinking about it.So. The Thai string bean (that's sister Fife) is still my companion. Womp.
*Om Lon told me I'm prettier than before. Why? Because now that its the rainy season, its less sunny and according to her, I'm back to being pale. Hooray.OKAY: cool member lesson we had this week. Sis Fife and I went to visit an old grandma in our branch, named Lookyiay (or just "Yiay") Nat. She is seriously one of my favorite members. She lives a million miles away in no mans land in one of those tiny shacks surrounded by red dirt andf palm trees. She has no teeth, is missing an eye, walks with a cane, and always wears a towel or a beanie on her head. ALWAYS. She cracks me up. Shes just one of those hilarious old people. Aaaaand her tongue is too big for her mouth so shes impossible to understand. But we made it through okay. Mostly she just talked about the many different ways you can cook a fish head. Anyway, shes recently gotten into family history because they JUST BARELY translated the "My Family" book into Khmer ( a church produced book that helps people organize named for family history). So we've been helping her fill that out and for weeks she kept on saying to me "So how do these names get to the temple? When I finish the book, who do I give it to to make sure the names go to the temple?" And I finally asked her "Lookyiay, have you ever considered bringing the names yourself? Do you want to go to the temple?" And she was like "Oh of course I want to go, but my husband is dead. Who do I go with?" And Sister fife and I were like.....you go alone. You can go yourself. And she almost fell off her stool. "WHAT?!?! I thought I needed a husband to go to the temple! I want to go right now!" And we were like ohhhh my gosh no no no you can totally go on your own! and you can do the temple work on your husbands behalf, that is WHY we go to the temple! She was so cute!!!! She kept grabbing our hands and shaking them and throwing her arms up in the air and saying "Fast! Fast! I want to go right now!!!" She was soooooooo happy. And when we explained about doing the work for her husband and for her children who have also died and we talked about how she can live with her family forever she was like "Yes!!1 We'll be together forever! Thats what i want!"
Om Neang! she is in third branch so when we split the branches i had to say goodbye to her. super sad. she is sooo sweet. and yes. i was wet. we completely soaked her floor.
And this is LookYiay Nat!!! the day we taught her about the temple. I was like, i gotta get a picture of this moment
So this is on the way to Om Neang's house. Did I tell you guys about that? Her road is that sticky, quicksand type mud that you cant even walk on, let alone ride your bike on because it just sticks more and more until you cant move. So when it rains we have to take off our shoes and walk barefoot to her house. She lives on top of a swamp too so thats cool.
^Om Nean's house. you cant really see the swamp underneath though. her house is literally on stilts above a couple feet of swamp water. You can see it through the floor. its kinda cool
English class activity night! We did a pioneer theme. (can ya guess? im wearing an apron). turns out, to the members in Cambodia, Pioneer Day is HUUUGEEE. like bigger than any other holiday. which is funny. because i didnt even know what pioneer day was until i went to utah.
Sister ky and I taking our Zone photo very seriously. (I like lollipops).
my little thai string bean being as awkward as humanly possible.