Tuesday, June 15, 2010

hello everybody!!!

i hope you all are doing awesome! like i promised, i am doing another post! i am good for my word :) anywho, this week i got a lot out of personal study time. i read a lot about accountability. as a missionary you are accountable to yourself, the people you teach, and the lord. refer to ALMA 5:14-19.

14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye aspiritually been bborn of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty cchange in your hearts?

15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who acreated you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption braised in incorruption, to stand before God to be cjudged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye ablessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

17 Or do ye aimagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and bsay—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?

18 Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect aremembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?

19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the aimage of God engraven upon your countenances?

i love those versus. take those as you will, i just wanted to share that with you.

this past week, we had some great things happen. we had a baptism happen last sunday, her name is bong lina. she is a nurse and is so smart its not even funny. i'm pretty convinced she knows more about the church than half the members. she started out learning with the elders last november and she finished with sisters. usually, we teach all girls, usually girls understand girls and its a lot less awkward. its always an amazing experience to see people come unto christ and be converted. to see their old lives and see them receive a new life, there is nothing quite like it.

we also committed a family and another girl to be baptized coming up in july. they both committed and the spirit was so strong. after we taught the restoration for the family and the girl, we just committed them to receive baptism and follow the example of the savior after they receive an answer about joseph smith and the book of mormon. there truly is no other feeling like helping people receive eternal blessings through the gospel of jesus christ. missionary work is so GOOD!!!!

and there is one more verse i want to share its ALMA 37:36:

36 Yea, and acry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy bdoings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy cthoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

put everything on the lord forever! THE LORDS WANTS TO HELP YOU, if you just LET HIM!

i testify to you that i know that the fulness of the gospel of jesus christ is upon the earth once again. i know that if we sincerely pray to our father in heaven, he will always answer you. remembering that he may not always answer you in the way you might want Him to. the LORD is always mindful of you and loves you everyday, despite our inadequices. realizing our inadequices and relying on the LORD will help us become a true disciple of christ. the work of the lord is going forth boldly and independantly.i promise each and every one of you if you lay all your troubles on the lord, He will help you - if you obey Him and trust Him. I LOVE THE LORD AND I WILL SERVE HIM FOREVER!!!!

thank you all for all of your support, keep emailing and writing! I LOVE HEARING FROM ALL OF YOU!

have a great week!!!



lost on weeks!


do not kill me, i do realize that sister wu aka me has been super busy and have become a slacker in my blogging works. but i promise you that the work in cambodia is still progressing and sister wu is still alive and well and is still sweating like there is absolutely no tomorrow!!!

i want to talk about a few things and just more like a teaching blog today, i just want to share some scriptures and i want all of you to just read them and study them if you get a chance! they are just scriptures that i had studied and read during personal study.

d&c 20:34 - even the best fall down sometimes

mosiah 28:39 - forgive others

1 cor 9:19-23 - replace jew with khmer people, i am becoming khmer!

mosiah 26:39 - pray without ceasing, always give thanks

d&c 64:31-32 - lord's time table

mosiah 29:12 - humans are biased, who are we to judge?

mosiah 29:20- humble yourself and trust the lord

anywho, thats for scripture study but i want to talk about this one miracle that i experiened the other week. we were in this inside market, just visiting in inactive member. as im standing there just talking to other people this woman calls me over and says HEY I HAVE A QUESTION. so i go over and im like yes? she goes are you mormon? im like yes i am. she said oh my gosh, ive been looking for the mormon church. she said that her brother in VIRGINIA of all places, is a member of the church. he told her to go find the mormon church in cambodia. she said she has wanted to but didnt know where to look or how to look for it. she told us that her husband had passed away 2 years ago and has 3 kids and 2 nieces living with her in this small room. we told her when church meets and where it is. and she came for 2 sundays in a row. so fast forward, we meet with her at her house. as we begin to teach with lesson 1 on the restoration, she just stops and just is silent after we share about the great apostasy. she told us that she has been looking for a church ever since her husband died but didnt know which church was god's church. she told us that, the day in the market she saw us she just had this feeling she should ask me if i was mormon. she didnt know the name of the church in the khmer language. she told us that she goes maybe they are from america. they have these weird looking helmets and bike and they dont wear those weird helmets here.... they might be from america, they are talking about jesus christ. she told us that she just had this feeling in her that she should ask me and pull me aside. long story short, we are teaching her and her entire family, 3 kids and 2 adorable nieces. the blessings of helping this family form an eternal family is amazing. this work is truly progressing in cambodia and all over the world. the lord has promised us that as we are obedient to his word with absolute exactness, he will bless us with people to teach and to bring unto Him. i know that the gospel of jesus christ is true and that the healing power of the atonement is real, if we exercise our faith in the lord and apply the atonement in our lives, we can be cleansed and stand before got spotless. i know that jospeh smith is a true prophet of god, that the church of jesus christ of latter day saints is the true and only true church on earth. i know that jesus christ is my savior and my redeemer and that he knows me by name as he does everyone else.

i urge everyone of you to sincerely look to the lord in all things and he will guide you aright.




Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Seeds of Faith: The Saints in Cambodia

To look at what the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is all about: go to this website! this was just filled this past month. it features one the branches I am currently serving in!

Sister Wu

Week 20

things in cambodia are a bit slow for now, i'm still recovering - its really hard but things are still going great! we have 3 baptisms coming up on april 18th so we're super excited for that! we have 2 new sister missionaries coming in on april 24th! so there will be some big changes going on! who knows, i might be transferred! its all exciting! its weird to think, i've been here for 2 months already -talk about FLYING BY!!!!!
there isn't much going on over here but i just want all of you to know that, as long as you trust the lord with every fiber of your being, and do as the lord has commanded, the lord is bound to bless you but that is dependant upon your obedience to his laws and commandments. i encourage all of you to pray for sincerly and more frequently with our father in heaven. i promise you the lord listens every single time. dont every doubt that. i know that the lord watches over us because he loves us, each individually. we are a children of our father in heaven and i promise you as you continue to prepare yourself to meet the lord in this life, you will gain happiness forever.
i know that the gospel of jesus christ is the greatest gift of all things we have. each day is a gift from god, so dont waste it!!!
i love the gospel. i love this work. and i love you all :)
until next week! STAY AWESOME!
Sister Wu

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

week 19

sorry this email is a day late! thanks for all the emails!

okay so everyone, dont freak out! this email wont be long because im super tired and i dont have a lot of energy to be honest. its super hot today.

BUT the reason my email is a day late is because.... well anything can happen in cambodia! haha even me and a motto colliding and a motto hitting me. it happened on sunday afternoon at about 11 30 am. we were going to a recent converts house to get her to sign this paper we needed and well.... this motto was going fast and we were i guess going for the same piece of road that didnt have the big bump so i wouldn't hit my butt too hard.... and well, the next thing you know. the motto hit me :) we hit... sister askerlund was infront of me and it swirved out of her way and then i was after sister askerlund and well it it me... so the motto was going fast and well.... me and my bike were no match for the motto. the guy driving the motto had another passanger so that didnt help any. sister askerlund thought wow that motto hit the wall but then she told me she looked back and saw me caught inbetween the motto and the wall and my bike... i kind of wish she took a picture but sister pen was behind me and she saw it all. the guy on the motto did help me though. my bike got crushed in the front, with the wheel smashed crooked and its hard to ride but ill have to get that fixed sometime. for right now, we're taking a motto tuk tuk (a motto with a carriage thing in the back) for the next 2 weeks - the mission will reinburse me for the expenses spent on paying for the motto tuk tuk. but okay back to sunday.... i got these big bruises on the left leg... like 3 ok maybe 4 of them and i cut up my elbows a little bit, nothing too bad i promise!

and then well later on, since i'm serving in 2 branches here in phnom pen h(branch 7 and 8) we proceeded with our day and went home to eat lunch and went to branch 8 church at 2 pm. and well as time went on.... it felt a lot of pain in my stomach pelvic area. and so my companions insisted that i go to the hospital. so i went to the hospital. they thought i had appendcitis or something, got a CT scan and xray and blood tests and they checked my glucose level everyday and all that boring stuff and they found out that i had internal bruising in my intestines and they were swelling and it caused a lot of pain - good news, no surgery though! sooooooo they admitted me to in-patient care to keep my under observation - you know give me pain killers, drugs, nausea and what not medicine. monday was a rough day though, i threw up acid and bile and it wasn't fun. i couldnt eat anything either. my body wouldn't take it. and well long story short! i was released from the hospital yesterday at about 5 30 PM. DONT WORRY I PROMISE YOU IM OKAY.

i'm recovering now, taking it easy. dont worry don't be mad okay! i'm alive! happy things!!! no worries here! everything is great in cambodia! hahaha i promise. you're probably thinking i'm crazy :) BUT i am not! hahaha

i'm resting and taking things slowly for the next 2 weeks. i have a check up appointment this saturday at 430 pm just to make sure everything is okay. i got medicine.

i am great!

okay, that is all from me this week!





week 18

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

week 17

hello from good ole cambodia again!

well another hot week in cambodia. you know, cambodia reminds me of taiwan but parts of it not so much. we had quite the change, it used to be just me and sister askerlund as my companion but now there are 3 of us for a month or so. one of the other sisters from stockton, california ended her mission last saturday and now its me and sister askerlund and sister pen who is from cambodia. its pretty intimidating being in a companionship with the other 2 when the other 2 people know a lot of khmer and i dont. i can't even tell you HOW MANY PEOPLE think i'm 100% cambodian, its crazy. some talk super fast at me until they here me speak. we had one investigator who had forgot my name because she told us she saw us biking close to where she was working one day. she goes yea i saw you and your other companion, sister... whats her name.... the one who is khmer. sister askerlund starts laughing and the girl goes i do have a question, i always wondered.... why doesn't she really speak khmer really well hahaha... how embarrasing, but thats okay, i'll get there someday! people sawy that i speak clearly buti want to get the nt and every5thing but its hard. on a happy note though, im reading better!

this week hasn't been too eventful. now that i'm with 2 other people, it is harder. figuring out when who showers and what not.its different adjusting to a foreigner because sister askerlund and i are so american but its all a great learning experience nonethless. you just learn what you shouldn't do an so forth. we moved houses as well and well just look at the pictures and it'll speak for itself. lets just say sister askerlund and i own A LOT OF THINGS. but have no fear, you make ANYTHING and i mean ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING fit into a tuk tuk which is a motto bike with a trailer with seats and stuff, just look at the picture. we had to go to the mission presidents home and do transfers, its when companions swap and go to different areas if there is a change made. and well president got a kick out of all the things we owned and well we aren't sure how we fit.sister smedley his wife VIDEO taped it it was that amazing haha. fun adventures in cambodia as always!

you know the experiences and things that i see here are seriuosly crazy. i see cars hit mottos and just drive off, i see and go to smelly markets and see kids naked all the time. i see people with no homes and eating peoples left overs from the outside restaurants. i see and smell great and terrible things. i experience RIDICULOUS weather. i miss modern conveniences and i miss a lot of things but i would choose no where else to be right now, other than cambodia - sounds crazy right?

i have 1.5 years here and when its all over, i can only imagine me not wanting to leave. you get so attached to the things here (like MANGOS hahahaha) and the people. life is full of adventures and opportunities to grow and learn and to experience - why waste any second of it? no one gets the time like a missionary of the lord does, to truly focus on the IMPORTANT things in life and not the materialistic things. people here in cambodia are good people, with not a lot of things. they live in a place of corruption and poverty but they sure are grateful for what they have. i love this place. i'll take all the sweat and all the funny smells and the no air conditioning any day for this. what i have here, is probably a lot more than what most of the other people in cambodia have. but i can admit, my gratitude is no where close to how much they have for the very little things they have. i think that life is way too short to waste on stupid little things. be happy, be grateful, and love each other as the lord loves all of his children.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

week 16


i just wanted to share a really crazy experience.

this happened this past monday night. there was this really big fire near this train station. keep in mind that the houses in cambodia are mosly wooden and this is near the train station, near the train tracks. well, the other sisters - sister yang and sister pen had called us. we have a rule, sister missionaries have to be in their home at 6:30 PM everyday for safety but sister yang had told us that there was this big fire going on and she held up the phone at their house and you could hear crazy sirens. they had just got back from teaching a family, who's dad and daughter have been baptized just recently. the dad is the most FAITHFUL person ever. he has yet to miss one day of church since being baptized. he walks by himself, this man is old and is so cute. him and his family lived on this one street with the huge fire. we were all freaking out and so sad, of ALL families - why this one family. well we hung up, got on our knees as a companionship (sister askerlund and i) and we prayed for their safety that everything would be okay. well then the elders (2 of our missionaries the guys) called us and told us about it and that there was this huge fire and that it was still going. it had been about 2.5 hours since it started and the elders had tried to get in there and help. amazingly enough, the elders told us that the second the members of the branch 7 heard about the fire, they all ran to lok bo (the old man's house) to get everything out of there before the fire hit them. our guy missionaries found a way in there and its just hectic. well the church members and the elders got all of their things out, not that they had much of anything but they got it all out before the fire set on complete fire. 100's of homes were destroyed. the most faithful man, why his family? i wondered a lot about it and i was so scared for them. we didn't hear anything until the next day. we finally got word that they set up like tarps with poles and slept outside in this open field. they put all the people who had their houses burned in this open field with tarps and poles and that is it. cambodia is a survive for yourself kind of country - it is seriousy so sad. so on tuesday, we had an investigator not met us for our planned lesson so we took that hour to go find this family. we FOUND THEM!!!! lok bo's face lit up and he smiled! he wanted to do SOMETHING for them but there wasn't much we could do. it was so sad. his wife is not a member but went to their baptisms and everything, i'll be attaching a picture of this family. she was crying out saying she has no home, she has nothing left. but she has her family which is amazing. one of their sons actually got his foot caught while trying to run from the fire and is injured and he just has it wrapped up in ace wrap. it is so sadd but lok bo has the most faith its not even funny. sister askerlund and i wanted to do something and we noticed they hadnt showered or washed clothes were anything and bah. so we left our bikes with them and walked for a bit and found this mini mart at the gas station. we bough 4 huge bottles of water for them and we bought this huge bag of laundry detergent powder so they could wash clothes. they were so happy to see COLD water, the little kids were so excited! it was nice to see a smile on their face.

i think about this family and i am so sad but how amazing it is to see the church members help this family. i forgot to mention on monday night, it's family home evening where members gather at the church and eat food and do an activity and share a short spiritual message. the families who brought food to eat as usual for fhe but these families took all the food they were originially going to eat and brough tit to lok bo's family. the gospel is so amazing. the very point of missionary work is helping others. i promise you that the gospel of jesus christ makes everyone's life better. it can only help your life and not harm it.

this week has been so emotionally hard and so exhausting physically. i love it. i have never been so grateful for all the things that i have.

i beg all of you to pray for opportunities to serve other people. it is the best feeling ever. i love being a missionary. i love bearing his name right next to my heart every single day. the gospel is for EVERYONE. we are here to build the lord's kingdom and to help ALL of his children. help one another and love one another!

i love all of you! have an AMAZINGLY RIDICULOUS week

keep the emails up!

here is one of my favorite things sister askerlund read me:

"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tinted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, positions, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am lifted up in prayer, and labor with power. My face is set, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed, will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table with the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the case of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me and when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me”.

- Elder Henry B. Eyring



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Week 15

So this week here in Cambodia, has been HOT. But then again I say its hot every week hahah because it is. Its not even the super hot season yet. They have all sorts of seasons here. You know they have mango season here and we all know how much I love mangos so I cant wait for that!!!. It should be good times when that comes. So I swear I’m getting fat hahahaha, the food here is SUPER good. Beefy, spicy, and good. I actually at PHO the other day, it was good but PHO at home is still better. Actually I take that back, LINDA’S MOM’S PHO IS SUPER GOOD! But I do miss things like cheese. Cheese here is like…. 20$. We don’t have that kind of money to say the least so its all good.

so mom, or dad or someone. I want GOLDFISH FLAVOR BLAST. Hube you know what that is. I always really want the HUGE BAG OF GUMMY BEARS FROM COSTCO. Dad can you get those for me? And I REALLY MISS CEREAL. Like PEANUT BUTTER CAPTAIN CRUNCH. Whoever is reading this, bless your hearts if you send me them . thanks. Oh I also really miss UTZ SOUR CREAM AND ONION CHIPS AND PRINGLES AND HMMMM OREOS!!!! Hahaha sending the UNITED STATES POST OFFICE PRIORITY FLAT RATE is the best to send to Cambodia. I love YOU whoever sends it to me!!!!! Thanks J the lord shall bless you for being so kind to a missionary of the lord hahaha.

Well, as far as exciting things that happened. We had 6 people get baptized. Which was amazing. It is the greatest thing to see people choose happiness. The gospel of jesus Christ can ONLY help your life and can NEVER harm it. I love seeing people and especially families learn about how they can live together forever. I love you family and I have such a testimony and sure knowledge that I will live with you forever! I know that as I continue to serve the lord here in Cambodia, the lord is blessing your lives and mine as well and that this experience now as a missionary can NEVER be replaced. The sacrifices I made to come here like leaving family and friends and American and other foods is NOTHING compared to the happiness that I feel, its not even funny!

The people in Cambodia are so humble and I love it. I smile and they smile back and we just talk to people as we bike around and its awesome. I love talking to people in my broken khmer accent hahahahaha. Im getting better I think and getting more comfortable and reading a lot better which is great. I told myself that FEAR IS A DEADLY ENEMY TO PROGRESS and if I fear reading out loud because I feel stupid, is a terrible excuse. The lord will provide a way through the holy ghost to help those people im talking to you and I know that because I have faith that he does and surprisingly enough…. Its true haha. Reading is so hard but within due time, ill get it down! Its hard not to feel embarrassed but that’s just a struggle that I have. I study and study and study and practice any time I get. I feel stupid and feel really sad when I cant read things but without the hard times, I wouldn’t want to push myself to read.

Speaking of reading, can I just say that reading from the book of mormon is SO important. Even if you just but read 1 or 2 verses a day, its better than nothing. I promise you that the book of mormon is the most correct book on earth and that the book of mormon is the word of god. I promise ANYONE who reads it with an open heart and prays about it that the holy ghost will manifest the truth unto you. Anyone who gets the chance, please read the introduction of the book of mormon. Look at the bottom last 2 paragraphs. Read the blessings and promises. I felt the spirit so strong while reading the intro and testimonies of the 3 witnesses. I encourage ALL OF YOU to read the intro and to read and study the book of mormon. It is the most powerful tool we have. I promise you the book has all the answers to ALL questions. Always remember that the lord loves us and gave us this book for us to use in this life. I love this book of mormon!!!

Well another week has gone and past and its crazy. I love the heat I love the work and I love the people and I love the lord and I love YOU!

Thanks for the constant support. I pray for each and everyone of you every day and night and I think about you all the time. Please keep me updating on things at home!!!!! I love hearing from me J don’t worry I’m safe and happier than ever and slowly losing my ability to spell, use English grammer, and speaking hahaha.

You all are AWESOME! I love you all! TRUST IN THE LORD and PRAY with SINCERITY. I promise you the lord always listens and is waiting to bless you, if you just LET HIM!

Keep being ridiculously good looking and wonderful this week! Till next week!


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Week 14

well this week has flown by, we have been SUPER exhausted but it is wonderful. our stupid washer has been broken so we haven't been able to do our laundry for 2 weeks and so we had to strap my laundry and sister askerlund's laundry to the bike of my bike and take it to the other sister's house which is near the church which means a 30 or so bike ride. i'm attaching a pic of it, it's pretty funny and awesome - i held it down by wrapping a ROPE around it, pretty smart huh?

well, the cambodian people continue to be awesome. we are teaching a lot of people about the gospel and its fun seeing how happpy they get and how much they progress in their happiness over time - its amazing to share my happiness with them, i just wish EVERYONE could be familiar with the gospel of jesus christ, it's amazing. its a hard work. the language for me is coming along, i get discourgaged a lot with my horrible reading skills. but sister askerlund gave me a KINDERGARTEN khmer reading book so i could start from scratch. i'm reading better, i'm just working on being happy after i read. it is very frustrating not being able to read the way i want to be, i feel like everyone can read but me. it will take time. my speaking is getting better, i try to listen to the way the khmer people pronounce things and i try to copy that - it is very nice to know asian languages though, i think it helps a lot. so WAY TO GO MOM AND DAD FOR BEING ASIAN! hahaha

i'm trying to think of cool things, okay so we are teaching this lady who sews really well. i'm asking her to make me clothes, its like - i go buy the material at the HUGE markets they have here and they make it for 4-8$ that's including the price of the material. i love it. mommy you would love it, they could make anything! it's crazy! i wish i was that talented!

so i remember last week i told you about the deaf girl right? srey brat. so we went to go visit her the other day and she is always home.... her neighbors told us that she went to the COUNTRY SIDE to go work.... we were so sad. you see that so often here, that people and family members go out to what we called the KITES (country side) to go work and send money back. i think its funny though, people from the country side come to phnom penh to work and then the people from phnom penh go to the kites to work.... i bit reversed.

the weather is nice and hot and i have the ugliest tan lines hahaha but that's okay that means i'm working hard. i use the bug spray all the time mom, so thank you for that! i love the work here, i cant say that enough. each week comes and goes and we are tired but that means we are doing something right. i love the work, i love my companion, i love the people we are teaching, and i love seeing all the people smile as we are biking by. people here don't have something to smile about but we try to give them something to smile about. trying to remember that this life and this life experience is a gift from God and that without Him we wouldn't have this opportunity.

so this week is SUPER exciting! we have 3 baptisms ON SATURDAY AT 4 pm. we have baong maom, srey maom, and chandaa. we are so excited. two of them are niece and aunt and one is a mom. they are amazing. i am so excited. you have no idea that joy that i have because of the choice they have made to get baptized. my heart is so full, it ridiculous. even though i speak broken khmer, sister askerlund always reminds me that i made a difference in their life. pictures to come next week, i promise! i'll send pics of them this week but next week they will be in ALL WHITE BABY!!!!!! we have a few more baptisms coming up after as well - so their stories to come later! i wanted to talk about chandaa really quick, the elders were teaching her and her husband but then the elders gave her to us. then her niece started sitting in on the discussions with us. i guess girls teaching girls is easier and more comfortable. but how cool is this, her husband wanted to start learning because he had met the elders, he had read lehi's dream. he wanted his family to partake of the fruit. how amazing is that? they were totally prepared to receive the gospel. i know that the lord prepares certain people at certains times and the lord's timing is the best timing. i know that the holy ghost helps me speak khmer and helps the investigators understand my broken khmer :) the lord is GOOD!!!!

this week is wonderful, this will be my first batisms and i am so excited you have NO IDEA!!!!

i want everyone to know that through the gospel of jesus christ ,we can have EVERYTHING. i promise you as you give your life to the lord, you will be filled with joy beyond measure. i love the gospel, i love the book of mormon, and i love this work.

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE AN AMAZING WEEK! please press forward in following all the commandments of the lord so you can gain all that the lord has in your life!!!!

UNTIL NEXT WEEK!!!! for anyone who wants to email me, please fill free! i love hearing from EVERYONE!




Thursday, February 18, 2010

week 13

okay so the mail system here is pretty good! so EVERYONE MAIL ME stuff :)

well i just wanted to talk about this one girl we have been teaching. her name is SREY BRAT. i'll attach pics of her on this email. she is deaf and hard of hearing. she can't speak either. she has the most amazing faith its not even funny. she is so smart, it blows are mind. we communicate through words, hand actions, and drawings. its the most amazing thing to watch. she comes to church every sunday BY HERSELF - this past sunday she came and road her bike. she has such a sweet and giving heart. she has no parents around, she lives with her older sister. its amazing to see how much love and faith this girl has. its hard sometimes because we don't really know completely that she understands what we are saying but for the most part, her actions show that she does - its the most amazing and miraclous thing ever. it makes me grateful for my HEARING and SEEING.... even though we all know i'm practically blind.

so we have 5 people getting BAPTIZED on feb 27th if things go as planned. we are SO excited. it is the greatest and coolest thing to see people come unto christ everyday. we talk to everyone on the street, just to simply say hi and how you they are doing. it never hurts to smile. over here, you realize that people don't really smile so i love smiling at people and if they smile back, its the greatest feeling ever. it still blows my mind how little these people have but how kind and humble they are. it was funny, the other night while sister askerlund and i were biking home, these kids started running next to us really fast sceaming HELLO HELLO HELLO HOW ARE YOU WHAT IS YOUR NAME. it was the cutest thing ever. the people here usually know HELLO, O-K, NO PROBLEM in their broken english. its so funny but here i am speaking my broken sounding khmer haha so i have no room to talk.

oh cambodia. haha. there is so much to say and so much happens in one week but just know, the work is going great here. we talk to 130 + people each week. our goal for cambodia phnom penh mission is to baptize 800 people in the year of 2010. WE CAN DO IT!!!! my companion and i are doing great. i love her! we keep it REAL and FRESH and i love the unity between us. she never fails to help me be a better missionary everyday. she helps me read khmer script, she pushes me and it sucks but i'm grateful for it. the language is coming along, or so i hope so. people here think i'm khmer.... thats old news though. everytime my companion says something, they look at me expecting me to speak and translate.... even though she spoke khmer and speaks 10000 times better khmer than i do.

life here in cambodia is wonderful. the work is so hard but if it wasn't so hard, it wouldn't be this great. last week, we went to the khmer rouge prisions, s21. it was the saddest most depressing thing ever. the history here is so sad its not even funny. how grateful i am for everything that i have. beware of the pics, they are SCARY... seriously.

another week has gone and past and another one is here!

sister askerlund and i say, lets go kick satan in the baby maker! and ultimate punch him!

i LOVE this gospel with every fiber of my being. i know that the book of mormon is the most correct book on this earth. i love the opporutnity to become a better person each and everyday through the atonement of jesus christ. i love this work and the lord's plan for me. i know that the plan of salvation is perfect and that this life is the time to be tested, edified, and refined. always trust in the lord in all that he does. i promise you as you trust him, everything in your life will fall into place. his blessings are conditional upon our obedience to his commandments and our faith. always remember that the lord will never turn his back on you, if you ever feel that way - its YOU who has turned your back on him. keep the lord close to your heart and strive to be like jesus christ everyday. i love the gospel and the lord and i will serve him forever!

have a great week everyone! sucker punch satan in the face! stay happy! stay awesome!



Thursday, February 11, 2010

Week 12

another sweaty week in cambodia! hahaha.

where to even begin?!? i apologize in advance that for my poor grammer. i just have no time and i won't lie, i just don't proof read haha.

okay so my companion sister askerlund and i swear as she said in her email "we were twins in the pre-mortal life" are are like the same person its insane. we have a blast teaching people about the gospel of jesus christ. i have never been happer in my life, to really take the time to serve other people EVERYDAY. the work of the lord is so rewarding to me. its awesome seeing the happiness grow in people as we teach them and visit with them and do service for them. sister askerlund and i bought these SWEET hats from one of our investigators, she wanted like 30 cents for them and we see how hard she works, we gave her a dollar for them. you wonder where are your clothes come from? they come from CAMBODIA. these people work so hard but they are still so poor.

the girl i told you about last week, the one who's parents sold her for 50$ came to church and we have met with her and talked to her. it's amazing to see that no matter how hard life was, is, and can become - the lord can always help you. this experience to be here in this country alone is simple amazing with in itself. i love that i can get away from the SPOILED LIFE OF AMERICA and experience life here.

so today, we are going to grab some more grocerys and are going to toulsleng prison (one of the old schools that paul pott turned into a prision to torture people) here in phnom penh. we're always goign to the russian market where EVERYTHING is so cheap. i'm so excited, we all know me - i love shopping :) don't worry, everything is super cheap anyways. we clean our apartment every wednesday so it's nice and clean!

i'm trying to think of these funny stories from this past week, well lets just say every day is an adventure - we nearly die with the traffic but don't worry, we have our trusty helmets and we are safe! we haven't died yet :) it's crazy, you see all these dogs and funny looking animals, i swear everything is like cross breed here hahaha. they havee the ugliest looking dogs here. i feel so bad, all these animals are super skinny.

the experiences here that i'm having cannot be experienced anywhere else. i love being able to survive on so little but its so much compared to everyone else. i love the gospel of jesus christ with all of my heart and i know that the work that i'm doing here is going to bless you, my awesome cool family and my life and all those around me. i cannt even begin to explain how happy i feel being given the opporortunity to be here.

this week we had 11 investigators come to church which was lower than the week before but that's okay! we have 9 people with baptismal dates this month. we're trying to prepare them, its an amazing thing to see people progress everyday and how they come unto christ.

i love my investigators with every fiber of my being, i love love LOVe them. they are all so wonderful, i can only imagine what its like to listen to a 21 and 23 year old about how you should change your life because God wants us to and has sent US to tell them to do it because through it they can recieve true happiness.

i love the gospel of jesus christ and i know that the prophet joseph smith translated the book of mormon by the power of god. i am so grateful to have a living prophet today. i know that the lord's plan is perfect and that his way is always the best and only way to true happiness. i have a firm testimony that if you just experiement upon the word of the god, the lord will answer you. the lord will NEVER cease to bless you. you have to choose to see his blessings in your life. the lord is our loving father and heaven and i know that he is so aware of every one of you. please continue to pray with all sincereity of heart everyday so the lord can bless you and your families.

i love this work. i love cambodia. i love my companion. i love you. and i love the gospel.




Saturday, February 6, 2010

Week 11:Mission

sorry, the videos are SUPER SLOW and the comps aren't fast so i'll find a way next time when i have more time to send videos!! they are SUPER COOL!


cambodia is CRAZY! my first assigned area is Phnom Penh, there will be opportunities for me to be sent out to the country side like Siem Riep and Battabong and what not, later in my mission. the city is crazy and it's so different but it's so cool. you all think that the taiwan traffic is bad.... oh you have NOT seen anything hahahaha. we are on bikes. yes we wear helmets and all that good stuff, so don't you worry. it's really hot but apparently its the cold season.... lets just say i sweat like there is no tomorrow hahaha, i feel like i walked into a shower of syrup :) it's wonderful haha. the apartment that we live in hadn't been used for a while so.... just look at the videos and pics i'm attaching soon hahaha and you'll know. everything is super cheap here and the people here are so poor but you know what, when i'm riding by bike or talking to people and i just simply smile - they smile back. it's amazing to see how much i can live without and how little these people have. it's a very humbling experience and i wouldn't trade this experience for anything. i love the opportunity to be here right now, to be able to see what other places are like.

i've met some amazing people, i've heard really sad stories. there this one girl who is 18 or 19 years old and she kind of speak on the side of her lips because she has some deformed mouth but she met the elders (boy missionaries) and they elders gave us her phone number and name because we teach all the girls. but she met us at the church people and we gave her some booklets to read about the gospel of jesus christ. we followed up with her reading the next day and called her. she was so happy that we had called her because she has never had anybody focus on her, like never received that kind of attention and it was just a simple phone call. well she was curious on the way or how she could pray to God. we tried explaining over the phone. she was really grateful and later she called us and asked if we had time to meet her. lets just say, everything happens for a reason! we had some time to meet her, which NEVER happens. our schedules are so full and so busy with teaching people and doing service, it's crazy. so we met her at the church, we had a church member with us and its nice getting help from members, so they can share their experiences with the things we teach people about. so pretty much, this young girl tells us that her parents had sold her to her uncle for only 50$ when she was younger. 50$ for your own child. you have got to be kidding me right? she has never felt real love before. she works all the time. we shared with her, a way to be happy and that's through the gospel of jesus christ. i know that jesus christ loves every single person on this earth. it was nice to share with her and show her love. something she has never gotten before.

the things that i see everyday here are so sad but i'm so glad i have the opportunity to help people find and feel true happiness. its so emotionally and physically hard to serve a mission but i honestly wouldn't want to be anywhere else. the people in cambodia are amazing people. the sad thing about this country is they think money is everything. the police officers are so corrupt. you have to pay them off so they don't take your stuff or have a license for your moto mo-ped (the things you see all the time in taiwan) it blows my mind. its crazy to see that people would be willing to give up their own children for money.

so i have a COMPANION! finally! her name is sister askerlund! she is from UTAH!!! hahaha, she is so awesome. i'm pretty convinced we are the same person it's not even funny. she is an amazing trainer, she is teaching me the ropes and how to do things around here. its a good thing that im not afraid of many things. riding a bike here is like.... jumping of a bridge, its scary and crazy but i love it. i live for this stuff! you squeeze anywhere you can fit, traffic rules do NOT exist here hahaha.

lets just say the other night, my skirt got caught in my bike and well.... just look at the picture. my 5th day here, i got beaten up by my OWN BIKE! it was funny though, scary at the same time though. i'm still alive though, don't you worry.

anyways my trainer, has been here since last august. she is this 5'10 girl from utah, she is awesome. all i can say is that i couldn't have asked for a better trainer. she speaks like a khmer person, its ridiculous. we cook, we get the food in the markets just like taiwan. we are safe though. don't worry. she is clean, nice, a hard worker, and we click so well. i love it.

the language is coming along. its hard listening to all the accents. but ill get it someday :) people say i speak clearly but i tend to forget so many words that i need to know and teach. it is the funnest thing that EVERYONE thinks that i am cambodian. they figure it out after i speak and they ask me what ethnicity i am and i always respond, i'm from america but my parents are from taiwan so i say i am chinese haha. its hard since i look khmer, they talk really fast to me! YIKES! its crazy.

it is the greatest feeling to be doing the lords work. this past sunday, we had 14 investigators aka ALL of our progressing investigators COME TO CHURCH!!!! everyone else hated us because they had like 2 or 3. it was so amazing. the people are so nice and they all try to help me speak khmer. i know that with the help of the Lord, i'll get the language down sooner or later as long as i do my part in studying and trying to talk to everyone!

i love the gospel, my first week..... feels like my first month. i literally have NO time to think about anything else other than my companion, the gospel, and my investigators, and future investigators.

the gospel of jesus christ is for everybody and i know that through the gospel, we can have true happiness. if there is one thing that i love sharing with people here is that families can live together forever. i love bringing a smile to peoples faces. the people, the KIDS, the country is amazing. i know that the lord has prepared this place and these people to receive the restored gospel of jesus christ.

i love this place.

i hope everyone is doing well!! have a great week! and always remember that the lord loves all of you and that he is mindful of you, 24 hrs a day!



Week 10:Mission Field Week 1

I AM HOME IN CAMBODIA NOW! WOW, BOY IS IT HOT. hahahait's exciting to be here and to start this adventure. i met some sister missionaries already, they are so funny - it's nice seeing other GIRLS around.i'm here safe in the arms of the mission president and his wife, sister and president smedley. they greeted us at the Phnom Penh airport.i am staying here at the mission home in Phnom Penh for tonight, i will meet my trainer tomorrow! (trainer is my first companion, who i'm sure will teach me A LOT). Thank you guys for everything!!!

Week 10

Leaving for Cambodia-I gave a Book of Mormon in the Taiwan airport and had a good talk with the couple I gave it to who is also heading to Cambodia.Elder Hall and I are traveling together.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Week 9

OHHHHHHH ONE WEEK CLOSER TO LEAVINGGGG! HELLOOOO CAMBODIA! wow cambodia won't even know what hit em hahaha.

i hope all of you had a great week! unfortunately, sister wu is a bit under the weather but it's okay, i'm not healthy right now but i sure am happy. i have bronchitis hahaha. everyone in my district and branch has been super sick and well it was inevitable that i would get it someday and it's rough and a bit frustrating getting it right before i leave for cambodia but the lord sure has a sense of humor. it's great though, the work shall continue!

i apologize in advance if my thoughts aren't clear, this medicine i'm on truly makes me super drowsy! anyways, this week has been another week at the good ole MTC. for those who know, HERMANA HATCH has safely landed onto MY FLOOR IN MY RESIDENCE HALL! i see her EVERYDAY at the meals and we visit and have a pow wow at night for a few minutes! it's good times! it's great to have people here that were before the mish! its exciting to see people grow in the gospel and come unto christ every day it is truly an amazing work.

i have this quote that i found while reading a talk by m russell ballard and he said that:

"the truth of god shall go forth" " this is gods work, and god's work will not be frustrated. but there is still much to be done before the great jehovah can announce that the work is done. while we praise and honor those faithful saints who have brought us to this point of public prominence, we cannot afford, my brothers and sisters, to be comfortable or content. we are all needed to finish the work that was begun by those pioneering saints over 175 years ago. and carried through the subsequent decades by faithful saints of every generation. we need to beleive as they believed. we need to WORK as they worked. we need to SERVE as they served. and we need to voercome as they overcome. of course our challenges are different today but they are no less demanding. instead of angry mobs, we face those who constantly try to defame instead of extreme exposure and hadship, we face alcohol and drug abuse, pornography, all kinds of filth, sleaze, creed, and hishonesty, and spiritual apathy. instead of families being uprooted an dtorn from their homes we see the institution of the family, including the divince institution of marriage, under attack as groups and invidiuals seek to define away the prominent and divine role of the family in society. this is not a suggest that our challenges today are more severe than the challenges faced by those who have gone before us. they are just different. the lord isn't asking us to load up a handcard hes jasking us to fortify our faith. he isn't asking us to walk across a continent he's asking us to walk across the street to our neighbors. he sin't asking us to give all of our worldy possessions to build a temple hes asking us to give of our means and our time despite the pressures of modern living to continue to build tmples and then to attend regularly the temples already built. he isn't asking us to die a martyr's death, hes asking us to live a discple's life."

i love that. i don't remember the name of the talk but look it up on lds.org!

the work of the lord is essential in these latter-days. please press forward in building the lord's kingdom. remember that each and everyone of o you covenanted at baptism that you would share the gospel with everyone. you don't need a name tag to do it, just simply open your mouth. i can testify to you that opening your mouth and doing just that will surely bring people unto christ. remember to stand as a witness of christ in all things, in all places, and at all times.

i love being a missionary. it is truly an honor to be the lord's missionary. you have no idea how fun it is to sing CALLED TO SERVE every tuesday night at our devotionals. you can just feel the power thats in the room.

the gospel of jesus christ is restored. please don't keep this from people. share it with everyone. everyone needs the gospel in their lives even if they don't know it.

i sure do love you all! my time in the MTC is coming to an end. i cannot wait to serve the people in cambodia.

i bare solem witness the jesus is the christ and that he lives. i testify that joseph smith is a prophet of god and that he translated the book of mormon through and by the power of god. i promise you as you open your hearts and sincerely ask our father in heaven to help you with anything, that he will hear you and answer you - perhaps not in the way you want him to though. always remember that we are on the lord's time, not ours. as you come unto him, he will surely come unto you. i love the gospel with every fiber of my being. it has truly changed my life in every aspect. i have a firm testimony that families can live together forever. i know that the lord knows each and every one of us by name, he knows all our wants, needs, desires, worries, and heart aches. i love the lord and i will serve him forever.

thank you all for reading my blog :) i love you all! thank you for your prayers! i'm praying for all of you!



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Week 8

HELLO EVERYONE! good ole 2010! how crazy right?!?!

so this past week has been another week at the MTC, it's a crazy place if not crazier as the time goes by. i'm down to about 3.5 weeks here and OFF TO CAMBODIA I GO!!!!so this week we've had AMAZINGGGGGGG speakers. we had mission conference this past sunday because of fast sunday. a lot of them spoke about this one question: HAVE YOU DONE ANY GOOD IN THE WORLD TODAY? ask yourself that. i can prmise you as you go about serving others each day, by doing even the smallest things - someones life will be blessed. i can promise yout hat the lord will bless you for caring and loving for his children and for your brothers and sisters. remember to always show love in all that you do because remember the golden rule? do unto others as you want done unto you!!!! so try this week to sit next to people youd on't know while eating on campus or find someone random to sit next to during church and REACH OUT TO PEOPLE. everyone needs a friend!!! you're missing out on opportunities to meet amazing people and you're limiting the lord's love for you and those around you. love em love em and LOVE EM!

okay sooooo i love preach my gospel. if you don't have preach my gospel i strongly encourage you to get one. not only is preach my gospel great for a mission but i'm pretty sure it's made as a guideline for how to live a christ like life on and off the mission. its a great tool from the lord and i love it. in preach my gospel it talks about the level of understanding of our investigators will be influenced by our personal worthiness. i am 1000000% sure that we need the lords help. i know that we need the lords help in everything that you do and we need the savior in order to be completely worthy of the holy ghost. i can promise you that if the holy ghost isn't with you while preaching the gospel, it is no good! remember that we have to be pure and clean before the lord and when you are pure and clean, the people you meet and teach to will understand the gospel more clearly. that leads to my next point, we always have to pray for the spirit's guidance, and valiantly follow the promptings we receive (preach my gospel pg. 91) it is soooo important to pray for the holy ghost an have the courage and strength to press forward in doing what he has told you to do. i can promise you that the lord will never put you in a bad situation and the holy ghost can and will only lead you aright!

okay so speaking about being worthy. we all kind of avoid the topic of repentance... because it's hard am i right? okay so we had a great discussion about this. so here are my two sense for this one so going to someone and telling them what exactly you did wrong is abut 4 steps fruther than just stoping whatever you are doing or have done wrong. it takes true courage and faith in the savior to get you back on your feet. slowly or quickly, you will surely get back on your feet someday. sinning is seriously such a scary thing. my teacher brother olson made a great comment saying that.... life will get hard sometimes and thigns can get AWFUL BUT YOU'LL MAKE IT THROUGH with whatever happens but when you sin.... that's where you go wrong. when you sin you make that personal choice and inflict upon yoruself and open your own door to satan to come in. i seriously begggggg ALL of you to sincerely, to have more faith in our savior jesus christ. the savior will come and help you as long as you sincerely call out to him. ask yourself this.... during yours prayers are you telling god, okay i'm sorry i did this and just saying it or do you really mean it and sincerely and humbly ask for his forgiveness? there is a huge difference. i challenge all of you to sincerely pray to our father in heaven for forgiveness. do not do it in vain and do it beacuse you know you should but do it because you want to do it and mostly importnatly because you know you have to do it.

i promise all of you that the lord jesus christ has the power to do anything. to heal you, help you, and love you. i'm grateful fort his wonderful opporutunity to teach the cambodian people about our loving father in heaven for the next 18 months of my life. remember that we have something that people out there NEED. remember what i always say


have a great week!!!