Elder Ernie Morris is serving in the Cambonia Phnom Penh Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Week 15: My Japanese is a lot worse than my Vietnamese!
Well this week was actually pretty slow.
Monday we didn't really do much out of the
ordinary. We did get to go to this big store, I bought Yogurt that was on sale;
a good Scout is thrifty after all ;) (haha)
Tuesday, we had two elders
that needed to go to the dentist. One of them was getting his wisdom tooth
removed. Yikes. That elder is our District Leader andon Tuesday we
have District Meeting. The task to lead the meeting fell upon my shoulders. I
prepared as well as I could in the waiting room of the dentist's office; which
was really hard because they had National Geographic on the T.V. and it was
about the biggest rescued crocodile in the world.
The meeting went really well…
I think. We had an appointment later that day teaching a family with three
little kids. They are so cute and one of the little boys reminded me a lot of
myself at his age. He had the same poofy hair and everything.
Wednesdaywas rough. We had a whole bunch of really great lessons planned.
But every time we were about to leave to the lesson, we would get a call saying
that they couldn't meet. It was such a bummer. We ended up just contacting all
Thursday,we had a few
more lessons fall through, but that was ok because we had planned a family home
evening at an investigator's house. It went really great. We had his two
youngest children learning too. We played a really fun game where everyone is
in a circle and the person in the middle closes their eyes. A person outside
the circle has to make an animal noise and the one in the middle tries to guess
who is making the animal noise. It was really entertaining.
Fridaywe taught another one of our progressing investigators.
Things were all going great until this little chubby kid came over. He started
making loud noises, spitting, poking our investigator, while he was farting up
a storm. My companions and I were getting really frustrated. We tried to ask if
he wanted to learn with us; even pulling out a chair for him. He just grabbed
the Book of Mormon from our investigator and made things even worse. I was so
mad that I wanted to drop kick that little poop. When the investigator began
reading a scripture and he started poking her head again, I stood up and asked
him to leave. He laughed and frolicked away. That is probably one of the times
in my mission that I was most angry thus far.
Saturdaywe had a lot of appointments! We got a lead that some people
at the local cafe were Vietnamese. We went over there it turned out that there
were a lot of Chinese people. But they spoke Vietnamese too… a very cool old
couple. Then we did a split and Elder Tan and I went to meet our Branch
President because he said he had a referral for us. It started raining really
bad so he said he didn't want to go out in the rain. He made us eat dinner with
them though. This one was rough. They brought out a bowl of noodles and with
the noodles were a bunch of blood cakes. They are really gross, but bearable.
Just little jelly squares of blood. Yum...
Sundaywas really great. It was my first time at the Branch 10
building. The members are all so sweet… greeting me with a lot of smiles and handshakes.
In the middle of sacrament, a man came over and asked the assistants something.
They came over and talked to me. They said that this man was Japanese and that
they needed me to help teach him a lesson. I almost had a heart attack. I'll
just say right now that my Japanese is a lot worse than my Vietnamese! I found
out where he was from and that he is a teacher here in Cambodia. He wants to
learn about the gospel, and has already read about the Restoration. The lesson
was pretty hard but I think it went really well. He said he wanted to meet
again and learn more so maybe I didn't botch the whole lesson. :)
After church the sister missionaries had a
baptism! I was so excited because I hadn't seen one yet! It was so good! We
sang a special musical number and we had to wait for some of the girl's family
to show up so we sang like five hymns. It went really well and the spirit was
strong. This week was a blast and I can't wait to see what this next week has
in store! Love you all so much.