Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Monday, November 24, 2014


Whuddup fellas. This week been legit.

I HAFF NEWS. We got transfer calls this week. And guess what. I'M OUTTA HERE! I'm heading out from Paul this Wednesday and taking a 2 1/2 hour drive up to Carey, Idaho, which apparently is in the middle of nowhere. I'm super pumped. I love paul to death, but i'm stoked to make a change. By the way, looks like this will be a particularly large change, considering I've been assigned as a Zone Leader over the Carey Zone. So that should be fun I suppose! Pray that I don't ruin the mission.

But yeah, that has been the main focus of what I've been up to recently. I've been aware of my exit, so I've been spending my time seeing the last of the investigators and members I've come to know and love in this area. It's been so much fun getting to know everybody in this area: Paul is so small that it only takes about 6 months to accomplish that. It's sad to have to leave all of my new friends, but I'm excited for the chance to make a bunch of new new friends!

So yeah, other than that there's really nothing new that happened this week! Just packing up and stuff, so that's chill. Any questions? If not I guess I'll move on.

Hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL week! Mucho love! Happy Thanksgiving!

Elder Slavens

Monday, November 17, 2014

What the Heck to Write About

Ehh, sometimes you just have those weeks where it's like a way good week, but all the same you have no idea what to talk about 'cause it's all a blur. Once you've been out for like a million years like me, it all seems to form together like that. Hmm.

Anyway, like I said, it was a good week! We ended up running into a few new investigators that I'm pumped to start teaching, 'cause our teaching pool's been draining a bit since all our progressing investigators have either gotten baptized or just bailed out on us. Life is life. But yeah, I'm all giddy about it.

There's this one dude in particular that I'm stoked about, named De Wet. Weird name, I know. That's 'cause he's from South Africa. I asked him how to say his name, and he responded with "Where do you take your dog if he's sick?" I said "The vet," and he was like "Yup, that's how you say my name." He's hysterical, and I can't wait to help him come unto Christ.

Other than that though, there's really not too much that happened this week! Sorry I don't have a bunch of awesome stories and stuff! maybe some crazy crap will go down this week and my next one will be a bit more interesting. but anyway, I love you all! Everyone is the best! Hope you all have a wonderful week and everybody give somebody a hug for me!

Elder Slavens

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mission Prep Time

We took a trip to Provo to do some missionary prep work.  We didn't do this with Chancellor but wish we would have.  For him we spent hours and days at home shopping for the right stuff when all we needed to do was go to Provo and spend 2 hours shopping to find everything you need! 

First stop...Swig!  
Kristi and Lexi giving Dallin all our support.

Dallin found Tyler to give him Cambodian lessons.  Tyler went to Cambodia on his mission and now teaches Cambodian in the MTC.  He will be there teaching in the MTC when Dallin enters.  Tyler says in the first week in the MTC they'll pass what Dallin has learned in two months.

We went to Salt Lake and did a live session at the temple.  It was a first for us all.

At Mr. Mac David helped us do all our shopping.  What a pro!  Actually turns out he is the man who helped the elder get all suited up in the movie Meet The Mormons.  

We found a Cambodian ward in Salt Lake to visit.  It was so fun!  The people were all so nice.

Monday, November 10, 2014


That means 'bittersweet' in Spanish - word of the day! It also describes my week somewhat. Let me explain.

This was like the best week every for a few different reasons. But I made some decisions this week which are affecting me negatively, now that I look back on them. Check it.

First dumb decision - I had my warts frozen off by a member with the hook-ups. This guy is a chemical distributor for dairies, and as such, he has a large supply of liquid nitrogen. I've had a wart forming on my hand, and two on my foot, for the past little while. You know how much of an eyesore warts are, so I heard about this liquid nitrogen and I was like sign me up burr. Well he got a hold of the goods and stuck a Q-tip down there and put it on the wart and holy moly you have no idea how much it sucks to have a wart frozen off from in between your toes. I thought I was gonna die. But long story short, the huge blister that formed burst and now it's all infected and I can't like walk properly. But fear not! My companion went to Berkeley and knows everything so he taught me how to fix it!! I guess I should be fine soon.

Well actually, that was pretty much the only dumb decision I made this week. However I did make another decision that will probably change the rest of my life as I know it.

We were having dinner with a family in one of our wards and I asked the dude what his profession is: he's a chiropractor. In discussing this, we eventually hit the topic that he does some funky technique to get rid of people's allergies, 'cause I mentioned to him (as I do at like every dinner appointment) that I'm allergic to raw fruits and vegetables (by the way, nobody believes me here, either). He was all like "Oh, I can fix those, easy." And I was like yeah right man, like 4 weeks ago I met some other chiropractic genius that said he could do the same thing, and I'm still a mess (true story). He was like "Naw, I'm legit." So last Monday we went over to his office and (once again) long story short, he did a bunch of freaky voodoo tests on me and determined that I'm not actually allergic to anything other than fruits and vegetables. So he had me lay on my belly for a moment and he like poked my back in a bunch of random spots and said "Aight, you're fixed brudder." He said not to come into contact with any fruits or vegetables for 24 hours, and then I'd be good to go. So I did just that, and the next day I ATE 3 WHOLE BANANAS AND A SALAD AND CUCUMBERS. And I yet live! So as far as I can tell, I'm no longer allergic to fruits and vegetables. I even find I'm sniffling my nose a bit less, which will really throw off those of you who know me well. So yeah, that was pretty chill.

It was also my birthday this week, which goes pretty uneventfully on a mission. I'm 21 now, so that's cool.

ANNNND Kino got baptized this weekend! Holy heck it was so great to see him make that decision! It's been a long time coming, and I was so blessed to be a part of plucking the fruit or however you'd put it. That was some dang low-hanging fruit man. He's such a great kid and he'll make an amazing addition to the branch. So pumped.

So that was pretty much my week. Not really all that bittersweet, now I look back on it. But my foot hurts. But life is good. I love you all! Give each other hugs for me. You rock.

Elder Slavens

Monday, November 3, 2014

Trick or Trunky

Ya know what? I'm in a pretty good mood today! Things are looking up and the sun is not shining (overcast FTW) and life rocks.

Not too much has changed over this last week, I suppose. Not that that's a bad thing. We've seen a few solid progressing investigators come out of the woodwork which has been super duper exciting and we're gonna bust a move to get these people in the water (if any non-Mormons are reading this, please don't be offended by that statement. I'm prolly being sarcastic or something).

Kino's back on for baptism this week! He'll be getting baptized at 3:00 on Saturday and seems way excited about it - PLEASE PRAY THAT THIS STICKS. If it doesn't stick I know whose fault it is (again, probably sarcasm).

Halloween was pretty chill, I suppose. We're not supposed to be out and about after dark on Halloween 'cause it can get pretty sketchy with a bunch of little kids out in the streets - you never know when some parent might accuse us of all sorts of random stupid stuff - so we just try to avoid it all completely. Instead, we had the chance to do a district activity and pretty much just hang out all night. We were allowed to watch a movie like The RM or something like that, but we're such consecrated missionaries we just decided to play like 300 hours of air hockey instead. We all wore mustaches as our costumes - I guess that's about as far as we're willing to go. Probably only adds to our sketchy appearance though, so it's for the better we weren't running around in the streets. The picture's pretty dope though.

Anyway that's about it for me this week! Hope you all have a good Juan and I'll catch ya next tiempo, chill? Chill.

Elder Slavens

Dopest District Costume Party

Rupert Zone Halloween