Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Today feels like its gonna be a great daaaaaaaay!

Hi

This week rocked. We got 2 baptisms last week, and 2 more this week. But I learned that my favorite part about teaching someone that gets baptized is that you have to fill out baptismal information. There is a sheet that you have to fill out and you need all sorts of information and stuff. And the other best part is that Cambodia is not really the best place for keeping records of things. So it gets really confusing. So we asked our guy when his wife was born. And he looks at his records, his eyes get all wide, and then he runs his hands through his hair, looks up at us, gives a nervous little giggle, and says "whelp, she was born in 2000" and looks back down. HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT HIS WIFE WAS ONLY 15!!!!! But then we were like, there is no way and checked again and he was looking at the wrong records. She is really 22. But Cambodian people are so good at going with the flow, that if they find out their wife is only 15 years old, they don't sweat. They just go with it and laugh it off. 

All of our peeps that got baptized gave us referrals for their friends and family that need to learn about the church. So now we's gots more peeps to teach. 

Also someones bike got a flat tire, so we chained it to a bamboo and trudged on, sharing bikes. We decided we would come back for it. We came back for it, and some one had cut the bamboo tree and stole the bike L O L. Didn't see that one coming. 

I've got nothing else people. If there is anything you are wondering about me, go ahead and email me and ask and I will write about it next week. 



​Had a family home evening with some peeps


​Then I took a picture in the dark


​Then some people were leaving our area so we took a picture


​Then I rode my bike with Elder Ros (he is so cute)


​Then I was drinking water


​Then I was frolicking through the flowers


​Then we did some service. Lifted some wood and stuff. 


​Then I wanted to go watch this movie but I didn't


​Then our super cute investigators got baptized. The one who has had like 100 dreams about how cool our church is. 


​and Elder Hall was too tall tee hee


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Who needs a girlfriend when you have good friends?

So what up? 

Ok. Me neither. I am just sitting here emailing. Wanna go hang out and get a burger or a subway sandwich or a cup of the worlds best cup of coffee?

Well no. I am here. So go on without me. See ya later. 

So this week started and it was one of those wacky Cambodian holidays that just kinda pop out of no where, and it causes us to have no one to meet for a couple days. So we were told to stay in our house and deep clean. Well for those 2 deep cleaning days, I was SUUUUUPER sick. It was the first time I have been sick on my mission! I would say i was going to go clean the upstairs, and then I would lay on the floor and fall asleep because I was exhausted. And then people would walk up, and I would wake up and try and make it look like I was scrubbing the floor. It was a real bad 2 days. But I fainted! I was walking up the stairs, everything went dark, so I burst into my room and crashed to the floor, only in time to take a shelf with me. I WISH I GO PRO'D MY WHOLE MISSION!

Elder Hall and I have also biked into 2 cock fights during my time here in Kampong Cham. They are super illegal here so it is super funny to bike in on. Every one thinks because we are white, we have power, and we are gonna shut them down. But I just want to watch! 

And we had 2 investigators get baptized! They are awesome! I love them. There are a million pictures of it because one of the kids there stole my camera and took pictures of the whole thing. 

Not much more, man. I wish I had more, man. 
I love you, man.
ELder SLavens


I am pondering! 

​I am in a thing of sweetened condensed milk! 


So much cash money $$$

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Robert Goulet- It's a rap!

Howdy y'all! 

The stars at night! Are big and bright! *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!

I am super sick today. It is my first time getting sick on my mission. And it is every one else's fault because no one told me that I should be drinking more water. Now I am all dehydrated and crap. 

Since I just want to die we are gonna make this one fast. On Monday Elder Hall and I went and stalked our investigator who can't stop drinking. We go to his house every day and try and catch him in the act of chugging down the good stuff. On Monday we went and got haircuts with him in a shack in the middle of no where and then we got lunch. 

Then we got to watch conference. The GENERAL one. It was awesome. Since I am out in the boonies, we were about to watch it on a little portable DVD player that had no visual. But then a member with a TV invited us over to watch it at their house. Let me tell you what I have decided to do after watching conference:

I have decided the next step in my life is to never ever for the rest of my life say anything negative ever again. I figure it will make me happy. So say good bye to the old negative Elder Slavens! Sorry if you liked him.... 

I'm all out of words, people. Nothing more to say. I want to wish a very happy birthday to the new Target that opened up on October 9th in San Ramon. A special place in my heart. 

Bye. 


There was once a day this week when I saw lighting strike 5 feet from me during a wacky storm! 


​Frolicking through the flowers 

​Hospital? Trash can. 



Sunday, October 4, 2015

But first, let me take a selfie

Once again, people. I am just going to write this email as the events happened, with no organization what so ever. Easily, it is the way this emailing thing was supposed to be. It's punctual. PUNCTUAL! 

So we have gone crazy hard in our area. Kampong Cham, man. It is where dreams are made. And Elder Hall is as cool as a segway. That is no over-exaggeration. 

But now I want to tell HOW we have gone hard. Literally, you wouldn't think that ACTUALLY trying to change people's lives on a mission is hard, but it really is, man! It is hard to look at these people we teach, and be like "I am going to do EVERYTHING I can do to help you be a better person." And that is what Elder Hall and I have done this week. We have one person who has been meeting with Missionaries for THREE YEARS and hasn't been baptized like his wife because he drinks literally every second of every day. He is so drunk. And 3 separate lessons with us, he has born solemn testimony that "Yorgash Shcmite" (how he says Joseph Smith) comes from 1.)Australia and then the next lesson he says that he was 2.)Italian and then he said that he would swear on his life that Joseph Smith is 3.) British. So he is super drunk. So Elder Hall and I are going to his house EVERY DAY to stop him from drinking. Today, after I finish emailing, I am going to hang out with a 40 year old drunk dude to help him be sober and change his life. And his wife is so excited. 

We have another investigator who I think I wrote about before who reads his scriptures every day and highlights everything and asks us questions every time we go to his house. Dude, I just can't believe how many investigators we have, people who REALLY want to learn about the church, and how amazing they all are! I can't even tell you all all of the stories I have! Just wait 2 years and I will tell you in person. 

Also I have a disaster I would like to report. Elder Hall and I were riding our bikes. And I was signing "I will follow him" to my maximum capacity. And i was getting so into it, that my foot slips from my bike pedal and flies right into Elder Hall's bike spokes as he is going full speed. So my foot just gets destroyed and Elder Hall flips over his bike and crashes to the floor, and it was one of the best crashes ever. 

So to finish my email, I would like to tell you the dream I had one week ago. A dream for man kind. A dream for destiny. I dreamed that I would name my email "but first, let me take a selfie"  and have a selfie for EVERY DAY of the week. So enjoy. The selfie song is so stuck in my head. Enjoy your lives. 

Live long and prosper 
Elder Doorhandle Slaveface



Monday. Not even a selfie. But did you even think to pray? 


Tuesday. We had district meeting. And if you watch the video on the link, 
you will see one of the elders in this circle eat something NASTY. 


​Wednesday. I went on an exchange with THE Elder Johnny Ros. He is number one. 
I never took more selfies than on that day. 


Thursday. I let Elder Hall be the one to take the selfie. 


Friday. I found one of those giant beetles that was on Animal Planet's: The Most Extreme. 


Saturday. Kids. 


Sunday. Headin home after a long days work. 

"for more selfie adventures, check out this sweet link"