Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hello. My name's Forrest. Forrest Gump. Would you like a chocolate?

This week a member in our ward down here in the land down under saw a picture of my father, the master of pool covers, Mont Blanc, and she said "Oh, I just LOVE when he speaks in general conference. Always so inspiring!" She thought he was an apostle hee hee hee

We cleaned a blind dudes house for service. He just stood there in the middle of the room and just kept saying, "lol, I wish I could help, but I'm BLIND! Sorry, guys." It was kind of like in Anchorman 2, minus the part where we go out to the ocean and set the pet shark Mobi free. 

In our teaching this week, we were ruthless. Anyone who told us they couldn't go to church or follow any other rule because of a job or schooling, we just told them to get a new job or go to a different school. I know it sounds weird, but when you look at it from a "you'll for sure receive blessings if you follow 100%" stand point, it makes more sense. I love telling people to quit their jobs. Sounds rough, but I don't know anyone who has followed the advice and HASN'T had more success. Go team! 

We had more and more people just show up randomly at the church telling us they wanted to learn. Really weird. I like it. 

We met with a new-ish member of the church, and he quoted Forrest Gump. He even did the Forest Gump voice! I was blown away! He knows English really well, and said Forrest Gump inspired him to ride his bike around Cambodia, so he did. He just started biking! And then, just like in the movie, someone joined in. Then 2 more people. Then 3 more. Then 5 more. All of the sudden, there was a whole group of 'em! JUST LIKE THE MOVIE! And I'm not sure how, but all of the sudden there was hundreds of thousands of dollars being donated to a hospital. So I teach Forrest Gump. 

We have a cool investigator who's actual real name is "Two One". Hahahhah He is so cool. He is 18 and started by learning in our English class, and then came up to us and told us he wanted to learn. We have taught him everything that a missionary teaches someone before they get baptized, but he doesn't want to get baptized yet. AND LISTEN WHY. He wants to be ready! How cool is that? He started learning with us even though his family is Buddhist, he has a sister in a different Christian church, and all his friends make fun of him for it. He comes to church all alone, sits alone (except for us) and then goes home. But he really really believes it. So he studies super hard and really tries to apply what we teach him. Unlike all the people I have ever taught who got baptized, this guy is not so easy. He doesn't have family or friends in the church. He's flying solo. We're trying our hardest with him. We're trying to hook him up with the sister's investigator so that they'll have a special love. 

Bye.


Come, take my hand. We'll walk this road together. 


Me eating stuff. A whole bowl of it. 


Cleaning the blind dude's house. 


She is the mattress queen. Young and sweet, only seventeen. 


A tree that proselytes Jesus. 


Cleaning the train tracks 



The one in the middle is Elder Ey. He is going to serve in the California, Oakland/San Francisco mission. If any of you see him, tell him I say yo. 

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