Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Salesmen of North-Eastern Pennsylvania, I ask you once more rise and be worthy of this historical hour. 

As you all know, my time has been spent doing nothing but finding people to teach. Well I'll have you all know that it is paying off. I would like to share with you one experience I had this week: 

Elder Hunt and i were walking down the street. We see 3 dudes sitting at a table outside a house, just playing on the computer. So we go over and just talk about computers for a little bit. "So how many gigs does your computer have? Wooooow that's a lot of gigs!" is how the conversation went, if I remember correctly. 

Well, we invited them to come to our English class. One of them, named Jarod, also was interested in the other side of our teachings, The Church of Jesus Christ. So we gave him a pamphlet. 

Then English class rolls around. Jared shows up. He goes into class. Every English class, we share a spiritual thought. Today it was on "forgiveness". Something Jesus Christ was and is really good at. 

Afterwards, Jared walked up to me with tears in his eyes. He said that 2 months ago, his girlfriend was stolen by his best friend (people, don't steal your friends girlfriends). He said he hasn't figured out how to cure himself from the anger and disgust and pity for himself he always feels now. And, quoting him, he said "I feel like God has talked to me today and told me I need to forgive."

He is now learning, and because he has a willing heart, the Gospel is making a freaking sweet change in his life. I'm super happy for him. I'm super happy for you that you got to read this. 

Now go, and spread the joy of my message with all oyu cross. 

And remember, No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself. Some people will tell you salesman is a bad word. They'll conjure up images of used car dealers, and door to door charlatans. This is our duty to change their perception. I say, salesmen and women of the world... unite. We must never acquiesce, for it is together... TOGETHER THAT WE PREVAIL. WE MUST NEVER CEDE CONTROL OF THE MOTHERLAND! FOR IT IS TOGETHER THAT WE PREVAIL! 

Me and Elder Hunt hanging out with two Cambodian Bert Mccrackens 

I purchased this movie and really really really want to watch it. ​

We made the best ribs I have ever inserted into my voice hole 



Jump into the fog with me 

The March edition of the Liahona portrays Alma as a very "give me some of your tots"-esque person 

Elder Nathan Hunt from San Diego, California. Home of Ron Burgundy, the man with the suit from the toilet store 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Paper Boy

Yo, have you guys ever really thought about a microwave? How funny is that? We open up this box, put in cold food, press a button, and then nothing happens. It just spins. And then all of the sudden our food is hot HAHHAHAHAHAHHA 

This week was fun. Just more looking for people who want to learn. We found people this week!  So we are starting from the begging with people. It is always so fun starting fresh with newbies, because they just don't know anything and you get to tell them everything! And it is NEW to them! Woot!

I am still doing a ton of talking to people on the streets. I just try and see if there is anything I can do to make their lives better/easier. If they want to learn, it's a bonus and they'll be like way happy later on. 

Please have a stellar day


Eye went bowling

"Here, you want a piece of paper? It's a really nice piece of paper"

"Oh, you want a piece of paper too! Here, you can have a piece of paper too"

We cleaned some dirt this week 

Ahoy, ye scurvy scurves.  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tick tock on the clock like the party never stop

Heyo ballers. Whats schoolin in the yard? Itz just been a hip hop hippin week out here in yo home boys playin field which is AKA also known as Cambodia, BABY! 

But actually this week was hilarious. Like, I'm not really sure what has happened in the last couple weeks, but the missionary work that I have been doing has just evolved. I've tried really hard to meet the members of the church here to strengthen them, but they just don't have time in the schedules. So that means we have just been hitting the streets all day everyday to find people who want to learn. 

And does that mean we automatically find success and everyone we talk to wants to learn from us? NOPE. Actually, no one has wanted to learn yet hahahaha. No one wanted to learn from the prophets in the Book of Mormon or Bible either. So I just keep doin what I'm doin cuz thats what I'm suppozed to do. 

To get in with the members though, we went to an activity that the whole country put on at our church building. It was a giant church wide cook off. And there was a giant dance party. AND I DIDN'T EVEN DANCE ONCE!!! WHAT HAVE I BECOME!!!!! JK I danced as cleaned up trash. But the activity was just like a good ole fashioned drive in night. But what were were lacking were some good ole cotton candy things made by the Hanna's.  

Elder Miah packed up and flew to England. I miss him a ton. My new companion is WAY cool! His name is Elder Hunt. He wears glasses. 

Yesterday we taught a lesson on charity to  a family in our ward, and then in the middle of the lesson the dog walked in and started chewing on my shoes which were outside and the dad stood up, walked over to the dresser, grabbed a hanger, and started whipping the dog while saying "How am I supposed to have charity when I've got a dog like this?!"

So please remember charity this week. No matter how stupid you think your dog is. 

Love y'all.

When all you do is talk to random people on the streets all day, you find people like this who grab you, pull you in, and whisper to you "I love little kids" 

Taking this bawler to the airport so he can go to Hogwarts 

My new companion, who is 1.85 meters tall. Wow! He is a selfie pro! 

His bike, however, did not want to work as well. His chain broke like 12 thousand times. 

Our investigator on the left, named "Two One", and my best friend Suo in the middle, giving me a gift of fruit with a heart stabbed into it. So sweet! 

​This was the cook off. I had a back stage pass. 

This is my zone, and I made everyone take a bike pic. Bikes are cool! 

Missionaries spotted at BK. Eat fresh. Have it your way. I'm lovin' it. 

On the red carpet at Burger King with a Cambodian celebrity 

Me and my companion doin what we do best, preaching the gospel 

Summer Solstice

Until we meet again, good buddy. He said he would come to America and try and get a job at Coverstar working with my dad's Laotian worker after his mission.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


That is a direct quote from Shrek, everyone. 

I learned a fact this week. I learned that the shortest people in the world as a whole are Cambodians. 

This week was hilarious. We took time to call every single member, and call every single less active member who hasn't come to church in forever. And none of them had time to meet us. I want to meet the member so I can see if there is any way I can help. I also want to pump them up to share the gospel with their friends. I know that is the most effective way to do missionary work. BUT NOT IF THE MEMBER WON'T MEET YOU. So me and my adorable Cambo Compy hit the streets and just talked to randos all day everyday. Lol it was rough. But way fun. 

The highlight of the week was when I thought our investigator was breaking up with us. His name is Two One. He stopped calling us and he skipped church a couple times. I would call him and he wouldn't answer. So I thought he was breaking up with us, and I fell into a state of depression. I KNOW those of you who's lovers break up with you have felt the same way.

But listen to this. This is something else I'm sure a lot of you have experienced. He wasn't actually breaking up. He just got a job at Dominoes pizza. DARN YOU DOMINOES!!!! So he didn't actually want to break up, but he is just a busy pizza dude now. But while I was in my state of depression because I THOUGHT he wanted to break up, I would just lay on the floor and sing "For Good" from Wicked to myself. 

I'll be getting a new companion named Elder hunt from San Diego, California soon. So watch out for pictures. I'm gonna miss Elder Miah because he is aweosme. He's going to merry old England tomorrow. I think he's flying a nimbus 2000 to get there. 

See yah later, farts.
Me sending off this tall drink of water

My companion would be perfectly fine in this world if both his arms got chopped off

And I would be the one to chop them off 

But i had to pass on the mask, just as every great hero does. 

I loved discovering my companions face as he cleans his ears 

and being able to re-discover it over and over again everyday 

The girl on fire

We also taught a member how to make salad this morning

And it was so froggy fresh