Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I don't want to hurt you, but I want you to get hurt

That is what my companion told me as we woke up one morning.

This is a call for help, people! I need the help of anyone who was there that one time that one person told me that one thing! I remember at some point in my life, a Cambodian woman (I remember not who it was) kept calling me, "Naughty boy..." without knowing how creepy it is. Please! If you were there, tell me where and when and who it was! I need to remember because it was so funny!

There was one night this week when the 4 people living in my house gathered around to hear Elder Ouk, my companion, tell Cambodian ghost stories. One was about a ghost that flies around and eats peoples gall bladders. Another ghost is just a flying head with intestines coming out of the neck that eats other peoples intestines. I don't know how these ghosts get in to eat just the innards. Pretty impressive. 

And somehow these incredibly lame ghost stories gave me nightmares. 

One day this week Elder Ouk had to sign up to vote. So we got to go visit his family and vote in his home town because it's mandatory to do it that way here. And he lives in the funnest orphanage in this whole dang country. We were fed well. 

And now for the life changing moment of the week. And it all is about Sister Trinh. Sister Trinh is a tiny Vietnamese Sister missionary who was called to serve in Cambodia, and is super quiet, until you get to know her. I am her missionary leader, so I got to know her. She changed my name to Elder Slavendurs and she always says she hates me and I laugh super hard after she says it. 

So to get back at her I told her there were no options, and she had to do the special musical number all by herself in a big meeting. She accepted, and then cried for 2 hours. I didn't know that until the day of the meeting. But then she got up and sang Joy to the World. And after she sang, she asked if she could say a word before she sat down. She said,

"I don't know why Elder Slavendurs asked me to sing today. There are many other missionaries that can sing much better than I. Actually, when I practice this song, my companion always smiled because I sing so bad! But now, I sing and am not scared. I can sing now! I am a good singer! And I will remember this day for the rest of my life, and for my eternal life also" 

And I just started bawling. I wasn't trying to change her life by asking her to sing, I was trying to PUNK her! But it made this big lasting effect on her! 

Moral of the story, I am a cry baby!

Ok bye

Me, Elder Ouk, and Elder Ouk's mom as we were going to sign him up to vote. 

​Me rockin' that classic zombie pose in a picture with Elder Ouks mom 

​I want her to be my mom. She said she would take me to Vietnam when I finish my mission. 

Me and Elder Ouk eating rice at the orphanage he was raised in 



It is super rainy in Cambodge right now, so everyone's houses are flooded

On a boat 

CRUNCH! Would you believe me if I told you there was a Red Lobster in Cambodia? 

A member took a picture of me and used an app to turn me into a girl 

Even though Elder Waters in Brazil is busy baptizing someone every other second, he still has free time to get a haircut! Wow! #BallerBuzz 

​We did service this week building a road since it was so flooded 

​This was the handy work

A different angle, because allz da fans be wantin' more angles of dis facez 

They gave us food after 

​A classic spiritual thought after English class 


​We're going to visit some old Asian people 



​Not a puppy...

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