Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hey dude, where'd you get your loofah?

I made new friends this week. Two Australian chicks. I don't know what the heck they are doing out here, but I invited them to our Christmas party. We initially connected over H20: Just Add Water. 

Whoever started the rumor that cockroaches are invincible was stupid and was very selective about what cockroaches he was talking about. Cambodian cockroaches are so easy to kill. Get your facts straight, dude.

Being just 2 people alone together here in Pursat, my companion and I get into very deep conversations. One example is the 3 types of  people my companion told me never to trust. 
1.) Short people
2.) People with curly hair
3.) People with lazy eyes
He said this is knowledge passed down from generation to generation by old people in Cambodia.

My planner was attacked by a monkey this week and destroyed.

A kid here had a dream that I got sick and died. His brother had a dream I got ran over by a car and died. Not sure what that means for me, but I'm scared.

This week all we ate was 4 pounds of fish. We didn't even get vegetables. Just fish. But we also ate out once. We got dog meat and eel meat with some members. 

Then the next day the neighbor came to tell us her dog went missing. And she very seriously asked us if we ate her dog. Hard not to laugh when that is your accusation. 

I have never been more scared then I was when I got chased by a cow this week. 

We went to a place that is famous in this province for a legendary warrior who was cornered by his enemies, and he was all alone, so he jumped into a pit of swords so that he could become a spirit and call the army of the dead to assist him in defeating his enemies. Legend has it that he won that battle. I beg to differ. I think he just died and then that was it, his enemies went home. 

There is a kid that is like 16 and really stinky and he follows us around all the time, so we taught him a lesson about not being stinky. And it worked. He showers now. The church is true. 

Real miracle was Yaa. My new favorite dude. Here is his story. His cousin is someone I taught a year ago. I told that guy that I was going to the Pursat province to finish my mission. I asked him if he knew anyone there. He said he had a cousin there. I got his phone number. When I got to Purat, I called and called him, but he never answered. Finally after 2 weeks he answered, and I didn't know what to say. I said I knew his cousin and had a gift for him from his cousin. It was pretty creepy. We thought he was gonna bring the cops. But he didn't. He came, and we gave him a Book of Mormon. He's locked in now. He's a smart dude, just the kind of person this new church needs in this province. 

Sad to be finishing my mission soon. I listen to BYU devotionals and it makes me trunky. 

The evil monkey that destroys planners...

Dog meat and eel meat. 


This beggar is legend. His arm was blown off in the war. When he was injured, he saw a monkey that was also injured. So he took it and raised it to beg for money. 


Expert fisher. Lvl 100

One meal we ate. Pig head.

4 pounds of fish

These people were fishing the Homer Simpson way. They had an electrical wire attached to a fork and they put the fork on a stick and put it in the water they were standing in to shock fish. 

The pit the dude jumped into with swords