Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pictures, Pictures, a letter, Pictures and More Pictures

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Hello! Well I just wrote y’all Monday, so it feels weird to already be writing y’all again. The khaet trip was really really fun. We got back late, late on Wednesday night. We walked into our apartment probably around 9:45ish. Siem Reap was a really fun place. After we emailed on Monday we went back to the ruins and this time went to Angkor Thom and Bayon and Taa Pruhm and Preah Khan.

Monkeys jumping along the walls

A Buddhist monk taking pictures for a group of people


Bayon is the "Tomb Raider" temple

Gate of Angkor Thom.  Note the size of the gate compared to the SUV underneath it.

It was awesome. I'm not sure which of all the ruins is my favorite, because they're all pretty different from each other and have different unique cool features. was definitely way  cool though. It’s unbelievable how advanced Khmae civilization was all those years ago. I have absolutely no idea how they could have built such enormous structures out of heavy, heavy stone. Plus every square inch of those ruins is covered with incredibly intricate Hindi/Buddhist carvings. It’s unreal.

Later that day Elder Eppley and I went on exchanges with the two companionships of elders in Siem Reap. I went with the zone leaders, Elder Horn and Elder Duffy. We didn't have a bike for me, so I had to get doped several kilos over very bumpy roads. I was way sore. It is so odd proselyting in the khaets. It was pitch black and we were riding down this muddy, jungley road to this less actives house. I looked up and could see so many stars! And then all around us were fireflies. It was a way cool experience. We also got to teach 3 super awesome people. The Spirit could be felt really strongly at all three appointments. 

It was fun reuniting with Elder Uhi as well. I saw him on Monday night when we returned to the house in Siem Reap. He is doing great out in Kompong Thom. Tuesday we did zone conference in Siem Reap. It went off without a hitch. That afternoon we got back in the van and drove to Battambang. We did zone conference there Wednesday morning and then made the long drive back to Phnom Penh that afternoon/evening. Overall we traveled through 9 provinces: Phnom Penh, Kandaal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Bontiay Mean Chey, Battambang, Posat, and Kampong Chnnang. It took about 2.5 hours to get to Kampong Cham, about 4 hours from there to get to Siem Reap, about 2.5 from Siem Reap to Battambang, and about 5.5 from Battambang back to Phnom Penh. That’s a lot of driving. It was really fun seeing all the missionaries in the mission, especially because some of those khaet elders and sisters have been in khaets for a very long time.

Pictures from our drive in the khaets:

So ever since we've gotten back we've been doing prep for transfers coming up. With all that time in the car with President we were already able to discuss a lot of transfers already, but we've met with him several times since then to discuss more. It is so neat being able to see President Moon behind the scenes. He is so logical, but he is completely flexible to what the Spirit guides him to do. He wants to have the missionaries enjoy their areas and their companions, but at the same time the Spirit guides him to make certain companionships or send certain missionaries to different areas in order to help them have a growing experience. It’s so much fun. 

This next week is going to be crazy busy and crazy fun at the same time. It’s transfers week, which means that we're going to be having to prepare logistics out the wazoo. And new missionaries come in from the Provo MTC on Thursday! That’s going to be so exciting to pick them up from the airport and feel their energy! New missionaries are the greatest! And the best part is that one of those new missionaries is Elder Medley, who was in our MTC group, but went home a year ago. I'm so excited to be able to rejoin with him here in Cambodia, our country!

Well I don't have a ton today. Sorry. Just emailed y’all Monday. But I hope all the pictures are semi-enjoyable. Love y’all! Have a great week! 

Love Elder Burger

The Moons taking their "death card" picture.  The card they hand out with all of their address and contact info.

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