On Wednesday we went to Takhmau, about 10 km south of the main part of Phnom Penh. We started with a member family who lived on the far side of Takhmau, out of the city. We took National Road 2 To a gas station, turned onto a muddy, potholed road (broke one of my brake cables trying to dodge Anh ca Binh who was trying to dodge a rock on the far side of a large puddle), turned onto a path by some cows, tromped through a marsh (yes, there were "don't follow the lights" jokes uttered), and all we found was a little boy setting up his line to go fishing in the flood waters behind his house. The parents and older children had gone to work and school without cancelling the appoint that had been set just the night before. So we contacted a cow with a muddy Restoration pamphlet (casualty of the brake cable snapping) and returned to the gas station where they let us use their water to wash. After that we talked to a couple members who were happy to see us and one who wasn't and tried to find one who may have moved if our uncertain grasp of Khmer was correct. It was great fun and I think we can do some good things with a few people there, so we'll probably go back on occasion - although probably not to follow up with the cow.
This week we also visited the woman Chi Lanh lived with when she was here over the summer working on a research project for her honors thesis. We got her to agree to meet the Khmer sisters to talk about the Restoration pamphlet. We'll be doing that this evening, and I'm really looking forward to it.
This week we also had zone conference, my last one. I was a little sad, especially because every time Elder Jensen saw me he'd say, "You're dying! You're dying! You're dying!" or start talking about how when Elder Price was at the point I am, Elder Jensen had already figured out how many actual proselyting hours he had left. Good thing I've known him since the MTC and have gotten used to him...
We had something cool yesterday. It was the rebroadcast of the Asia Area Stake Conference. Basically, every other year instead of a stake conference, multiple stakes have a regional conference, usually with a general authority or two. We don't have stakes in Cambodia, but the regional conference with Elder Hales, Elder Holland, and a couple general officers was recorded in Salt Lake, translated, and shown in units all over Asia, including Branch 10 where members from all three Vietnamese branches met yesterday. Thay Kiet was the first person we heard in the Vietnamese voice over. That was fun. Plus the meeting was just really good and we had a good turn out of members. My favorite thing though was Chi Chang Thy and Co Sa Ly, two of my converts in Branch 3, were there and sat with me. Afterwards Co Sa Ly told me they had to go back to the building in Tuol Sang Ke because her youngest daughter was getting baptized! And her son, who was there too, has a baptism date for the first of December! I was absolutely delighted and so excited for her. They wanted to get on the tuk tuk and go with them to the baptism (they were actually on the tuk tuk already, scooting over to make room, and trying to get me to hop on), but I had to decline because Branch 3 isn't my area anymore and I would need special permission to go. I told Chi Nga and Chi Thuy to take pictures for me. I wish I could have seen Co Sa Ly watching her daughter get baptized. I bet their family is really happy.