We are teaching a family! They have two small children, a baby and a toddler, and they want to be together forever, which makes our job a bit easier because it is not uncommon that the people we contact would rather not be with their families. Both parents speak and read Vietnamese, which is a miracle in and of itself. The father's day off from work is Sunday. We have had members at the lessons we have had with them, and we have taught them who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are, how to pray, what the Book of Mormon is, and how to receive confirmation of truth from the Holy Ghost. They agreed to come to church; we arranged for members to bring them. Then the father got some extra work on Sunday and they didn't come. It was sad. This week we will talk about the rest of the content of lesson one...and probably about keeping the Sabbath day holy.
We were hoping to have some baptisms recently, but none of them have worked out yet. Chi Thuy went to the provinces to be with her husband, and I don't know if or when she will come back. Chi Ni had a baby, but she does want to get baptized, so hopefully that will happen next month. Chu Hai still hasn't been able to quit smoking, but he's still reading the Book of Mormon, still coming to church, still talking with us a few times a week, and still trying to quit, so we are hoping he can get baptized the first week of December.
We went to visit Chi Ni in the maternity ward of a nearby hospital the day after she had her baby. It was a rather bare cement room containing ten wooden platforms with woven mats which served as beds for the mothers. There were four women there at the time we visited. We brought Em Hang with us, and she had never seen an umbilical cord stump before. At first she looked confused, then really confused, then disgusted and maybe a little horrified. She spent the next several minutes giggling and squirming while we tried to explain it to her and whether or not it hurt.
I love Cambodia! The food is awesome. Branch 3 is wonderful! Vietnamese is so much fun! I'm having a great time!