General Conference was the best thing that happened this week. There were lots of amazing things said. Elder Holland was one of my favorites: "Hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited...hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes...The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know....Furthermore, you have more faith than you think you do....Be not afraid. Only believe....Hope on. Journey on."
Also, I loved that Elder Christofferson talked about Les Miserables. Towards the beginning of the first transfer that Anh ca Hoa Minh was my district leader, he sat across the table from me at lunch after district meeting and asked which book - aside fom the Book of Mormon or other scripture - I would read if it were my last day to live. I said Les Miserables. Then he asked why, so we spent the rest of lunch talking about it. You can get any theme out of Les Miserables: love, death, agency, war, justice and mercy, sewer reform... Elder Taylor, one of the Khmer elders who was in the MTC with me, has a copy that he says is as annotated as his Book of Mormon. He was instantly my friend. Anh ca Hoa Minh, on the other hand, knew nothing of this masterpiece and asked me to explain, so I gave an extremely brief overview but told one part in detail, the story of the silver candlesticks. This is the story that Elder Christofferson told in his Conference talk on redemption. I wonder what Anh ca Hoa Minh was thinking while as he watched Conference in Ha Noi....
Chup hinh di! Hai lan mot nam. (Take pictures twice a year.) Ha Noi got mentioned in Conference! Too bad it wasn't for some awesome, current happening in Vietnam. We'll keep working on it. I have to point out that Elder Andersen invited everyone to pray for the areas of the world where the Church has limited influence so that the Lord will open important doors. Allow me to add some specificity: Viet Nam. He also said that everyone has a contribution to make to this miracle. Cau nguyen di! (Pray!)
In other news, I have come to the conclusion that some days the best thing to do is put on a bright yellow skirt and bike around Phnom Penh singing "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam." It's quite fun.