We have zone training on the first Friday of every month in which we go over goals and discuss the work as a zone. The Vietnamese-speaking missionaries sometimes have a rough time with numbers because there just aren't as many Vietnamese people in Cambodia as there are Cambodians and Vietnam isn't open. Go figure. But the past few months we've been doing well in getting people back to church after they have missed a month or more. In October we set a goal of three and got ten, so the next month we set a goal of five and got twelve. Last month we had a goal of seven and got twenty. The mission goal this month was 170. We got 175, so it's a good thing the Viet zone overshot or we wouldn't have made it. The crazy thing is they're different people. We aren't re-rescuing the same ones over and over which is what we thought we would be doing and why we haven't been setting higher goals, but we keep getting new people coming back. Since next Sunday is the last Chi Hien and I will be in the mission, I think we'll try to use that to get some people back. Attendance always goes up a little when members realize missionaries are going home and it's their last chance to see them. That sounds vain, but sometimes getting less actives out to church just once for something special starts them coming back for real, so talking it up is worth it for their sakes.
Other things people may find interesting:
- Elder Wilson of the Asia Area Presidency said that of the 20 plus countries in the Asia Area, the Church is growing the fastest in Cambodia.
- The Church now has a Board of Directors in Vietnam to work with the Chairman of Religious Affairs in the Vietnamese government. This is an important step towards the Church receiving official recognition.
- As of November 22nd, Anh ca Hoa Minh and Chi Ly are married.
The Siem Riep trip and zone training left us with limited proselyting time this past week, but we were very pleased to learn that our two new investigators, a husband and wife with a three-year-old daughter, read the Book of Mormon together. We also got a couple referrals, so we should have a rather full week coming up. That's good because this will be my last full proselyting week.
We have a Christmas tree! We found a little fake one for six-and-a-half dollars, so we decided as an apartment to buy it and then make paper ornaments. We're all getting each other little gifts and Sister Litchfield already got her Christmas package with more decorations from her Mom, so our tree looks awesome, there are presents under it, and the wall is covered with snowflakes and other Christmasy things. We are so ready for Christmas! We are going to observe Christmas Eve and Christmas as an apartment this coming Saturday and Sunday. It won't be white, but it'll be fun!