Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sam sent the following email, photos, & video clips on Sunday, April 12, 2015:

From: Samuel Christensen <samuel.christensen@myldsmail.net>
Subject: Hi There
Date: April 12, 2015 10:48:43 PM MDT

Hey Guys,

I'm feeling better today than I was last week. It was still a rough week. We only got 9 total lessons and 16 total contacts. You can compare those to some of the other numbers we've previously had here. But we got to watch conference yesterday and Saturday, so that was 10 hours of relaxation. They send the dvds up to us and we got to watch it in English just the 6 American missionaries in Battambang.

I wish it was a different situation, but it is what it is. We'll cross over the halfway mark of this transfer this week. It shouldn't be that bad, it's just that we had to get the start off on the wrong foot.

It's the biggest holiday of year for Cambodians. Khmae New Year. It's officially three days, but we've been suffering the effects of it since last week and it pretty much runs for like 2 whole weeks. So this will be another difficult week for meeting people.

It was funny because a sister missionary with us was like "we have GOT to be in there (with the members) when they announce the Thailand temple." So we stopped our broadcast and they ran over there to listen. When they announced it there was little more than a stir. I saw one person turn and say something to his neighbor. We were kind of hoping for cheers of joy and recognition, but there was nothing of the sort. They don't really understand the significance of it, but it is a pretty big deal for us here. 

There's a lot that's frustrating, but I'll get through it just fine. There are a lot of good people here. There's a lot that aren't really..good?.. but the ones that are are great.

Sad to hear about Susan the Duck

We ran out of 8 kilos of rice last week, so this week they bought 10. That oughtta do it.

We're going out to Phnom Sompov again-the place with the monkeys-so I don't have much time, but hopefully I can get some good videos for you guys.

Take it easy, don't work too hard! I love you guys and miss you!

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