Cambodians Cry with Joy: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Build Temple in Phnom Penh

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Cambodians Cry with Joy: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Build Temple in Phnom Penh

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:05 pm

Cambodian members ‘full of joy’ with temple announcement
October 8, 2018
Many tourists travel to the fascinating country of Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat, an ancient Buddhist temple which used to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

But now, a new temple, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be built in Phnom Penh to “make Cambodia even more beautiful,” according to church member Ouk Mara.

During the closing session of General Conference on Oct. 7, President Russell M. Nelson made a significant announcement that 12 new temples will be built in various locations around the world, including four countries receiving temples for the first time: Cape Verde, Guam, Puerto Rico and Cambodia.

In reaction to the announcement, people were in awe that the country would finally have its own temple, especially people in Cambodia.

Yin Sreyleak, a member from Siem Reap, Cambodia, was at work when she heard the news.

“I could not stop crying and smiling because the house of the Lord will be built in Cambodia,” she said. “I called my mom. She was curious why I was crying, and I told her that a temple will be built in Cambodia … soon. She was so happy. This feeling is the same feeling I had when my family and I got baptized. I am just full of joy.”

Phirun Amreth LeGrand was stationed in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, throughout the conference sessions to translate them into the Khmer language.

“When President Nelson announced it, I wept with joy while one of my interpretation associates was speaking for him,” he said. “I feel that we are loved by our Heavenly Father.”
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Post by Barang chgout » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:10 pm

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Post by khmerhamster » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:29 pm

There several Mormon churches in PP already?
There is one on 598 near RUPP and another on St 63 BKK.

Is a temple different to a church?

The Mormon foreign workers have an incredible commitment to learning language. I’ve met several over the years who speak fantastic Khmer.
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Post by prahocalypse now » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:32 pm

I can't see how a religion that compels it members to ride bicycles appeals to any Cambodians.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:39 am

What's new ?: Mormons in the Cambodian Media in 2012.

The next Mormon crusade: Cambodia
Claire Knox | Publication date 02 November 2012 | 01:35 ICT

The James' are an alarmingly charming pair.
Dennis, a broad, silver-haired and dapper former marine and commercial pilot from Pleasant Grove, Utah and his wife Kandi, an ash-blonde bob soccer mum in a figure-hugging suit, have lived in Phnom Penh sans their six children for seven months now.

“You can call me Dennis, or Chip, or Elder James,” he turns around and says with a wink and hearty chortle.
The pin drops.

There’s the reference that has seen many doors slammed in the couple’s faces.

The couple are missionaries. Proselyters. “Teachers,” they say. They are part of a group of 140 Latter-day Saints – or LDS as Dennis declares – Mormons currently preaching in Cambodia.

Forty of those are local Cambodians recruited to the “mission”, while around 60 are young, predominantly American men in their early twenties. (A total of 28 of these are young women – men are expected to go on a mission before marriage while women are not, yet with many delaying marriage, there has been a increase, the James’ say.)

The James’ are joined by a further 38 “more senior” missionaries in the Kingdom, promoting the church and its programs and keeping an eye on the youngsters.

“We do get called in to inspect the young missionaries’ rooms – they’re just a bunch a guys after all,” Kandi laughs, “we hate doing it but we can’t have them getting sick from the mess.”

Dennis and Kandi say they have been “called” by Jesus to work in the Kingdom for 18 months as Public Affairs officers for the church. They are PR naturals, although neither has had any experience.

“The cool thing about being a missionary is that these young people know how to be turned down… you learn about rejection and how to do business… it’s hard and sure is good for character… our church isn’t one that’s just a Sunday religion, it’s an all-consuming one, one that you practice everyday,” Kandi says.

The membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cambodia peaked this year at over 14,000, with a steady stream of members recruited to the church each year, according to Cambodia Mission President David Moon. In 2009, there were 432 new Mormons in Cambodia, and since then the figure has risen to 600 new members per year.

All members of the church pay a tithing: 10 per cent of their income.

“The poorest of Khmers still do pay it and it pays for them to make that sacrifice – you hear of all the blessings and miracles that happen – we’ve seen people get jobs or come into money, it’s so fun to see them work,” Kandi says.

Moon maintains the Mormons are contributing significantly to the development of the country. According to LDS Cambodia figures, the church has injected over $9 million in aid and humanitarian projects since their arrival in the Kindgom in 1994.

Yet proselyting remains the main gig...
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Post by Barang chgout » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:49 am

it’s so fun to see them work,” Kandi says.
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Can you teach them to fetch too?

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Post by Ricky Dunn » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:04 am

A sick evil cult that should be banned everywhere.
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Post by fax » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:07 am

khmerhamster wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:29 pm
There several Mormon churches in PP already?
There is one on 598 near RUPP and another on St 63 BKK.

Is a temple different to a church?
I think they are building a Buddhist pagoda not Mormon temple or church.
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Post by cautious colin » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:36 am

fax wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:07 am
khmerhamster wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:29 pm
There several Mormon churches in PP already?
There is one on 598 near RUPP and another on St 63 BKK.

Is a temple different to a church?
I think they are building a Buddhist pagoda not Mormon temple or church.
I could not stop crying and smiling because the house of the Lord will be built in Cambodia
I very much doubt a group of devout christians will be building a buddhist temple in PP. Would gladly be wrong though.

the spread of christianity in Cambodia, in all of its weird and not so wonderful forms, frustrates me. More how it happens than that it is.
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Re: Cambodians Cry with Joy: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Build Temple in Phnom Penh

Post by Sidewalker » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:19 am

Despite I'm not religious, I believe in freedom of religion, but any missionary activity is an insult to some one they try to convert.
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