Almost every morning Brian and I go for a walk. We go at 6am... just as the sun comes up and long before it gets too hot. It teaches me about what it must be like for the missionaries to work in Vietnam.
In August 2015, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland came to Cambodia on an Asian tour. As the story goes, when he was in Hanoi, at some point he said something to the effect that Vietnam was ready. So many things need to take place before this new mission begins to walk on it's own. It will be so interesting to watch it all unfold. 1 March 2016 will be it's solo debut.
Vietnam has to follow different rules than any other country I have ever heard of. First of all, the missionaries are not called missionaries.... they are called Branch Builders. This is because the Church is not totally recognized as an official religion. They can't even wear their name tags. The only way that they can teach anyone is if the people approach the "Branch Builders" and ask questions. Wearing white shirts and ties, being clean shaven, the sisters wearing dresses and always greeting people with big smiles makes them the Lord's "peculiar people". People will ask questions "why". So our Branch Builders spend some of their day wandering through parks and the streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City hoping someone will stop them.
It looked like it could be the National Flinch Champion Immortalized, but it turns out to be a statue of King Norodom Sianouk. (Flinch is a game the boys made up a long time ago!) This guy is everywhere!