Tuesday, August 19, 2014


July 27, 2014

Serving in Thảo Điền is wonderful, because all of the recent converts that Sister Trà and I take care of are people that I taught as investigators. Coming back and seeing them is like meeting completely new people. They have all changed and progressed so much within only a few months. I once thought that people who said "the light of Christ could shine from someone's face" were crazy people. How can someone literally seem brighter and happier? Looking at these recent converts though I really do see a light in them that I didn't see before. They really have been changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Ghost! So while I have been trying to help them see the changes in themselves I have been thinking a lot about the things that I myself have changed while serving a mission for nearly a year.

First, I'm a lot more Vietnamese now. Everyone just tells me that I'm a full Viet now...except for the fact that I don't speak Vietnamese. For example: I seriously eat anything put in front of me. No holding back even if it looks like it's still alive...just kidding. Kind of. I eat desserts and meat that come out of banana leaves. And I can't eat anything without soy sauce or fish sauce. (The new elder can't eat fish sauce and everyone thinks he's a freak.) Oh, and I get freaked out about my skin getting dark when I go outside and I always run to the shade under trees to protect myself.
Second, I'm a lot calmer and less sarcastic.That's a little weird.
Third, well I asked Sister Hunsaker if she thinks anything has changed about me while I've been on my mission. *long pause "...you changed your eyebrows."
And that's it people. I Emily Egelund am a new woman. I would write more but we're going out to eat Phở so see ya later.

You Can Take the Girl Out of Thao Dien, but You Can't Take Thao Dien Out of the Girl...

July 20, 2014

Day 321 (I think) in the missionary life of Sister Egelund Trinh Ly. "Day 15 on the alien planet." Name that movie!

So this was a really good week. I transferred back over to Thao Dien and it just felt like coming home! I'm living in the house that I lived in when I first started my mission, Elder Hieu was my first district leader and now he's district leader again, and "it's all coming back to meeeee." Yeah, it's really good to be back here! (The kid next to me in the internet place is watching high-speed police chases and he's really distracting me...)

So what can I tell you about this past week? I feel like all the members here put pictures of me on Facebook all the time so if something cool happens you already know about it anyway.
Happy Birthday mom!
So if you saw the birthday picture on Facebook don't worry, it wasn't my birthday, it was my moms and I made that so my cousin could send the photo to her. MY birthday is in a couple weeks though...don't forget.

We had English class special activity night and had a Christmas in July party. That was pretty fun! We took pictures with Santa aka Elder Bao because he's the fattest person we could find.
Sister Vy and I with Santa Clause.
No offence to Elder Bao...We also made snowflakes, wrote Christmas lists and drank hot chocolate. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it even though they thought we were stupid for celebrating Christmas in July.

That night we also said our goodbyes to the greatest district leader of all district leaders - Elder Duy. He's heading back over to Cambodia and then will be finishing his mission mid-August. There are eight missionaries from the Vietnamese program that will be finishing their missions next month. Do you know what that makes me? The oldest of the missionaries. "I don't wanna grow up, I wanna be a Toys R Us kid." Being in the old people group is sad and with only seven months left they're all just waiting for me to kill over. Officially on the down hill now...Plus, once all the sisters die in August there are only four sisters that can serve in Saigon - me, Sister Tien, Sister Tra (my current companion) and Sister Hunsaker. All the other sisters that are currently serving are from Saigon so they can't serve here. Basically the four of us will be here intil we die. #NotMadThough 
Sushi bar with the homies.

I'm done with rambling about this week now. Hopefully that was interesting enough for you all to read the whole thing. 

-Sistaaa Egelund

pics on pics on pics....part 2

July 14, 2014

More selfies.

                                               Aaaand more selfies.

English class outside because the power went out.

                   English class in the dark is a bit creepy. 

pics on pics on pics....part 1

July 14, 2014

The window display at the Gucci store in Saigon...if you look closely you can see mine and Sister Hunsaker's outfits. Are we wearing socks with shoes so our feet don't get dark?...maybe just maybe.

I thought it would be funny to teach everyone about "mean muggin'". They seemed to really enjoy it! :) Haha.

Rainy days and sups cute rain jackets!