Here are free resources about the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
*View resources about the Vietnam Hanoi Mission.
Phnom Penh Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission
House 2B, Street 222, Off Norodom Blvd
PO Box 165
Phnom Penh Cambodia
Phnom Penh Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Phnom Penh Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Phnom Penh Mission:
Videos with Phnom Penh RMs/Natives
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Cambodia
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Cambodia. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Cambodia, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Phnom Penh Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Phnom Penh Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog updated.
Phnom Penh Mission Groups
Here are Phnom Penh Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Phnom Penh Mission.
- Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission 2009-2012 Group (190 members)
- Missionaries – Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission Group (105 members)
- Missionaries – Phnom Penh Mission 2007-09 Group (65 members)
- Cambodia Phnom Penh Return Missionaries Group (54 members)
- Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission 2009-2012 Group (42 members)
- Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission Facebook Group (20 members)
- Phnom Penh Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (6 members)
Phnom Penh Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission!
Shirt designs include Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Cambodia Phnom Penh missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Phnom Penh Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Phnom Penh LDS Mission.
- 2012-2015, David C. Moon
- 2009-2012, Scott Smedley
- 2006-2009, Robert Winegar (Listen to an interview with the Winegars)
- 2003-2006, David John Towers
- 2000-2003, John Philip Colton
- 1997-2000, Leland D. White
- 1994-1997, Troy Corriveau
- 1991-1994, White Larry
Cambodia LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 12,882
- Missions: 1
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 30
- Family History Centers: 4
Helpful Articles about Cambodia
Phnom Penh Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Cambodia Phnom Penh RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2012-2014 (Justin)
- 2007-2009 (Kong)
- 2007-2009 (Diane)
In which areas did you serve?
- Toul Tom Poung, Battambang 1st, Pochentong, Tuek Thla, International Branch, Stueng Mean Chey 1st (Justin)
- កំពូងចាម ,តាខ្មៅ,សែនសុខ ,សាខា4. (Kong)
- PP Branch 11 and 12 , KC 1&2, BB 2. (Diane)
- Ta Khmao Branch 2, Pochentong, Kompong Cham Branch 2, Ta Khmao 1 + Bakou, Steung Mean Chey Ward 3, Tuek La’ak, Tuek Thla and Chomkarmon. (Johnny)
What were some favorite foods?
- Sngao mreah, Any type of chaa (stir fry), dragon fruit, and street-side smoothies are all phenomenal. (Justin)
- Somlar kako, machu kruang, fruits, tuk ompel, mii chhaa. All the sweets. (Diane)
- I love Kuy Teav, Fried Noodles, Fried Rice, Curry, Gruel/Rice Porridge and Khmer Noodles! (I also love the Spring Rolls over there, however it’s never like my mom’s!) (This even includes general Asian Dishes like Banh Chau, or what I used to translate as Yellow Patties!) (Johnny)
What was a funny experience?
- I served in an area with working train tracks. Whenever a train would come through, all the people who lived near the tracks would run outside and throw their garbage bags onto the train. That was their way of taking out the trash! (Justin)
- My investigator drank my American water. (Kong)
- Mostly being silly with companions or laughing at our speaking mistakes. Playing with the kids and joking with the youth. Doing service with the members. Getting wet and muddy. (Diane)
- Okay, luckily I thought of this one. So my first companion in Ta Khmau Branch 1 + Bakou, we faced a lot of funny people to contact that would even include gay people in a park. (Around town in Ta Khmao) I remember when we faced gay people, they really acted homosexual, now I am not overly against those kind of people, but me and my companion were willing to share about our views in our church so that they know about and see if they are interested as well. So, I remember when my companion was attracted to a lady-like figure who was selling soda and then found out he’s a man… a very shocking lesson learned for him when it comes to locking our hearts during our entire mission no matter how hard it is! (Johnny)
What was a crazy experience?
- There was a crazy old homeless man who we tried to teach, but he was always out of it. One day he was CONVINCED that I was his long lost brother whom he hadn’t seen since the 70’s. He almost didn’t let me leave. Also, in that same neighborhood I saw a dead person. (Justin)
- On the way they fought us. (Kong)
- Biking past curfew from dinner with the Seniors. Men were saying “even Jesus’ people I would rape…” (Diane)
- I remember going along with my first companion in Tuek La’ak and we prayed about our last amount of time when our final appointment of the night didn’t go through, me and him went into a neighborhood, someone asked about my background and I burst out sharing the fact that I don’t care about my background and what we’re here for and I just wanted to share a testimony that if we applied the Gospel of Jesus Christ we can all feel true happiness. Every one was quiet in the neighborhood especially the drunk ones! (Johnny)
What was a spiritual experience?
- We were teaching a family outside on their bamboo porch with a tin roof. It was the first lesson, so at the end we invited him to pray. It started raining SO hard like it does in Cambodia, and the tin roof made it impossible to hear his exact words. The Spirit, however, was undeniably there. I could feel the sincerity of this man’s humble first prayer above the pounding rain. (Justin)
- All members in Cambodia are very poor, but they are so kind and have good hearts. (Kong)
- Seeing the truth light up the investigators faces when everything clicked and they knew. (Diane)
- My entire mission was a spiritual experience altogether. If I were to narrow down to my most favorite, it’s when I was with my first companion white washing in Tuek Thla. It wasn’t the easiest transfer, but it was doable, because I strove to follow the Holy Ghost and humble myself as much as possible. Everywhere I went made me become more humble, because I was literally given so much- an opportunity to grow, use good bikes and even have a decent roof over my head in my mission. I always love praying along with my companions, even in the public. It’s been awesome and I always love the moment where I witnessed God answer my honest prayers along with my companion! (Johnny)
What are some interesting facts about the Phnom Penh Mission?
- It is a fairly young mission. The first member was baptized in 1994. I was blessed to be there for the 20 year anniversary of the church in Cambodia. Just two weeks before, the very first two stakes were organized in the country. The next goal is a temple. (Justin)
- Being up at 5am and in bed by 9pm, many were Vietnamese speakers in the city. (Diane)
- Native Cambodians don’t bluntly tell their culture, but it’s up to you to ask them and they’re open to listen to your side of your culture and where you come from! Ancient Cambodians were the most dominant Asians in the entire South East Asia region! Cambodians aren’t very educated because of the Khmer Rouge. (Johnny)
What was the weather like?
- Hot and humid for most of the year, and a monsoon season for a couple months where it rains everyday. (Justin)
- Hot, lots of rain. (Kong)
- Wet, humid and hot. Lots of rain and thunderstorms. Crazy rain storms were my favorite. (Diane)
- It’s mostly hot, sunny and super rainy out there! (Johnny)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The area is beautiful. If you get to serve outside of the capital, the countryside is breathtaking. Green rice fields and palm trees as far as the eye can see. The people are so kind, and even non-members appreciate the work that missionaries do. They are loyal and loving. (Justin)
- I like them a lot. (Kong)
- Very humble and eager to learn, especially the younger generation. (Diane)
- The Cambodian people are a very unique people, they are blunt because they automatically show love that way. It’s weird but that’s them. I noticed that the members there are humble and most of them are trying very hard to apply gospel of Jesus Christ despite their prosperity and wealth! (Johnny)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Only buy in the states the clothes you need to get through the MTC. I bought a $500 suit, $30 shirts and pants, but when I got to the country I discovered that you can get clothes specifically cut to your body for very cheap. I bought a few 90-100 dollar suits and ditched my expensive American one. (Justin)
- Bring your own shoes, nice good quality ones (there are not very many good ones). Most clothes were tailored there and very cheap, so I would just have them make them for you once you’re there. Don’t bring expensive clothing since they will just get ruined from the mud, but light and airy material. (Diane)
- This depends, I would advise that you bring a decent bike helmet and good missionary shoes because I busted about four pairs throughout my mission! (Johnny)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- So much of the good about me now came from my service in Cambodia. I was blessed with a knowledge that God lives and loves us. (Justin)
- I got so many blessings for me and my family. (Kong)
- Being able to communicate with Cambodians, learning to love everyone. (Diane)
- I know the Khmer Language now and I can use it with my family- as in my mom and all of my relatives, this brings more closeness than I ever had in my entire life! I got skinnier, and I am spiritual stronger, and striving to still remain the best! (Johnny)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned a somewhat useful language. I learned how to manage my time and set appointments. I learned how to talk to people I didn’t know and people I didn’t even want to talk to. I learned how to set goals. I learned how to work hard for 15 hours per day, 365 days per year. I learned how to communicate with a companion during contention. I learned how to love someone for no other reason than because they are a human. I learned SO much. (Justin)
- One skill I got from my mission is talking. (Kong)
- Learning Khmer, planting, harvesting rice. Cooking Khmer food. (Diane)
- I learned how to stay organized when it comes to records, I learned how to stay patient with those around me, and I learned how to work hard! Missions can help one develop a skill of how to work our butts off! (Johnny)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish my testimony had been stronger at the beginning of my mission so instead of working on that so much, I could have focused more on helping others feel the same way. (Justin)
- To be more patient with myself, the language barrier frustrated me most and thinking I couldn’t learn it fast enough. (Diane)
- I wished that I knew the background of my first trainer a lot more, so I could figure out the way I could love him at the highest capacity possible! (Johnny)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Phnom Penh?
- Don’t let one single day go by that you don’t thank God and appreciate the blessing that it is to be there. You WILL miss it when you return home and it is very difficult to go back. Love yourself, your companion, God, and the great people of Cambodia. (Justin)
- Be patient. Practice, practice, practice. Open your mouth even if it may not be clear. Opening my mouth was what got my language going quick. (Diane)
- If you’re a Khmer-American I would advise that they should get ready for the culture there, because my biggest language barrier was actually not knowing the Khmer Culture, if you find ways to understand the culture out of love like our Savior, then the language will come and the people will love us more- this doesn’t have to be just Khmer-Americans, but anyone around the world who’s called to serve here! (Johnny)
What was a funny language mistake?
- My trainee called David A. Bednar a demon instead of Apostle. Another companion was trying to say that I was a half child (Cambodian/American), but he ended up saying that I was a child cut in half. (Justin)
- Saying “perfect in Christ” instead I said “no finger nails in Christ”. (Diane)
- In the beginning of my mission I accidentally called the Holy Ghost a “it” which in Khmer Culture is interpreted as a Devil! Ahhh! I remember when I was in Pochentong, my first companion over there tended to mix words like a tongue twister which is super funny because I tend to do that to! (Johnny)