What we actually do here

Our daily schedule


Our schedule changes depending on what day it is, but Tuesday, one of our busiest days is:

  • 6:30 – Arise go for a walk, shower and dress, and have morning prayers with Julia
  • 8:30 – Study scriptures and have breakfast
  • 9:30 – Work around the home
  • 10:00 – Go to the church for District Meeting
  • 11:30 – Have the Missionaries over for lunch or take them out to eat at a local restaurant
  • 1:00 – Julia meets with our translator and to Romanize the translated Khmae words to the Hymns and Children songs for her Music Committee Review responsibilities. I study lessons, scriptures or work on projects until 4:30 at which time I finish dinner preparations
  • 4:45 – Dinner with our translator
  • 7:00 – Go to the church building – Sister Tuck teaches piano and I teach English Pronunciation.
  • 8:00 – Return home and prepare for bed and have evening prayers

Saturday is slightly different:

  • 6:30 – Arise go for a walk, shower and dress, and have morning prayers with Julia
  • 8:30 – Study scriptures and have breakfast
  • 9:30 – Work around the home
  • 10:30 – Go to the church building – Sister Tuck teaches piano lessons, I teach English Pronunciation, finish at 1:30
  • 2:30 – Drive to Phnom Penh to the Service Center for the Music Review Committee meetings
  • 3:00 – Children Sing Music Review Committee meeting – 2 hours to review 10 songs
  • 5:00 – Hymnal Music Review Committee meeting – 2 hours to review 10 hymns
  • 7:00 – Return to home in Ta Khmau (may visit a supermarket in Phnom Penh on the way home)

Sunday is different too:

  • 6:00 – Arise, shower and dress, and have morning prayers with Julia
  • 7:30 – Quick Breakfast
  • 7:50 – Go the Church for the Ta Khmau 2nd branch meetings
  • 11:00 – Return home, unless there is a baptism service, which would last an hour
  • 12:00 – Prepare and eat lunch
  • 1:50 – Go to the Church for the Ta Khmau 1st branch meetings
  • 5:00 – Return home, unless there is a baptism service, which would last an hour
  • 6:00 – Prepare and eat dinner

What we actually do:

  • Sister Tuck teaches piano lessons Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday from 10:30 to 1:30.
  • While Sister Tuck teaches piano lessons, I teach English Pronunciation, using words from a popular English to Khmer Dictionary.
  • Sister Tuck and our translator, Sokunthia work on Romanizing and reviewing the hymns and children sing songs from 1:00 to 5:00 four days a week, Tuesday to Friday, hopefully completing the 20 songs assigned for the week.
  • On Sunday, Sister Tuck plays the organ/piano for the Sacrament meetings for both branches (when she doesn’t have students who can do it). Whenever there is a baptismal service, she will play for it. I teach the priesthood lesson for the Aaronic Priesthood in the Ta Khmau 2nd branch.
  • We both attend the Ta Khmau Missionary District Training meeting held on Tuesday for an hour and a half, then either feed the missionaries at our home or take them out to a local restaurant for lunch. Taking them out for lunch is much cheaper and a lot less stressful for us.
  • While Sister Tuck is working on the music, I work on different small projects for the branches or putter around the home or read scriptures. For example, as I write this, I am preparing some pioneer children’s toys for the branch Pioneer Day celebration, a spinning disk toy to be given out to the children, 6 to 11.
  • Several mornings a week we go to the Ta Khmau old market and purchase local produce or supplies they may have.
  • Monday is our ‘P Day’ or ‘Preparation Day’ when we normally do our laundry, do a better cleaning of our home then go into Phnom Penh to the Mission Home to check for mail (which we hardly ever get) and stop at the ex-patriot grocery stores for foods not available or trusted at the local markets. Often on these days, we will go to lunch or dinner with another Senior Missionary Couple.
  • Every now and then, we have other assignments and meetings to attend that interrupt our schedule causing us to drive into Phnom Penh, usually providing a welcome break.
  • We have just received a new assignment to prepare Emergency Kits for the new, incoming Elder and Sister Missionaries. Each missionary is to have a Grab-and-go 3-day emergency kit and each companionship is to have a 30-day Emergency Kit. I will be working on this project while Sister Tuck works on her Music review assignment.

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