SALT LAKE CITY — Sitting on a makeshift bed under a tarp with a local Primary president whose home burned down in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, two weeks ago, was a tender and beautiful experience for Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, first counselor in the LDS Church's Primary general presidency.
"We gathered her little family around and we sang ‘I Am a Child of God,'" Sister Esplin said in an article posted Friday on mormonnewsroom.org. "And they believe that with all their heart. They have faith, and they don't let the hardships of life keep them away from their faith and what they believe. It was a beautiful experience."
Sister Esplin and Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, visited Hong Kong, Cambodia and Mongolia earlier this month to visit with children, young women, women leaders and missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They also made home visits, which included visiting families living in gers in Mongolia.
The women auxiliary leaders also visited a former landfill known as "trash mountain" where Cambodians once scavenged for food. The LDS Church has partnered there with the Cambodian Children's Fund to provide support.
The newsroom article said LDS Charities has provided dental and hygiene equipment and sewing machines in recent years, and earlier this year it built 40 homes in the area as part of an initiative to help families learn skills and become more self-reliant.