The last time 22-year-old Sister Timbrel Essma spoke to her mother was on Mother's Day, the one day each year other than Christmas when she is allowed to phone her parents.
Essma, a confident young woman who studied ballroom dancing in America, is one of 76 Mormon missionaries now living and proselytizing in Cambodia. To fully immerse the missionaries in the local culture, she is not allowed to communicate with friends or family back home.
"If we allow that more often, they would not be able to work," explains Scott Smedley, the president of the Cambodian Mission.
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