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First Patriarchs in Cambodia

Two Stake Patriarchs are called in Cambodia within a week of each other. They are the first patriarchs for members in Cambodia.

First Patriarchs in Cambodia are called.  The first ever for the country of Cambodia.

The Phnom Penh South and the Phnom Penh North Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have recently called  Cambodia's first Stake Patriarchs.  Since the organization of these two stakes in May of 2014, members have been eagerly waiting for this day.  "A blessing for the Cambodian members, which comes from having stakes organized in the country", stated Phnom Penh's Mission President David Moon.

Brother Chantha Thaong from the Phnom Penh North Sake was sustained March 28, 2015.  Brother Am Than from the Phnom Penh South Stake was sustained April 4, 2015.

Patriarch Thaong has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 19 years.  Callings he has held previously are; Sunday School teacher, Elders Quorum President, Branch President, District President,  Counselor in the North Stake Presidency, and Counselor in the Phnom Penh Mission Presidency.  He and his wife, Ea Kanya have 3 children, Putheary, Mady, and Visothara.  When asked his feelings about this new position he said, "I'm so happy to have this great calling with the Spirit to guide me."

Patriarch Am has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 10 years. Previous callings he has held are; Elders Quorum President, Branch President, Counselor in Branch Presidency, Counselor in the South Stake Presidency, and Counselor in the Phnom Penh Mission Presidency.  He and his wife are the parents of 4 children, 3 sons and one daughter.  Vannak ,Ousg, Narum, and Leakhena.  Patriarch Am expressing his feelings about this new position said, "I feel excited with this calling for me, thankful to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to trust me in this calling."  


A stake patriarch is the title of an office in the Melchizedek Priesthood in the Church.  

Most stakes of the Church have one Melchizedek Priesthood bearer who is called and ordained under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve to be the stake patriarch.

Patriarchs have the right and are inspired to give patriarchal blessings in the name of the Lord. These blessings can bring comfort in hours of sorrow or trouble, can strengthen faith, and can help motivate us to live worthy.

One important part of a patriarchal blessing is the declaration of our lineage, which tells us through which tribe of Israel we receive our blessings. Because of our ancestry, we are entitled to receive, according to our righteousness, the same blessings given to Adam, Abraham, Jacob, and other great prophets of God.

Patriarchs hold an office of responsibility in the Melchizedek Priesthood. A patriarch is called to give patriarchal blessings to the members of the Church and to seal special blessings upon them.  Through patriarchal blessings, Heavenly Father tells what our purposes are here on earth and how to accomplish them.

The scriptural term for patriarch is evangelist. When the Church was restored, this priesthood office was also restored. Joseph Smith explained, “an Evangelist is a Patriarch. … Wherever the Church of Christ is established in the earth, there should be a Patriarch for the benefit of the posterity of the Saints” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 151).

Patriarchs usually serve in this position for the rest of their lives.                                                                            These two new Patriarchs will bless the lives of the members of the Church in Cambodia.

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