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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Brother Chhay Leang Suy, a high councilor in the Church's Phnom Penh Cambodia South District, has been approved by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni to be an adviser to the President of the National Assembly of Cambodia. Brother Suy is the first member of the Church to hold such a distinguished position in the Cambodian government.
The Honorable Samdeck Akkak Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly, is pleased to have a person of Brother Suy's experience and background serving his country. In his position with President Samrin, Brother Suy will be responsible for advising on city infrastructure, public health services and educational improvement. His term of service expires in July 2013.
Brother Suy has enjoyed many other firsts in his life.
He became the first of his family to join the Church in 1995. The foreign missionaries who spoke the Cambodian Khmer language so well impressed him enough that he took the missionary discussions. Two months later he was baptized. Because of his example, two sisters and a niece were also eventually baptized.
Brother Suy was the first native-born Cambodian from Cambodia to serve a mission in the United States. He served in the Idaho Pocatello Mission from 1997 to 1999. While serving as a missionary in Idaho, Brother Suy met President Dee Reynolds, Stake President of the Ashton Idaho Stake. President Reynolds remembered Brother Suy as a quiet and humble missionary struggling with the English language. The tables were reversed this year when President Dee Reynolds and his wife, Nikki, were called to serve as proselyting missionaries in Battambang, Cambodia. "We remember that Elder Suy needed a coat even during the summer in Idaho and now we need air conditioning in Battambang," Sister Reynolds said.
Brother Suy was also the first of his family to graduate from college. He earned business administration and civil engineer degrees from the National Management University and Norton University in Phnom Penh. He is also earning a master's degree in Public Law.
Brother Suy is married to Krern Sophaul and they have three children.