The circus was performing a part of Children's Day weekend. Saturday's performance was sold out so we were able to go on Monday afternoon.
We went with the Stewarts, Sister England, and Ulzicka.
We loved the jugglers, trapeze artists, tumblers, marching geese, and most of all, the dancing bears.
It was amazing to see the dancing bears. They were trained to do some almost human-like behavior. How odd to see animals acting against their nature.
The kinds of talents that go into circus performers play into Mongolian love of athletics and music. The circus heritage comes from Russia during their 70 year close allegiance and cultural osmosis.
The audience was filled with children, parents, and teenagers. School is out for most Mongolians except for countryside cities and communities.
|Great strength, flexibility, grace, and athleticism|
|Flying through the air with the greatest of ease|
|Dancing in air|
|Catching a big bowl on the back of his neck|
|Bracing for the catch|
|Geese going down a slide|
|That must hurt a little|
|What strength and agility!|
|I see it but I don't believe it!|
|Dog jumping rope with the trainer and the bear twirling the rope|
|Dancing with the Bears: a little blurry but they were going for it|
|Is this flamenco or Navajo hoop dancing - or a little of both|
|Mission President with new arrivals|
There will be a transfer meeting on Thursday night to welcome the new foreign missionaries and the new Mongolian missionaries returning from the MTC in the Phillipines.
Two American Missionaries, Elders Titensor and Woodward, are among those missionaries finishing their missions.
Family Home Evening. The senior couples met at our apartment for Family Home Evening. The lesson was on temples and family history work.
|From the left, Elder and Sister Gardner, Elder and Sister Wood, Darlene, Sister Stewart, Sister and Elder England, and Elder Stewart|
Weekend travel plans. On Friday we leave for the weekend to work with three couples/families in Bulgan who are preparing to go to the Hong Kong temple in September.
|"What can I do? You've got me over a barrel."|