|Seeing us off at the airport|
|Police in front of the church|
Before we left, the police were spreading out to guard the streets for the visiting Prime Minister of Bulgaria. On our return, a Mongolian warrior dressed in his 13th century clothes rode past us on his horse. Not something you see everyday.
|Warrior in a hurry to catch up to his partner ahead|
We have been developing power point presentations and having them translated into Mongolian to help us with our training. That really helped us out in Choibalsan.
|Elder England and Ayurzana|
|Elder England, myself, Ayurzana, Batbold, and Sister England|
Elder Neuberger’s parents when they came to pick up their son from his mission. Their schedule was so cram packed that they left it up to us to make the delivery.
Sister Benson, the Mission President’s wife, went with her husband to Hong Kong for a week of meetings. Her mother and sister-in-law came to watch their four children so they could make this trip. Her sister-in-law, Rebecca, came along to the Police Shelter with us.
The shelter takes in homeless and abused children and cares for them until they are placed again with their families or a more permanent residence or program is found for them. The facility recently shortened up the length of stay for children from 3 months to a maximum of 10 days while they sort through placement and caregiver issues.
|As pleasant as his smile|
|From the left, Byambjav's friend Okoo, Byamjav, myself and Sister Farmer, Garrett Wilson, Bat-Orgil and counselor in Branch Presidency|
Garrret Wilson was a missionary in Mongolia in 1998 and 1999. He spent the last three months of this mission in Choibalsan and this was his first trip back since his mission. He and his family have been employed and living in Ulaanbaatar for more than a year. He had an interesting weekend seeing the growth of the church in Choibalsan and meeting some of the members he knew back when.
|Byamjav and Darlene|
His friend was a pianist and played the Oboe. He studied in Russia so he and Darlene had many animated Russian conversations.
|Dart throwing for prizes|
|Branch Presidency training|
On Sunday we trained the new Branch Presidency on Family History and spoke in church (Darlene in Mongolian).
|Between us are the Choibalsan Consultants: Saranchimeg, Ulziiduuren, Chimgee, and Tserlmaa|
We feel the trip was successful and the work in Choibalsan will increase dramatically in the next few months.
The weather was warm and pleasant. The people were even warmer. Everyone was so kind and loving to us in Choibalsan. Maybe they don’t get visitors very often - or more likely they are just good at Mongolian hospitality – one of their strong cultural traits.
|Chimgee helping a patron|
|Mongolian geneology at the Provincial Museum|
We enjoyed our visit and made some friends in the process. Maybe we’ll have one more visit there before our mission is over. We’ll see how things go.
|Close up it becomes quite legible|