|Newly called Mongolian Missionaries to the Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar Mission|
New Missionaries arrive. We had four new missionaries arrive from the United States and 11 from Mongolia to serve in the Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar Mission.Family History work. We helped train the new missionaries on how they could use Family History to help them in their missionary work. Darlene was practicing what she preached as helped a young investigator register in Family Tree and enter her family data.
It was fun getting
acquainted with them. We had something in common with Sister Eskelson being she was from our stake in St. Louis.
|Elders Hill, Moore, Palmer, and Sister Eskelson - one missionary is still waiting on his visa|
|Elder Tulag introducing his investigator to Family Tree|
|The young man was baptized three weeks earlier. He had since received the priesthood and was asked to perform the ordinance.|
It was great to be around the members of the branch we’ve been attending since our arrival here.
|Darlene shrieking in surprise - Sis. Stewart in front of inner door|
Sister Stewart, next door in the Medical Office, was rummaging through some keys she found and tried a key that opened an inner door connecting our two offices.
About twenty people gathered inside our decorated office. Ulziika called our apartment to tell us we had a patron waiting for us at our office. We hurried over and when we unlocked the door, the whole room what filled with people. Darlene shrieked in surprise. It was certainly a wonderful gesture - a complete surprise.
|Part of the celebration - Sister Wood is cutting the pineapple upside down cake. Notice Mary Ann peeking through a small opening.|
|Ulziika had a surprise birthday party two days earlier|
We also had a birthday party that night with our English class. They surprised us with a birthday cake and a special purse for Darlene.
I made chocolate chip cookies from scratch. We chanted a catchy rhyme, “Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?”. It was a wonderful way to end a very special day.That night and the next morning (Darlene’s birthday in the US) we had a series from Skype calls from our children who variously took turns visiting with Darlene. "San Baina!"
|Posing in front of Chinggis Khan Family Tree|
Darlene’s health. We got some test strips back from Hong Kong and her blood sugars tested in the normal range. She exercises daily. Our diet is a lot more strict than it used to be. We are also being more careful to not overdo our activities this winter so we don’t wear ourselves out.
|Smoke gets in your eyes - in your lungs and everywhere else.|
|Coal-fired water heating plants don't help but that is how most people are kept warm in the winter|
|Daytime haze over Ulaanbaatar - the higher elevations are OK|