|View of the Parliament building from our window where we teach English on a relatively clear night|
Clean air in the apartments. The weather in Mongolia has been relatively mild by Mongolian standards. What seems worse however is the amount of smoke pollution in the air. President Benson has purchased two air purifiers as an experiment. We and the Gardners were chosen to try them out in our apartments.They really work. We had more smoke in our apartment than we realized. The purifier gives a visual display of the air quality and when the air is cleansed of pollutants.
Because of the risk to missionaries here, President Benson is thinking of purchasing them for all the missionary apartments. He is also purchasing duct tape for all the apartments to tape all the windows airtight. We appreciate his proactive and far-sighted concern for missionary health.
|Elder Stewart - the man with the Golden Deel|
|Three in a deel|
|Elder Monkhchuuder and his companion, Assistants to the President, were invited to the feast. Fortunately for the late arrivals, there were lots of leftovers.|
|Pres. Benson with Mary Ann and John making his guesses|
Then we guessed which person was described in two items each from a list Sister Benson had collected from each of us. We were mostly stumped and mystified by things we didn’t know or suspect about our fellow missionaries. It was fun.We also logged on to Facebook and became friends with Pres. Benson with a new group he established to track the missionaries who have or will serve under him during his three years.
|Elder Linford with John and Isabel|
We can also document our reading progress in the 90 day Book of Mormon reading challenge.
Darlene and I were the last ones to leave as we joined in the Benson family tradition of watching “The Princess Bride” every Thanksgiving. Mary Ann wasn’t shy about crawling on Darlene’s lap two or three times while the movie was playing.A small but delightful English class. We are enjoying our class of five students with an average of four showing up every time. The students are getting all they wanted and more in terms of conversational English.
|Where's Darlene? Helping out of course!|
We go over idioms, pronunciation, review their homework, read stories and answer questions and, best of all, either sing songs or play games.
|One of their homework assignments was to enter their family information and photos on Family Tree|
|From the lyrics "A Few of My Favorite Things" - one of the songs they learned|
A visit to our seamstress. Darlene is having several skirts made to match her Mongolian tops. I am having a suit made. Each time the seamstress measures me (last year and this past Friday) she bursts out in laughter.
|Mongolians have a flair for color and style|
|Elders Tulga and Moore with a new member being introduced to Family Tree|
We will be attending District meetings with the Songino and Unur Ward missionaries when we can.We attended the Songino Ward for the first time and were blown away by the attendance (180) and the quality of all our meetings. We could have been attending church on the Wasatch front and except for the color of their hair and Asian faces, we wouldn’t have noticed much difference.
|Songino and Unur Wards meetinghouse|
We are expecting to hear back from the National Archives about the contract anytime now. When there is an update, we will share the news right here.