Only in Mongolia. Last year at this time, Elders Stewart and England and a group of missionaries climbed a mountain on Tsaagan Sar morning. Both Darlene and I were recovering from the pneumonia that plagued us during most of January so I didn’t go on this particular outing.
|New housing development at the base of the mountain we climbed|
Elder Stewart brought back some amazing pictures of the Tsaagan Sar sunrise ritual. I made a note that I wanted to experience this year’s Tsaagan Sar in the same way.
Elder Stewart was out of the city on assignment and the other seniors either had other commitments, didn’t want to go or were sick (Elder England). Elder Odd and I collaborated on a plan for climbing a mountain.He approached Pres. Benson for permission. He said it would be OK if the group was small and that we should show respect for the culture and customs while witnessing the event.
|Elders Moore, Hayter, Standley, Erickson, Higgs, and Odd|
|Elders Odd and Moore posing with a boy who wasn't exactly thrilled with his new friends|
They arrive early and build small fires to keep warm while waiting for the sunrise. This happens all around the peaks surrounding UB and also at the Gandan Monastery in the heart of UB.
|Two photos just above and below taken by Karl Schuler |
Within 5 to ten minutes after the sunrise, the Mongolians left, leaving the mountain top to ourselves.
The views were spectacular. We enjoyed our cultural experience together (understatement).
|The valley at the upper part of the picture is UB covered in smoke|
West Zone Conference
|Assistants to the President, Elder Ocorjamaa interpreting for English speakers and Elder Munkhchudur timing the presenters|
I was also interested in watching the Assistants to the President train the missionaries on conflict resolution.
|Practicing talking and resolving problems in companionships|
I had trained them in the concepts and helped them put together a plan for their presentation. Their training in last week with the Darkhan Zone brought rave reviews from the Mission President. I was anxious to see them in action.
|Sister Benson with Mary Ann|
|Pizza for lunch - Pictured are Tommy, Pres. Benson, Elder Munkhchudur, Elder and Sister Gardner, Elders Odd and Moore|
|Smiling Sister missionaries at the conference|