|Visitors to the church in Choibalsan|
I was also able to train the Branch Council on the new member and returning member form. I also trained the Branch President on the temple preparation process for members as they plan to go to the temple.
He and his companion Elder Saruul (an IT specialist – indispensable for missionaries like us) made our trip effective and enjoyable.
We are working hand in glove with her on several projects including our negotiations with the National Archives. Puujee is pint-size dynamite and a multi-talented speaker and presenter. She serves as our interpreter and co-trainer for the trip.
UB from the air. After takeoff, our plane flew over the heart of Ulaanbaatar and I was finally able to get some pictures of the layout of the city. I took a few other countryside shots as well.
|Western UB from the air|
By all day, I mean from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We did have a nice Chinese meal during the lunch hour.
|Darlene and Puujee - Chinese meal with leftovers|
Elder Khash-Erdene asked me to do a program on communications and conflict resolution for the members. I did one on Friday night and it went quite well. Word spread we repeated the program from 2:30 – 5:00 pm on Saturday.For something improvised, we came up with something special. Puujee and Elder Khash-Erdene acted as a coordinated tag team on the interpreting, occasionally adding their own commentary and creating a visual whiteboard display.
|Puujee talking to the group|
Drama at the church. We had one tense moment – better said – several tense moments when Elder Khash-Erdene locked himself out of the Branch Presidents office. Puujee needed her things from the office and her scheduled departure to the airport loomed in front of us.
After about a half hour of frantic attempts (no other keys were available) to unlock the door by unusual means and several silent prayers, Elder Khash-Erdene finally inserted a piece of hard plastic in the door that finally released the locking mechanism. Whew!!!! We canceled the locksmith who had been called and Puujee was on her way.
|Countryside around Choibalsan|
|Chinggis Khan's sitting between his Peace and War flags|
|Names of the war dead|