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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Busy week



The baptism I had RIGHT after I got transferred so I didn't get to see it. Oh well


A scary building







A really nice family I met while visiting some countryside elders




A super classy mens bathroom sign




One of my favorite families in Mongolia. Their son just got off a mini-mission that he loved. Such an amazing, faith-filled family!


Homemade Tacos


My week:

Monday- P-day busy as always preparing for the week, and at night on a train going to Erdenet.

Tuesday- In Erdenet on a split with the Erdenet elders (Yes I got to go to Erdenet again! I got like a heroes welcome! Everyone saw me and was super happy! It was awesome!!! (and this was safe and legal)

Wednesday- Still in Erdenet teaching them the area and helping them with their companionship and missionary work. I helped one missionary get three referrals (new investigators information).

Thursday- Got home in the morning, taught district meeting in the afternoon, met with a family, then got on a train to the next place.

Friday- In a place called Selenge. Its a super small little town. We went there and just went on a split with them to find out about their area and companionship. How we can help, etc. It was really successful . I helped one missionary find two new investigators. At night we got on the train again.

Saturday- Got into another small countryside town, called Zuunkharaa. Even smaller than yesterdays town. We went on a split with them too and worked with them on what they need to do to improve and help the area/work grow. Also very successful.

Sunday- Were supposed to go home but missed the 2am train back so had to stay longer and went to church in Zuunkharaa. We got back and immediatly had an appointment so with our luggage in hand we met with him, then right after (still with our stuff) visited another family and finally got to go home! First time I got to sleep in a real bed this week!! Busy busy busy!! Awesome!

Next week I will email a really inspiring storyt

Sunday, March 8, 2015

So this week has been fun. Just a week or so ago I was transferred back to the countryside. Im Zone Leader here, which is really fun. We have lots of missionaries in our zone and we are trying to help and support them in every way we can. Im learning a lot! We hope to go on splits with some missionaries this week and I will talk about that next week.

Ive been studying two scriptures lately. One is Alma 7:24

And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.

and 2 Nephi 5:27

And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.

The first one is simple but its given me things to focus my study on. If we are constantly exercising and working on our faith, hope, and charity then we will always be doing good things. Its made me realize I need to study more about those three things since they are re-occurring and are always together.

And then the next scripture. By living according to this Gospel we live according to real and lasting happiness. People my whole mission have asked me why I went on a mission, and what the blessings are from joining the church. I always answer the same thing for both questions; Happiness. This church has made me happier than I could be in any other way and I want to show others how to be just as happy.
A really really scary old Russian apartment that almost made us pee our pants
Mongolian Holiday Tsagaan Sar!
Mongolian Holiday Tsagaan Sar!

A cool view that this picture doesnt do justice, and on the coldest day of my life!!!



Email from President Benson, "

"You have a very short time to effectuate great change, even eternal change, in the lives of many"


no pressure... haha








Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back in the Country...

(Okay. So I paniked a little when I learned he'd gone back to the country). Here is Ty's response.

When I met with the immigration officer he said that because my sponsor (the guy who paid for my VISA) is in the city I have no reason to be anywhere else. He said that I should be teaching for him and only him (something we didnt know). My sponsor is a church member and we made legal agreements with the learning center I was teaching at in Erdenet saying that my sponsor gave me permission to teach there while I lived in Erdenet. The documents were legit and legal, but according to that immigration guy, those documents are invalid. Because I had been living in Erdenet for so long under "invalid and illegal" reasons he was going to deport me, but he was stretching it to the max. The church called the head of immigration of mongolia and asked if the Erdenet immigration mans reasons were legitimate. The head guy said it wasnt and he would call the man himself and everything would be ok but just to be safe I should go to the city. Before I left I asked the Erdenet immigration man if I could travel and stuff around mongolia, especially my last month or so. He said yes, so I went to the city just to be safe until the church had a chance to send a representative to Erdenet to talk to him on my behalf. Everything is fine now, and my VISA does not have any problems.

The church is smart and legal, and right. Im 100% safe, dont worry. Trust President Benson and God, if it wasnt safe for me to be here I wouldn


't be.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

More details (by mom's demand) on why he was interrogated


Ok so let me tell you what happened this last week. I was just at home when I got a call from someone at church headquarters. They said not to leave my house because immigration officials are out searching for me. The officials had already gone to my old apartment but I had moved and didnt change my address so they couldnt find me and they had gotten even more angry. The reason why they were searching for me or had gone to my old apartment in the first place wasnt clear so I needed to stay home just to be safe. Later our church representative called the official and he was insanely mad. She talked to President Benson and they decided that I needed to leave my companions and go with my Erdenet City sponsor and meet this guy. So I did, and we went together. I met with him and he brought me into a room with 10 or 15 other government officials and interrogated me for an hour in mongolian. I was very friendly and did my best to pacify him. He calmed down towards the end and it ended up being not too bad, but he told me that he needed to deport me and restrict me from coming back for three years, and fine me 65'000 tugrugs (mongolian money). He also said he needed ALL of my government documents. I went home and called my mission president and they said to just stay home and they will figure out what we should do. I stayed home for two days while they called some people (our church rocks) and finally long story short we negotiated with them to not deport me if I move to the city and go home shortly (I was going to anyways). So im here. I got with one of my old companions this week.

My mission president was worried about me because he knew how much I love Eredent, but I trust in Gods foreknowledge and I knew there was reason in this even if it seemed like maybe there wasnt. Sure enough Ive seen many blessings from this already and have done a lot of important work since coming here.

Health = fine. That was my old baptism I just got pictures for

Im working really really hard, but im so close to the end I just kind feel like I can tell you better in person and im a little lazy when it comes to emails. Doing great though.

Love you momma,

hey also we had an AWESOME mongolian holiday, i'll send you pictures!

-elder clement

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HALLELUJAH

We received Tyler's Itinerary today. He comes up on April 9th at 9:10PM. Happy Day!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Never start an email with "NO NEED TO WORRY MOM"

I start this email with this: No need to worry (great you just started to worry, stop it!)

I just came to the city, I got hunted down by an immigration official and almost deported but after two days undercover in my house and several church members and pres benson meeting with the head of immigration im not gonna get deported but I have to stay in the city! Crazy! I will get a new companion today and a new area! Super disappointing but whatever. I know God knows what He's doing! I will tell you more next week when hopefully we can chat. I seriously dont want you to worry, God wanted me in the city and allowed this to happen for a reason. Im not being deported or anything anymore.

Thanks for all the updates these are the emails I love the most.

I love you!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

We met the Hills :)

I'm glad you got to meet the Hills. They are good people! I really love them!

My week has been really good, i dont have much time though so I'll say more next week.
Far Right - Pres. Benson




(TYLER'S RESPONSE TO MY SAYING I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO NOT WORRY NEARLY AS MUCH AS I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE)

I'm really glad you've felt that blessing. And your absolutely right, even if the doc wanted to send me home I wouldn't go. I've got work to do and I'm gonna finish it, even if it finishes me in the process! haha I honestly havn't hid that much from you. A mission is hard, that's all there is to it. No use worrying.

I love you momma. I want to give you some homework. Read from Mosiah 4, and Ether 12. They both are about faith. Im come to realize faith and stress have a big relation to one another.

-elder clement

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Drunk People and Scary Car Crashes

My week has been good. Erdenet is pretty warm so I'm lucky. We just had transfers. I got two new companions. One is a new missionary only been out three months, and one is the deaf companion I had a couple of months ago. Im really happy they are both great!

So Here's a funny story. We were walking home at night when we saw a drunk man, barely able to walk. I looked closely and realized it was an inactive member. We were walking him home (basically carrying him), and he told us that he had another small bottle of vodka he was going to drink when he got home. We told him no, but he was really persistent so when we helped him inside the house I stole his bottle of vodka, unfortunately as I did his crazy mini dog attacked me and started biting my foot. So in summary, as I was stealing vodka from a drunk man I got attacked by a dog.... yep this is missionary work.

Also we saw an insane car crash!! We had just gotten out of a taxi and just a few cars behind us a man going the other way hit a car straight on and destroyed it. He was drunk in a large SUV and there was a young family in a small taxi just a little ways behind us. The drunk man hit them and sent both cars flying. We immediately ran over to see how we could help. Half the people in the car had been ejected on impact and there was a frantic young mother holding a motionless, bloody child. I went straight to her and tried to help. She said "My son, call my dad", I dont know why she called me that, but the way she did made my heart drop. I called for her and gave her my phone. Then my companions and I helped carry the body of another man into the ambulance. It was a scary experience I never thought I would be in.

So transfers this week. I am with a new missionary, thats only been out three months, and a deaf missionary I trained about four months ago. We are doing great and are very happy

Love you to Mongolia and back (thats further than the moon I think).



-elder clement


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Zone Conference and Pics

We had a big zone conference with all the missionaries from the countryside. Its was really awesome! President Benson is so AWESOME! I learned a lot, mostly about sacrifice, and how in the Gospel it pays off more than it cost.

This week was pretty uneventful too. We found a new investigator with a lot of potential. I'll let you know later how that goes. We are also working closly with the branch leadership to get people callings. I am laying a strong foundation in EVERY part of the branch here (relief society, priesthood quorums, primary, etc) so that when I go they will continue to get stronger and stronger. So we are busy with doing that.

Yeah Im very excited to play some games! You'll have to reexplain all of them to me again though! haha

Im glad everyone is doing so good! Tell the kids to email me! The poopies!

Happy Anniversary! I love you and dad so much, im so glad that you guys are my parents and raised me so well! I thank Heavenly Father everyday for the life ive been given, and you and dad are also very much a part of that. Thank you for everything!

Here is a great quote I read today:

"Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!

love you

-elder clement










Sunday, January 4, 2015

Exact Obedience.

(As you can tell, Elder Clement's last few emails have been short and sweet. He and I have been working on exact obedience and this was an email I received from him)

That's EXACTLY right, not perfect obedience, exact obedience! No such thing as a perfect person, and theres no use trying. Just be all that you can be and thats good enough.

That's what I noticed too. My health got better, and I stopped getting stressed. Its been awesome! I'm sooooo glad yo'uve decided to try this too, I know you'll get lots of blessings. And I have been blessed this week, so now I know the source.

I'm glad everyone is doing well.

I'm doing awesome!! There wont be a great email this week though sorry

(Then I gave him a hard time)

haha, momma before I didn't write cause I was having a hard time, but now I promise my mission is doing great! Everything is going amazing! I am loving everything. Don't worry about me

I'm feeling great!

love you LOTS

-elder clement