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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.