Well, my new missionaries finally got here. It’s nice having a full district now. It sucked for Jargalsaikhan. He wasn’t able to go on his own work for almost 2 full weeks. But it’s sweet now. Elder Tsortgerel and Sister Ser-Od are studs. Everyone gets along great, so we’re pretty stoked to see how things are gonna turn out.
This week could basically be summed up as “apartments”. That’s basically all we did. Finally found 2 good ones a few days ago and we’re moving today or tomorrow. They’re some of the nicest apartments in Choibalsan. Originally, the land lord was going to rent to some other foreigners, but to sum up what she said our missionaries “weren’t stupid”. Score one for us…
Conducted the baptism this Saturday and remembered a word. “Pagtalakh” it means to fail in a comical and embarrassing way. I muddled through my part as conductor, and figured if we could get past my announcement part fast enough we would all be fine, but sadly that was not the case. Both of the speakers locked up and then when she was actually baptized, no one could remember the prayer right except me and Naisbitt, but no one would listen to us because we were foreign. he messed up the prayer 6 times, just dunked her on the 7th time, and then we almost had to yell it at him to get him to listen, and by that time he was so flustered he dropped her like a sack-a-taters into the water. I guess it’s a good thing we’re judged on diligence and not elegance. But everything turned out sweet in the end.
The biggest story of the week is a family that had stopped coming to church because of some dumb stuff that was said. When we first met with them it was one of the most awkward places I had ever been in. They either wouldn’t talk to us or were just mad at everyone. We brought it up with the people they blamed and they blamed them. we didn’t know what else to do so we just went to their house once a week and pestered them to let us to service until they broke down about a month later and let us help put in a floor for them. We came over and did about 3 days of work in a few hours, and had time left over to wrestle and mess around with their kids in the yard. They’re such an amazing family now. The oldest son is totally blind, but he has his family read to him and his retention is absolutely amazing. The daughter trundles off every morning to seminary. They’re awesome. We may not baptize anyone this transfer, but we’re just so happy we got to help them out.
And then we made hamburger helper, mashed potatoes n’ gravy with chocolate chip cookies. Packages are awesome.
Had a kid (well, he’s like 18) get a little to rowdy one day so I dead lifted him off the ground and turned him sideways until he calmed down. He’s a way sweet kid, he just gets “shartai”, it’s a combination of jealous and competitive kinda, but he calms down way fast. We were laughing about it within an hour.
Quote of the week from my companion to an old dude “ta umnu ni manai nomlorgh haptai untj uzsen uu” I’ve never seen a more confused man my whole mission.
There’s a ton of foreigners walking around this week. They’re walking around the center of town in camel packs and hiking boots. That’s just silly.
Stoked about this week, there’s no extra stuff we have to do so we’re just gonna work our butts off.
It’s getting cold now.
I haven’t had any amazing language experience. Well, maybe one. Out of the whole branch, I’m the one that translates from one of our deaf members when her daughter isn’t around. No one else can learn fast enough. I like sign language, there is no such thing as accent.
And then I don’t know what else.