this last week was pretty good, we taught the 1st lesson
in Mongolian on Friday..it was kinda rough to get through
but we did it and i felt pretty good about it.we've been
working on it throughout this week as well to get it down
better and get the vocab memorized and we'll give it again
tomorrow,i feel a bit more confident about it this time!
we've also been working on small talk type conversation
and have started working on whats called taxi referrals,
in other words we just talk to someone for like two minutes
and then give them a short one minute explanation/
testimony of God and Jesus Christ and to get them to commit
to us to come to their house (ger) and teach them more.
Since Mongolians are Buddhists they don't anything about
god so we have to start from scratch and work our way up..
but the funny thing is that the majority of them have seen
the passion of Christ it got translated and it was this
huge epidemic that swept through the country and everyone
saw it! so most of them have heard of Jesus Christ, they
just don't know understand His role and what He did for us,
so that's a good thing to hit em with.. just a real quick
explanation and them with a cliffhanger! also another
really cool thing about Mongolians is they are so nice
welcoming that if you ask to come to their house they
will say yes just about every single time and they'll
let you in and listen to what you have to say. so we've
been working on short conversations-and testimonies.
this last Tuesday for our devotional we had elder
Dellenbach come and talk to us about how much of a
miracle the book of Mormon is, it was really
interesting and i wanna tell ya all about it but im
outta time so if i remember I'll do it next week!
well i love you all and hope to hear from everyone shortly
sooo... write letters!!!
I will email to Greg any comments that are made so he can
read them. Greg's mom
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Have you ever seen the Disney movie the other side of heaven?? if not you should check it out, its about a missionary named John Groberg who went to Tonga.. well on Tuesday John Groberg came to talk to us, he brings with him a strong spirit that was felt by everyone there, he talked about how the temple is the end result in everything we do in the church, he had a lot of good insight on families and missionary work, it was a great devotional! Its interesting to watch all the other missionaries leave and to think about the day that I?ll be leaving for the airport to head to Mongolia.. We've had 3 groups so far leave in our zone and the elders that came in the same day as us leave on Monday and we'll still have 9 more weeks!! Our zone consists of everyone on our dorm floor.. We have us, the Mongolians, Malagasies, Indonesians, and a few state side english elders, so its kinda funny to walk through the halls at night and hear all the different languages! well my time is running short and I wanna thank everyone for your prayers and your support, I have felt them and I love you all. I love this work and hope and pray that the Lord will continue to shape and mold me into the missionary He needs me to be and into the man that I was foreordained to become!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Well my first week is officially up! my companions name is
elder marquis, we've got a whole lot in common so its been
good! making it to the first Sunday wasn't nearly as hard
as people kept saying it is.. the first day was all just
informational which was kind of disappointing because i
wanted to jump right in to the language but no worries
because the next couple of days we got slammed with it!
they use the cyrillic alphabet which has been fun
getting used to, we can all pretty much read everything
just fine and can bear a simple testimony, by this time
next week we should be able to give the first discussion
in the language which is kinda hard to believe but not
really considering the rate we're learning, i can already
see the effects of the gift of tongues and its amazing!
there's 13 of us going, 7 elders and 6 sisters, we tie
with the largest number going at one time and double the
amount of the most sisters to go. we had our first
devotional Tuesday night and it was awesome, it was
Robert R Steuer, he was able to bring the spirit and
we all felt it and it was a good reminder that i am where
im supposed to be, when im supposed to be and going where
im supposed to be going. the holy ghost has confirmed
that to me many times this past week.. I love this place
and im glad i get to spend twelve weeks here.. im really
excited to learn this language so i can go and teach the
people of Mongolia and bring to them our Father in Heaven's
gospel to bring them true happiness in this life! My
testimony has grown so much in the past week, im anxious
to see what eleven more will do to me! I love you all very
much and thank you for your support! by the way.. everyone
here gets like three letters a day and ive only received
two.. total! so come on make a missionary feel loved and
send me some mail!!! there's an awesome sight thats free
and i'll get the letter the same day you write it, its
called dearelder.com and all you gotta do is find my
name.. its pretty self explanatory but that would be
AWESOME!! well my time is running out, i love you all and
hope to hear from EVERYONE shortly!!