Hello from Outer Mongolia ;)
Hello from Outer Mongolia ;)
Well, in case you were wondering, it just keeps
getting colder and colder here in the city. Nothing reminds me that I am an
Arizona girl more than being the only one bundled up when its 40 degrees
outside. haha. But I stay warm, so don’t worry about
This week was full love and miracles. Sometimes
I have this fear that people won’t be able to know how much I love them because
I can’t say much to them. But this week I was reminded that love is a universal
language. Yesterday, we met with a young girl and her mother who just got
baptized. The lesson was great and they fed us yummy Mongolian food. As we were
leaving, the grandma asked me if I missed my mom. I said, of course I do! And
then she leaned in and gave me a huge kiss on the cheek. It was just what I
needed. And I knew that mom would have done the same thing if she were there.
Then we went to another members house and they
fed us some more.. haha and we had such a fun time together. They were teaching
me Mongolian and I was teaching them English. At the end, we shared a spiritual
thought and they actually understood me (I love it when that happens. haha) the
husband and the son walked us out to the main road and the whole way there, the
little son was holding my hand and talking my ear off. I couldn’t understand a
thing he was saying, but I listened as intently as I could and we laughed
together. It was so fun.
This week, I also saw the blessings that come
from teaching English. All the American missionaries have to teach English at
the church of Saturdays. Sometimes I resent going because we already teach so
much English during the week, but we invite all of our investigators to come.
This week, Nomin (a little 8 year old investigator) was coming with her mom. We
have been teaching Nomin for a while, but we haven’t set a baptism date because
she doesn’t have a lot of support from her family. We always ask her mom to sit
in with us, but she always said she was too busy. I have been praying so
fervently that she will one day listen to us. When I saw her and her daughter
walk in the English Class, A calming feeling came over me and I knew one day,
she would listen to our message. As we taught them English, we laughed and
truly became friends. After, I asked if we could go home with them and teach
them a lesson and she agreed. As we walked home together, we just talked like
friends. Once we got to their house, we sat down and asked Nomins’ mom if she
would like to listen, and she said yes! She listened to our whole message and
she prayed at the end. I have never been so happy in my life. After the lesson,
Sister Magleby and I practically skipped home. English is sometimes a bother or
annoying, but I realized this week that it is through service that we make our
ways into people’s hearts. And if it wasn’t for English, we wouldn’t be in
Mongolia at all, right?
There are miracles in our lives everyday, we
just have to be looking for them.
Okay one last thing before I have to leave: Embarrassing moment of the week: So Sister Magleby has been working hard at
getting me to do things to bring me out of my shell. Most of the time I hate
it, but I know its only because she is being an awesome trainer ;) haha.
Anyways, on Sunday, she told me to go talk to a member to see if we could meet
with him and his family this week. After protesting for a moment, I gave in and
made my way over to him. As I made eye contact with him, I though "I have
no idea what I’m going to say to him. But it’s too late now, he already knows
I’m coming over. ..I stopped in front of him and tried to stutter out some
words. We both just looked at each other with blank stares and he said, "What
did you say?" and I tried again, but even as the words were coming out, I
had no idea what I was saying. Again, we both just kind of awkwardly smiled at each
other. Luckily, Sister Magleby saw my struggle and swooped in to help. It was
so embarrassing at the moment, but Sister Magleby and I laughed about it all
the way home. My life consists of awkward moments and looking stupid. haha. But
I love it!
Okay, I got to go to work! I love you all!
Love, Sister Royal
what... I have become a victim of pick pocketing this week... :( any guesses on
what it was? My camera... I’m so sad because I lost all of my mtc/mongolia pics
so far :( So don’t delete the ones I sent home to you. And I’m sorry to have to
spend more moneissss but I will eventually need to buy a new one
Toya and her Family
Sister Magelby, Nomin and Me
Nomin drew a beautiful picture of the three of us together.
Hey, It's Kevin's restaurant