Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Week 7

It was mentioned that I left out the color of my companion's socks.... well, of course they are black

We have four teachers (only one or two teach at any given time though), Brother Boyd, Brother Higgs, Brother Standley and Sister Mologdallii (she's Mongolian). And they are all students at BYU! They are really fantastic teachers! This week The Cambodian, Vietnamese and Hmong missionaries are leaving. after they go their teachers will help coach us (the Mongolians) on being better missionaries (in English) so we will have 10 teachers sort of... it's a really cool opportunity to be able to have a "personal trainer" essentially for missionary work!

Our Zone got new missionaries this Week! 4 sisters: 3 going to Thailand, 1 to Indonesia. 8 Elders: 6 Thailand, 2 Singapore-Malay speaking. As a zone leader I got to meet the missionaries on their first night and we gave them an orientation, some suggestions about the MTC, guidelines, a tour, that sort of thing. It was really cool! We have several missionaries from Australia and I might be just a little jealous of their accents but, oh well. I know that they are all going to make great missionaries. I have really been working hard to be a good example to them and to the rest of the Zone, so that I can be a good leader, and be more like Christ. 

This week we started our TESoL training, Teaching English as a Second Language. The Ulaanbaatar Mongolia Mission is the only mission that is required to be certified english teachers as well. For the next two weeks we will complete an online course teaching us how and why we teach. Then we go to the ELC (I don't quite remember exactly what it stands for.... English Learning Center or something, I'm sure you can find out and look it up) at BYU, for the next week. After that we leave to Mongolia! Every night for the next 2 weeks we will take an hour and a half to work on our online course, the rest of our day is the same- study -> food -> class -> teach investigators, our evening class time will just be shortened to accommodate this new course. Week three we actually will leave the MTC from 8 am to 3 pm every day frommonday 3/7 through Thursday 3/10. There we will go to the ELC to do our practical training, with actual classroom teaching, observation and review. I'm super-duper excited for this, after that week we will leave on the morning of Tuesday the 15th or Wednesday the 16th (Visas permitting fingers crossed). The time is just flying by now I see the end of the tunnel and I'm going to work as hard as ever to get there.

Last Week I mentioned there was a lot of hype for our devotional. Well Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. a really great thing that he concluded with was something that President Gordan B. Hinckley said to him when he was called to serve as a 70, 
"Does the Testimony of Jesus Christ still burn in your bosom like it was when you were a young missionary?"
As a young missionary I can testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and that through Him we can all change, we can all feel the incredible love of God, we can all repent of our mistakes, sins and wrongdoings, and feel the peace and joy of spiritual cleanliness that can come when we deny our natural man and become like Jesus Christ. Mosiah 3:19:  
 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever,unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child,submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

Ахлагч Jonathan Wilding

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