Monday, May 7, 2012

Zuun Boloo

Dear Everyone,

Another great week as the weather really started to heat up (I think I was sweating  for the first time in 6 months without playing basketball).

Elder B and I are staring down the barrel at the end of another transfer.  Literally no clue what will happen, but we'll see at the end of the week.  I literally cannot believe its the end of another transfer.  With one American on his way home at the end of the transfer three more the next and five coming this way, the mission is set for some big changes in the coming months.  Either way it’s been a privilege to serve with Elder Bayartsogt and in Khailaast.  We've had opportunities to meet with such prepared people. 

This week while talking with one of our new members (Tsendayush) she told us that her school exams were coming up and that they would be on a Sunday.  “It’s okay,” she told us.  “I’m totally skipping my tests for church.”  After admiring her extreme faith we had to help her take a step back and realize that all things must be done in wisdom and order.  Although she should continue to pray for an opportunity to come to church, forfeiting her future may not be in her best interest.

Later in the week we continued to teach an 8 year old boy whose mom has been recently less active, but his grandparents are very active.  He has also been coming to church for a long time.  His grasp of gospel principles is amazing and also his desire to know and understand the doctrine.  He greatly exceeds my understanding at that age.  He will be baptized this week along with Ouynerdene who I talked a little bit about last week.  I’m grateful for the success we are having even going into the end of the transfer.  We also taught a few lessons outdoors this week due to the fact that summer temperatures along with the necessity to still use the coal stoves in small unventilated homes = way hot!  So a couple times we took chairs outside and made sure to sing the opening and closing prayer a little bit louder.

On Friday Elder Quinton (on crutches) and I taught an epic 8 and a half hours of English.  I taught four and a half in the morning and he did four hours that evening.   It was really cool to spend the day with a member of the MTC group and the 4 hours of extra personal study was great.  LAST ENGLISH CLASS TILL SEPTEMBER THIS WEDNESDAY!!!  It’s been fun teaching English, but being a legitimate full time missionary is way more fun.

Saturday's youth activities always seem to bring new investigators and this one proved no different. (Bring your friends to activities).

Fast Sundays are the best Sundays for language confidence because there is never anything you can’t understand.  Even greater is watching new members get up one by one and bear their testimonies of the gospel.

Lastly, while reading in Helaman this week I came along chapter 6 verse 30 which seems a bit dark at first

30 And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.

But remember the disclaimer according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.    DON’T build handholds or allow the devil to build handholds on your heart! Polish it daily with words of prophets both ancient and modern and allow God’s help through prayer.

YOU are ALL awesome and I’m so grateful for all of your support!
Because its Mother’s Day next week and I’ll be skypeing home,  next week’s letter will either be small or none existent.

Elder Neuberger

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