It feels like it was yesterday that we were saying goodbye to Elder Titensor and Elder Woodward, thinking we have the elections, and the arrival of the new mission President and then Naadam shielding us from August . . . and now even Naadam has passed. What a great week it was though. The front half was filled with English teaching and service projects. We hauled a house full of furniture from one house to a house way out in the back of our area. Elder Lloyd joined us providing the comedic commentary for the entire event.
The middle of the week brought our first zone leader meeting with President Benson which was great as we did the whole thing in Mongolian. One thing he definitely brings to the table is energy and how much easier is it to express love and get to know the Mongolian elders and sisters when you can do so in their own language. He's great and reminds me a lot of Uncle Chad . . . also a great guy. Go Clemson . . .
After the stadium we were off to Elder Lloyd's where we made without a doubt the greatest khuushuur of all time. Here's the menu: Sweet and sour chicken khuushuur, bacon cheddar BBQ chicken khuushuur and finally apple pie khuushuur with ice cream and chocolate sauce. It took the entire week to find all the ingredients, but it was worth it. We had about 14 missionaries all going at it. 6 bags of flour 4 kilos of chicken. Later we all headed to Sukhbaatar Square to take pictures with other missionaries. Great day!
On the second day of Naadam, the President set up a get together at the church where we played some traditional games and heard a speech on the history of Naadam. More khuushuur and some quality time with the Benson kids. Tommy and I became really good friends this week. I had forgotten that little kids speak English. Tommy, age four, is hilarious and probably my favorite little Benson. BTW his favorite ninja is the green ninja. Why? because it can turn into the golden ninja of course.