Archives for July 2009

Life Expectancy and Health Care Plans

Examining the CIA World Factbook 2008 estimates we find that in the United Kingdom life expectancy at birth is 78.7 years. For the U.S. the number is 78.06 years. Less than eight months difference.

Missionary Dan Email #25 from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

This week was quite an adventure. There was a huge rainstorm on Tuesday that flooded all the streets etc. We were teaching a lesson and the rain on the roof was so loud that we had to stop teaching for about 30 minutes.

Missionary Dan Email #24 from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

This week I got to build my first ger. That was fun to see how it was done and stuff. It is way cool to see how they put their houses together and how they can move the entire thing in about 3 to 4 hours.

Missionary Dan Email #23 from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

It was Naadam holiday in Mongolia and in fact today it still is. We went to the opening ceremonies on Saturday and that was a good experience. They had lots of people in Mongolian traditional clothing doing dances etc. Then they had a bunch of horses come out and do a show. It was exciting and fun to watch.

Missionary Dan Email #22 from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Looks like the parade was cool — we had our own little one at the American embassy. We went there on the fourth of July and had a party.

Kaysville Independence Day Parade

Yesterday we watched the Kaysville / Fruit Heights Independence Day Parade. The weather was perfect, so cool. There were ominous dark clouds overhead but they didn’t rain on our parade. Just before the parade started four F-16s from Hill Air Force Base flew low overhead to loud applause from the large crowd.

Webcam Crawling

Today we saw Bryson crawling for the first time over the webcam. That was a marvelous sight. Jill heavily praised Bryson, which brings a smile to his face. This elicits more praise from Jill which brings forth another smile from Bryson. I rather think this would continue all day long if not for Sarah saying, “OK, time to go.”