Presented here are portions of Elder Daniel Willoughby’s twenty second email from the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission. If anyone wishes to send Daniel a message, write it in the comments and I will make sure he receives it.
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. They had hamburgers and hot dogs which is the classic meal for that day. I saw some of the elders from my MTC group and got a picture. It was transfers that day also and I got a new companion. His name is Elder Henson, he is from Michigan and is really cool. We have a lot of things in common and he has taught me a lot of things already. It is helpful for me to have him explain parts of the language and give some tips and advice. I actually knew him well before because his apartment is basically in the same place as mine and we talked about stuff.
My new area is just across the street from my last one. It is a new ward though. It is great. I knew some of the people in my new ward already since they meet in the same building as my last ward. I see all the members of my old district at church too so it doesn’t really feel like I moved.
My old companion’s eye is great. He just has bad eyesight. The language is coming, I am doing the best I can and Elder Henson has already helped me a lot. I’m getting to the point where I can understand most things and can figure out what I want to say pretty easily. The Lord has richly blessed me with it.
This Saturday is Nadam, which is a huge holiday in Mongolia. So we’ll do the best we can but most people are busy. We do get to attend it so I’ll get some good pictures.
Thanks mom. I actually enjoy the sheep potatoes and rice. It is good food here. I honestly can’t think of anything that you could send that I need. The Hawaiian fruit punch mix was good. It doesn’t seem worth it to pay a lot of money to ship it over here though, when I could just buy things with the money it would take to ship it. Skittles would be good, I haven’t been able to find those. Can you wait until my next letter before you send the package? Love you mom have fun on your trip!
Love, Elder Willoughby
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