Missionary Dan Email #29 from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Presented here are portions of Elder Daniel Willoughby’s twenty ninth 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.

Daniel holding a pig on prep day.

Daniel holding a pig on a prep day in March.


Thanks for all the cool pictures and the cool updates. It is always fun to read them. This week was quite an adventure. My new companion has to attend the doctor almost every day for his ear that recently had surgery. So with the main road closed etc. it has taken quite a bit of time out of missionary work, but none the less we did what we could. In all reality he isn’t supposed to be working at all (the doctor said), but that doesn’t seem to stop him.

Missionary Work

We are working to find some new investigators. It is somewhat discouraging to have so many people say they are busy but in time we’ll find success. Also people always go to the countryside. It is way cool that they can move in one day their entire house and have no one know where they went, but when missionary work is concerned it isn’t that cool.

My companion and I get along very well. He speaks no English at all which allows me to speak a lot. I’m at the point in the language where some days I speak well and understand most all things, and others days I can’t hardly speak and I understand nothing.

We met a lot with our new members and less actives to strengthen them. I was happy when they came to church. We’ve also ran into a few old investigators that now have the opportunity to get baptized as before they weren’t able to. It is always fun to find out who their first missionaries were.

A Dream

I had a crazy dream last night, that I was home in America. Everyone asked me why I came home. All I could say was, “I don’t know — Arhhh!!” I was so upset that I started to call my mission president to send me back. I woke up right when I started to call him and was relieved to still be in Mongolia. Ha ha. That was exciting. Did that happen to anyone else when they were on their missions?

To Derek

Thanks for sharing that story. No worries about taking up my time, I like hearing from you. I haven’t had quite an investigator like that, but there have been a few that have made doing missionary work worth it. That is a sweet car. My companion likes it.

To Mom

The normal mail gets here perfectly fine. It doesn’t matter how much time it takes as I’ll be here for another year or so. :) I don’t really want anything so that is all good and well. Maybe some Gatorade powder. Can you also send me your side of the story of how you met dad. :) Thanks.

To Dad

Hey thanks for the awesome emails. I’ve been wanting to ask for awhile but keep forgetting. Lots of people find it fascinating that you are from England and are a convert and went to America etc. Could you send me your conversion story etc. and how you met mom? I have a basic idea but thats about it. Thanks!

Well that’s all for this week. Sorry no pictures this week as I forgot my camera. I didn’t really take any either.

Love, Elder Willoughby

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