Missionary Dan Email #23 from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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

Nadaam Holiday..

Nadaam — the three games of men: Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery.

Missionary Work

Thanks for all the emails! They are really exciting to read. The pictures are great as well. Thanks again. This week was great. My new companion Elder Henson is teaching me lots of great things and I’ve been accomplishing some great language goals. We had a good lesson with our new member’s husband. He isn’t a member yet but is working and improving. He has been struggling with alcohol so we are helping him to see the negative affects of it. He was really good to come to a fireside with his family. Later we set some goals with him on how he wants to improve. It was great and we felt the Spirit as we taught him.

We also have been working on contacting every member in the branch. With each missionary companionship contacting 10 or so members a week we’ll be able to contact them all this half transfer. It is always fun to go member searching to find out where they are. It is a big project but will be very helpful for the new bishop once completed.


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.

We went out to the countryside to watch the horses and their riders finish a long distance race. The horses were way strong and were moving fast for how long they had been running. It reminded me of when I used to run like a horse (not quite as fast) in circles for hours at a time on the track. The country side had lots of grass and rolling hills. It was beautiful and peaceful to look at. Saturday was Preparation Day for us so today we are just writing emails and getting back to work.

To Sarah

Wow! Bryson looks like he was having a blast. Its too bad its way hot though. It isn’t too bad here. The weather has been way nice this past week. Have fun going to Mom’s house. She is really excited to have you come visit. It has been lots of fun and hard work in Mongolia. Tell Derek I think he is way awesome and that he has a way cool wife.

To Dad

I’ll give that lady a call and see what I can do for her. Remind me next week and I’ll type a little comment for the blog. That is neat that someone posted something. Thanks Dad!

To Mom

Yeah I have been eating my vitamins. I enjoy them. Thanks for the reminder. I’m glad your trip was fun, it was good to hear about it. Yeah I have an American companion and he is great. I really don’t think I need the package yet so no need to send it. Plus I really don’t know if I need anything. Thanks for all you do mom, I love you.

Love, Elder Willoughby


Nadaam is the most widely watched festival among Mongols, existing for centuries.

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  1. Did Daniel send those pictures? It looks super cool.

  2. Sarah,
    Daniel sent the pictures.

  3. Daniel likes to send pictures to Dad that he doesn’t send to us so we have to read his blog :)

  4. Jill,
    Such a chore…

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