Every day I am more thankful for running water and indoor plumbing!
These two pictures show the beauty of the Mongolian countryside in the winter. This is at a sports camp where there are many Larch trees. Larch trees look like pine trees in the summer, but lose their needles in the winter.
In the afternoon we had a nice dinner and then a talent show put on by the missionaries. They had a lot of fun doing their talent. Many of them sang. They are quite musical.
Guess who came to the party? (Thanks to Elder Powell)
The dinner was good. Here are some seniors getting their food:
Some Santa look-alikes from the talent show:
Christmas night we attended our Stake and District combined choir program. Unfortunately, I did not take my camera! They looked as beautiful as they sang.
These figures are showing the Mongolian style of wrestling. Wrestling is an important sport here.
President Mecham was our new president in July, but had to return to the states for medical treatment for his wife in early September. President Jay Clark and his wife Pat have finally arrived here.
Here are all the seniors in the city at the Parliament building gathered around the "Nine Horse Tail Flags." These flags are really made from horse tails. If the flags are white, it is a time of peace. If they are black, they are going to war. Above the flags is the state emblem with the "Fabled Steed" and the "Golden Soyombo"- a symbol that is on the Mongolian flag.
A holiday dinner with our English Class: Bayankhuu, Naraa, Nyamaa, and Boloroo. They fixed quite a feast--Mongolian fish cakes, chicken, Khoshuurs, and a green salad (the European part of the meal). They also served wild boar (which is a little like thick, strong-flavored bacon).
New Year's Eve we were invited to this member home with some other missionaries. The two boys (aged 19 and 16) did all the cooking and did a great job. We had a good soup and some mutton buuz (like dumplings).
All the missionaries in Ulaanbaatar on Christmas Day:
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!