Thursday, December 4, 2008


Just in case you missed it, winter has arrived in full splendor here in Mongolia! The HIGH temperature for today, was a balmy 13 degress Fahrenheit. . . . . BELOW zero! And as if that isn't bad enough, we've had a 7-8 mile per hour wind along with it! Wind chill -- a minus 35 degrees or so! Trust me, if you haven't 'been there', you have no idea what that can do to a person. Just walking the couple of blocks from our apartment to the office can be a real challenge. We wear coats, hats, boots, gloves, ear muffs and then wrap scarfs around our faces. Sister Caldwell's glasses quickly become fogged and then completely frozen and covered in ice! She can't see a thing and I have to lead her the rest of the way to the office.

And they keep telling us that the temperature will drop another 20 degrees or so before this is over!

Item #2: We got a package from home today! Yiiiipppppeeeee! Haven't had a chance to get home to open it, yet. Will have to wait until after my first District Council Meeting (see entry below) --- which begins right now! Oppps!

Item #3: By the way, I was just asked to serve on the District Council (the mission field version of the Stake Council). So I am once again a Stake/District High Councilor! We won't talk about how the call was extended. Let's just say it was a bit more informal than we would be used to in the States!

TIM (This is Mongolia)!


meglex said...

Congratulations on your new calling. I am sure that you will do wonderful things in your position. Is there anything at all that we can send you to help keep you warm? I feel so bad for you, that has got to be miserable!

The Cowley Clan said...

I actually can say I have been there. We went tracting one day on my mission and were completely freezing. Finally, one of the doors we tracted into told us the temperature outside was 34 degrees below zero and we should get inside immediately!!

Bad Dog said...

Ever hear of the Great White North? It's not Mongolia. But it's not Jamaica, mon!

Tuckers said...

Been there in that cold. It was quite common in the Canadian plains. We used golf balls to knock on doors because the cold made it hurt your hands to knock.