It has been quite an adventure so far! And we haven't even left yet!
Let's see, we have had our departure date changed four times -- so far -- and we finally found out just last Monday that we are for certain entering the MTC this Monday! We like surprises, but . . . And we are really anxious to get out there (I've got to get some rest -- can't seem to get any here!). I don't know that we have ever had a more challenging time as we have tried to make ready for this mission, and in half the time we would normally have had. But, it is worth it!
We continue to learn more about the people and the country of Mongolia. We have met with several missionaries who have recently returned from there and have been impressed with what they have t0ld us. Well, most of it, anyway! We're still not sure 'bout the fermented Mare's milk they are inclined to serve to honored guests there! We do know that we will have a maid there who will help with the chores around the apartment. The cost for the service is small and we want to help provide employment for at least one person there. The young lady, we are told, is a returned missionary herself and does an excellent job.
We still do not have our visa's. The Church travel department,however, is certain that they are on their way and that we will receive them while in the MTC. We have made two trips down to the MTC and look forward to the time we will be spending there. There is a wonderful Spirit there!
We continue to attempt to learn the language and have had two sessions with a tutor, now. She is very patient, thank heaven! It is a difficult language but we are giving it a good shot. Or was it that she is about ready to shoot us? It was something like that! Can't quite remember the details!