Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome, Sister Orkhon!!

We had the wonderful and fun privilege of meeting Sister Orkhon (Onon's sister) at the airport on Tuesday afternoon. And, since the MTC told us it was too late in the day to actually process her into the MTC (though she certainly could have stayed there), we decided to keep her until Wednesday morning! We had a blast!

First, we took her to the Conference Center and a Brother Dubois took us on a special tour. And guess what? He had actually visited Ulaanbaatar a few years back! Go figure!

Then we went to the Salt Lake Temple and Sister Orkhon did baptisms for the dead. She kept repeat, "My dream has come true!"

After the temple, we took her to dinner at the Lion House. You know, the home that Brigham Young used to live in. It has been converted to a museum and restuarant. Dinner was wonderful!

Finally, we went to our home where she stayed for the night. The next morning we finally (and somewhat begrudgingly!) took her to Provo and let her start her mission!

She will be a VERY good missionary! And we think her brother helped her learn even better English than when we were still in Mongolia!

Home Sweet Home!

It is . . . strange being home, in some ways. It is good, of course. But we miss things in Mongolia, too. Somehow, though very busy, things seemed a bit simpler there.

But we are moving ahead here and have started working in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. That, too, is different than the years we worked in the Salt Lake Temple. And we feel really guilty, sometimes, to have half a dozen temples within easy reach, knowing our Mongolian friends would give much just to have one within a days journey. Hopefully, it will not be too much longer . . .