Dear Mom, Yea, it definitely was an Internet glitch. I sent an e-mail that said, I am alive but I have no time to write, I'll write next week. :) Anyways, the drunks are pretty much under-control. Although, the other day we went to try and meet with our new member and there were three drunks outside his house just sitting and getting more drunk. One really liked us, one was indifferent, one really didn't like us. The one that didn't like us threw a rock and hit me, but it was a little rock and he was a little guy. Still, it is always a little scary when someone picks up a rock and aims it at you... Ok, so these last two weeks have been a rollercoaster! I've got a new companion who's not actually a missionary, (we call them mini-missionaries). His name is Erdenebold and he's from Darkhan. About 4 months ago he was inactive, but one of my former companions, Elder Steinberg, reactivated his family and so he started to coming back to church. These last two weeks have really been good for him to see the other side of missionary work. It wasn't easy, but he learned alot and when he goes on his mission next March, I think he'll be a lot more prepared. We had our Zone Conference last week and the topic was Adversity. It was a great conference and it just seemed like everything, every little possible thing that would cause adversity, peaked before Zone Conference so that we would be able to understand it better. I know I appreciated it. There's this quote in the latest conference by President Eyring about Adversity:...our Heavenly Father and the Savior live and...love all humanity. The very opportunity for us to face adversity and affliction is part of the evidence of their infinite love" I know this is true. In all of our hard adversity we usually grow the most is what I've learned. We usually look back with gratitude on what we've experienced because of the things we've gained and learned. In terms of stories, we have this one New Member that wasn't going to be able to go to church because he got stuck with work, but then we prayed about it, and he called me up in the morning saying how it had gotten cancelled! We were all really estatic about that. Another neat one focuses on the way the Lord has us meet with the people he wants us to meet with. Last night we were looking for a house of a new contact to meet with. All of a sudden, one our new members, this youth named Enkhsaikhan, came up on his bike. The first time I had met him, he didn't seem very down to meet with the missionaries, but this time he was really friendly and when we asked to meet with him, he said yea! So we met and I shared my favorite scripture D&C 128:22, and talked about the wonderful Gospel and the importance of sharing it. It led to two ends: We were able to open the door to him preparing for a full-time mission, and he asked us to try meeting with his mother and brother! Similar to that, we met with another new member that same night and tried to share a scripture with him. His little brother is like a demon. He is just unruly. Anyway, through all this chaos we were able to see how to share the Gospel with his mom, she's really into the New Testament and goes to another church. So she shared with us some of her favorite scriptures from the New Testament and we were able to talk about how those are mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Now we're going back on Tuesday to teach more and it could be really good! Well, I love you all. You're awesome! I haven't got the package yet...that's a bummer, but I'll keep on enduring with hope! ~Elder Cappuccio -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 06 Sep 2009 21:27:46 -0400 Subject: Re: from a Galaxy far far away Dear James, I didn't get an email from you last week, so I don't know if there was an internet glitch or if the drunks came back to get even, so I hope to hear from you this week. Brother Haught bore his testimony today and said his wife is doing worse and that she is preparing to die. He has been so strong during their hard times and is such a good example. He and his wife were Joseph's sunday school teachers this year and I know he has been a good influence to everyone in that class. Also mention brother Lantz in your prayers and maybe Jack too. I hope you had a good week and that you have 2 weeks worth of good stories for us.? No good stories that I can remember?to tell about out week. Just work, grocery shopping,more work, laundry and more grocery shopping. Luckily Jack likes to cook and he made an awesome Beef Stew this week, which we shared with the Lantz'. Leslie Hodgson got remarried this weekend. She married someone she met on-line., he's from Idaho/Utah...i never dated anyone I met on-line. I never got into it that much, maybe because Ilike to meet them in person instead.? We love you and pray for you. Keep the fire burning! love always, mom?
I remember people saying if you were bad they would send you to Outer Mongolia. In this case it's different, because James is good he's going on a mission to Mongolia.