Hi Athena, I told my nephew when he first started his mission that a member of our ward was serving in Mongolia, but I guess he forgot. In his letter today, he told me that he met your son. I'll copy a few of the things he said in his letter about your son. On Saturday I went on an exchange with an elder named Elder Cappucio. We were asking each other where we were from and he said he was from Chandler Arizona. I said, hey I have an aunt who lives there. I said the last name was Hellewell and he said, Beverly?! Anyway, I found out that he is from Beverly's ward :) Anyway the next 5 investigators will be from the exchange we did together. We were going outside to a house to try and contact a referral with a bad phone number. When we went there they didn't answer the door, but they yelled through the door asking who were and said that the person wasn't home. Anyway, as we left we were kind of pointing around which area to go next to try and do ITLs and maybe get a lesson from an immediate ITL. As we did this a man came up to us from a distance and asked in English if he could help us. My companion ended up asking him what he wanted in life. He said he wanted to go to church. My companion then told him the way he could help us was to meet with us and come to church. He ended up asking us to follow him ( he was a little bit drunk ) We didn't have anything else better to do, so we followed him. He then told us a little bit about his life and how he lived illegally in America for 7 years. That is how he learned English. He then asked us to go to his house with him. We were kind of hesitant, but we went anyway. He had met with our missionaries about a year earlier and had a 1st lesson pamphlet in is room. His wife was there. She didn't speak any English, but this man insisted he wanted to speak only in English with us. He told us how he is an alcoholic and when he is drunk he loses stuff or does stupid things, so they lost like everything they owned and really they had nothing in their house except a pad in the corner to sleep on. He then showed us a cup he used as an ash tray. He threw it out his window from like the 4th story and told us he would never smoke again. He then had a thing of alcohol. He said he would drink it right there and never drink again. My companion asked if we could share a message first, but he insisted he drink his last bottle of alcohol first. We finally started to get to talk about spiritual things and we asked if we could start with a prayer. He wanted to pray immediately, but we thought it may be better if we prayed and let him say the closing prayer. We started singing Love at Home in Mongolian. Half way through the 2nd verse he stopped us and told us he wanted to sing in English. Anyway, we finished the two of us singing in Mongolian while they listened. After we prayed he went back to the window and yelled out to 2 of his friends. He said, hey! American missionaries are at my home right now, hurry and come in to hear their message. This man and woman then come into the house and we taught them about the holy ghost and praying to know about truth. We then talked a little about the book of Mormon. The spirit was powerful there. The drunk man ended up giving a really nice heartfelt closing prayer. The other couple couldn't come to church, but the drunk man and his wife went with us to Stake Conference yesterday. It was awesome. We went to check on an old investigator that I had the first time I was here. She was really open to the church and had come to the last stake conference when they made the first stake ever in Mongolia. Apparently she had gotten married while I was gone, so it would be okay to teach her again. We saw smoke coming out of their ger, so we knew someone was home. We went there and just her son was there. He told us to come in and offered us some really good food he had just made. We just kind of asked when his mom would get home, but it turned slowly into asking him if he was interested in church things. He said no, so I was sort of going to just leave it with that. Elder Cappucio turned it around somehow with asking if he believed in God and he did. He turned it around into just asking him about who he thought God was and what kind of person he was. He ended up sitting close to us as we taught him a powerful first lesson. He told us he would come to stake conference the next day by himself and meet us there. He accepted a baptismal date also. He didn't come to stake conference, but right after it started he called me 4 times and I couldn't answer the phone because the meeting had started. He called this morning again and told us he wants to meet with us. He is really good and somehow my companion turned him from not being interested into a really interested investigator. On Saturday I realized how important it is to be more bold when I teach. I always like to share a heartfelt testimony throughout all of my lessons, and when I do ITLs. Elder Cappucio taught me about being more bold. Like when the person asked him how he could help him, he replied with a question. He asked him what he wanted in life, and then after he answered he told them how we could help them achieve that. Then in another lesson after we were done he asked them how they felt during our lesson. When they said good, he immediately just said it was the Holy Ghost. Things like that are important to be blunt and just tell your investigators what they are feeling and how we really can help them. We ended the day with only 2 lessons, but they were two spiritually uplifting lessons that boosted me up. Hope things are going great for you. Beverly
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.