Good morning! Another great week has passed in the beautiful city of Ulaanbaatar (Red Hero). As I told you over the phone, it had snowed so it was cold for a few days here but now it is nice and beautiful again! Mongolia is such a wierd country when it comes to that. It has the biggest temperature swing of any country I know of. In the winter it's -40 and in the summer it is over 100! I used to love going to Utah and being in the snow and in the cold climates; now, I'm sick of it! I want it to be hot! Anyways, the work is going good here. We're really picking up a big investigator pool and trying to keep working them down and refining them into gold! There's a lot of Gold to be found here in Mongolia but it is so very very crucial to use the right methods in mining! If you just go in and blast everything to bits with dynamite, you're going to get a very small yield. But, if you make sure to pan the stream, very gently and friendly, you find quite a bit of specks. Don't EVER underestimate the power of friendship in missionary work. You want to know why they ask members to help so much in missionary work? Because they already have established friends that they love and trust and the friend loves and trusts that member. When that sort of relationship exists, the ability to share the message of the restored Gospel is enhanced greatly. As missionaries, we have the responsibility of becoming very good friends and very comfortable with each other in a very short time. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's hard. Sometimes it's not possible. But one thing I learned this week very well is that you must be friends with the members and the investigators! If they always see you as just "the missionary" or "the church member" then it makes religious discussion forced, or unspiritual. All in all, less productive. I say this because this week we went to visit and teach an investigator and ended up meeting her husband. As we got to know him and talked with him, we became pretty good friends. They offered us food and we politely accepted. The food would take awhile so we asked if we could meet with someone else and then return. They allowed us to do so and after teaching the other lesson we returned back to visit more with them. After sharing a message on the Book of Mormon with our friend, it was rather late. At that point, we had a decision. We could be just 'missionaries' and decline their food, leave and be home by 9; on the other hand, we could accept their generousity, eat, and be at home after 9 but before 930. We chose the latter and had a great time with the man and his wife talking and eating. The result? This man brought himself to church at sat all three hours enjoying and asking questions about our services and the things taught there! That is how I gained a testimony of the importance of friendship in missionary work! After all, Christ himself referred to us as friends, if we do as He has commanded. K, well I love all of you! You guys are great and it was awesome to talk with you all on the phone! Keep up the good work and enjoy your summer vacation ok? The church is true so do what you can to move it along. Find at least one friend that you can introduce to the church! Just one! and your joy will be great in the kingdom of God. Bye! ~Elder Cappuccio -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 21:21:26 -0400 Subject: wedding week Dear James, Time is flying by, you have less than a year to go on your mission and I am getting married in 6 days!? I hope you know that I wish you could be here.? I will send pictures from the wedding. I know you will like Jack, because I know you would like someone that makes me so happy =)? He said he was going to wrote you a letter, so not sure if that would be a real letter or just an email. Anyway in church today we sang the song Hark, All Ye Nations and I thought about you.? Hear are the words: Hark all ye nations! Hear heaven voice. Through every land that all may rejoice! Angels of glory shout the refrain: Truth is restored again! Chorus: Oh how glorious from the the throne above shines the gospel light of truth and love! Bright as the sun, this Heavenly ray lights every land today' Searching in darkness, natins have wept. Watching for dawn, their vigil they've kept. All now rejoice, the long night is o'er. Truth is on earth once more. chorus again. Chosen by God to serve him below, to every land and people we'll go, standing for truth with fervent accord, teaching his Holy word. chorus again. I think about you serving the people in a distant land so they can hear about the gospel message they have been waiting for. Hope you have a great week.? I might not be able to write you the next few weeks because I will be in Belize or on my way back. We love 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.