Dear Mother, Well, lets answer your questions! First, with Mongolian, it was never meant to be written in English or Russian letters. The Mongolian script seems to be taken from Arabic and adapted. I've started studying the Mongolian script lately and there are tons of differences between the way we speak and write now in Cyrillic and how they used to speak and write. The words in Mongolian Script are usually spelled differently and so there aren't double vowels. But then when you speak it, you cut out a lot of middle consonants. It's just a really different language! Russian has a lot of ties to Greek. Mongolian has a lot of ties to...well, nothing really. The grammar structure is tied to Turkish, Korean, and Japanese, but the words, roots and accent, aren't really tied to anything else. Anyways, I'm talking like I'm a linguist. But I'm not, so I'll stop now :) Yes we teach English. So far we're just teaching 2 hours at the church so it's quite a difference. We were teaching 10 hours each week in the city. Pretty soon school will start up (next week) and then we'll teach more. The bike riding is alright! My thighs are getting a real good workout! My butt is feeling better. It's been raining a lot and so there a lot of puddles and we get muddy quite a lot. The other day I got stuck in this huge mud puddle and Itried to get out but the mud sucked my shoe off! It was pretty funny and then I was muddy from the ankle down for the rest of the day. Also ,the bikes have gone pretty bad and so almost everyday we've made our way to the shop to get it fixed up. Anyways, want a cool story? Here you go. It happened last Monday :) So, we're walking home from a Family Home Evening with some of the ward youth and the sun's already set. As we're walking down one street, two drunks approach my companion and I and say, "STOP! Then, "Give us those bikes, what are you guys doing, etc." So there's a tall drunk and a smaller drunk. It was like perfectly paired with our companionship. Anways, in the background the youth are freaking out and screaming (the girls). I told them to grab our bikes and run off the other way. At first they just stood there in shock, and I was like, "Go!" and so they starting going. Meanwhile the two drunks were grabbing us by the collar trying to get stuff out of us. We told them to let go but they persisted and so I just grabbed the one on me and threw him to the ground. Then the other one was messing with my companion, (apparently he headbutted him and bruised my companion's nose) so I grabbed him and threw him to the ground as well. As soon as we were free of them, we took off back down the road we came and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the bigger drunk pick up a big rock and throw it at us. Luckily, he missed (I mean, he was drunk). The smaller one got up and starting chasing us again so I stopped, threw him to the ground again, and we ran off. Finally they stopped chasing us and we returned to the main road to try and find the youth. The youth were safe and the police were called. In about 10 minutes, the police showed up and took care of the two drunks. It was funny because as soon as we were in the light and the police were there and stuff, the drunks were trying to say we did stuff to them and were messing with them. So yea, I didn't really expect an encounter like that, but, this is Zuun Kharaa and it's a whole new world. Anyways, my companion and the youth were pretty shaken up, but no one was seriously hurt so the Lord was really looking out for us. P.S. one part that was really funny was that the tall one grabbed me and was getting in my face. He was threating us and all that. I stopped him and said, "wait, what's your name?" He paused, thought a little bit and said, "my name's Sukhbaatar" For like 10 seconds he was out of his angry, drunk mode. He was a little sober there. I said, "My names Elder Cappuccio" After that little shock, he turned back into the angry drunk and started messing with us so I threw him down. Other than that, the work is going good. I love the people here because they are humble and plain. They're great! I'm sure we'll have more stories to share and more spiritual experiences to tell. Have a great week! I love you all! ~Elder Cappuccio -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 21:19:52 -0400 Subject: from a Galaxy far far away Dear James, Your new town, Zuun Kharaa, sounds like something out of Star Wars, but then again so does Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan! Maybe you are on a galaxy far, far away.....You might have mentioned this before, but why do they have repeating vowels in every word? Russian seems to have minimal vowels and Mongolia has mostly vowels. If they had to play wheel of fortune in Mongolian, there wouldn't be enough consonants to make enough money, especially if you had to buy the vowels. Anyway, I hope you like your new area. Do you teach English there too? How's the bike riding going? I didn't get to ride too much this week, so I'll probably get saddle sore all over again. Jack's brother, John, came to visit this week from Illinois, so we went on an evening Harley ride out to Canyon Lake this week. Did I tell you Jack had a Harley before? Anyway, he's not a real Harley guy, meaning no tattoo's or stuff like that. He just likes the sound of the engine and the fun he has when he rides it. I like riding on the back too. Crystal might be closing on her house in Mesa. ?Her mortgage payment is only going to be $450/month. Pretty good.....she's pretty excited about it. Amy is still trying to get a job at BYU, so maybe pray that she'll get a good part time job. My brother still needs a decent job, my parents are still supporting him, so I hope he can find one too. It's a hard time to find a job, so I am really grateful for the good job that I have and hope i can continue to do well at it. So far I have been greatly blessed. We love you and wish you the best aways and pray for yoiu. 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.