There was this one 5star guy we met awhile back and were meeting with him although he lived outside our boundaries. Well, very fortunate for us, it turns out he moved into our area to be closer to his work and so we're still meeting with him and he's set to get baptized in two weeks. He's a way awesome guy, like 21 almost 22. He's very studious, and pretty spiritual. The other day we were teaching the Law of Chastity and he told us how despite the temptation from his girlfriend and his friends he had never gotten involved in it. Impressive huh! He really has a great moral integrity and it just seems like this world hasn't gotten to him. I love it! His name is Byamba. Alright, then there's Lutsaikhan, I'm kind of worried about his faith, he's been tested very fiercely. He's been waiting a month now to get baptized and still has a month to go, but it's hard because he kind find work (he's about 48) and he has the opportunity to go to Korea and work there. We've met with him and taught about how the Gospel provides the way for us to be sustained in our own land and that seems to have comforted him a bit, but these last three weeks he's been absent from church for various reasons (Naadam ((he went to the countryside)), A relative was really sick, and he got some work in the countryside). We need to teach him a little better about the Sabbath Day and I think he'll be fine. Another hard thing is that his family isn't as receptive to the Gospel. We've tried to involve them and it hasn't happened yet. I can tell it's hard on him. But, he reads the Book of Mormon and the Investigator class book every morning and prays twice a day! Zaya, that one girl that we started meeting with awhile back is doing good. We had that one intense meeting last week were we told the dad why he couldn't go to the countryside. Then we found out that he did, which really got us feeling down. However, I guess we heard wrong because he really didn't go! He stayed here in the city working at his other job. Now my companion and I are way stoked. We've got to work a way for him to have Sundays off and then we'll be able to prepare them for Baptism! A family! This last week we've been meeting with these two families together. It's been really neat. The daugther is a little angel and has great faith. One time as we were closing off a lesson, the dad of the other family asked, "how can I get one of these books[book of mormon]?" We had given the one family one and kind of forgotten to get another. "We'll give you one!" We said. "Ok good. Because after you guys left that first time, I felt really good inside. I want to read that book". Amazing huh! He wanted us to sign the book so we're going to get one and write our testimonies in it and sign it then give it to him. In the meantime we gave him another one and when we dropped by his work the other day he had it open and he's like, "I've only been able to read here and there. I'm in 1 Nephi 13". This guy his awesome. His name is Batmunkh. His little son is named Orgil or "Peak" and he's hilarious. Another miracle is this guy named Enkhbat. We can't take any credit for this one at all. He was meeting with missionaries before and then went on work to work at a mine in the countryside. Now's he's back and in our area. He really wants to become a member, but he smokes. He's determined though so we've set goals and we're working with him to overcome his addiction. The other day at church as we were heading to Priesthood he starts to head for the door and we're like, "wait! what are you doing!" and he's like, "I'm just going to get a drink". Well, 5 minutes later he comes back with an ice cream cone and sits down in Priesthood with us. At first I was kind of confused, but later I understood. That day he had only smoked once in the morning and in order to calm his craving he had to get something else so he got an ice cream cone and heading back in. We haven't taught the Sabbath Day yet either so it's not a big deal. It's actually just way neat to see how he's trying to keep his goal and quit smoking. It was way helpful for him to come to the baptism this week with us because this 50 year old man got baptized and shared with the congregation that he had smoked for about 30 years and tried to quite numerous times but never could do it. Then he met with the missionaries, and through the goal of getting baptised and joining God's true church was he finally able to successfully quit smoking. Elder Steinberg and I are having some experiments with food as well. We made tacos with spanish rice the other day and are surviving well on french toast and hashbrowns every morning. Umm...other interesting things...I think one thing I really started enjoying a little more this week is testifying with the Spirit. In each lesson or in each contact on the street, there's usually a time when you can look them right in the eyes, smile, and testify powerfully of a principle that they need in their life. It's not always the same, but the Spirit comes in and it feels great. That's why it's great to be a missionary! Your job is to be a transport for the Spirit and help people find what they're really looking for in life. So yea, we're working hard, things are going good, and the Lord is blessing us abundantly. Thank you sending a package! I love you all! ~Elder Cappuccio P.S. a little funny thing about Mongolia is that sometimes people will just randomly buy fireworks and let them off. Last night there was like a miniature firework show 200 yards from our apartment with some pretty large fireworks. It was neat. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 20:22:48 -0400 Subject: goodies on there way, here and there! Dear James, We did some school shopping yesterday, so I bought some of the stuff you need, but I still need to get the journal and some pop-tarts and gushers.. Joe said you liked Cheez-its so we bought a box of those for you. I hope to end it out by Wednesday and it takes about 3 weeks, so hopefully you have something to keep your journal in until this gets there and then you can transfer it over. We bought stuff to send to Jack's daughter's husband who is Iraq right now. He likes getting care packages too. Jack's sister who lives in Minnesota, has 2 children on missions right now and she forwards their letters to me. I don't know them, but it's always cool to read about missionary experiences. We've been cleaning out the garage to make room for Jack's woodworking equipment and tools and my new car! Well, it's not exactly new, it's as old as my 2003 Taurus, but it only has 33,000 miles on it(Taurus has 110,000) and it's a BMW! I am buying a Z4 convertible, dark blue and it's costing me about the same as the Taurus per month. I paid that off a few months ago and only have a couple payments left on the truck, so it's very affordable and very cool. I'm going to let Amy take the Taurus up to BYU, but when you get back you will have to share it. I was thinking you could both stay at my parents house to save money and carpool together to school. We'll have the summer you get back to figure things out,=2 0but I am just letting her use it, not giving her the car. You all have to buy your own cars just like I did. Unless Cali gets really rich and famous from her singing career and then she might buy you all a new car.....=) Which reminds me, I need to sign her up for some voice lessons. Peaking of singing, I volunteered to have the choir practice at our house in the morning so that will be cool. Our living room has Jack's band equipment in it, so it looks like a music room. I need to practice my violin more, which any practice would be more right now and also practice electric bass and keyboard. We have a really nice keyboard, which is Killian's from Christmas, but he shares. I always thought it would be cool to have all my kids sing and play in a band, so next summer we can play around with that idea too. Well, I hope you have a prosperous week and I appreciate all your great letters home. The gruesome blood and pus parts aren't that exciting to me, but I'm sure some people stayed tuned for your letters especially for the juicy parts like that. As long as it doesn't deter them from wanting to serve a mission....Thank goodness you don't have your camera! Any advice on how to avoid getting boils to start with? Take care and know we are praying 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.