Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012

Oclooneemen! (Good Morning!)
Thank you for the great thoughts and letters! Your natural man comment made me remember a great workshop I had last week about convertion, that is true conversion. I left my notebook at the residence hall, but here my basic thoughts:
We watched Elder Bednar's talk that he gave at the MTC (highly classified) I would recommend it if it was avaliable to the public. He spoke on convertion as it meant changing our will to match Christ Jesus' and thus turning away from the natural man. Having a testimony does not necessarily mean being converted. True conversion takes time and a testimony is what you believe to be true. So, Elder Bednar says, if a testimony is what you know and believe, than conversion is consistently doing what you know is right. There was a lot more, but that was the main idea that I internalized. I am grateful for the fabulous teachers here.
Food is still going great! As a matter of fact, in the 13 days I have been here I have added 13 pounds to my weight, and I feel great! I don't look much different, I am just kinda jiggly when I do things...
Oh well!
A few more highlights of the week were:
Learning Mongolian, we are progressing quickly through diligent study and we commited an investigator to baptism we can speak pretty well without notes, but we can teach a decent lesson with notes. If this was a Cyrillic keyboard I would love to write a little for you , but my morning salutation in Mongolish will have to suffice I suppose.
I am in a 3-way companionship and there are 2 other Elders going to Mongolia in our district who are a seperate companionship and we all are goofy, but motivated and we have fun at the right times.
The tie-traders leave in 1 week! Good heavens, they stress me out! I should have brought some trading fodder, to keep them off, because I brought the ties I did for a reason! That is what makes a mission hard.
We are being taught Mongolian by three great Returned Missionaries. They are all American, but they are fantastic teachers. We started teaching 2 new investigators this week as well. The names of our investigators so far have been: Bataa (warrior/firm) Monhoo (eternal land) and Gathmandkha (rising fire) I think they are pretty cool!
I have been working hard to turn my wordly cares over to the world as I strive to lose myself in the work. I know He will bless me as I study and pray and love my investigators and my Savior. I hope that everyone back home is having a survivable time at home without me. I am profoundly happy here.
-Elder Chandler

OH, wait! Some other information that the general audience may be interested in about Mongolia that I have been learning, I would like to impart:
Everyone has a dog and people live in gers with a fence around it, so to "knock on the door" you just shake the fence so that is rattles and alerts the dog of your presence. Then the aggressive dog charges towards the gate as the ger-owner yells"Xkhen vwe?"meaning who's there? then the acceptable response is "Be bain" which mean literally It's me! Then they say Be bainoo? or who is me? so we tell them Nomclucktch, missionary. Then the person will come out and cover thier dog's eyes as we tiptoe into the ger and get fed goat fat and dumplings. Excellent.
I am nervous about the dogs a little, but that will be okay.
The other thing is that fermented horse milk we were talking about. The put it literally straight from the animal into a container, don't add anything and let it sit. So I filled up an empty water bottle with 2% milk and it has been on my window sill now for 5 days and is seperated into tofu-ish stuff and milky liquid. I can send some home and you can try it in 10 weeks!
That is all I can think to share, but again, I am really happy and so much good is happening in my life and I hope your's as well as we continually improve and give ourselves to the Lord. The Work is True!
-Acklaktch Chandler

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

It was a great week! I am so happy to be here and I love the work.
A couple highlights:
Elder Ballard spoke to us Sunday night in the same fireside that Elder David Archuleta sang The Spirit of God and the mission President also spoke. Immediately following that fireside my district stayed and we watched The Testaments and the spirit was so strong.
The first day all the new Mongolian Elders arrived we came into class and I was the first one so I saw an Elder sitting in the corner and he looked so scared! So we talked as other Elders arrived and he was just in shock and nervous out of his mind. We started listening to Mongolian and no one had any idea what in the world was going on. At the end ot the class period the teacher asked who wanted to pray and this Elder raised his hand. We were all suprised to hear impeccable Mongolian spewing forth. I just kept my eyes closed and hoped this would happen to me soon. After he finished he looked up and I looked at him with awe. He just started laughing and the teacher did too; turns out his visa had been delayed and he was a 16 week-er. He leaves tomorrow to be temporarily transferred to Iowa, until his visa gets through. The other 7 missionaries are already there.
We taught our first lesson (in Mongolian) our third day here and it went great! One of my companions is our district leader and he did not speak well, but he had a cool experience of teaching through the Holy Ghost (in Mongolian) in our first lesson. We have taught 2 more and I also was able to speak through the Spirit the next time.
My district has 5 total Elders, my companions are Elder Omori from Utah and Elder Hegland from Utah. I am the only one not from Utah or Idahe from the 6 who are here now. They are truly fantastic and terrific friends already!
The language is going well, I can pray and bear testimony and get to know people a little. It is most closely related to Turkish and I am so grateful for the Lord helping me learn. For those of you who are interested, Mongolian has 4 cases and uses the Cyrillic alphabet. We are being fed it through a firehose.
Oh, THE FOOD! I am so happy with the food! Although my stomach gurgles and rumbles all day everyday I really am happy with the well-balanced, calorie rich diet I indulge in.
Everything is going really well here. I would like to share a brief thought about something Elder Ballard spoke on. He talked to the MTC about this mission being a spirit foundation for the rest of our lives, and I definately know that is true. I can think of no other time when I have been so completely dedicated to a purpose. I have a singular duty while I am here and while I am serving the Lord to be worthy of the Spirit and to testify of what I know and what I believe; if I am worthy then the Lord will confirm it to the hearts and minds of the investigators we teach.
I love the gospel and I love being in the MTC. I have been called to serve for this time in my life and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Bi Borkhan hairte! Shar gou bie.
Love, Elder Chandler

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Elder Chandler will report to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
He has been called to serve in the Ulaanbataar, Mongolia mission for a period of approximately 24 months.
Watch this space for weekly posts and updates.