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I received an e-mail from a former Mongolian mission president, Pres. Harlan Clark (1999-2002), and I would like to share it with all of you (with his permission of course):
From Harlan and Mary Alice Clark
2011 has been a wonderful year.
Our new address as of Dec. 10 will be 16 Union Ave., Unit 2, Nutley, N.J. 07110. Hmaclark1@yahoo.com. 801-867-7567
We completed our Manhattan Temple mission in August 2011. We loved the environment, the people we worked with, and the labor of love in this temple. We were also assigned to work in the Harlem First Ward where we taught Sunday School courses on temple preparation, family relationships, and marriage.
We put in our papers for another mission and received a call to serve in the New Jersey Morristown Mission in leadership support. That mission will start on December 5, 2011. We will be living in Nutley, New Jersey and helping in the Patterson Branch.
Since we were off for 4 months, we decided to take a two week trip back to Mongolia during the end of the summer. The first Sunday there we went to Baganuur to church. Twelve years before, Baganuur was a struggling branch with just a handful of active members. On this day when we were there, they announced that the church was going to build a chapel in Baganuur.
We checked out the church building in Zoon Harah. The church there began in a bar. Now they were meeting in a lovely building.
We were part of firesides in the new church offices in Ulaanbaatar. This property was purchased while we were there. In fact we attended the landbreaking ceremony. Now it’s a beautiful building that houses all the church offices and mission home. We were able to see many members that we knew.
It was inspiring to see the church growth in Mongolia and to meet with the members that we knew in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet.
After visiting Mongolia and returning to the United States, we drove East and visited some families in Kokomo, Indiana that Harlan helped to convert in 1953, when he was a young missionary serving in what was then the Great Lakes Mission.
One sister we visited said that the reason she let Harlan and his companion in the door was because Harlan looked like her brother who had been killed in World War 11. She said that no matter what he was there for, she wanted to let him in. She joined the church and has been doing lots of family history research.
We visited another family where Harlan and his companion were the first to knock on the door. It had snowed six to eight inches. Two people told them that they couldn’t be ministers out on a day like that. The family joined, and there are about a hundred family members now.
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