“Herroo. I'm fine thank you! This is a pen.”
So the subject line is the English learned by high schoolers here. It's way funny. So obviously it's been another week and it's always a blur. Additionally, this coming week we will be getting transfer calls, which mean I just keep getting closer to going home. Honestly, if my parents weren't coming to take me home I might not ever truly make it back to America, but you know it's all good. I am still working on getting that eternal full time missionary gig. Right now it's kind of occupied by the three Nephites and John the Beloved, so unless one of those guys resign, but don't think that’s happening. The reality is, I'm going to be headed home to America sooner than later. Anyways, off into the week.
Monday ~ So we went to the church for regular emailing and stuff and a member showed up and we talked with him and played ping pong, and then we went to McDonald's and ate some burgers together. From there we did our shopping and stuff. Then we came home and cleaned and put stuff away. After Handley and I went to the church to look up some quick and easy recipes so we could whip up some food for the members. In the end we found a from scratch brownie recipe and an unbelievably easy peanut butter cookie recipe. Like it's just sugar, peanut butter and an egg. If you’re wondering the cookies actually turned out way oishii (delicious). So we then went out and bought the ingredients we needed and on the way home I saw some guys playing soccer so started to talk to them and got us invited to play with them next week. Score! The actual game will be tonight. I'll get to lace up the shoes and get out there. Once back at home we spent the rest of the night baking stuff for the members.
Tuesday ~ Crazy jam packed day. We start with service for our handicapped friends at Kujira, which literally means whale. Afterwards, we came home ate some food and then head out for our lessons. First lesson was with Tetsuya. We worked with him on his problems and getting over them. Talked about baptism and how the Gift of the Holy Ghost completes it. We illustrated this by giving him one cookie and saying that was baptism. Then we gave him two more cookies showing how awesome the Gift of the Holy Ghost will be in addition to baptism, and we did this all while reading 2 Nephi 31. Then we rushed off to apologize to a less active who I had kind of pushed to help the branch out because I was in a tough spot and he could have really helped me, but in the end someone else came through and I didn't need to be so pushy. So we gave them cookies. The brother took it in stride and was like no problem, you’re just trying to get me back to activity and that's good. So we will continue to work with him. Then we went to visit an investigator, obviously we had cookies to give him, but he wasn't home. So we went housing and met some cool people. No takers though. Then we went back to the investigator's apartment, but he must have had a long day because he still was not home. No car and no lights from the inside, mind you it was like 8:15 PM and he was still at work, crazy. So we went off to talk to our favorite recent convert Tou and had fun with him and seeing if there was anything we could do to help him. He said make his work less busy but I can't do that so we just lightened his day by joking with him. But from there we rushed home and barely made it inside on time, but we did it.
Wednesday ~ So we had our morning English class at the hotel in Yokkaichi and as always that was way fun. We then headed out to visit a member in the hospital. He is our ward mission leader and was in an accident last week. It was a good visit and we got to understand what was going on a whole lot better. He has improved a lot and is conscious now, but he doesn't remember a lot, so he will be in the hospital for a few more months for rehabilitation. After that we returned home for our other Eikaiwa and we barely made it back in time. Yokkaichi is about 1 and a half hour by train from Ise. But we got back and had fun at Eikaiwa.
Thursday ~ Planning, planning for the companionship, planning for the area, and more planning. You name it we did it. After that we watched a worldwide missionary devotional that lasted two hours, and took up a lot of our day. We had just enough time for our Japanese class where some people that we had contacted earlier finally came back to class and it was way good. Not only was my Japanese growing but so was our teaching pool. You have got to love those times, as a missionary.
Friday ~ We had a DTM (District Training Meeting) in Tsu, so we headed up there. We ended up getting back home later than we had hoped, because of trains, of course. Trains are way nice, but if you don't catch the right one it's game over on the schedule. Anyways, by the time we got home everyone was hungry, so as Chef Williams I whip up some mobudofu. If you don't know what that is, you can look it up on the internet. After that we did some language study and then we went housing. Finally, at the end of the day we had kids Eikaiwa and it was way fun. The kids are just crazy. After that I had a presidency meeting and to the chagrin of my Mission President it started late and ran long, so we did not get home until about 10 PM, after curfew. I couldn't stop those guys from devouring the plan I had set up for the meeting, so we pretty much covered everything on the entire agenda. It was good though. Then as we were racing home I turn around to see if Handley is still with me, when I see him come around a corner too fast and he tried to slow down by tapping his front brake which led to the inevitable flip over the handle bars. He gets 8 out of 10 on the crash scale because of his scream. Luckily he is alright, there was no harm done. He was just a bit sore the next day.
Saturday ~ We did a branch family home evening, but ended up having only three people come. But it was all good. After that we went to dinner and then to visit people. We also had a meeting with a new investigator, which was pretty interesting and he kind of just wanted to watch a movie with us, but yeah that was stopped and we introduced some church stuff. After that we were out of time, so we headed home.
Sunday ~ So I assigned myself a talk along with the visiting high councilor to speak in Sacrament meeting. So, just the two of us speaking. I was expecting him to go for at least 15 to 20 minutes but he took only ten and so I was left with thirty minutes but hey I've got this, right? Well, kind of. Everyone seemed to like the talk and thought it was good too, but I ran out of prepared stuff at about 20 minutes in. But I made it and it was good. After that we went home for food and then some study and then we visited a member and it turned into a way long talk and after that we went and visited a less active out in the boondocks and got a good contact. We even got a time to go back, way awesome. After that we biked home wet because of rain. When we got home we ate some rice and leftover mabudofu, and that was the wrap for the week.
It's been way fun. I hope you guys had an awesome week too.
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