They say the Holy Ghost speaks in a still small voice. And now so do I.
So I'm back and hopefully I will have enough time to explain my heading, but that doesn't happen until Friday, so who know this might just be a cliffhanger. So sorry if you don't like cliffhangers, but that's how this is going to go. So I think I left off on . . . . .
Saturday ~ If I'm wrong, then fly to Japan and tell me in person, otherwise I'm pretty sure I left off on Saturday. So we started the morning with a lesson at 10 AM, because who needs studies?! Actually, all of us do, so after the lesson we went and got lunch and then went home to do our studies. After that we both felt really tired and weakened from being out and about so much, so we completely updated our area book and records and all that good stuff. Then that evening we went out and visited a FI (former investigator) who quickly invited us in. Upon learning my companion, the one the only Elder Osmond, was related to the Osmond brothers, he was super excited. If you’re not over 50 or not Mormon, then you might not know that name. The FI was super happy and it was way cool. So we had a nice long talk with him and it pretty much took our entire night. We did have time on the way home to run into Daiso, my favorite dollar store, and buy some stuff to prank the other Elders for April Fool’s Day. With our newly acquired toys we proceeded to scare the crap out of one of the other elders, way great idea. And the fun continues as we still continue to surprise him. But after the prank that was it.
Sunday ~ So we had fast and testimony meeting, while most of you guys watched Conference, the beauty of the translation time delay. So yeah, then after all of that we had singing practice, because somehow being a missionary gets you into the choir. After all of that we had some dinner and decided to go visit our ward mission leader, who's been a bit under the weather recently. So we show up and he's actually talking to the senior couple missionaries on the phone and when he comes to the door he says into the phone “the missionaries are here, so I have to go”. I bet that confused the senior missionaries, but we had a good visit with him and after that we hopped on the train back home and that was our night.
Monday ~ We had a meeting with a less active that we have been playing basketball with recently, so that was cool. It was actually the senior couple’s lesson and we just sat in on it. After that it was emailing all you guys and then off to a haircut. A member in the ward does all the missionaries, so I got a nice cut for free and it was way good. Then we had dinner with them and it was way good. But since it was a ways out there, we hurried home and that was our night.
Tuesday ~ So we started off with a good day of study and I was feeling a bit out of it, but I thought I was ok. So we went and played some basketball with the guy we had the lesson with on Monday. And after that I had a bit of a sore throat, but nothing crazy or at least that's what I thought. So we ran home grabbed some dinner and then prepared all the food we needed for our Eikaiwa dinner party. Way good. Man the Lord tests your faith though, because when it was time to start there was only 3 students and I was like “well this one flopped”, Then everyone walked in about 10-15 minutes late. I guess our class has got Mormon Standard Time down to a tee. After the party we attended seminary to help one of the teachers. It was a good feeling to sit in with all the youth in class. But we then hustled home, to be in on time.
Wednesday ~ So a member randomly called us up and decided to take us out to lunch and I'm never one to turn down a chance to meet with a member. From there we had service and that sore throat had developed in to a cough, so I kind of worried about getting some people sick, but it turned out to be ok. Then after that we had a lesson with an investigator where we are trying to get down to the bottom of why he meets with us, but he's hard to read and hard to understand so we will see how it goes with him. But that was the night.
Thursday ~ So we didn't have much planned but a member called us up to go visit some less actives. So we hopped on that like white on rice, and yes that is my joke about Japan today. We had a great time, we even found a less active that the member said would take a year or so of constant fellowship to return and by the end he decided that things had changed and that they might be able to come back sooner, all because the good relationship that we built with her. So from there we had to do our weekly planning, so yeah that happened. A shout out to Isaac Dobbins, my friend over in the states, who feels the pain of planning, except while I'm planning a week, he's planning a wedding and a life with his soon to be wife. Good luck. So yeah, planning capped off our night.
Friday ~ So I woke up and bam I've got no voice, just great. I thought maybe it would be back in a while, but yeah I was wrong. So we decided that I probably needed to see a doctor. But first DTM (District Training Meeting). After that we went to the hospital and I got a diagnosis. It started as a cold, but because I talked too much with a cold I hurt my voice and caused a polyp to appear in my throat that is keeping me from speaking. Now the heading above should make sense, since I can barely speak above a whisper. The doctor prescribed some kusuri (medicine) and then he prescribed 2 weeks of silence. Wow, I don’t know about that. I've got faith so it'll only be a week of silence for me. Needless to say, this might be one of the most trying times on my mission, no worries though I'll press through. After that we went to a member appointment and that was funny trying to not talk, yeah I ended up talking a lot, whoops. We had a good night with them, and it was all good.
Saturday and Sunday ~ This began our conference weekend. So I sat quietly, without any other choice obviously, and learned a lot. Conference took the rest of our weekend, because Sunday was also Conference and then my rest and recuperation day. “For God blessed the Sabbath and made it a day of rest.” So I rested. And that was the week plus some. As for right now my voice is slowly returning and it should be back some time soon. We I love all of y'all. Have a good week and as a good friend of mine says, "STAY SAFE"
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