So another week down and tons more to go. Missions seem like the 2 years will be a long time, but then you get into the thick of things and you feel like if you take one nap you might wake up and be in your closing interview holding your plane ticket home. But hey that's life. Anyways let’s begin.
Monday ~ So it was a p-day, so we cleaned and did stuff like that, then we played some sports. After all that was finished, we went and met with some investigators. It's was, as always, a good time. It was also kind of crazy because the next day we would be going to meet all the other missionaries for transfers and then from there head out for other things. But that was the next day.
Tuesday ~ Woke up. Did some studies and then headed to Nagoya station to meet up with all the missionaries that were transferring. Anyways we had to make a quick escape because we had to go to trainers training. This is a special meeting for all the missionaries that will be receiving transfer one missionaries, “bean chans” or known to American missionaries as a “greenies”. Yep that's me out and about in Japan for like 7 months and they think I speak good enough Japanese to have someone that doesn't really speak and is just learning to do so. So yeah, it should be awesomely entertaining for the next while. So after that it was a crazy night as we had 3 extra elders in our apartment, so a total of 5 elders. Yep it was one giant sleep over till the next day when we would receive the new missionaries.
Wednesday ~ We woke up did the studies then headed out early to go to the church where we would be picking up the new elders. And like all things in the church it started late. But hey that's life sometimes. So we did the ceremony of meeting your first comp and receiving your first area and I was assigned / blessed to receive Elder Pollister from Oahu, Hawaii. From there, we went to get all the money stuff taken care of and stuff like that. Then we came home caught him up to speed and then had Eikaiwa. Way cool. Anyways, our day was kind of done from there.
Thursday ~ We woke up and did our studies, including our extra hour of study, then we went and bought Elder Pollister a new bike. It's always fun to try to communicate with people that speak over the top polite Japanese when we are just barely learning, but you know we worked it out and got it taken care of. From there we went and met with our recent convert and we worked our way through some more of the lessons. Then we hustled back to the church to have a meeting with Hayashi San who really wasn't progressing, like not even taking a Book of Mormon. But with some coaxing and telling him it was an act of faith, he said he would take it and read it. Like it was literally at a point in the lesson where we were going to drop him, but he looked at us and then it seemed to click and he said, "I will take the book." Anyways after that we went and had dinner and went out to talk to people and let Elder Pollister try his hand at it. It was awesome nobody wanted to meet again, but it's all good things will start to get rolling. And that was our night.
Friday ~ It was a good morning as we completed all that we needed to do and then went to an appointment with an investigator. They weren't there, but it was all good. From there we went talking to people and it was way awesome. Finally we had a lesson with an investigator and he was really interested in the plan of salvation. It was a good lesson and he had some really good questions. We didn't finish the whole thing, so we will continue it later. After that we had splits with a member and me and Elder Pollister went to seminary, way fun. Pollister shared some nice thoughts. Some that had to be translated, by yours truly, and others in pretty good Japanese. Anyways he can only get better because we speak every day. By the end of our time together, he will be ready to roll.
Saturday ~ After studies we hit the streets and were talking to lots of people and had a blast trying to get to a park, but when you talk with everybody on the streets you don't get places very fast, especially in a city. Anyways we went home grabbed our basketball stuff and went and played for a while. We then went to dinner with one of the guys and his brothers from basketball and started talking about going to church and stuff. It was awesome and by the end of the night we got him and his two brothers to say that they would come to church when Elder Lehman heads home. Anyways the guys at basketball are awesome and lots of them are boarder line investigators. But after that we rushed home so we wouldn't be late.
Sunday ~ This was kind of a weird Sunday, but it was all good. We had Stake Conference in a different area so we came to the church about an hour earlier and the members were nice enough to give us and an investigator a ride to the other building. After Stake Conference we headed home, grabbed a quick snack and went to teach an investigator. Way awesome. We just taught him about the Ten Commandments and he said that would be no problem as he is already Christian. He happens to be Filipino. Then after that we rushed out to a LA (less active), but since he wasn't home we housed the area and found some really cool potential investigators. From there we tried setting up a Skype lesson at the church with an investigator, but it was a no go. And that was our night. From there we just went home.
Well time for a spiritual note; this week it is prayer. Before transfer calls came I decided that my prayers weren't focused and kind of haphazard. I talked a lot and asked for a lot of things and said thanks a lot but it seemed to be lacking something. So I remembered that when I had a big focus in my prayers in the past I saw miracles and I felt the spirit more. So I decided to give focus to my prayers I would pick 3 things that I really wanted Gods help in. One of my three things was that I would become a trainer. For 2 weeks morning and night I would put all energy and soul into these 3 things. I still said other things and tried to not be repetitive but I focused on those three things, hard. Now I don't promise things will come in 2 weeks but for me they did and I became a trainer. It was an answer to a prayer. I still have the other 2 things I'm still praying for and now I pray to be a good trainer. Prayer works don't discount that fact. God will hear you and "if (you) ask not amiss" he will bless you.
As always Love,
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..