Who knows what happened I wasn't even there.
That's kind of the feeling for this week, as I was barely in my own area all week. I spent most of my time on Kokan, or as the English missionaries call it a companion exchange. We will get to all of it eventually but I feel like most of my time was spent away from Ise. Anyways, let's begin the week.
Monday ~ As for us missionaries this is the true day of rest, but we still got a lot done. That's the life of a missionary. Then at night as we were getting ready to go out, our ward mission leader called and said lets go visit a less active, so we went and had a nice little visit with them. From there we met with the mission leader and discussed the upcoming baptism and stuff like that. From there we made our way home, because it was late at night.
Tuesday ~ So we had studies and then we went to meet the Zone Leaders, to begin our Kokan, in which I would be going to Yokkaichi and my companion staying in Ise. From there we went less active hunting and talking to people. Then we had to go to the church so Elder Hansen, the zone leader I was with, could give an interview to someone who was to be baptized soon. The interview went smoothly and she was baptized this past Sunday. It was way cool. After that it was more hunting for less actives and people to talk to, with not much success. A few people were pretty close to meeting again, but they all kind of just stopped part way and said nope. But it was all good. Then we went home and ate water melon that a member had given us.
Wednesday ~ All the missionaries in our zone went to a big youth activity, FSY, or EFY for those of you in America. So it was way cool, because I got to see people I haven't seen in a long time like; Suzuki Maito, who was my first ward mission leader back in Fukuroi; Roberto, who was a less active youth that is now active in Takabata; and some other friends from other youth activities I've gone to. The activity was way fun. Then once that was done the Kokan ended and I went home. Back in Ise we did planning for the next week and taught Eikaiwa, so not much else got done.
Thursday ~ We finished up planning and then the investigator we planned on teaching canceled because of a sudden problem in her home. Understandable, so we told the member that was coming with us, and he was like, well can you just teach me English instead. So we agreed and taught him an hour English lesson and then he said he wants to do it every week and to thank us he took us out to dinner. It was way nice but that was our day.
Friday ~ Was DTM (District Training Meeting) and it was nice to get together with the other missionaries. After that I went to the City of Tsu to be on another Kokan with the District Leader and we had a nice time. We visited less active members and then went finding, and even found two way cool people that said they would go to their Eikaiwa class. From there we went home and made homemade mabudofu ( a spicy tofu and ground beef dish over rice) and it was way delicious. Later that night, we had a long phone call with the Zone Leaders, and after we hung up we realized we had like no time to get ready for bed so we made a mad dash for the futons (beds) and had a good night’s rest.
Saturday ~ So it took our companions a while to get to Tsu, to end the Kokan (exchange). Once they got there, we had a quick hello-goodbye and ran so we didn't miss our train that was coming. After that we went home and did a bit of prep for the baptism and stuff and then we went finding. I had a few people that I wanted to try and contact, but none of them were home. So we went housing. Interesting story from that is so I was housing and this guy had his gate closed so I opened it, because it wasn't locked, and went in to knock on the door. From there the man who we clearly saw in the house would not come to the door. Now in Japanese culture you technically haven't entered their house until you've stepped out of the genkan (front entry area) and up into the house, so knowing that I took the liberty of opening again the unlocked door and saying, "Gomen kudasai" or pretty much “Excuse me, is anybody home?” From there a man came to the door and we talked, but once he learned that I was a missionary he got all flustered and angry and practically threw me off the property. The whole time yelling and cussing pretty much. He pretty much called me an idiot who was doing no good for anyone in society and some other random stuff, but it was all good, just another day in the service of the Lord.
Sunday ~ So I had to give a talk that I really didn't prepare for so I spent the morning studying and coming up with a game plan. I ended up taking 7 Books of Mormon to church and then spent my time testifying of its power. then in the middle of my talk I pulled all 7 books out and set them on the podium and told them that I was going to give each family a book and have them to write their testimony in it, and then they can hand it out to someone. They all took the challenge and I gave each family a Book of Mormon at the end of sacrament meeting. Church was way good and then we had a small luncheon and it was good. From there we ran out to meet with a member and their grandkid. It was way fun and we had a great time with them. Then we had dinner with an investigator who refuses to progress, but keeps wanting us to come back. She won't trust the Book of Mormon and has a super hard time believing that God could call a prophet. It’s hard and she almost always counters anything and everything we say, but we are getting there, because she finally said a prayer correctly. And that was how we ended our night.
Well that's all from here. This week is transfer calls and I have a feeling even though I have only been here a short time I will probably be leaving, but who knows. Only time will tell.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..