Goooooooood mornin' America!!!! (Please read in your best Robbin Williams voice)
Anyways it's probably not morning in America when you'll read this, but it was this morning when I wrote it, so oh well. So let's begin.
Monday ~ P-day and some appointments, but nothing special. Met with Hayashi San and had a nice lesson. Got my bike worked on, as it needed some oil and the gears needed some work, but it turned out ok. All in all, not a bad P-day.
Tuesday ~ We had a Kokan (splits) with the Elders from Gokiso. So I was working with Elder Krippen. He is one of the strictest missionaries I know, if not the most. He is so strict that sometimes it's almost hard to do missionary work. Kind of weird sounding, but I love this guy. He's way funny, but he takes exact obedience to the next level. How, I don't know. But anyways we went to check up on some people we housed into and they weren't there so we headed out to see our investigator Fabian, who requested a visit that morning. During our visit we taught tithing and he really enjoyed it, and he has come so far. He really enjoys the gospel. Anyways, the reason I said Krippen is really strict is because there was/still is a rule that you should talk to everyone you meet, but there are times where that isn't feasible. For example you’re running late or there's danger or something along those lines. So we were going to a member appointment and we were going to just barely get there in time, if we didn't talk to everyone along the way. And I told him that, but about half way there we were still stopping practically everyone. So I told him we had to go and go fast. Finally, he understood and we were a bit late but the members understood. Anyways, we were late, but we found a new investigator so it was ok. But apparently he felt kind of guilty. Anyways, it was a good day and it taught me to be a bit more diligent to try to talk to everyone. So that was our day.
Wednesday ~ So we went to Nagoya station to end the Kokan and do a bit of music dendo with the Shimai. One of the Shimai can play the violin so we were going to street preform and then give everybody flyers and other stuff, but after one song we were shut down by the police. So we went to another spot, that they said was ok, and had a good time. And when the sister started playing “ O Come All Ye Faithful”, I hopped in and started singing. For those of you who know me, you guys know I can't sing, but it was still way fun. After that we had DKK, weekly planning meeting, and then Eikaiwa, which is always fun. And recently more and more people are coming which is way awesome. Anyways, fun time.
Thursday ~ So we went to Yokkaichi, which is the Zone Leaders area, for another Kokan (split). Once there I picked up Elder John from Colorado, he is transfer 2 so he hasn't been here that long, but hey neither have I, and headed back to my area. Before heading out I smelled something way good so I had to find out what. It turned out to be a bakery that was way delicious. Anyways, once we made it back to Takabata we had a visit with a LA (less active) and we went to lunch and then after that we went to his apartment to have a lesson. And it was way awesome. His mom, who is not a member, listened in and eventually we started teaching her. It was way good and when we talked about the atonement she started crying and saying she wanted that in her life. So we will probably be teaching them both from now on. There is only one problem that I just learned about yesterday though. They technically live in another ward’s boundaries so it is kind of hard to get there and teach, but we will see what happens. After that we headed to the apartment to drop off Elder Johns things and head out to see another LA and on the way found 2 investigators. Once we got to our appointment, it turns out that this LA really likes American Football, and his favorite team just so happens to be the Denver Broncos. And there we were, me, a guy from Colorado, and this less active all talking football for a while, and then we transitioned into the gospel. All in all, a great night. We finished up the night with DCS with the mission leader and after that we headed home.
Friday ~ We ended the Kokan (split) and then had DTM (District Training Meeting). After that we had lunch and then a lesson with Oguri Ryo San. Recently we hadn't met so it was kinda worrying us, but it turned out ok as it was just because his family was sick and he couldn't come. We had a really nice lesson and then a member appointment. After that we had an Eikaiwa activity, where we made pesto pasta and taught a bit of English. It was way awesome. All in all there were 24 people there. After that we cleaned up and headed home.
Saturday ~ We finished cleaning the church in the morning and then from there we did studies and visited Fabian and we finished up teaching all the lessons and helped him out with stuff. After that we headed to Nagoya station to meet an investigator but he was a no show, so we went and visited a member named Mark Kyoudai (brother). He's from the Philippines so we chatted in English and it was way cool. While we were there it started to down pour, but we pushed forward and went all the way out to the outer most part of our area, about an hour bike ride, to visit the Hattori family. I wore my whole cappa, rain suit, so I was ok but my comp doesn't have pants so he was soaked. Once there, we went in and they were so kind and helped dry us off and fed us some way nice curry. We shared a message and they were way nice but because the church is so far they really don't want to come. Still have hope, but we are working on it. After the appointment the rain ended so we had a nice ride home. But we were way tired.
Sunday ~ Just your average Sunday. Had church and ward council. From here we went to help Fabian as he is preparing to be baptized this coming Saturday. Anyways, not much really that crazy happened. Well that's all. No big spiritual thought or anything this week, but some life advice. Here goes nothing. In every relationship there will be things that people do that make you sad or annoy you and so on and so forth. But you should never let them fester. You should clean them out. They are like wounds to your soul, if you don't clean them out, they only get worse. When our body gets a cut we take care of it with cleaning agents and then protect it with a band aid or something. We need to do the same thing with the spiritual wounds. We need to clean them out by talking in a civil manner about the problem, and then we have to pray to God to forgive us for getting mad and to help us in our short comings. That is the band aid, prayer. Well that turned out to be a bit more spiritual than expected. Well that's all for this week.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..