So last I left off I was still in Fukuroi City. But now I'm in Takabata living it up in the big city of Nagoya. It's definitely a change in scenery for me, as the Japan that I had lived in was way way inaka (out in the country). But all is good when you're a missionary, because everywhere you get transferred there's other missionaries and a ward behind you. Anyways, on to the weekly wrap-up, coming to you from the city of Takabata:
Monday ~ Let's just say that p-day was filled with me packing all of my stuff and shipping it off to Takabata. Then we headed out to ship off our Christmas gifts, so hopefully they have either arrived our will arrive soon. After that there wasn't much else, but we had an appointment with our ward mission leader for dinner at a tonkatsu (breaded meat dish) restaurant that night, and it was one a member had taken us to before so we knew how good it was. While we were there getting ready to eat a less active that we had been working with walked in and came to join us. It was quite a surprise as we had invited her but she had turned down the offer saying she had other plans. But come to find it was our Mission Leader's plan to surprise us, and it worked. And it was really cool. But after that we headed home to finish up everything.
Tuesday ~ Well the day was finally here and it was the day to change companions. Coleman only rode with me till Hamamatsu because that's where his new companion was and the other elder was getting transferred, so we continued together with the Shimai (Sisters). It was definitely an emotional ride for the Shimai (Sisters), but for me I was on to a new adventure. So once we reached Nagoya Eki (train station) we met up with our new companions and talked with some other missionaries, but I was trying to get out of there quickly so we did. We then headed to our apartment, to wait for my bags to arrive. So while we were waiting I got briefed on the area and the past transfer had not been good at all. They had no investigators and the relationship was bad. So it was pretty much the beginning of Fukuroi all over again. But that's all good. So to start off we went looking for some less actives and talked to people along the way and met some really nice people. After that we headed to visit a member. Not much else happened that night.
Wednesday ~ I started records work this day and calling tons of people to try to meet with them again. And if you think Japanese is hard to understand in person, over the phone it is near impossible. So it was an interesting time with my limited Japanese. After that went out to do some contacting and it was a good time. Next came Eikaiwa (English Class) where we taught directions to our class. To end the night we "kidnapped" one member of the class and took them somewhere and then had them call into the rest of the class and then direct them to where they were at. It was definitely funny to watch them take turns trying to understand where they were supposed to go. After that we headed home.
Thursday ~ Because we didn't have any investigators we went looking for more less actives and people that were on the records that had no phone number or wouldn't answer. And while going about from place to place, we were street contacting. During that we met a guy who is fluent in English and has lived in Utah before and that he wants to come to our Christmas party and Eikaiwa class. It should be interesting to get to know him.
Friday ~ Our district leader had learned of our limited teaching pool, and thus set up a super Kokan (splits) in which both he and his comp would come to our area to help us find people to teach. It was super nice of them and it was awesome. So to start the day we went and scouted out an area to do our "finding party". After we found the area we were all ready for them to come so they hopped on the subway and came to where we were at. It was good as some good contacts came out of it. After we finished up, we headed out to a member appointment but she wasn't home so we went tried contacting around her area. After that we headed home where I continued to call FI's and things were going well even to the point where one of them wanted to meet the next day. Just one problem she was a woman, so we asked the Shimai (Sisters) to come along with us and they did.
Saturday ~ So we had that meeting with the Shimai and the investigator. And before that we ran into some people on the street that had a weird feeling when we met with them. The feeling lingered after we had met with them, and we decided to stop and pray. In that prayer I had a prompting to tell the spirit that was lingering to leave us and to never return and to no more harm anyone. So yeah we pretty much cast out a devil from our presence, so definitely an interesting start to our day. We then successfully passed off an investigator and we headed out to a meeting with a family in the ward. And this was quite a special family because the dad, just so happens to be the Stake President. It was awesome we did my favorite tatoe (object lesson) with them and they thought it was cool. And then we helped them clean the church and prepare it for Sunday. After that we went and visited some more members and talked with them. So it was a day full of member work.
Sunday ~ Being a new missionary in a ward means that you will get the opportunity to speak the first week. It's pretty much a guarantee. But you know me, being me again, I didn't prepare anything. So I just introduced myself and bore my testimony. After church we had a lesson with a guy I found in the records. He came a bit late but it was all good. We had our ward mission leader tachiai (translate) for us and it was an awesome lesson. The spirit was super strong and we committed him to baptism. It was super awesome. From there we went home to make some dinner and then we went to visit less actives, but this time on foot. And that took the rest of the night.
Well I came into an area with 0 investigators and now we have like 6 or so, and one of them has a baptismal date. I'm serving in a city, so there are lots of people and lots more members, so it's cool. My companion is cool but I have to kind of step up my game since we are both young missionaries. I may be taking a bigger part in lessons, more so than I used to. Everything else is great the apartment is clean and life in general is good.
Well that was the week for us here. The little thought for this week is that Satan is real and has power, but the Lord’s power trumps all.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..