Here we go again. Another week down, and lots more to go. But this week was pretty cool. New comp, new less-actives, and new crazy stories all happened this week. So let's start with Tuesday.
Tuesday ~ So this was the last morning with Elder Whited. After our study time we headed to Nagoya train station to meet up with all of the missionaries that were transferring. Because we were early we waited around a while till everyone arrived. And then after that everybody likes to talk and catch up with old friends and companions so it wasn't till about 1:30 did me and my new comp, Mihara Choro, and I head out and from there we went to lunch and then to an appointment but the investigator never showed but he did call to reschedule. After that my companion had recently been in a crash that destroyed his bike so we went to buy a new one. And then we went home to have his stuff dropped off and that was about it for the day.
Wednesday ~ So because my new comp is Japanese we've been using a lot of Japanese in the apartment and I'm getting used to that. It's way good as he can correct my pronunciation and other mistakes. But he does speak perfect English so if I ever do have a problem communicating he can understand my English and he can speak it back to me. It's been pretty cool. After the mornings studies we got a call from a less active member that they wanted to go to lunch with us so we headed out to meet them and we had a good long meeting and got to know them pretty well. After that we had an appointment and the investigator didn't come. Kind of a disappointing start to the week, but we pressed forward. Then we had Eikaiwa. Nothing to crazy, just a fun night at Eikaiwa.
Thursday ~ Today was when things started to pick up. We decided to go looking for some less-actives that I had recently found while looking through some old records. One of the less-active families just so happened to be the stake president's parents. Apparently we were very lucky because they were actually home. But anyways we talked for a long time and we learned that he thinks that he's graduated church and that he doesn't need it which is sad. He believes it all but feels as if he's done and finished. His wife still wants to go to church but because he doesn't go she doesn't go. After that long time, ~3 hours, we were hungry so we found a local ramen shop that was way cheap and way good. From there we talked to lots of people and visited one more less-active, but his dad answered and said come back later. His dad is kind of a funny/grumpy old guy but it's ok. After that we left him a note in the mailbox and returned home for the night.
Friday ~ (side note for this day: all the activities mentioned below happened during a period of non-stop rain. It rained the entire day). Since we were in able to see the less active on Thursday night we headed back, partly because I left some stuff at the apartment complex but mostly because we wanted to visit. He was home and we had a nice chat with him and we figured out why he isn't coming to church. Apparently there's another religion that is being practiced in his complex and the preacher has banned any other religion. How I don't know but the less active is to scared to try and go to church because of this one guy. Kind of weird and creepy but we figured out which apartment this guy lives in so we may randomly house into him. We are going to do anything to help this less active even if it means some crazy preacher yells at us or I have to go all Moses and be like, "Let My People Go!" You know the usual missionary stuff to help people. From there we had a lesson with Ryo Oguri San and he is awesome and we had a member in the Ward Tachiai there and it was great, because concerns were cleared up and we now know where to focus in order to help him better. After that we had Hayashi San who is way cool, such a nice guy. After his lesson we played some ping pong with him and he really enjoyed himself. From there we went an visited the bishop and his family and had a good talk with them where they got to know Mihara Choro. It was way fun. From there we went home.
Saturday ~ (and the rain continues to fall on this day. It stops around lunch time.) So both me and Mihara Choro love soccer so we decided that on the way to Fabian San's lesson we would look for a place to play. We found plenty of parks but we also found an indoor soccer place that is pretty cheap and way nice. So we may go check it out sometime to try and do some contacting through soccer, like if we win you take the lessons and if you win we meet up again stuff ;) kidding, but it is still going to be fun. After that we went to Fabian San's appointment. We had a really good lesson with him and he loves all the things about the gospel. He even loves coming to church. It is way nice to see that he is progressing towards being baptized. We may even be able to do it sooner than planned. After his lesson and on the way home, we saw some kids playing soccer in the park so we decided to go play with them. It was way fun and some good exercise. While playing the kids enjoyed themselves and they all wanted to take pictures with me, because you know I'm freakishly tall in Japan. Then as we were leaving some older people, who were also at the park, asked what we were doing and we explained that we are missionaries and stuff, but that one of our focuses is to help the community. It definitely gave the church a better image I think, as we had fun with a ton of kids and we weren't trying to indoctrinate them. We just invited them to Eikaiwa and stuff. I think those old people really like that. Anyways, after all of that we got a text from the member, where we were going to visit that night, and they said that we shouldn't eat dinner because we would be eating with them. It was way nice, but also a bit worrisome for those of us who are foreigners and we never know what to expect, but it was way good. And we had a good lesson and got to know the family pretty well. After our lesson we headed home, more like rushed home in order to be on time getting home.
Sunday ~ We had church, and we had 2 investigators come, Fabian and Ryo. Then after sacrament meeting we had a good gospel principles class and it was nice to have those two learn about the gospel from someone other than me and my companion. After that we had a special third hour to talk about the wards mission goals and stuff, definitely a fun time. Then after church we had a member lesson. And then, as we were preparing to leave, Mihara Choro's friend, and first baptism, walked through the door. She was there to meet with the stake president for the final part of her temple recommend interviews. This thrilled Mihara Choro and he was definitely extremely happy. After that we went home to change and then we were off again to go to a member’s house. They too told us not to eat anything before coming because we would be eating okonomiyaki. But this was no regular okonomiyaki. Because first it was the okonomiyaki itself, then there was a layer of yakisoba noodles, and a layer of scrabbled eggs, and also a layer of meat and cheese and then covered in sauce. It was heavenly. And they just kept making more. They made so much that we had to take it home. After we had eaten and couldn't eat anymore we gave a lesson about the atonement and had a little testimony meeting. From there we headed home and the day was over.
Anyways that was the week here in Japan. Hoped it was just as fun elsewhere, but I'm not sure that's possible because this is the life of a missionary of the Lord.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..