Good morning everyone. Hope y'all are doing well. If you're wondering about me, I am still alive and kicking. It's been another week in the books and I have now spent more time on my mission than I have left. It's weird, but that is to come later. So let's begin.
Monday ~ Well, it was P-day (Preparation Day) and it was pretty cool, we had an investigator lesson in the morning, and then we went shopping and did cleaning and all that fun stuff. After all the things were taken care of and put in order we headed out to the streets and had a really fun time trying to talk to people. We did not find anybody new to teach, but hey you give it your all and don't look back. And that was our day.
Tuesday ~ So we planned on meeting an investigator, but we couldn't get a tachiai, member to come with us, so we had to cancel the lesson. Really hard, but we see this investigator later in the week. So after that, we went to service at a hospital for the mentally handicapped, always a good experience to work with those wonderful souls. After all was said and done there, we went out housing because street tracting was not fruitful the day before. Regardless, there were lots more rejections and some crazy grandmas that told us that we had the same religion even though we believe in Jesus Christ and she’s a Shinto. So yea, some people are funny. But that was pretty much the day. No one was really open to the message so we keep trucking along.
Wednesday ~ We did all of our studies and then we went out after lunch. We did a lot of searching for less actives and some more housing. Still nothing to crazy happened. Anyways after all of the insane contacting we did, we finally got to wind down with Eikaiwa (English Class) and had a way fun time with everyone there. The students are so nice and we had a wonderful time. We then ran home after all was said and done.
Thursday ~ Well, we got a call in the morning from the ward mission leader saying that he needed some help. So we packed up, ditched the studies, and ran off to his house. Once we got there, he told us that we just needed to help him flip over this old boat. It was way heavy and I was definitely the one bearing quite a bit of the weight. It kind of reminded me of weight lifting class, because I felt like I was doing dead lifts. From there we went to lunch at a famous Ise restaurant. It was pretty inexpensive, but it was way good. I got the famous Karagedon (fried chicken over rice). From here we went to the church and did planning for the area, and then after all of that, we did street contacting before our Japanese class. One of the people we visited was the person we had to cancel on during the week. When we knocked on her door we had no idea why we had decided to visit her, but when she opened the door she told us that the night before she had prayed and was told that the missionaries would come see her the next day. Pretty cool miracle. We then headed out for Japanese Class and it wasn't bad and we were almost able to get an investigator out of the class. Just not enough time before they kicked us out. After that we went home.
Friday ~ So we shipped out early to get to Zone Training in Yokkaichi, but because of train problems we didn't get there until right when it started. So in missionary terms, we were way late. Anyways training was good and the president was there and we got to listen to him. I actually sat next to him and got some extra advice. From there we had some lunch and then rushed home for a member appointment and due to more train problems we were a bit late. Trains, you got to love them or got to hate them, sometimes both. Anyways the member lesson was awesome. After we did some prep for our game night and then we had game night, which turned out awesome. I got smashed in ping pong. It was way fun.
Saturday ~ So this morning we had a lesson and it turned out to be a beautiful lesson with him. This man truly wants to change and it is amazing to watch him work through the gospel. After that we grabbed a bite to eat and then went to meet another investigator and their family. They were way nice and at the end we set up a time to do a family home evening with them. So it was way awesome. From there we went to a matsuri, Japanese festival, where we randomly ran into another investigator. From there we went to dinner and did some denwa dendo, phone tracting. And that was our night.
Sunday ~ Always a good day. We had a good set of classes and lots of things got done / learned. After church I did some record searching over lunch and pulled out four people I wanted to visit that night. So we set out to make the visits, and two of the four said come on back, another wasn't home, and the last one said to come back later, but the feeling was more like please don't ever come again. Then on our way home, we ran into a member and set up an appointment with him. From there we just chatted for a while. He's a young single adult, so I told him to go to my old ward in Takabata and start dating the single LDS girls there. He never had heard that there were young single LDS women there, but after I told him he said he might make a trip up there to meet them. Score one for the match making missionaries.
Anyways, that's the week from the Shinto Capital of the World, also known as the City of Ise.
Love all of you guys, and I hope all of you guys are enjoying your summer break.
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