So this week was crazy hectic and all over the place, but you know it's all good. But I'll start from Last week and work my way back.
Monday ~ P-day was fun, then we went and visited Fabian who would receive baptism in a week. He was good and we were just there to help him feel good.
Tuesday ~ So upon the request of Fabian we went and visited again and then we went to lunch. From there we went to try to find an investigator's home, and we are pretty sure we ended up leaving area. We didn't find the guy, but it's all good. We then went home ate a little and headed to help the mission prep class at the Institute. And that was our night.
Wednesday ~ We went to Yokkaichi for Kokan (exchanges). I brought back Elder John and we had a fun time. We visited some investigators and a less active name Takagi and had a good time with him and his birds. After the visit he tried to give us ¥3000(＄30) for food, but we can't accept money, so that was fun. After that, we had Eikaiwa. I really love Eikaiwa. We split in to two classes again and at the end we played the ABC game. So to play the game you divide into two teams. Then on the board is written the alphabet. Each team starts from opposite ends and works their way towards the other side. Once the teams meet in the middle they play Rock Paper Scissors and the loser has to erase their team’s words. Then they start writing again. And the game continues until one team makes it to the end of the alphabet or when you run out of time, the second one is what usually, if not always, happens. I have never seen a true win. After that we went home.
Thursday ~ Well the Kokan (exchanges) was supposed to end in the afternoon, but the other elders were like 3+hours late. While we were waiting, the other elders, that were coming to give the baptismal interview, came and so we had lunch and then did Fabian’s baptismal interview. Fabian passed and was cleared for baptism. It was way cool. Then like around 4 o'clock the elders finally showed up and that gave us enough time to go home eat make a progress record and then go to DCS (Ward Mission Correlation Meeting). Not much else.
Friday ~ So we had DTM (District Training Meeting) in Gokiso and I made everybody Oreo Balls, because there was a birthday and one of the sisters was going home. After that we had to go to Suzuka to get the baptismal record filled out because we forgot to do it on Thursday. Anyways, we spent a ton of time on the trains and after that we had a meeting with a part active family. The food was way good and we even went to a nearby park and played some basketball and soccer with their teenager. Way fun, but then our day was spent.
Saturday ~ So we woke up and did normal stuff, but from 8 AM to about 9:30 we had transfer calls. So we did our study and stuff. And for me every time I've received a call it's been with in the first 15 minutes or so. Some people wait the whole time to not get a call, and other go the whole time only to get called within the last ten minutes. But anyways we got called and big surprise I'm staying and my comp is out. So I'll be getting another comp. Side note, my comp is a bit angry about the transfer, but that's how things go. My next comp is Elder Lehman. He is almost finished with his mission and will be done after next transfer. So I have a guaranteed 2 more transfers, or 3 more months, here in Takabata. Yep, gonna be fun. After the whole transfer freak out deal, we went to the church near the mission home for a family history fair. Way cool. After that was over we visited Fabian to help prepare him for his baptism the next day and then we headed out to clean the font. After that is was back home.
Sunday ~ Woke up way early, filled up the font and then prepared for the baptism. In that time I memorized the baptismal prayer in Spanish. Fabian is of Japanese descent, but grew up in Argentina so his native language is Spanish. Then at 9 o'clock’ish we started the baptismal service and our mission president came and it was awesome. Then we went to the font and I preformed he baptism. It took me two tries, because the water was barely above my knees. We need a bigger font, but it was all good. Fabian was way cool. We then gave him the Holy Ghost in church and confirmed him a member. We then had fast and testimony meeting and it was way awesome. So during third hour our mission president gave a lesson to the whole Ward. There are some members of our ward that are either Filipino or American so one of the missionaries has to translate. Usually it's done by the sister who has been here for a year but she was occupied so it was my turn. Let's just say it was interesting they obviously didn't get a word for word translation, but it was for the most part correct. After that, one of them had an interview with the bishop, and because I did such a good job apparently they asked me to translate the interview. That was fun. Anyways, after that Mihara Choro had to pack so we went home. After a while, he was tired of packing, so we went and visited the bishop and got him to sign the baptismal form, so that all of the paper work was taken care of. Other than that, not much else.
So here's my little spiritual note for the week. I was asked by a friend what my focus in studying has been recently. So I reflected a bit and I came up with the following answer. So recently my focus has been teaching more like Jesus. I have been reading from Jesus the Christ and trying to learn his ways of teaching. Talmage shows that Jesus taught in two distinct forms. In the first part of his ministry he was very upfront with his teaching. He was very deliberate in teaching. Just look at the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated the doctrine and said here it is. Then after people started to complain that what he taught was hard, he taught in parables, using examples. Through parables, the people who really wanted to understand learned, and those who were just kind of there, just heard a story. One of Christ's big sayings was "He who has ears let him hear." Or this can be taken as “listen and you will learn, but you need to truly listen to understand”. My focus has been focusing on teaching like Christ, using either method. Sometimes people can just take the doctrine and love it. Other times they need to be taught through examples and stories. That’s all folks. Talk again next week.
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