Hello everybody, and welcome to this week’s report from Japan.
This week's report includes caroling, barbecues, thankfulness, bike mishaps, and much, much more. Keep reading for more information. But let's start from Monday night.
Monday - After P-day ended, we had a lesson with an investigator named Paulo. He's Brazilian, but is pretty fluent in Japanese. Paulo is always full of questions, so we prepared for a very interesting lesson. By the time the dust settled we had taught all of lesson one, parts of pretty much all of the other lessons, but he likes it and he's going to read the Book of Mormon and watch some Mormon messages. So he's doing all right. We also finished planning the barbecue that would happen later in the week.
Tuesday - This day and Wednesday made me very glad to own Frogg Toggs. Frogg Toggs are a brand of rain suits that are awesome. When my dad said he was going to order them for me before my mission, I thought he was a tad bit crazy, but I actual really need them. I stayed dry, and was quite cozy, while my comp was using a ¥500 (5 dollar), rain suit from 7-eleven, which worked very well considering its price. That day we biked way out to a member’s house and had lunch with the Shimai (Sisters) and one of their investigators who comes to Eikaiwa. So we biked a long ways in the rain and it was quite draining, but during our visit I had the experience of eating “nato”. If you don't know what “nato” is, it is fermented soybeans that are nasty and I had to eat them straight, but I only ate a little because this was just “nato” beans and nothing else. It was nasty! Not recommended. Ok after that we had two lessons with investigators, that thankfully we had rides to. They went well and we had a good time talking to our Branch Kaicho (President).
Wednesday - It continued to rain so we did weekly planning and records for most of the day. Wednesday’s rain made Tuesday's rain seem like just a drizzle and I became even more grateful for my Frogg Toggs. Despite the rain, we decided to go out to visit a part member family, but we wouldn't quite make it to them. On the way we stopped at a ¥100 store (dollar store) to get stuff for other lessons that we had that week. Like a flower for an object lesson about faith, where we read Alma 32 with them. We then ask them that if they trust us, that the stuff we are teaching them is true and good. And then we tell them to eat the dirt from the potted plant we brought them. The trick is the dirt is actually finely crushed Oreos so it's quite delicious. So while stopping to get this stuff, things happened. While I was getting off my bike I stumbled and kind of slipped because the wet ground from the rain and I bumped into the front widow and because it was like a millimeter thick it shattered and broke. So to clarify, I didn't actually go through the window I just bumped into it. I was 100% fine, but we had to talk to the police and Hombu (Mission Home), but everything is fine and taken care of. No harm done except to the window.
Thursday - It continued to rain and we did more records, taught a recent convert, and prepared for Eikaiwa (English Conversation Class). All in all pretty boring, except Eikaiwa is always fun. But because of the rain we had a smaller class than usual, but that was ok.
Friday - We had DTM (District Training Meeting) in Hamamatsu City and Ishii Kaicho (Mission President) and Shimai (President’s Wife) attended and it was an awesome time. After that we went to Indo Curry, with all you can eat “pan”, which is the bread that you dip in the curry. It was quite delicious. Once we were back in Fukuroi City we visited investigators and checked up on them and made more appointments. We ended our night in a LA (less active) house, who happens to love cats. So I had a great time, at home that night being congested. But we've almost got her back to church, so the allergic reaction was worth the visit.
Saturday - Somehow we were teleported to Brazil. We went with our investigator Paulo up into the mountains to set up the barbecue. And once most everybody was there, we began cooking. Needless to say I ate so much meat and Coxinha, pronounced more like coshinia, which are fried cheese balls and brigaderro. And at the end of the barbecue when we thought we had eaten enough meat to clog every artery, Paulo pulled out one more string of sausages and like 7 more steaks and began cooking. Once he was done and had eaten some, he turned to us and said “tabenasai”, or in English “please eat” the food. So we ate some more and it was delicious, but right then and there we decided to fast the next day. It was an awesome day as we spent it with his family and we got to talk about the gospel with him. After we were sufficiently fat we returned home and went caroling. And because I sing terribly I got to be Santa.
Sunday - It was a good day at church as a LA (less active) we have been working with came back to church and an\ investigator also came. We had a good time as Coleman Choro (Elder) spoke. After church we met up with the sisters and an investigator to go caroling to a bunch of people and again I was Santa Clause. After all was said and done we found ourselves back at the LA (less actives) with cats, where all the missionaries continued to help resolve her concerns and mondais (problems). I just played with the kitten as the Shimai (Sisters) were doing the talking; I only hopped in to help with my testimony and a small explanation when asked. Other than that not much happened.
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