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So this week has been slow for some of the Missionary Work but that's how it goes, and we keep marching on. Anyways let's see if I remember half of the stuff that went on this week
Monday ~ So we had P-day which entails shopping and cleaning and all that good stuff. Then we went to the church to do some planning and some prep work. So we made some calls and I set up some appointments and got things planned for the week. We also made flyers for our Halloween party, which we did throughout the week, because we gave out so many. Not much else happened that day.
Tuesday ~ So Tuesday night we had quite a few appointments scheduled so we were running around teaching and helping people. We even got one investigator to commit to be baptized when she knows it's true. Way awesome.
Wednesday ~ We had a member/LA (less active) lesson and we had a fun time. The couple we taught are always just so lively and funny. Sometimes it's hard to understand the husband because he speaks harder Japanese, yes that is possible to do. After that we prepped for English class and ran to another appointment. Along the way, there and back, we passed out as many Halloween Party flyers as possible. After meeting with the family for a bit, we then ran to the church for the English class which we ended up splitting in to two classes and it was way awesome.
Thursday ~ So we met with one of our recent converts, Higashimoto. And we had a nice talk with him about his family and the priesthood and stuff like that. He is looking forward to getting the priesthood and is hoping his son and the son's family can be baptized in the near future. He is way awesome. After that we went to lunch and then we did planning until we went to the Noro Family’s house, a way awesome couple. We focused on the Book of Mormon and its power and then taught the lesson. They looked at us and said the equivalent of “if we ever are going to learn if the church is true then they would have to read it (the Book of Mormon”. And when I asked them what they wanted to do, they said read the Book of Mormon. So it was a really awesome lesson. And that was our entire night.
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting) in Tsu, so we headed out early in the morning. From there we had a koukan, companion exchange, and me and the district leader ran around visiting some less actives and making visits. It was kind of hard as I had some weird stomach bug or something so I didn't really feel well, but I made it through the day okay. Then at night we helped a less active with her English class and it was way fun. Other than that not much else wrapped up the evening.
Saturday ~ So we ended the koukan (exchange) and Elder Lyman and I set off to tackle our day of appointments, but first was a quick lunch break. Then we headed out to our first appointment and there we were stood up. Kind of rough but oh well. We then decided to go and make more Halloween Party flyers, as we had again run out. And so as we were making copies at a local convenience store their copy machine just so happened to run out of toner and they couldn't fix it so that was that. So we took what we had made and cut them out. It was way funny but we hurried and cut out as many as we could. From there we had a lesson with Tetsuya, who is trying to quit smoking so he can be baptized. He is at the last leg of the journey, but sometimes that's the hardest part. So we are still working with him. Then we went to meet our other recent convert. Tou. He's way funny and he is just a great guy. We had a good talk and then we headed home.
Sunday ~ It was church and then branch council, so lots of Sunday meetings and stuff like that. It took up a lot of our day. So by the time we got done with meetings and lunch, it was about 4:30 PM. From there we decided to do a bit of finding because we hadn't found all week. So we found. And not many people were willing to have us back, but we did find two really cool people. One who may come to church and one who said we can come back next week. It was a good fulfilling night.
That's all from here in the land of the rising sun. See you all next week.
some other preparations pertaining to our upcoming Halloween 👻 party 🎉. After that we ran to a Japanese class where they were trying to figure out Lyman's Japanese level so they really didn't teach me much, kind of boring.
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting), but this time everyone came to Ise to receive the training. We had a little trouble at the end because the couple missionaries’, Elder and Sister Salmon, car battery died so we had to get it jumped. So we had a member come and help them out. Then Elder Lyman and I went to one of my favorite restaurants of Manpuku, which serves Karage-don, which is deep fried chicken then cooked in a sauce and then some eggs and onions are added into the mix. It's just way good, but hard to explain. From there I received some emails that were pertaining to my calling in the branch and they need some immediate attention. #branchpreslife. After that we made some Halloween party flyers to handout and then we went housing and handed out a ton of flyers, about 70-80 or so. Way good. Hopefully this party has a lot of people come. Once we ran out of flyers we had to make more so we ran out of time that night making lots of flyers.
Saturday ~ So we started by getting some stuff prepped for the big devotional with Elder Bednar that would be happening the next day. I had to figure out how to log in to the broadcast and even figure it out where the broadcast was being sent, all crazy stuff. Then we tried visiting Tetsuya, an investigator, and he wasn't home or maybe not awake. Then we went to visit another investigator with a member and it was the same story, but this time we decided to go to dinner with the member and had a nice night.
Sunday ~ So we had a visitor that came to our branch this week. So we picked him up at the station. The visitor happened to be Jeff from Takabata. Jeff was baptized back in May when I was in Takabata and he came down to visit me here. He also spoke in sacrament meeting and he gave one of the most beautiful talks I have ever heard. As always I had the privilege of translating for him. It was a way good meeting. Then after church Jeff went home and then we planned more of our Halloween party. After all was said and done we had time to go home and grab some food and then go back to church to set up for the devotional. It was a way beautiful devotional by Elder Bednar and all of the participants. The big thing that was really emphasized is that joy is one of the gifts of the spirit and one of the requirements of receiving a gift of the spirit is that it isn't used to bless your own personal life, but to bless others. So if we want to feel of the joy of the gospel we need to turn outwards and look to bless others with the joy of the gospel and then you will feel the full joy of the gospel.
Anyways hope to see you all next week.
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