My new calling is . . .
If you want to know the answer, skip down to Sunday. Well there never seems to be a normal week for me. Yeah, I'm not a normal person either. So to begin the week . . .
Monday ~ A nice rainy day for us to try and get all of our stuff done. After all of the prep work we went to the church and decided to go through the less-actives in the phone and try to call and set up meetings. It was way funny. We had some less-actives that liked to talk and then others that would answer, talk briefly and be like “I'm Buddhist”. Sad, but funny. Out of it we got 3 meetings with less-actives, including one the next day. So overall, it was good time spent.
Tuesday ~ We had service in the early afternoon then we went to an appointment with Tetsuya where we straightened out some of the questions he had. So it was a good quick lesson. From there we met up with a member who drove us out to visit with a less-active we had called the night before. The less-active was named Noro Kyoudai (Brother Noro) and he is way cool. He was baptized in high school, but went less active after a while. Now we are teaching him and he is trying to remember, but it's kind of hard. His wife is way amazing, though. She is so cool and definitely has an interest, as she asked, “how do we feel the Holy Ghost?”. It was such a nice lesson, but after meeting with them we said a prayer and headed home as it was drawing near to our missionary curfew.
Wednesday ~ Some of our appointments canceled on Wednesday, so we decided to go out and visit some far away less actives. So that was pretty much our day. We went a total of 35 km, or about 27 miles, fun times. After returning home to get some dinner, we went to open the church up for a member so she could practice piano, with the couple missionaries that were coming done to give her a lesson. Then all of the sudden Higashimoto, a guy who is supposed to be baptized in the next few weeks, comes in and we start talking and eventually play some ping pong with him, while we talk about the upcoming baptismal date. After all of that we taught Eikaiwa and ended our night.
Thursday ~ So we got hit with a pretty big rainstorm so we bought some snacks and bunkered down in the church and did lots of planning for our investigators and stuff like that. After the storm passed, we went out for dinner and ordered some gyudon, meat cooked with onions in sauce on rice. And it was pretty good and then we went to a Japanese class where they got me into some challenging stuff as I am now learning how to read, fun stuff. That was our day.
Friday ~ We had DTM (district Training Meeting) and it was way awesome about faith and things and it fit perfectly with what I had recently studied so it was way cool. From there we rushed to an appointment with an ex-member, like withdrew their records and everything. But she was way nice and the only reason she stopped is because no one could answer her questions or pretty much told her to not worry about those things, but now I'm here and we are going to go over every one of her questions and resolve them, hopefully. From there we had a meeting with Hayashi Shimai. Which is always good, she's so nice. From there we prepped game night and once again Higashimoto showed up unannounced, and so we did a quick lesson and then he filled out his baptismal paperwork. Then we had a ball at game night. After game night, we got some people together who had some questions about God, and so we taught them about the God Head, because most of their questions dealt with the Holy Ghost. After that we rushed home, where we got a call from some random person asking if it was allowed to stop following Christ. So we spent timing talking to her and she said she'd like to continue to talk to us but that she would call us again later. Weird, but that is our lives as missionaries.
Saturday ~ We didn't have much, but we had some more paperwork to take care of and we slowly made some headway. After we met with one of the members for a little bit and then we headed out to meet Tetsuya, but he wasn't home. So we ate some dinner and planned a bit and then went to meet with the Selvy family and set up a time to meet them at the church to do some family history work. It was always good and they were so nice. From there we went to visit a less active, but I saw a large apartment complex and was drawn to it to do some housing. It was weird because I don't like housing, but hey why not. So we knocked on some doors and we found some way cool people, only one investigator but also one Eikaiwa student and a pretty good potential investigator. So a pretty good night and we aren't quite done with the complex. From there we rushed to a grocery store and bought stuff to make Oreo balls for the branch luncheon. By the time we got home we barely had time to make the Oreo balls but we did it.
Sunday ~ We had to get to the church early to unlock it for the Stake President, so he could do some interviews, but by the time we got there some members had already done that for us. Then the Stake President arrived and he did his interviews. Then when the meeting started it was turned over for stake business, where the new branch presidency was announced. And dun dun duh dun . . . I'm branch president with two counselors are from the branch, obviously. But yeah, there's my new calling. So after the luncheon I had a 2 hour meeting on how to be a branch president and such things. After that we had a lesson with an investigator. It was pretty good but the interest levels are iffy. After that we finished planning the baptism program, a member took me to a nearby hospital. It's no big deal. I had been experiencing some pain in my toe that had been getting increasingly worse so we went and got it checked out. Well it apparently had gotten infected, not too bad, but they prescribed some antibiotics and cleaned my toe up a bit and now all I have to do is take my pills and not wear real shoes for a while. So yeah, I get to wear sandals! I feel like I'm a missionary in Tonga or something. And that's my week.
Here's a little thought on faith. We all know that as we have faith we can do all things. But we have to remember the definition of faith set forth in Alma 32:21. The last few words are very important. He talks about believing in things not seen and hoping for things not known and then adds these words, "that are true". Therein lays the key to true faith, we can't believe in something that isn't true or is not God's will and have true faith. It's kind of a hard concept, but as we seek to align our will with God's and act in his ways that when we know we are having true faith. But that's just a thought from the studies of Elder Williams. Anyways hope you all had a good week.
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