Konnichi wa Minasan: (Hello Everyone:)
All is well here in the MTC. So the interesting stuff started happening on Sunday this week as a new district leader (DL) was to be chosen and it was kind of narrowed down to my companionship and couple of others, except one of the others already had a calling. So it was kind of down to me and my companion. I really didn't care who my new DL was going to be, as long as it wasn't me, because I would rather focus on studying then having to go to meetings. Anyways, my companion is the new DL and he is trying to get the district onto the same page and he’s been having a bit of a struggle with that. Everyone is very independent and wants their own thing, while my companion wants to unite them behind one common goal, which is really hard.
On another note, there is something called tie trading going down every Saturday and it happens in my room. I have joined in the trading, with ties that have been given to me from people, and I have gone from having ties people think are bad to some really good ties. It is definitely an interesting time of night as 20+ elders cram into one small room trying to get new ties.
Tuesday was an amazing devotional by Elder and Sister Oaks. He taught very plainly and mostly from the PMG (Preach My Gospel). It was really kind of cool. He also taught us not to assume too much, and that sometimes going over something multiple times is a good thing. Yesterday we had a really good TRC (Teaching Resource Center) lesson. It was over skype, and we had this sweet old lady named Sagiri San. She was awesome. She lives in Tokyo and is in the Tokyo South Mission. We taught about “Jiai to Ai” (Charity and Love) and she seemed to thoroughly enjoy what we taught and what our message was about. This experience was crazy, as it made me realize the time difference. We sat down at our computers at 7:30 PM and we were talking with the Sagiri San, who had finished her asagohan (breakfast), at 10:30 in the morning in Japan.
Well on a sad note, we lost one of our teachers because BYU started back up and he had to return back to the district he was originally with. His name is Crandall Kyodai (Brother) and he was actually companions with Nate Hill, my roommate at USU last year. He taught so much and helped us grow in our Nihongo (Japanese) and spirituality. He taught us a lot, but the teacher who stepped into this place is amazing too!
Ima (now) back to a shiawase (happy) note. Our travel plans come next week, but I'm not really sure how my visa is doing because I really haven't thought about that and have been focused on other things. Hopefully all is well. Also we hosted senior missionaries and this coming Wednesday we are going to host the incoming new senkyoshi (missionaries).
In closing, *Minasan o obemasu. Watashi o ai shite imasu. Watashi wa wakuwaku desu. Demo Nihon to ikimasu. Chotto kowai desu. MTC wa subarashii desu. Demo Watashi wa Nihon honto ni ikitai desu. Watashi o akashitai desu. Iesu Kirisuto no fukuin o ai shite imasu. Matsu Jitsu Seito Iesu Kirisuto Kyokai o ai shite imasu. Josefu Sumisu ga Kamisama no yogensa data to shite imasu. Monson Daikancho ga yogensha da to shite imasu. Kazoku ga ein da to shite imasu.
Williams Chourou Elder Williams
Translation: *Remember everyone. I love you. I am excited. But me going to Japan. Little bit scary. The MTC is awesome. But I really want to go to Japan. I want to bear my testimony. I love Jesus Christ's gospel. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know Joseph Smith was God's prophet. I know Pres. Monson is a prophet. I know families are eternal.
P.S. Keep me updated on all the sports accomplishments in the family and a little bit about the Spurs and Broncos when their respective seasons start, and especially when the NBA finals start.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..