Well, Christmas came and went and it was pretty special in this apartment, but for the rest of Japan it was just another day. But that's later, on Friday, so let's start from where I left off last time.
Monday ~ Well, that night we decided to walk and try to visit less active members. And because we are in a city we could do that. So we walked around and talked to everyone we saw. We had a feeling that we would find someone to teach that night but after continued strikeouts and less actives not being home we decided to return home. And then while on the way back I spotted a guy across the street and said hello to him. He happened to be going the same way as us so I decided that I was going to run over there and become this man’s best friend. And it worked. For some reason when you act like a Japanese person they tend to blow you off, but if you just be overly energetic, which is not like a Japanese person, then they want to meet again. And that's exactly what I did at like 8:40ish at night. And we became friends and we talked and he agreed to meet up again. And that was an awesome way to end the night.
Tuesday ~ We went looking for more less actives but no one was home and nobody really that we were cool enough to meet with, but we made the best of it by visiting some members. We also had a mougi lesson (practice lesson) with a member who recently served a mission, like he got home like 2-3 years ago. That's where we got some good practice and it was a nice way to end our night.
Wednesday ~ We spent the day helping prepare for the ward Christmas party and we had a great time helping out. Elder Whited was Santa for the kids and they loved it and the food was great. And then we had Eikaiwa that night where we taught them about holidays and all that goes along with that and they loved it. And Elderly Whited was again Santa and gave everyone presents. And that night after we had returned home the bishop called and asked us to come down stairs to talk and we went and all the sudden he came in our little elevator area with a giant present from the ward and it was so cool.
Thursday ~ We had a zone phone conference after studies that took up a lot of time but when we hit the streets we found a guy who was willing to meet and again it was as we were returning home. And it was awesome. And to finish the night we did inventory of all of our stuff and we are way low on Books of Mormon and so hopefully we will get some soon. Like we only have 3 left. But after inventory that was the day.
Friday was CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~ Well I opened up my presents from family and friends and the ward and it was awesome and I thank everyone so, so, so much. Then later that morning, we called (Skyped) our parents and families. It was really nice to see and hear everyone. After that we had a lesson with an investigator and it was nice to meet him but he's having a hard time progressing because he thinks his parents are hantai (opposed) to the church. Then that night we went with the Shimai to the biggest eki (train station) in the mission and caroled and handed out Mormon.org cards and Books of Mormon. It was awesome. And then that night on the way home I stopped another guy and he agreed that he wants to meet again and talk about the gospel. It was overall a good Christmas, just a tad bit different than home.
Saturday ~ We met with two investigators and one said he wanted to come church but the other decided he didn't want to meet again because of his friends. And it was kind of sad, because when we met him that day he was with friends and he kind of defended us, but they balked us and he got kind of shy and just agreed with them. Then we visited a member who is setting up basketball with the young men for me. And she is so awesome. And that was the day for us.
Sunday ~ Elder Whited gave a talk and then we had the rest of church. We also had two appointments set for that day, but both canceled on us and it was kind of disappointing, but oh well. After that we went and visited a less active who promptly invited us to her Shougatsu (New Year’s) Party. It will be quite a fun time too. Also she knows Americans well enough that she brought us a gift bag and said, "Merry Christmas sorry this is late." And when we opened it we found two cans of A&W Root Beer. And I love root beer. After that we found a guy who was Catholic and he said he wouldn't mind meeting up and talking, but he was just a bit busy at the moment. And after that we spent like 15 minutes looking for where we had parked our bikes, because we decided to walk around. And yeah, let's just say Japan is pretty easy to get lost in.
Well that was the week here in Japan. All is good here and thanks for all of the love and support that you guys give me.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..