Did someone say 4 missionaries in Ise?
Hello so more on the subject line later. But yeah, it’s going to get crazy around here. So I'll start this crazy rap up.
Monday ~ So we had a district activity where we went to Meioto-Iwa. Or translated directly means “married couple rocks”. Yeah kind of weird but it is two rocks that symbolize the marriage of the two biggest shrines here in Ise. Yeah, welcome to Japanese mythology/religion. Anyways, we then went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants. After that we wished the Elders from Tsu a safe trip home and then we ran to do all of our other activities. Later we went to the church and began calling to confirm appointments and make Christmas Party flyers. After talking with my second counselor for an hour or so and after another hour or so of changes we had an acceptable flyer and he said he would get color copies for us. So we ran home because it was getting late.
Tuesday ~ We had service with the mentally handicapped day service and it was way fun. After we had finished our service, I got a call from the zone leaders asking questions about my job as branch president and about how much time it takes me to do the stuff for the calling. They also asked if I thought it was appropriate for us to have 4 missionaries in Ise, something I had discussed with our mission President before. After that long conversation with them, my companion and I decided it was time for dinner so we went to eat karage don (breaded chicken). It was way good. Then we made it home in time to change and head to the church for our hand bell practice. While practicing I got a call from the mission home asking more about having 4 missionaries in our apartment in Ise and those types of logistics. We then finished up with our practice.
Wednesday ~ So we went out in the morning to teach our newest Eikaiwa class at a hotel. Yeah. It was awesome and they treated us like royalty. They shuttled us there and then provided us with refreshments and anything we asked for when it came time for us to teach. We then returned and ate lunch and then began our planning session, so not too exciting. Then we had our regular Eikaiwa class and that rounded out our night.
Thursday ~ I went Tsu for companion exchanges. We had a good time and we had some really good visits and a good lesson, and for me another night of Eikaiwa.
Friday ~ We ended the exchange at DTM (District Training Meeting) and then we all went out to lunch with the Salmon couple for lunch, it was way fun. We then went to the church and did some last minute preparations for kids Eikaiwa. After that we went to Toba, a nearby city, and sought out a few less actives out there. It was a good trip. We confirmed one was there and found one that had moved. We then rushed back to the church for kids Eikaiwa. Afterwards I had a branch presidency meeting, and that took the rest of the night.
Saturday ~ So the transfer announcements came and I'm staying and Elder Lyman is headed to Suwa city in Nagano. And in his place my new comp will be Elder Handely and he will be accompanied by two additional elders who will be living with us. So we will now have four missionaries down here. So, for Elder Lyman's last day, a member took us out to dinner and then we had more hand bell practice.
Sunday ~ So we had a good meeting but the speakers didn't take all the time. Like 20 minutes were left, so I provided the filler with a 20 minute talk on the spot. Not bad, for no prep and having to do it in a different language, if I don't say so myself. After wards I had meetings and after that more hand bell practice. After a small snack we had a member appointment followed by an investigator lesson backed up to another investigator lesson. So I felt a bit run tired after all that.
And that was my week. We had fun, and got really tired, but that's in the job description. See y'all next week.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..