They see us rollin'
So we are officially rolling around with 4 Elders in Ise. It's way fun and has led to lots of adventures so far. Anyways to start these weekly adventures, I will begin with Monday.
Monday ~ So it was Elder Lyman's last p-day here, so went around and did the things he wanted to do. Then that night we ate out with Tou, a recent convert, and we traveled all over looking for a good restaurant. Finally we settled on one and we enjoy a good dinner. After that we went home and caught some sleep so we could get up for early train to Nagoya
Tuesday ~ So we got on the early train and we rode up to Nagoya where I said farewell to Elder Lyman and began the hunt for Elder Handley. He had missed a train and so he was going to show up late but thankfully I ran into an old friend in Nagoya who hung out with me. After a good chat, my friend had to go home, and I went on my way to find Handley. After a while I found him and we set of for Ise. Once here we started getting him situated and then got his bags and did all the good stuff. We then went to practice hand bells for the Christmas party and then we capped of our night with a trip to the store with a member to buy decorations.
Wednesday ~ So it was still just two of us today, so we got up did the study routine and then proceeded to invite our entire neighborhood to the Christmas Party. Invitations took a while and by the time we finished we ran to the church set up Eikaiwa and then went to pick up the two new guys from the station. After that we ran home and I made a quick dinner as it looks like I'm the one with the cooking skills and we then ran to teach Eikaiwa. It was a good night and we topped it all off with our Eikaiwa choir practice.
Thursday ~ So we did our studies and then headed out to lunch the four of us together. From there we went to buy Elder Brown, the new greenie elder, a bike. So all four of walked to the very far away bike shop. Once there we got a good bike and all the good gear and after all our bikes were serviced we headed out. We then hit a full neighborhood of houses and invited them all to the Christmas Party. From there Elder Handley and I left and went for more hand bell practice, and that was the rest of our night.
Friday ~ After studies we went out to replenish the quickly diminishing stash of food. So we headed out to the nearest grocery store and bought just enough to survive for the next few days. From there Handley and I had to ride to the far away Gyomu supermarket to buy peanut butter, so I could make my famous Oreo balls for the Christmas Party. Once we returned from buying all the needed ingredients we spent the rest of the night prepping the Oreo balls. That evening we went to the church for our kids English class. Most couldn't come because they all randomly caught colds, but it's ok. We still had lots of fun. Back home we finished making Oreo balls, and wrapped up the night.
Saturday ~ So all morning we set up decorations for the Christmas Party. It took a long time, but it turned out great. Then in the afternoon while we were making our final preparations for the party we had a guest arrive. Someone I had completely forgotten was coming, Elder Tokuzawa, of the quorum of the seventy. Right when he walked in, I remembered. We proceeded to have a nice conversation as he helped put the finishing touches on the party. Then with fifteen minutes till go time, the outlook was pretty bleak. It did not look like people were going to show up, but before long lots of people came and we had a great night. Elder Tokuzawa gave a nice presentation and little old me had to follow him. Wow, it was a lot of pressure, but according to many it was an amazing sermon? Talk? Show? Whatever I did, they said it was good. After the party ended, we all were part of the clean-up crew and that was the end of our night.
Sunday ~ We had a good sacrament meeting. All of the new elders gave talks and it was a good meeting. Then in second hour seeing that there was an open room I took the young men into it and we had a young men's meeting. It was way good and I've got them working on becoming more Christ like. After church, we had a luncheon with all the leftovers from the party. I then proceeded to do lots of tithing settlement interviews, and take care of reimbursements and all the good leader stuff that leaves me physically and mentally drained. After all of that, we returned to the apartment for dinner and then headed out to teach a lesson to one of our investigators, which went pretty well. On our way back home we stopped to visit some other people including one of our investigators. We had a nice chat with her and set up another appointment.
So all in all, it was a pretty productive week. As always it seems when I am only running on fumes the Lord helps those fumes last and sustains me through the hard stuff, but I know that this isn't special just to me because He wants everyone to receive those kind of blessings. All it takes is asking in faith and then relying on the Lord to carry us through. Anyway, I love all you guys and I hope everyone has a great week.
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