Did someone say that a less active lives 20 miles away?! Guess I'll go check on them!
So where to start? On a mission, either a week feels like an eternity or it feels like two days. It's the missionary paradox. Anyways back to last Monday.
Monday ~ It was a simple P-day (preparation day) buying groceries, cleaning, the norms. Then we went to the church and began calling and setting up all of our appointments for the week and making sure that certain visits were ok. In all it was a good night of making calls and setting our schedule for the week.
Tuesday ~ So we had to skip service so we could go out to Toba to meet one of our Eikaiwa student’s boss, to discuss an English program for her hotel. It was way fun and we setup a schedule to go there every Wednesday and teach her and her employees English. From there we came home and then decided to ride way far away and visit a less active. I can't believe the distances I've been going on a bike, like literally over mountains. After visiting and looking for the less active we trekked back home and stopped at one of our favorite ramen shops and then proceeded to the church to do a meeting with my branch presidency. We got a lot of good things done and planned. It was really nice. After that we went home and passed out.
Wednesday ~ So we started some paper work, which always kills me. I have got to just get used to that part about my life as a missionary. Then we went to dinner with one of the members. We made the mistake of saying we could eat the biggest dish they had, but once they brought it out we had to double guess our choice. With some work we made our way through the dish and we surprised everyone, including ourselves, at what we had done. From there we went and setup and taught our Eikaiwa class and then ran home so we weren't late.
Thursday ~ So planning pretty much took the entire day, as we were figuring lots of things out. We then went to Japanese class. There are always mixed results when I go there. I either get completely destroyed by their teachers and they say I have lots of room to improve or they will listen to me and ask what I'm doing in their class and that I'm already really good. Nothing in the middle and this week they thought I was immaculate. Yeah it's always an interesting trip to the class.
Friday ~ So we went to Tsu for DTM (District Training Meeting) and it was way good. We then started a koukan (companion exchange) and me and Elder Delia had lots of fun. We headed out to visit some really far away less actives, but this time we trained part of the way and then walked and walked the rest. I'm luck for no blisters, but my feet were pretty sore. After visiting them we also stopped by and visited a member. From here we went home, where I thoroughly enjoyed the other elder's foot massage machine. It kind of hurt, but it was a good hurt.
Saturday ~ We ended the koukan in the morning and then I had to prepare for the branch FHE (Family Home Evening). I was giving the lesson. Yeah it was an interesting idea. The lesson ended up going pretty smoothly and the members are on board with the activity we proposed and it is way awesome. After that we went and helped a member with their Christmas shopping. And then we all went to dinner together. And that was our night.
Sunday ~ Today was a good Sabbath Day. We had a full three hours of church and then we cleaned. After all of that, we had a planning meeting for our Christmas party. Let's just say, a 20 year old missionary/branch president vs. a very active and opinionated 50 year old member. It took more effort than I was expecting to keep the entire group focused. Man I have more respect for my leaders. It was a struggle but it finally got planned. After that we went home to break our fast. We then had some dinner and rushed out the door to do a lesson and then on to visit a member that couldn't come to church.
Well that was my week. How was yours? I would love to hear from all you guys if you get a chance to drop me an email. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..