So another week came and went and I feel as if I just blinked. If this continues, I might just fall asleep one night and wake up with it being time for me to go home. That's crazy! Anyways let's rewind time and recap this last week.
Monday ~ We had district activity. We went to my favorite Brazilian store and bought some good food and drinks. Then we played soccer and I don't think I was ever on a losing team, even though I was not the most talented. But the two most talented decided to try and do 2 on 6 and learned that there is strength in numbers, especially on defense. After that we rushed home and went to a member appointment and that took the rest of the night because they live way far away.
Tuesday ~ We only had one appointment but we took a long time getting there as we talked to everybody on the way there and back. It turned out way good, because 3 people gave us their addresses and said please come visit. Way nice. Then we went to prepare our investigator, Fabian, for his baptismal interview. After we finished his lesson we headed back and had dinner and then headed off to institute to help the mission prep class. And that was pretty much our day.
Wednesday ~ So we again went to Fabians for his interview. It was a bit hard, as he is from Argentina, but he speaks a bit of English and Japanese. So the interview was in Japanese and apparently he didn't understand so we had to postpone one week, in order to get someone who speaks Spanish to do the interview. Anyways, this coming week he should be baptized. The day was focused on him, so not really much happened. That evening, we did have Eikaiwa, and we actually had enough to split into two classes - one intermediate and one advanced. I taught the advanced and Mihara Choro, after lots of complaining, agreed to teach the intermediate class. It was pretty cool because we taught families so we all showed family pictures.
Thursday ~ We had ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) in Yokkaichi from 10 AM to around 3:30 PM. It was way long, but we learned a lot from the Kaicho (Mission President) and the AP’s. It was a good time. After that, I went to Gokiso on a Kokan (exchange) and had a good time teaching Eikaiwa again and helping their recent convert learn about the gospel.
Friday ~ This morning was the end of the Kokan (exchange), but on the way to the train, we saw some guys playing football in the park so I kind of joined in - way fun. They were way hilarious. For one, pretty much anytime I go to talk to somebody they immediately think that I can't speak Japanese so they try really hard with their limited English, then I start speaking and they get way surprised and happy. These guys were exactly the same. But after the initial shock of "Wow! This big white boy speaks my language!" We tossed the ball around for a bit and then headed to catch the subway. We then dropped off all of my stuff and headed to a college to try and find some people. We ended up talking to this way cool guy and because he was training for track, we ended up having a foot race with him - way fun. That was our night.
Saturday ~ So we started off the day doing an exercise/sports morning with the Shimai (Sisters) and their investigator and the investigator's brother. Then we headed out to go help a member move into their new apartment, but they were running late, so we went and taught a lesson to Ryo who has slowly been progressing. He's way awesome. After that the member called and said he really needed our help, so we rushed all the way to his apartment and helped him out. I ended up helping carrying in the fridge and laundry machine and everything else big. After we finished, he was so gracious and took me and Mihara Choro out to dinner. He took us to sushi, which is way dangerous as Mihara loves sushi. Within 10 minutes he had probably eaten like 10 plates and it only took that long because he had to order them. We limited him to 15 plates but it was all good. From there, the member gave us and our bikes a ride back to our apartment, in his moving van.
Sunday ~ Normal Sunday, for the most part, we had church and an investigator there - way cool. Then that night we had a member appointment with member that owns their own Takoyaki shop. So we had takoyaki and okonomiyaki and agetako. And for people wanting to know what takoyaki is, it is little balls with a chunk of octopus in them. The balls are made from some type of special batter, but other than that I don't know much. The agetako is just deep fried takoyaki so not much difference just the outside is crunchy. And okonomiyaki’s are cabbage pancakes. After that we shared a message about family and headed home.
So that is all for the week, no crazy insights, except for a small one from the March Ensign. The article was called "How could I not stay till the End". It is a way good article and it makes me realize how I could not do things for the lord when I am asked. No matter how hard they seem or how boring they are I can do them. Anyways that's all.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..