Hello everybody. Everybody doing good? Before I start I want to say thank you for all of the prayers. Ok let's begin! By the way I received new companion. He is Japanese. More on this later.
Monday ~ P-day stuff shopping exploring the city enjoying the snow while it
lasted. You know some good stuff after that we didn't have any lessons
so we went and did some street in and met some really cool people but
none that were too interested in the gospel. But after that it was kind
of a boring day.
Tuesday ~ So we did our studies and then we ate a big curry lunch. It was quite delicious and filling. From there we decided to head out on foot to
meet with an investigator at his home, but we left early enough that
we would have time to talk to plenty of people. And on the way there I
started talking to a guy and he was way nice. But about 2 min in he
said something like, "Hey I'm headed to lunch and I don't have much
time." So I just asked if we could go with him. Now I didn't warn my
comp about this in he slightest so he was not prepared for lunch round
2. But we had a good conversation and talked about his life and what
we are doing in Japan. It was way cool. And then when we got up to pay
he beat me to the cash register and paid for mine and my comps lunch.
And then he wouldn't let me give him any money. But it was a way chill
time. After that we tried to setup another lunch appointment but he
was like, "I'm way busy but I'll call if I ever want to go out again."
After we said bye we left to our next appointment and we taught the
restoration again with an emphasis on prayer. After that we committed
him to be baptized and he said yes. Way cool experience. On the way
back home we were stopped by a guy who had visited Salt Lake City and
he was like, "Hey are you boys the Mormon missionaries." And we were
like, "Yep that's us." He was way surprised and said that we were way
rare and that he would like to meet again but for some reason he
couldn't/wouldn't make time to meet again but he has our number. From
there we went to one of our favorite roads to go streeting. There we
OYMed these two kids and it was obvious they were coming home from
baseball practice. And the next thing we know they are stopping their
whole team as they walk by and by the time we said good bye we were
talking to like 15 kids. At one point they were trying to show off and
they made one of their friends do a back flip. Way funny night. But
that ended our day.
Wednesday ~ We had a lesson in the morning with an investigator and it was a way
nice experience. After that we headed to Gokiso to meet up with our
district leader and begin our Kokan. But to start it out our district
leader decided to make us okonomiyaki, pancakes with cabbage in them
is the best explanation I've got. But it was good. From there I took
the other comp and we headed out and did a day of service. Where we
dressed up in normal clothes and went around asking people if we could
do stuff for them. And if they didn't want service we tried to give
them the gospel. But a lot of the day was spent with people telling us
they didn't need help or the gospel. But the one saving grace was in
one appartment complex we found a family who said that they may have a
bit of interest but the timing was bad. Any ways after that we went
home made Mexican food and planned Eikaiwa. I decided to teach clothes
and I brought tons of examples, jeans hats gloves etc. It was a big
hit as we decided to make them do a relay race with getting dresses
and undressed in the American sized clothes, just a quick fact they
kept his their clothes on. Any ways way funny and we of course got a
video of it.
Thursday ~ The Kokan ended and we ended it at an aburasoba, literal
translation-oil noodles, loose translation-delicious. And after that, we headed home and watched a 2 hour broadcast for
missionaries and then did planning for the next week. After that we
had to cancel an appointment with an investigator because he lives too
far away and he made a way late appointment. Anyways he was way sad
but we told him it was just our rules. But we went to DCS and reported
to our ward mission leader what had happened since we last met.
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting) in Gokiso, I seem to have spent a lot of time traveling
there, and afterwards we went together as a district to Indo-curry.
That was way good. From there we rushed back to a lesson and we were a
bit lucky as we were late and so was he, he got lost on the way to the
church. But we then had a good lesson about who God and Jesus Christ
are and it may have blown his mind just a bit. But he wants to meet
again. So I'm happy. After that we had a member lesson where she
taught us Japanese. She kinda started a bit too simple, I think, but
you know it's never bad to review the basics. Also this day I decided
to make Oreo balls for some of the members in the ward.
Saturday ~ Busy busy busy. It was way fun. We had three lessons with
investigators and two member lessons that night it was way crazy. But
anyways to start the morning off we had transfer calls. And usually
how it goes is they set aside an hour for them to call everyone and
once they call everyone that is transferring they send out a text that
says they are done. So you could sit there for an hour and not get
anything and be extremely anxious the whole time, or you could get a
call in the first 15 minutes. So we got called way quickly and when we
were talking to the AP that called us he told us that Elder Whited was
going to Ueda up in Nagano and that I would be receiving a new
companion. His name is Elder Mihara. He's Japanese and he's from
Sendai area, Japan. He seems like a way good guy and it will be tons
of fun to live with a Japanese guy. Anyways from there we went to our
first lesson of the day with Ryo. Way cool guy loves the church and
has come to church twice. He is a bit hesitant about baptism as he
wants to really make sure. So we focused on prayer and reading the
scriptures and how they can help us receive answers. Then we went to
Fabian's house. He recently decided he wanted to be baptized and he's
been to church once before and loved it. We taught him the plan of
salvation and he enjoyed himself. From there we rushed back to the
church to teach Hayashi San. And we finished teaching plan of salvation
and moved into the gospel of Christ. After that we visited a member to
give her and her family some Oreo balls because it was her son’s
birthday that week. This kid is kinda lonely and has some hard days
but he seemed to be having a good time and enjoyed the present. This
was also the first time I've met him as his mom is very protective of
him when he's having bad days. After that we visited another member to
give them Oreo balls for their birthday and also being out tachiais.
They really enjoyed it and we left a short spiritual message. We then
rushed home so Elder Whited could pack and I could write a talk for the
next day. Not much else happened besides us running around like crazy.
Sunday ~ So I gave a talk and Ryo came to church again. And we got to teach him
another lesson asked how his prayers were going and he is slowly
seeing that he wants this big ward family. Just still hesitant on the
whole getting baptized thing. But we taught plan of salvation, I think
I've taught that pretty much all week, and he liked it. After that we
had another lesson with an investigator and we then went home so Elder
Whited could finish packing. From there we went and visited a member
who didn't come to church and told them Elder Whited was leaving. They
were like that was way fast but not much else we could do. All in
all, it was a good week.
And that's all from here in the Japan Nagoya Mission.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..