Well I missed last week so here goes nothing
For all of you that patiently wait for my emails, which I suspect is not that many, I'm sorry for missing this past week. Anyways, where to begin? Let’s go back to the Fourth of July.
Monday ~ So we had a Fourth of July party with the district. It was way awesome. Lots of food and good times. Then we had a cool lesson with an investigator and his friends. Way awesome. We showed them around the church and taught some English. But that was pretty much our day.
Tuesday ~ So we headed out to visit some people and that night we hung out with the Filipinos and started filling out the baptismal record for that week. We then shared a quick message and had some fun with them. Then it was back to the apartment.
Wednesday ~ We went finding at the college and park and did some scouting out for our next barbecue. It was way awesome. We met some cool people and had an overall good time. Then we went to Eikaiwa and had a fun last time with those guys. I received some presents and stuff. It was all very fun.
Thursday ~ We met with some Eikaiwa students for lunch and the after all of that we had a large planning session. We then had a lesson with some way cool guys. They came and gave a church tour and we even went out to dinner at Indo curry together. It was a way fun night.
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting), where we said some goodbyes to members of the district and then we headed home, where me and Pollister began prepping for the next day’s barbecue. We both made chicken marinades. I used the Williams family recipe and Pollister made a teriyaki version. It was a cool idea to give everyone two different flavors. Then we went to the Filipinos and finished the paper work for baptism. We then all went out to attempt the King’s Challenge (an eating challenge) from Sukiya. It's a place the serves gyudon, or sliced beef with onions all cooked up with some sauce and served on rice. The King’s Challenge was huge, but I conquered it first. After that, with very full bellies, we hurried home.
Saturday ~ We spent the whole day prepping for the barbecue. We made 40 hamburgers from scratch. It all culminated in the large barbecue that night where the rain miraculously stopped right when we needed it to. It ended up being a way awesome barbeque, lots of people came and we had plenty of food. During this time I received the call that I would be transferred to Ise (an area southwest of Nagoya) and finish training a half-way trained bean.
Sunday ~ To start off Julz, our way cool investigator, received baptism and he was baptized by his friend Mark. I later gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was a very awesome baptism. After all the goodbyes were said at church, I ran home to pack. Then we went out to Jeff's house with the Filipinos and celebrated the day. We then ran home and I finished packing.
Monday ~ The day was filled with going out to lunch and then rushing home to finish packing and shipping my stuff. Then we had a party at an investigator's house and then a lesson at the church. It was all good. For my last night it was a fun time.
Tuesday ~ I woke up, showered and put on what clothes I had kept. Then at 8 AM I stepped on a train with my bean knowing this would be the last time we were companions. I then got off and changed trains and headed toward Ise. I took a short break in Yokkaichi Train Station, as that was where I was meeting my new companion, Elder Adams, from Melbourne, Australia. Once he arrived, we headed down to Ise where I got semi situated and then we did a mini planning session to catch me up on some things. After that he started to show me around our area in Ise.
Wednesday ~ We had some member appointments and we went all around for them. The members are way nice and it was good to get to know them. We had Eikaiwa and usually when I first go to Eikaiwa, they aren't the greatest, but Ise has a really awesome and big Eikaiwa. It's way nice. Anyways, its way fun here and we played some really fun games.
Thursday ~ We had lots of member appointments. Again it was like a go around and meet the new guy type deal, which is cool. Anyways, after that we went out and talked to people, which is a bit harder than it was in the city, because I'm back in the country. After that we headed on over to a Japanese learning class where they sized up my abilities in Japanese, aka they gave me a ton of kid Japanese books and asked if I understood. It was way fun to watch them be like, “What? The white kid can speak.” So it might get harder from here on out.
Friday ~ We had our studies and then we did a large planning session to look at who needs to be focused on and that type of stuff. Then we went to a guy’s house to help him fix his computer and then we went to our game night where we got to hang out with some awesome people.
Saturday ~ We did some LA (less active) and past investigator hunting for a while, all the while talking to anyone who would give us the time of day. After all of that we met up with an investigator and went out to a fireworks show and there we also met up with a member. It turned out to be a way fun and a cool experience. From there we rushed home because you know fireworks are at night and we had to get home.
Sunday ~ We had church and I got to meet most of the branch and it was way cool. There are only like 15 members down here, so they have some room to grow and it should be way awesome. During sacrament meeting I gave my first testimony and introduction. And it was way nice. After church we had lunch and then went and had two lessons with investigators. One who is progressing towards baptism and the other who has been investigating a long time and still doesn't get it, btut she's going to pray about the Book of Mormon. That's good I guess. So that's all from me here.
Catch you all next week.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..