So we will go back in time and visit what happened during this week. By the way, if it wasn't clearly stated in last week's email, we did have transfer calls and I will be staying in Takabata, with my companion, for another transfer. It was a good week. But stories are best told from the beginning right? Anyways. . .
Monday ~ Yeah, it was the day I did all of the mailing and the shopping and good stuff. Yeah, it was a good day. Nothing too big or crazy happened, just visited some investigators. All in all, a pretty good day.
Tuesday ~ So Monday night we got a text from the APs (Assistants to the President) about how we were being selected to go and train the new trainers that would be getting beans that week. So I and the bean worked out our presentations, based on the topic of accountability. And so I read them Jacob 1:19 and Jacob 2:2 (see below). It was really like a hard slap wakeup call and don't mess up kind of message because Jacob is way straight forward, so they got the picture. It was way fun. After that we went to visit a recent convert and then we decide to walk home and talk to people on the streets. It was a good idea as we met two really cool people. But because we just decided to walk home we didn't have anything else really happen.
Jacob 1:19 ~ “And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the last day.”
Jacob 2:2 ~ “Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the responsibility which I am under to God, to magnify mine office with soberness, and that I might rid my garments of your sins, I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God.”
Wednesday ~ We planned our week out this day so nothing at all really happened and then we went to looking for less actives to no avail. And then we had Eikaiwa, which is always fun. But that was pretty much it.
Thursday ~So we decided to do some more less active searching and we found one and we had a really long lesson with him. But he's pretty sure he's graduated from religion. Yeah, he thinks he's on a level above the prophets and apostles. But I really don't think that's possible. Like Elder Bednar is way awesome and Elder Holland is great. Not to mention President Monson and the others. But hey, we will keep trying with him. Then we had a meeting with some investigators and we ended the night going out to eat with two of our investigators. All in all, it was a good day. Also found a guy who wasn't interested in the church, but said he would cut our hair for free if we gave him a call. He was way cool.
Friday ~ We went to go contacting, but no one was outside. So I decided to go looking for some more less actives, and we stumbled across a place that the missionaries used to volunteer at and decided to pick up right where the other guys left off. Later we learned that a less active, we are looking for, frequents this place that we decided to randomly stop at. So thus we shall begin our stake out for a LA while doing service every week. We then went to a lesson with an investigator and he proceeded to take us out to dinner. Way nice guy, and a way nice way to end the day.
Saturday ~ We went out and did some more contacting/ less active searching. While we were out and about I saw one of my favorite Brazilian stores and all of the sudden I had the biggest craving for Brazilian food and a root beer, because they sell them at this store. Elder Pollister was ok without stopping, but I wanted food, so we stopped and while eating the food a less active, who had been lost from the records, rolls up and says he wants us to come visit him next Sunday. Like what?! So I have learned that sometimes promptings may come as food cravings and that God can direct you in any number of ways. After that we proceeded to go to a Matsuri (Japanese festival) with an investigator and watch a fireworks show. Way awesome! And that was pretty much our day.
Sunday ~ As always, church. We got two investigators there and one was a member’s husband. He's a way cool guy and he is a pro basketball referee. Way cool. We had a good lesson with him and he was way nice. We will probably meet with him again soon. After that we visited our investigators who decided not to come to church. We shared a Holland talk and some other church videos. We then talked about the messages that were given and bore testimony. It was a good way to end our night.
Well that's pretty much all from here in Japan. I hope you guys all enjoy reading what goes down in the crazy life of a missionary. Anyways, catch you all in a week.
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