Easter came and went and no one seemed to notice, except the members and the missionaries. Anyways we'll get to Easter in a moment but we'll start at where I left off.
Monday night ~ So we had been running around all day and still didn't have any time to do much. So we were getting ready to do our grocery shopping when we got a call from an investigator saying he wanted to meet with us, so we were all cool and abandoned our grocery adventure and went to a place called cats cafe and met up with him, a member and two other investigators and we had a little message and a giant ice cream. It was awesome. Ridiculously big and awesome! (check it out in the pictures). My comp really loves ice cream! And that was our night.
Tuesday ~ We again decided to take advantage of the fact that we have the largest eki (train station) in the mission, in our area by setting up a table and passing out cards and pamphlets to anyone who would give us the time of day. From there we went to our recent convert’s house. He is having financial troubles and we decide a lesson on living within your means would be good. So we are young guys who teach older people all the time, but we were crossing in to unknown territory with teaching about finances but we went through with it anyways. The results were mixed, as he didn't think we knew much about finances, but as missionaries living on about ＄300(¥30,000) a month, and we buy groceries and do all of our activities on this and then usually we have a bit left over at the end of each month. Plus I survived a year of college. So eventually he figured out that what we knew what we were talking about, but he wasn't willing to change that much. But things change slowly. Anyways, from there we went to institute and had a great time with all of the young adults preparing to go on missions. After that we rushed as fast as we could home.
Wednesday ~ So we got a request for a Book of Mormon to be delivered to a house, so we decided to go a hunting and spent lots of time talking to people and knocking doors, but to no avail. It was definitely really sad. We thought we had a good chance of finding an investigator, but oh well. After that we had Eikaiwa and it is always a good time. Teaching English and helping people is way fun. But nothing to crazy happened that night.
Thursday ~ We had a long planning session and after that we headed out to meet an investigator. Turned out we were a bit early, so we went to help out our recent convert again. This time we just left an Easter message and talked about Christ. After that we met with the investigator and made Indo curry together. And through out that we had a time to bear testimony. Also Elder Lehman tried to eat like the people of Nepal by eating with his hands. Kind of funny because he's really sensitive to heat. After that we had DCS (Ward Correlation Meeting) and reported our week to the ward mission leader. All was good.
Friday ~ We had ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) and I got to see some friends, especially Elder Coleman, so it was a way good time. He's seeing a bit of success in his area, but he's with what I would consider to be one of the hardest companions in the mission. He's not disobedient; actually he's quite the opposite. He's obedient to the point he makes up rules to not break other rules and that makes being an effective missionary darn near impossible. But Coleman can fix it. I know that. Anyways after ZTM, we headed home and started preparing for our Eikaiwa class's movie party. So we setup the projector and DVD player and stuff. I even made the brownies I had received from my parents, but no one absolutely no one came. So we attended the seminary class down stairs and brought the brownies with us. Anyways I still have brownies and they're really good for a quick snack or even breakfast. Sad break on the Eikaiwa, but seminary was good. (You can check out pictures of my zone in the pictures section.)
Saturday ~ So we decided that to lift our spirits we were going to go to the park and look at Sakura, (Cherry Blossoms) and talk to people. So off we went. On the way there we talked to a high school student and he decided he wouldn't mind learning about what we teach so he became an investigator. After that we reached the park without anything else really happening. To our surprise the Sakura haven't bloomed yet so we started asking everyone what the deal was and they told us that we were a bit early and that they would bloom with in the week. It was an awesome time. Usually as missionaries we try really hard to talk to people, but when we went to this park people just talked to us. It literally took zero effort to find people. They wanted to talk to us. It was awesome! After having fun in the park we went and had a lesson with a member and it was good. We have noticed a pattern with this member. If we visit some time during the week he comes to church so we visit quite often now days. Then we went to play basketball. Man I love it. But I realized while playing this time that people were kind of intimidated by me. I was able to score whenever I wanted and people would just give me the ball and expect me to score. So I always would try to give the ball away, but it has a way of coming back. I didn't want to be the guy no one wants to play with so I backed off. And after that it was a lot more fun. It really was a good time and these guys are growing to like us more and more and we are even getting investigators from this opportunity. I love it. If the Lord would let me play basketball all day and still be able to teach investigators and find them I definitely would, but you know there are other things that need to be done.
Sunday (Easter) ~ It was a good day. I ate Reece's eggs and brownies for breakfast and then went to church. Church was good as we helped our recent convert through his interview for the priesthood and then financial help too. Then we had a good lesson in priesthood. After that we went to the park for a lesson and then we just had fun talking to people and finding people. We enjoyed our time there and then we went to meet Mark Kyoudai (Brother) to take him to our okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes) and takoyaki (octopus dough balls) party. It was great. We ate and ate, and then ate some more. I gained a whole kilo, 2.2 lbs. After we share a spiritual message we rushed home and that was the end of the week.
(Check out pictures of the party in the picture section.)
So here's a little thought. It's kind of based off both of the new Easter videos put out by the Church.
So here goes nothing. As I have recently read the book Jesus the Christ I learned a lot about the way Christ teaches, how he treated people, and what he went through. In the book a lot of my questions were answered about the period of time that we celebrate during Easter season. It is amazing to know that not only did Christ descend bellow all only to rise back to the point of glory, but what makes that special is that he did it for you and me. He did it to save us. This is truly something to praise and yell hallelujah! So let us follow him as he has asked us to do and rejoice as we have been saved.
P.S. The videos can be found under holiday videos in your LDS Gospel library app, or on LDS.org.
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