“Here I go again on my own. Goin’ down the only road I've ever known”. Anyway, this week was crazy. Lots of things happened and then they just kept happening. So we will begin back on Monday.
Monday May 9th ~ So to start this day I got to skype with my family. It was way nice to see everyone and here everyone's voices. After that we got one of the Elders all packed up and ready to go and he was set to head home. He then surprised me as he had the person who was picking him up to go to the mission home bring me a cake for my birthday. So yeah also on this day I turned 20. After that I went out to lunch for my birthday and it was way good. It was one of my favorite restaurants and it has some of my favorite food. It was an Indonesian Curry restaurant. And I ordered one of their special drinks called a Mango Lassi. I have no idea how to describe it so if you ever come to Japan make sure that's something you eat even though it's not a traditional Japanese food. After that it was running around doing errands and then we went and did some apartment cleanup. But when we returned home we found that the sisters had put a bunch of balloons in our house and left some presents for my birthday. They are way nice. After that we did some planning and goal setting then I called a ton of people to set up some appointments. And that was pretty much our night.
Tuesday ~ So we went and taught our recent convert and from there we decided we were going to go looking for less active members. Along the way we talked to some cool people and even found 3 people that would like to learn more, so 3 new investigators. After all of that happened we made are way home in the rain. But hey it was worth it to find all those cool people.
Wednesday ~ So we were going to have a Kokan (exchange) so we decided to plan for the week. And it turned out to be a good idea, because while we were planning both of my packages for my birthday arrived and I got to open them. And after all was said and done there really wasn't anytime so we planned a cool Eikaiwa and proceeded to prep the church. Somehow all the Eikaiwa students had figured out I had my birthday and so had one of the Sisters so they all brought presents and stuff and did a whole big thing. It was way nice. And after that we went home.
Thursday ~ So we had a Kokan (exchanges) and to kick it off we made a giant thing of yakisoba. And after that I got some training from the district leader and then we went out to an appointment only to realize his bike had a flat, so we got that fixed and headed to our appointment. When they didn't show up we went to a park to talk to people. While there we got invited to a barbecue and then after they loved us we had some really deep conversations. After that we did some more park-hopping only to see lots of nature and not lots of people. After all of that we made our way to a highly populated area and talked to some cool people and some not so nice people, but in the end we found another new investigator. It was way awesome. But after that we rushed home.
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting) where our district leader made us eat Nato (Japanese fermented beans). It wasn't very good and kind of spoiled my appetite for the rest of the day. Anyways, we learned some good stuff. And after that we didn't have much set so we went and talked to lots of people and met a way cool guy. He said he wants us to teach his son English and for us to teach him the gospel. We were quick to agree and later setup an appointment. But that was our night.
Saturday ~ In the morning we went to help a member at their fruit stand at a festival and it was way awesome even found authentic Mexican food, like made by a guy from Mexico. After that we had some stuff fall through so we went to talk to some people and found some more cool people and then at night we met up with some of our investigators and played basketball. We then setup some time to meet not at basketball and committed two of them to come to church next Sunday. Way cool. Still not looking like I used to be but I'm not half bad at basketball anymore. I shook off most of the rust. But after that we ran home as fast as we could and I immediately started texting people to come to church and stuff like that.
Sunday ~ In the morning I helped Elder Pollister finish writing a talk to give and then I spent the next hour translating church for our two English speaking investigators, which was fun. After that we taught our investigator Jeff his final lesson and then prepped him for his baptismal interview. After that we had lots to do after church. We did some home teaching I helped a member understand the scriptures better and then went to ward council. It was crazy. Then we went to a lesson where we got stood up pretty hard. We then went home and prepped some paper work for Jeff's baptismal interview that would be happening that night. Then we went to the church reviewed some stuff with Jeff while we waited for the other elders and then they gave the interview. Honestly those are some of the hardest times as a missionary. First, you are pretty sure that they are ready, but then they go in and leave you outside and you're not with them. It is so heart wrenching. You sit wondering, did I do enough, did I teach that right, are they following the commandments and then they come out and the district leader says they are clear for baptism. Then you start leaping for joy and are filled with happiness. You go from self-doubt to on top of the world in about 2 seconds. So Jeff passed and will be receiving baptism. After that we were done and ready to retire for bed.
So that's the week from Nagoya, Japan. Thanks for all the love and prayers and support.
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