へエロ (Herro or Hello):
Hello family and friends. Compared to last week there wasn't as much crazy, exciting stuff that happened. But it was still a fun week. So I'll start from the beginning.
Monday ~ So after P-day was done and over with, we had two lessons. One with our investigator who couldn't get baptized cuz he's not married and that's no good. So recently we have just reviewed all the lessons to help him solidify his testimony and persevere till after he's married. So this time was the commandments and I was in charge of the lesson. So I had him list off all the commandments he knew and after he wrote one down he would explain it. After he got through all the ones he remembered I taught tithing and fasting through the member who was there. At the time he was fasting so he explained why he was doing it. And because he was a convert and can understand most of my English/broken Japanese he explained tithing so it doesn't sound so scary or demanding. And that went over pretty well. Then we had Paulo next and this is our favorite Brazilian friend who started taking the lessons to get extra
English practice but he has lots of questions so English practice usually turns into us talking about the church and stuff, which is fine with us. Anyway, it's kind of hard cuz he really doesn't believe in God, but it's all good.
Tuesday ~ We had a lot of appointments in Kakegawa City and it's far so we went with a member and when we asked if he was ok on time he said he was “eien na daijobu”, or in other words “he's fine for eternity” to drive us around so we proceeded to spend 4 hours with him, got 2 new investigators and visited some LA’s (less actives). It was awesome and that was pretty much our day.
Wednesday ~ We prepared all morning and then went way south to visit some members. There we worked with part member families and I was a bit ojama (rude), by persistently asking some people to stay and listen. It was the daughter of one of the members, and ther mom was behind me so it was all ok.
Thursday ~ So we had a lesson with a recent convert and then we spent the rest of the day preparing for our special Eikaiwa class. As it was thanksgiving we had a shokujikai, pretty much a “meeting with food”. And we cooked some ham and mashed potatoes. It was awesome. Everybody brought food and it turned awesome. And there was so much food and there were 35 people in attendance. The biggest Eikaiwa any of us missionaries have ever seen. That was awesome!
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting) with the zone leaders and we did a case study about some less actives and our Kaicho (Branch President), because our Kaicho offended someone and didn't really know it and then the person went inactive and has been for 3 years. We got some ideas and it lead to Sunday but that's later. Then that night we went caroling again with an investigator and some ward members and it was a hit everyone loved it. By the way, my singing is improving according to my companion, and he's a choir boy who knows.
Saturday ~ We went on a bus tour of Fukuroi City for free, and that included tabehodai (all you can eat lunch). It was awesome and we got to tour some cool stuff and some shrines and the beach. And we even got to meet the Governor it was awesome. We met tons of people and it was awesome. After that we had a chanto (fast) thanksgiving dinner at American barbecue restaurant and it was nice.
Sunday ~ We had church and stuff, but instead of 2nd and 3rd hour we watched “Meet the Mormons”. It was good and then afterwards we took our Kaicho (Branch President) to visit some Las (less actives), including the one he offended. He sat down with her and talked to her and her husband, a non member. They listed all of their problems to him and then tore into him, but he, for the most part, took it like a champ and was humble and apologized for everything. And then 2 hours later we had gone through all of her problems. And she now feels like she could come to church, but she's busy, so yeah. Really close.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..