How's everybody doing? So today I think I would like to share this week's experience." (Literal translation) So this week was crazy and a lot happened but I'll start with Monday.
It was a good p-day we got a lot done and I got my first Japanese haircut. Well it turned out ok. And we were supposed to have 2 lessons that night, but both canceled so we were kind of plan-less for the rest of
the night so we updated records and tried to dendo some random people we met on the street without any success. And that was pretty much the day.
We got a call that morning from the investigator that we were supposed to visit that night and she canceled on us and that meant our whole night was kind of done for again because she lives way far away so we blocked off the whole night. But our lunch plans remained intact with a LA (less active) member and we talked with him as friends not really as missionaries. It went pretty good, at least that's the feeling we got, but the LA is really hazukashi (shy) and quiet. So that afternoon and night we visited some FI's hoping for someone to have regained interest. And we kind of just ran into dead ends until we met the Seichii family who said we could come back another day, but that was about it. After all of that we returned home feeling like something was going on because all of our plans kept falling through.
Well we did studies and DKK which is weekly planning and that took the whole morning and part of the afternoon. After that we went with a YSA (young single adult) member and totsuzened some investigators one of which is supposed to get baptized this Sunday. But, that's not gonna happen because we learned as he was filling out his baptismal papers that he's not actually married to his wife. But they have three of the greatest kids ever. So we kind of wanted to tell him right then but we had an appointment with him on Friday so we decided to wait and break the news to him then.
We went with the Shimai (Sisters) in our area to visit a member who is going to the temple for the first time and help her in her garden, more like farm. So we ended up planting a bunch of tamanegis (onions) and helped her harvest some jagaimos (potatoes). And then talked about the temple with her. And after that we had Eikaiwa (English Conversation Class). And it just so happened to be the largest Eikaiwa we've had yet! We had a kid’s class of like 3 with a YSA member and around 18 adults there. It was awesome we played head bands and it was really funny how the people were trying to guess what they were. What was really funny was the Shimai also put my name and Coleman's names in the stack and I found the person with my name and she was really confused but I snapped a photo with her before I told
her what was on her forehead. After that we headed home for the night but not before setting up some events with our investigators that came.
We did a lot of member work and we helped some members with their needs and just talked with some. The best time came at the Kouno kazoku (family) house. We had a little snack with them and talked about the history of the area and learned a lot about how to help people and who still lives in the area because none of the records are up to date. Also they had the greatest juice ever, it was nashi (apple-pear) juice, and it was sooooooooo delicious. After that we visited a member and gave her a birthday present and then raced home to meet with our investigator who I previously mentioned. We decided to teach tithing and the law of chastity because he really hadn't got those lessons. So to start we gave him the chastity pamphlet and he read the first page then wanted to read it all. We then explained that without marriage he couldn't be baptized. We are not sure he actually understood. After that we met up with our district leader and his brand new bean-chan (new missionary) that he is training. Not much else happened but I went to Hamamatsu City.
I was in Hamamatsu and we were supposed to teach Kodomo Eikaiwa (Kid English Class) but no one showed up and then we went and did member dendo after lunch and after we visited every member we still had time before ongako no yuube (music night), that was being hosted by the ward. So we decided to visit an FI of theirs and we had a 30 min lesson in their genkon (entryway/porch) and he was willing to meet again. And this was a miracle because they have had a lot of their investigators drop recently and they didn't have anybody to teach. But after that we returned to the church to perform in the music night. And after that the Kokan (exchange) ended and I went home. But on the way home I learned of all the cool and funny things that happened while I was in Hamamatsu. The good thing was there was an awesome lesson with some of our investigators and the funny thing, which is really kind of sad, was that the bean (new missionary) has really never ridden a bike so he's just learning and he falls, a lot. But hey,
we all have our trials and his is the bike.
This was the best Sunday because we had 3 investigators there and the Shimai (Sisters) also had 3 and one of our investigators brought his 3 kids. So in total we had 9 people there, which was awesome. Later that night we went and visited some oyasumikaiin (inactive members) and one of our investigators. We
headed out with the bishop and we visited everyone, which was nice except our investigator dropped us but it was kind of funny. So his wife is a missionary for another church and she learned that he was taking lessons and had a Book of Mormon. And she got mad and he didn't understand because he didn't even attend her church anymore, but to keep peace he struck a deal with her that if we couldn't come visit him
than neither could any of her missionary friends. It's kind of sad that he dropped but still it was funny.
Well that's it from 日本.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..