So if last week wasn't exciting enough this week was crazy. On P-day we spent most of our time working on Halloween fliers and printing them out, getting them ready to hand out. We also cleaned a little and went and bought a bike.
In the course of buying a new bike, my trainer and I got a bit confused with the conversion from yen to dollars and I almost bought a $2000 bike but we figured it out and I bought a nice Giant brand mountain bike which is being shipped here, cuz apparently I'm too big for Japan.
So after that whole trip we returned to the church and went out to dinner with a member to udon (noodles). The members name is Maito and he actually served with my MTC teacher (Krandall Kyodai) and my old college roommate (Nate Hill). After that, he tachiaied (member present lesson) with us for an investigator who will be baptized next month as long as he quits smoking. After that we returned home and finished the day.
Tuesday was really eventful as our troubles with the printer continued as it seems to always be running out of ink. So, on our last trip we decided to go to a different store and right in front of the store the gear shift in the back snapped for no apparent reason. Don't worry I didn't crash and I'm totally fine but the bike is destroyed and we even took it to a bike shop with the help of the branch president to get it fixed. At the bike shop we traded it in for a different bike to rent for 2000 yen or about $20. So
I again returned to having a momma chari until my trainer took compassion on me and switched me bikes. We hope to get my new bike today or tomorrow or whenever it arrives.
So on to Wednesday we fellowshipped a couple less actives by taking them to lunch with the Shimai (Sisters) and then after that we had an appointment with an investigator named Yuto, who is like 15 and lonely. But we visit him and be his friends but we actually ended up teaching his mom a little and she seems interested, cuz we always look happy and are trying to help her son. Then we went and did danchi dendo (apartment building tracting). Which was awesome we only found one investigator but I learned a little bit of Japanese culture that is helpful to dendo (tracting) and quite funny. It's called gomen kudasai (excuse me). Because in Japanese culture the genkon (front entry) isn't considered a part of the house, so you can open the door and say gomen kudasai and they come to the door. This isn't our normal approach but if we've gone a long time without anyone opening the door we might do this just to talk to somebody.
So on Thursday we did some phone dendo and ended up setting up an appointment with a random person. We went and met them and it was this really old guy who had only ever attended Eikaiwa, but he seems a bit interested in the gospel so we taught him a quick 10 minute lesson after getting to know him. Then we both had an impression to house around and we found another investigator! It was awesome! From there we raced to the church to do a recent convert lesson. And from there we had a meeting with another person from the phone and we met at McDonald's, which is 100 times better than American McDonald's by the way. After that we had Eikaiwa.
Then on Friday we went searching for some less-actives who we didn't find, but we passed by a Matsuri (celebration/parade) which was crazy. And after that we OYM’ed (open your mouth), who I thought was a 15-16 year old, but it turned out he was 18. He invited us to play some basketball and I was definitely down to play. After we played we invited them all to Eikaiwa and to our Halloween party. Then we went to a lesson with the same guy as Monday, as he wants us to come and help him as he tries to quit smoking. We had another member with us at this lesson who was a convert and he had a nice talk with our investigator. After that we went with him to basketball with some members and lots of nonmember so we picked up some investigators there and they thought that I was something special but I'm not at all. Then we raced home to not be wanpaku senkyoushi (bad missionaries).
Then on Saturday we watched conference with the Shimai (Sisters), and then we enjoyed going to another Matsuri with a less active, wow that was crazy, the Japanese are crazy. Then we had conference on Sunday again with the members and we as missionaries watched with some investigators that wanted to try to listen to it in English and eventually while they were there we switched to Japanese and at one point to Chinese because one investigator's first language was Chinese but other than that I watched in English and when it was in Japanese I just read along on my iPad. Then we went to an investigator's house and she prepared us for the Matsuri by dressing us in traditional
Japanese clothes which was awesome. And it was crazy.
Well other than that not much else that has gone on. Conference was awesome and I didn't fall asleep once while watching Conference. So good bye for now.
Till next week
Translation from the top:
“Hello, everyone. How are you? Anyways, Japan is awesome. Really it is. I am having an awesome time. The food is a bit wired. But I'm trying to love it.”
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..