So where to start? After my email we went to fellowship an investigator, and we attended another matsuri (festival/celebration) in Kakegawa (city). This matsuri was less crazy and more traditional and was really cool. We also got to visit Kakegawa Jo (castle). At the matsuri I tried some more food like what we call custard fish, which is fried bread in the shape of a fish filled with custard. Monday wasn't as good of a day for dendo (tracting) as we ended up with a zero day.
Tuesday started out with us going to FIFA and doing language study. Next we had lunch and because there was no time on Monday because we dendoed a bit longer than was required we figured it was ok if we went and picked up my new bike. That night we went home and did denwa dendo (phone tracting) and I made brigaderro balls to house our apartment complex.
Then Wednesday we went and visited some of our investigators. One of which is a kid who is facing a bit of depression and has dropped out of school. We seem to be his only friends besides the computer and he is always on it when we come over. And sometimes when we try to talk to him, he won't even recognize that we are talking to him and he'll just sit there on the computer. I don't know how to help him, as he just seems to be closed off. Well on a brighter note we accompanied a ward member named Maito, he's an RM that knew my college roommate Nate Hill, to his job at a daycare where we are the entertainment. We play soccer with the kids and races with them. And they teach me little kid Japanese, which is a whole other language. After that we taught our investigator that will be baptized in early November. Then we had sushi with a PI and made him an investigator. I am able to stomach about one plate of sushi and that's about it. After that plate I eat some deep fried tofu rice thing which is good. After sushi the day was pretty much over and we went home for the night.
Thursday, we did FIFA again and went home and did weekly planning and made Oreo balls, which are crushed up Oreos with cream cheese added and mixed in and then refrigerated and rolled into balls and dipped into melted milk or white chocolate. We used these to house instead of the brigaderro because although the brigaderro was delicious they looked really ugly. So we went and housed our neighborhood and then some of our investigators that live nearby. We then rushed to Eikaiwa (English Class) where we played a fun Halloween themed game. We drew a Halloween picture and they were in groups of two and one person was allowed to look at the picture and the other was not. The one looking at the picture had to describe in English the picture well enough to draw it. After a while we switched and did another picture but not without showing them what the original looked like. And after hanging out a while, and getting a new investigator, we called it a day.
Friday we had zone conference and that took most of the day because it is an hour and a half away by train and bus. But it was a good day as we got to talk with Ishii Kaicho (President Ishii) and his wife. And we received instruction from them, the AP's, zone leaders and sister training leaders. After all of that we made it home at about 5:30 and we went to visit a sick family in the ward and on the way we found 2 investigators, but never actually found the sick family as the map wasn't very accurate. We then had to race home so we wouldn't be wanpaku senkyoushi (bad missionaries). And we made it home in the nick of time.
Saturday came and it was full of Halloween party setup/preparation. We also decided to make tacos for the ward members that came to setup. How we did this is we found a taco making kit in a grocery store for about 700¥ or about $7. So we made stuff for the members and they loved it! Or at least that's what they said. But there was plenty of leftovers for us to take home. With the party all setup, all that was left was for kids to show up. The members were a bit worried that this would all be for nothing, but within 30 minutes we ran out of the 40 name tags that we had and people were still coming. At the height we probably had at least 50+ kids there and the all loved it unfortunately all the parents that came were moms. And because we have sister missionaries it’s kind of だめ (dame = against the rules) to make them our investigators. So the Shimai (Sisters) had a field day. After the clean-up we headed home, wiped out from the day.
So Sunday was pretty normal at first. We did all of the normal things; visited investigators, looked for new ones, and did all of the missionary stuff. For dinner I used the leftover taco stuff and egg roll shells to make tacitos. When it was time for bed, both Elder Coleman and I were feeling a bit sick, like throw up sick, but he was really bad as time wore on. Eventually I gave him a blessing and remembered that I had some tums and now we are fine. No idea what it was, but there was a bowl next to our futons last night. Today, so far, has been unexciting. But I cleaned our shower and toilet and just overall bathroom, which was disgusting. Let's just say I almost reverted to being a bit sick during the cleaning but now the apartment is mostly clean and all that's left is to take out some trash tomorrow.
Well that's all from 日本 (Nippon = Japan)
P.S. - 1 Nephi 9:6 "But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore He prepareth a way to complete all His works among the children of men: for behold He hath all power unto the fulfilling of his words. And thus it is. Amen."
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