(Konnichi wa minasan. Minason no katsudo wa sugoi idato omoimasu.)
Well that's enough Japanese for the time being. So Japan is crazy and it never ceases to amaze me what we do here. So after my email last week I went and visited a shrine and a park it was quite cool. After that we had a lesson with a Brazilian jujitsu guy and after that we went to an FHE activity with a family in our ward. They are awesome. We shared a short message using a Rubik's cube and then we played some games and had some dessert. Then we went home.
Tuesday, we had a Kokan (splits) and I went to Hamamatsu with our district leader and dendo’d (tracted) there till Wednesday morning. First we went and crocheted with some ward members. And after that not much really happened except for the fact that we visited this really rich investigator that fed us really nice cake.
Wednesday, the Kokan (split) ended and I was back in Fukuroi. Once in Fukuroi we had to hurry and bike to meet an investigator who was baking us okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancakes), which were pretty good except he brought us 2 types: one of which was eel, and that is my weird food for the week. After a quick message and lunch our investigator took us around the park we met him at. After that we hustled back to the church to give a lesson to a girl and her mom and they are both progressing but they are both a little bit worried about baptism but eventually we'll get them to commit.
Thursday, we did our studies and kind of had a boring morning. But then we taught a recent convert and helped prepare him for the temple. Then we had Eikaiwa (English Conversation Class), where we prepared them for our dinner out together by practicing ordering food in English. From there we went home.
Friday, we went to Hamamatsu for DTM (District Training Meeting) where we found out that one of our zone leaders went AP. It was pretty cool to know but it also serves as a reminder about how close transfers are.
Nothing should change as I am being trained and I should be in Fukuroi through the New Year, because transfers are 6 weeks long. Tonikaku (anyway), after DTM we had pizza that our district leader bought from a recent convert in his area. After that we returned to Fukuroi to dendo and prepare for our Eikaiwa party. The party was at an American barbecue restaurant where I got true American ribs for like 1000¥ or ＄10. It was only a half rack but it was still really good. After that we went home.
Saturday, so in the morning we realized we hadn't found an investigator at all and our goal was to get at least 7 new investigators. So we prayed and prayed some more before we headed out because we wanted to end the day with at least 3-4 new investigators. So we headed out to our first lesson with a Brazilian family, and man I am thankful for google translate. Then we went to FIFA for some language study and we got an investigator there, 1 found. After that we had an impression to totsuzen one of our investigators. He wasn't home at first but his two daughters were so we talked with them and they agreed to take the lessons and while we were talking to them he came home and took us inside where we met his wife and she agreed to hear the lessons, 3 more investigators. The count was up to 4 and we hadn't even had lunch yet. From there we went to the church to grab some fruit from our basket to take to one of our investigators whose family was sick. They loved it. From there we went home and met this really cool Filipino guy who agreed to talk to us about religion. He's a Christian and really misses going to church, we are now up to 5 and its just lunch time. After lunch we decided to do some less active work and we headed out to Kakegawa City. So we arrived at their danchi (apartment building) and no one was there, so we were gonna leave a note. I saw their neighbor had a sticker on their door that said they were a missionary for some Christian church, Pentecostal something or other. I thought hey this would be fun so I knocked. It turned out the wife is the missionary, but the husband isn't and that he isn't sure about that church anymore but he believes in Christ still. He also helped find where the less active actually lived and was super nice. He even wants us to come back, so bam another investigator. The total is at 6 new investigators. After that we had to bike 10 km home and it ended up being an adventure as our route took us on dirt roads and through the forest. But we made it home just fine. So the moral of the story is if you are truly desperate for something and you think about it all the time, if it is a righteous desire the Lord will bless you with it. You just have to be really, really desperate.
Sunday, so we had church and meetings all of the usual stuff but our Sunday got really interesting. So we planned to do some less active work and make some visits. But this was no normal trip the scheduled trip stood at about 27 miles and that's if we stayed on track and everybody lives where the map says they live. So we headed out and the first leg of the journey is 11 km or about 6.8 miles. So we get there and there's no danchi (apartment) number so we couldn't find them. Next leg is about 6 km or like 3.7 miles and the address was weird and since they live close to the beach we went to the beach. After that we went to our PI's house which with the beach trip was like 10 km or like 6.2 miles. We actually hadn't eaten anything and thought this was just going to be a quick visit but they ended up feeding us and we talked a bit about religion and what we do as missionaries and why we do it. As we were getting ready to go our PI told us about a short cut with no traffic but he warned that there would be some hills. He's a bit older, and us young bucks were like yeah we got this hills are a piece of cake. So he happily he guided us to the short cut since he loves biking. On the ride, the easy part that is we talked a lot about church history and the restoration. He seemed to be really interested so he's now an investigator. Tonikaku (anyway), he told us that the hard part was coming and to get ready so we did. And we went uphill and kept coming up hill for what seemed like forever. Probably about 5 km or 3.1 miles of steep uphill. After that it alternated between up and downs, but nothing to major. Once we reached a point that he felt comfortable leaving us he turned around and went home and we kept going on home in the end it turned out to be like 20 km or 12.4 miles from his house to ours. In total we biked about 51.5 km which is 32 miles pretty much exactly. And that was our day we were wiped out and done for the night. But we made it home and reached our goal for investigators for the week.
Monday, so p-day comes again and this time we woke up a bit early and cleaned most of the apartment up. Like it's gotten a lot better but like we deep cleaned our kitchen our dining/study room and our bedroom. And last week we deep cleaned the bathroom areas. So the last room to deep clean is our other study room / clothes room. But then we had district activity where we went to a bird park with lots of different kinds of birds that would land on you and that you could feed. It was pretty awesome. Now we are chilling and preparing for our next investigator lesson.
Reflections from the week: be desperate in your prayers and you will more than likely receive an answer. Well apparently this is the first time my trainer hasn't really had any comp problems, like none of his were major or anything, but there were always like some little things that they argued about. He's an awesome guy and not only are we comps but we are really good friends. It makes things really easy.
Alma 56:47 ~ Now they had never fought before but they did not fear death; they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did their lives; yea they had been taught by their mothers that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them,
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