WEEK 2: Well here begins another week.
So after my email last week we had a lesson with Takano San and his family. He is prepared for baptism pretty much all he needs to do is to stop smoking cigarettes and he'll be ready. But he has a baptismal date for this month and we are going to help him make this date because he knows this church is true.
Tuesday we had a Kokan or splits. We went and looked for an old man who we had talked to before and he told us that he no longer had interest in even talking to us so he sent us away. Then later that night we had a lesson with another investigator and her daughter, their names are Fumi and Yuna. They are amazing. A little hesitant to accept baptism but they'll get there. We had a good lesson with a tachiai (member present) and she really felt the spirit.
Then Wednesday Elder Zhian was really sick so we stayed home and cleaned after we had picked him up from the Kokan.
Thursday we woke up studied and went to FIFA again to learn more Japanese and maybe get some more investigators. Well after FIFA we picked up a frozen pizza and took it to the church to eat which isn't something we normally do, but we felt that was what we needed to do that day. And bam a miracle happens. We were sitting and talking as the pizza was cooking and a girl walks in asking about the church. It was crazy. We then proceeded with a church tour and ended giving her an hour and a half lesson about the restoration and a bit about the gospel of Christ. It was awesome. We set a baptismal date with her and we are teaching her again this week. So after that we ate lunch and then had a lesson with a recent convert. Taught another investigator and set another baptismal date. After that we had Eikaiwa (English Class) and saw Fumi and Yuna. I talked with them for a bit and we gave them both Book of Mormons but since Yuna is 11 we gave her the kids picture one and I got to quiz her on it a bit and she really had read what she said she did and she is really learning it's awesome. At Eikiwa we introduced our students to chocolate chip cookies. Some thought they were too sweet but for the most part everyone loved the cookies.
Friday we had zone conference which was awesome. Than after that we had a lesson with an investigator who after the lesson let us know that he was all good and dropped us. He was more interested in how we learn Japanese so fast cuz he is a teacher at FIFA. We replied that it is a gift from God. We then did records and played Japanese volleyball with an investigator.
Japanese volleyball is volleyball with 9 people and no rotations and because it was mostly women playing I was playing back-back row, but it was still fun.
Saturday we met with an investigator early and he is already for baptism too but he is moving out of our area so we will let the other missionaries know he could be baptized. Then back to FIFA for more Japanese training. Then we had to go home because Elder Zhian had to finish packing before the shipping company came to get his stuff. So we cleaned and did area book. And for Elderly Zhian's last activity we had a homemade gyoza (pot stickers) party with a less active, the sisters, and a ward missionary. And that was awesome.
Then Sunday came and we had church like normal cuz next Sunday is conference for us. And it was definitely interesting. Everything was normal till priesthood where we got an hour lecture on what can go in the trash cans and what we, if we use the kitchen, have to take home and throw away.
After that we had a meeting to plan a Halloween party and man nothing was happening and then we got the primary president involved and wham things started happening and within 30 min the party was planned. After that we went to try to find a part member family that just moved into our branch. So after a while of me using my limited Japanese to direct our driver and my 2 trainers falling asleep in the back we found them. But the kicker is they are Brazilian and only speak Portuguese and we don't. So while Elder Coleman kept them distracted with his limited Portuguese, I called in the Calvary. The Calvary was our district leader Elder Tsuru, who if you met him you would say “what is a deacon doing on a mission?” But he's awesome and even though it was totsuzen (challenging) he helped translate for us and let this family know at we would provide a ride for them to come to church. The dad was really happy as he is the member. Well we'll see how this goes from here.
But that's pretty much it from here in Fukuroi.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..