Well I'm stressed and I love my life. So can we share a message about happiness?
That's like literally my life. As a missionary I worry so much about other people it is crazy. I don't even want to know what's it is going to be like when I have a kid. But I guess I'll have fewer kids than investigators, so like it is all good. But man parents are お疲れ (hard workers). Anyways, let's begin the weekly rap up.
Monday ~ There was nothing really out of the ordinary on this day. We just ran around trying to talk to people and visited some less actives. One of the less actives wives answered the door and since they had recently moved she was way surprised that we knew where they lived. It was pretty funny. She was so surprised that two young men who are obviously not Japanese were able to find out where they lived. The real trick though is that her husband, the member, had told us where they were moving. He just wasn't home at that time. But it's all good. So the only truly crazy part of this day was that night a large rain storm, typhoon, blew in to Ise and at about midnight it was at its strongest. I woke up to us the restroom and was surprised to see the amount of rain that was coming down. It was crazy. But there was no harm done and all of us here are fine. We actually didn't quite catch the full storm as it turned north.
Tuesday ~ We were expecting this to be a rainy blustery day because of the typhoon, but it turned out to be one of the nicest days this year. The wind was a bit strong but other than that the weather was perfect. So in the morning we did studies and lunch and then I made brownies for the family home evening that we were going to have with an investigator. After that we went to do service at a local day school for mentally handicapped people. Then we had a meeting with the Branch mission leader, where we discussed what to do about the upcoming baptisms. From there we rushed to a lesson with Tetsuya and we taught him the Ten Commandments. He has recently been struggling with some commandments and thinks that all of God's commandments are extremely hard, but when we read the Ten Commandments with him he was certain he could keep most if not all of them, starting right then. It was a nice confidence booster for him. From there we ran to the church, 20 min bike ride from Tetsuya's, and grabbed the brownies and ice cream. From there we biked out to the Selvy's home and had dinner and a short gospel message while we ate brownies, and then we played ping pong where pretty much all of their kids beat me. After all of that we had to run home, because we stayed pretty late. But we made it home on time. After we got some stuff finished up at home, I got a call from the APs. It was Elder Coleman, my old companion. Now I have been really good, up until this point, at avoiding any leadership roles in the mission, but He was telling me that he had some big news for me and that he wasn't quite going to tell me the details but that it involved a new leadership calling for me. So yeah, it should be interesting. It involves me meeting with the Stake President this Saturday, so yeah we'll see how that goes and what is going on.
Wednesday ~ This was another crazy day in the books. I swear that I never have a normal day. So we do all of our studies and stuff like that in the morning. Then after lunch, we take a long one hour bike ride out to a members home to do our weekly role play lesson, which has just turned into mini member lessons that we use to help us teach in more unity. Today's was really good as we talked about how we can become more Christ-like people. They had done the PMG chapter 6 Christ-like attributes activity, if you have never done it, you should get yourself a PMG and do it because it's good. But we wanted them to take that and apply it. So we decided to teach how to apply it and have it help us improve. So we taught about prayer and fasting and that we can pray and fast for literally anything that we believe is a righteous desire. We all then shared experiences of prayer/fasting. It was really a good time. Overall it was a good lesson. From there we raced all the way back to church, and I literally mean raced. At times as there was a road biker that I got in a competition with. So we make great time and got to the church in 45 minutes. From there we had a lesson win Hayashi Shimai, the recent convert. It was a real good lesson and we got her focused on getting to the temple. She's way too good. She’s so easy to teach. Then after that we went to dinner and from there we had to rush back to Eikaiwa. We weren't early so therefore we were late, but it was all good because we planned that morning what we were going to do. At Eikaiwa we had a great time and one of our students even agreed to listen to the lessons about the gospel. Like a perfect way to end a completely crazy hectic day. All planned by yours truly. I think I'm starting to take after my dad in the fact that I think I can accomplish more in a day than is truly physically possible, but oh well I'll just pray harder. But that was the day.
Thursday ~ We had this week's planning session and we got everything taken care of and from there we went to visit some less actives. One of which was kind of sad. He told us that he now believes in Shinto and some other things, and then we heard his wife say some stuff from inside the house and he then said in English, because he speaks really good English, that his wife does not like Mormons and for her sake we shouldn't visit much more. So pretty much his wife has forced him to be less active, which sucks. But after that we met up with some new friends at Karage don, fried chicken on rice. It was way good. After that we all went to Japanese class where I kind of zone out everyone because they kind of teach below the level that I feel I'm at, but they do catch my small little errors which is good. After that we went home.
Friday ~ We went to ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) in Yokkaichi and met up with the Zone members and the APs. It was good training. Lots of things to do that will help us work with less actives and members better. And it was all very well thought out and planned and delivered. It was great. From there we went home and decided to start implementing the ideas from ZTM, which is a lot of paper work type stuff. So some really fun stuff, add sarcasm. Then we had game night where I snuck out one win, but continued my streak of getting beat. All good though.
Saturday ~ So we got up early, like 5:30, and got ready because we had to leave Ise by 7:00 AM to make it to Nagoya in time for a large mini youth mission. There we gathered with the youth and taught them about mission life and how to be missionaries and then we actually took them out and dendoed, I think the direct translation is proselytizing. And it was great. Me, my comp and our two youth actually found 2 investigators, 2 potential investigators and got 1 referral from some guy on the street. Those are crazy numbers for any missionary in Japan and to think we did it all with only about 3 hours to actually dendo. Yeah the kids rocked. They were too shy to stop people, but once you stopped the person and got the conversation rolling, they were way good. Like almost too good. They were better than me for sure. It was so fun. Then we hurried over to the meeting place where the activity was going to end, but before that we stopped and bought stuff to make for dinner. We then hurried to the gathering point and made dinner at the church. It was way fun. After dinner we had a testimony meeting where all the youth pretty much said that they weren't thinking about missions before this, but now it is definitely something they are considering, which is way cool. During this crazy time I met with the Stake President for 20 min. and we discussed some things and it was pretty much what Elder Coleman said on Tuesday, but I haven't officially been sustained so there is still some hush hush but I'll tell next week. But after all of that we made it home just in time and were way tired.
Sunday ~ It was a normal Sunday with good speakers. We had two investigators at church and they seemed to like it, so all in all a good day. After that we had to clean the church and then we planned for some lessons and went home to fix Elder Pope's bike tire as it had popped again. After fixing it we made taquitos, good old Mexican food. From there we visited a PI (Previous Investigator) and then we visited a less active who are less active because the parents won't let them go to church, but they are way solid people and want to be at church. So yeah it's was way good to meet with them. But that rapped up our night and our week.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..