So this week was kind of slow for things because of the New Year’s celebrations. But you know we did our best. New Years in Japan is a bit different than in America as pretty much everyone is off of work and nobody will really meet with you because their schedules are all out of whack but you know its chill. Now to start the week:
Monday ~ So we met with the guy from last week's email and he brought a friend along which was really awesome. And we went out to ramen and talked about what we do as missionaries and they were really cool with it. Then after that we did our normal p-day stuff, shopping cleaning, etc. then that night we started talking to this guy at a bus station and he was really cool. Than the bus rolled up and I was already to let him go and get on the bus, but he said something like, "Oh I'm not riding the bus, I'm waiting for someone." And I was cool with that because talking to more people is more fun. But then he pointed to who he was waiting for and I was then surprised. It was, I'm pretty sure but not 100% sure, his girlfriend. And then we talked for a long time and they agreed to meet again but they didn't know when they could because of, yep you guessed it, Shougatsu (New Year’s). But it was all good so we ended on a good note and because it was cold we said good bye and headed home.
Tuesday ~ No one seems to like Tuesday appointments, so we decided to take a big long loop around our area and visit less active members and some active members. It was a good idea as some members were grateful for the visits. But one less active decided he didn't want to affiliate with the church anymore during our visit. And it was really sad. He said that he wants to go to God's original church but that it no longer exists on this earth. I proceeded to try to teach the restoration to the best of my Japanese ability but he wasn't willing to try and find out for himself through prayer and scripture study. But he said he liked us but he didn't believe it anymore. Anyways that night on the way home I spotted a trio of young adults and decided to become one of the group and well it worked and we ended up talking for a really long time and they were totally down to meet again but again if you haven't already guessed it Shougatsu got in the way again. But we are still in contact. After that we headed back to our Apartment.
Wednesday ~ So this day we had a lunch appointment with someone and he stood us up but hey lunch was still delicious. From there we headed to another appointment and on the way we met a guy who was and FI (former investigator) from another area and these people usually slip through the cracks, but we found him and he wants to meet again. It's way awesome. Our other investigator happened to leave his apartment before we got there. So yeah we missed him, but oh well after that we headed to the church to prep for Eikaiwa. And the theme was food so I brought my candy stash and shared it with them and I may have happened to get some of them addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups, but oh well. After that we went home. Also this day I reviewed a packet on how to find people to teach as a missionary from some random guy in a Canada mission. And it has a ton of good ideas in it and I forwarded it to the mission president.
Thursday ~ This begins the days where we weren't supposed to leave the apartment unless we had appointments so it was kind of lame. But we had an appointment with an investigator and he said he would come to church. And then we cleaned and studied some stuff, but pretty boring.
Friday ~ Same ordeal but we had a dinner appointment with a less active member family and it was nice. They fed us well and they are going to try harder to come to church.
Saturday ~ The last day of being stuck in the apartment. But this day we had two member appointments. In one they decided to buy the all you can eat salad bar and drinks and literally told us, "You have two hours to eat as much as you can”, and we did. After that we finished cleaning the apartment and then went to the Bishop’s house for our next appointment. And they fed us some lasagna and it was good. We then discussed the wards dendo (mission) goals. Sunday was fast and testimony meeting so I bore testimony. And so did all the missionaries. So it was cool. Also went to visit an investigator and then home to work on our area map because it needed some help.
Well that was the week. To recap New Years is cool unless you're a missionary. Peace out from Japan.
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