I trust everyone is doing well and dandy. :) I've had an AMAZING week. We had SO MUCH FUN. It was also probably my hardest week yet in the mission field too. I'll tell you all about it. OH! But first, MEGAN! I love you! JOSH! Elder Lee is super excited to get a beanie from you! He said he'll wear it everyday of his mission, even in the summer! He said he'd write you a letter too when he gets it. BY THE WAY! The scarf you made for me, I LOVE IT! It's SO WARM, and I wear it everyday. :) DAD and MOM! So you may notice that I spent sixty bucks out of my debit card, that was for an electronic dictionary I found on a SCREAMING good deal, and so to make my language study better, particularly my study of the writing system, I grabbed it, sorry. :P
SO! This week was a hoot! Last p day I took Elder Lee around to some places close to our apartment to check the area out a bit. We ended up biking up this massive mountain, and then hiked all over it in the down-pouring rain. :P And what sucks, is that RIGHT after that, we got on the bikes to go back home, and the rain stopped. >.> Darn weather! That night though we dendoed in an area that I love, and we found a man named Toshihiro. And we had a great time talking to him about the gospel. He rejected us hardcore right from the start, but we started talking to him about his paintings that he makes, and he kept talking to us. And then little by little we kept adding in bits of the gospel and he was cool with it. He told us that it was way rare that he was talking to us about stuff like this. It was WAY cool, we set up an appointment with him for tonight, and we're going back. He gave us a bunch of apples too, which is HUGE. Fruit here is CRAZY expensive. Like, an apple is almost 2 bucks. ONE apple. We were stoked. :)
Tuesday was rocking awesome as well. We had a lesson with Yano San, our newest investigator, and we taught the restoration and the book of Mormon and that stuff. And it went really well, and the spirit was strong. And at the end of the lesson I invited her to be baptized once she new our message was true. That was my first time ever inviting someone to be baptized, it's kinda rare out here sometimes, and so I was a tad nervous, but I was just like, this is what you need, this is what will bless you and your two daughters. It was epic, but she said she didn't want to at the moment. Didn't want to make a date, but that's ok. We'll be seeing her again, she has a lot of interest in the gospel. :)
Wednesday was where our week starts getting really hard. We went to visit an inactive member. But we found his son at home who is in his 40's or so. And he was A JERK! He's goes to the Sokugakai Buddhist sect. Basically Buddhism's Jehovah's Witnesses. And he told us he doesn't want us talking to his dad, even though we ALREADY have, and he wouldn't let us talk to him then, made us a little frustrated since he was being WAY rude to us. In Japanese there's a polite form of speech, an informal form of speech, and a rude form. He was only using the rude form. We weren't happy, had to go calm down after that. Imagine being talked to like a dog, that's Japanese rude form. So after that we do some finding, no luck there, everyone is just way mean to us. And so we head to our appointment that night with an investigator, Takaishi San. It was his birthday, so we made him an apple pie, and had a great time with him. We had a great gospel discussion, and we invited him to be baptized, but he said he doesn't want to make a date yet, so we're going to have to work on him a little longer. But that's ok. :)
Thursday, was a HARD day. We had no appointments, so we were just out tracting all day, in the DOWN-POURING rain. And EVERYONE was rejecting us hard core, they'd hear us say we're missionaries, and they'd immediately reject us, and be way rude about it too. It was just a draining day. We were cold, getting yelled at, and didn't have any good work come from it. But to make up for it, we made a mini apple pie with some left over apple stuff, and we practiced for our talent show act. So there was a ward talent show on Saturday. And we didn't know about it, till Monday. And we had NO IDEA what we were going to do. We ended up deciding to sing, You're playing with the big boys now, from the Prince of Egypt. And so we choreographed the whole song, and during am instrumental part in the middle, we choreographed a GLOW STICK IN THE DARK DANCE. And it was rocking awesome. I'll talk about that more later though, and so we had a fun night, and it made it all better. :)
Friday was just another hard day, nothing special, but Saturday was EPIC.
So Saturday was the talent show day. We had nothing special happen during dendo, but man the talent show was awesome. So people were doing regular stuff, instruments, dancing, singing, stuff like that. And it was awesome, but what made ours awesome, was the surprise factor. We had Sister Soderquist, sister missionary, man our lights for us. And so when the part came we disappeared into blackness. And we made sure that it was pitch black. We had our glow sticks hiding in our pockets, and when the lights went out we started our epic dance. People were yelling and laughing and just in a state of BLOWN MINDS, over the whole thing. No one has seen the missionaries be so like, in their faces, and that song was just a fun way to pretend that we were like that. It was way fun. And our dance went awesome! We basically did it flawlessly, and the Sister Soderquist was PERFECT on getting the lights back on, it just went PERFECT. SO MUCH fun. We kinda one upped everyone, pretty badly. :P But it was great. Gotta love imagination. :)
Sunday was a pretty normal day as well. Got a TON of apples from the ward, so we're going to make apple pie again, but just for us!! YOSHI! ;)
So that was my week, it was both EPIC, and way hard. But we had fun regardless. :) Elder Lee and I get along SO WELL. We're just laughing all day everyday, supporting each other, and just have a great time all the time. :) It's great! I LOVE HIM to death.
So, a couple things. I can't have you send beef jerky at the moment. Japan put an import ban on meat products from the USA and Canada due to some bovine disease outbreak or something, so hold off on that for awhile. :( I've also been compiling a list of things for Christmas, so I'll talk about that next week. OH! And I would love a bunch of pictures. Japanese people LOVE family stuff, and they love pictures. So could you guys maybe assemble a book of pictures from our lives. Just pics of us, doing what we do. Not just standard family picks, but like stuff from trips, dirt biking, tons of stuff like that too please! :) LOVE YOU ALL! Have a great week! Have fun!!
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P.S. It's getting WAY cold, and yes, it has been snowing. Elder Lee is not excited. ;)