First off we`ll get the business out of the way. I`ve sent
some letters. I heard they take about 2 weeks to get to the states. I don`t
know for sure though, so let me know. I`ll report back on when I get your
letters too. Next week is Mother`s Day, so I`ll be calling home again. I`ll be
calling at about 8 am here on Sunday. That means it will be about 5 pm there on
Saturday. I`ll be at a member`s house using their Skype, so you can get that
hooked up this week. I am pretty sure my username is ian.sanderson30. You can
probably add me as a friend through Facebook anyway. If I can`t get that to
work right away, I will call Dad`s phone again and we`ll work it out. Plan A:
Skype, Plan B: Cell phone. Ian, if you can help get that stuff sorted out, it
will be much appreciated.
Congratulations, Megan. Graduating college! Beast! And
Welcome Home Danielle! I`m sure you miss your mission already. I think I`m
gonna hate leaving this place. I hated leaving the MTC and all the friends I
made there. I already don`t want this to end.
I want to say something about the strange concept of time.
Everyday is so packed that they seem to go on forever. But when you look back,
you think, "Where did this week go?" We gotta make the most of our
time here, eh?
Anyway this week was fun. It was Golden Week here. It`s like
the only days that Nihonjin take off of work. Some of our investigators were
out of town, but this week will be better. Yesterday when we were going to see
a potential investigator (PI), he came out in nothing but his boxer shorts. He
exploded! He was yelling at Duarte Choro in Portuguese saying to stop bothering
him and to get away from there. I was scared. We actually have a lot of Spanish
and Portuguese speaking PIs right now. I guess I`ll be learning some Spanish
and Portuguese too. This week we were 10x-ing (it`s like tracting, but we
establish contact with at least ten people) and we met a woman named
Oguchi-San. She studies the Bible and already has great faith in Jesus Christ.
She said she wants to come to church so we are visiting her again today. (It`s
Monday here. Idk if I said my P-Day was Monday yet.)
I love my new bike!!!! I got it on Friday. It has a beasty
paint job and disc brakes. 24 speeds too, baby! It`s so fast too! I am always
trailing Duarte Choro and I have to slow down so I don`t smash into him. I took
some sweet pics of it and me on it by a kombini (convenience store) with some
sweet anime statues in front. I`ll see if I can get some pics emailed and
printed and sent soon.
It is heating up here already, but it does rain sometimes.
Thanks for sending me with that kappa (rain coat). It is so nice to not get
completely soaked as I ride in the rain. This week we rode to a members house
to practice teaching and practice some Japanese. They were super nice. They hung
up our rain gear for us and dried off our bikes before we left. They are super
funny, too. When I was teaching about Joseph Smith praying, Fukunaga Kyodai
asked if Joseph prayed at Costco. I thought it was funny.
I tried some interesting food this week. I had takoyaki
(octopus), shabu shabu (boiled meat that you cook at your table), cold udon
(noodles you dip in some sauce), and some mugicha (wheat tea). They all tasted
at least decent.The worst was probably the udon because it`s super weird to eat
because it`s cold. The takoyaki is pretty good, just rubbery. The shabu shabu
is funny to eat because it`s soggy bacon or pork. Mugicha is pretty weird. Most
missionaries don`t like it at first and think it tastes like cigarettes. It`s
an acquired taste. I thought it was okay, but it tastes like Cheerios in water.
Yesterday we got a load of food from the ward. They gave us sooooo much fooood!
We have more cereal and sausage than we know what to do with. We also got some
food from Dominguez Shimai from the Costco in Nagoya. Kasugai is nice to the
Speaking of Kasugai, I`m loving it more and more. It`s a big
city and it`s really fun to be in the hustle and bustle everyday. My comp and I
are working hard, so it`s good. We`re gonna get a lot done together. His
English is pretty funny. It`s a mixture of Book of Mormon and 20 year old
English speaker`s slang.
Anyway, regarding the subject line of this email. I was
singing "Called to Serve" to myself when I was riding my bike and
this line really hit me. I had never thought of it before. I realized that we
are meant to have the blessing of the gospel. That`s why this work is so
important. I wrote this to Cori, but I want to say it to the masses as
well.I definitely have noticed a
greater capacity to love my fellow men since I have become a missionary. We had
a testimony meeting when we got to Nagoya. I told everyone there that same
thing. Because we are helping bring Heavenly Father`s children back to Him, we
feel that love that he has for his children. I know that is true. There are so
many things I have learned already on this mission. I want to live this gospel
because it alive. In an ever changing world, it stays the same. It`s our rock,
like Helaman 5:12 says. No matter what the Devil throws at us, as long as we
have our foundation in the gospel, we will be taken care of.
I love you all. Keep reading the Book of Mormon, because it
is the best thing to ever happen to us. I don`t know how we can survive without
it. President Baird issued a challenge to me to read it for the rest of my life
everyday. I want to keep that promise.
Have a Jesus-filled day! (That one`s for you, Sister Capua)