Monday, June 25, 2012

“Here I go again on my own”… With a companion


I can't believe how fast this week went. I have a lot to write about though. Here goes.

We made good progress with some potential investigators and investigators this week. We have been trying to contact a potential investigator named Kobuki-san. He lives near our church building and found him one day while we were 10x-ing. He is interested in our message and we have set an appointment with him.

Our investigator named Naomi-san met with us three times this week! It was so great because on Saturday night we invited her to be baptized and she said yes!We have her baptism lined up for July 3rd, which is a Tuesday. We also plan to invite a long-time investigator, Maejima-san, to be baptized on that date too. He has been coming to church for three years, but hasn't been baptized because he has trouble with sake and coffee. He reads the Book of Mormon and prays, so we plan to help him with the Word of Wisdom and invite him to baptism. We are meeting with him this Thursday night.

Our other yakusokusha (person to be baptized) is Hiromi-chan. She is set to be baptized this Sunday, but she didn't come to church this week. We will push her baptizm back to July 3rd as well so we can make sure she understands everything well.

We also had an appointment with a man named Raul. He wasn't home, so we talked to his wife and she said we can come back. We have appointments set for Friday night and Saturday afternoon with their family.

We taught Kan-kun English this week and also had a short lesson. He is a recent convert that loves the missionaries and wants to go on a mission. We also met with the Murphy family in our ward on Thursday night. We had an FHE with a less-active member and his non-member girlfriend. We plan to meet them again on Friday night.

This week we have another FHE lined up for Tuesday with a member's friend. We hope to help her see the blessings of the gospel and help her come closer to Christ.

On Tuesday, we had another training for trainers and their beans in Meito. It was like a Spirit bomb. President Baird also told us about the new missionaries in Nagoya. One got a double major in music and Japanese in three years!!!!! Crazy!! President Baird taught us with his powerful spirit and brilliant inspiration. We all learned a lot that day.

Wednesday afternoon we were passing out English class fliers and I went to hand one to a man and he threw his hands up in the air and said, "I believe in Lucifer, the Morning Star!!" Duarte Choro and I were almost rolling from laughing so hard. It wasn't a very well constructed sentence, though because if he believes in Lucifer, then he believes in God. What he meant to say is that he worships Lucifer. We were thinking we should have said, "We believe in Lucifer too. We just worship God." It was funny. Later that night we had English class. We had nine people there and five of them were investigators. It was really good to talk about the Book of Mormon with everyone. I also talked to Naomi-san about the plan God has for us and our purpose in life. She is what we call a "kinjin." It literally means "gold person" but it's how we refer to golden investigators. She has such a big appetite for the gospel.

Thursday I made up a super hero named the Human Locker because I carry my big backpack and Duarte Choro only has his small bag, so I carry all the papers and folders and stuff. I was trying to think what the Human Lockers powers would be. Probably a bunch of compartments in his body and like a seventh grader side kick that sits in his chest cavity.

Thursday night we had an appointment at Matt's house with a less active member. We had the best waffles I have ever eaten in my life. They started out plain and Matt kept adding stuff like bananas, blueberries, and chocolate. It was amazing. We had a good spiritual thought too.

On Friday and Saturday, I had another exchange. This time I stayed in Kasugai and Farnsworth Choro came here. We had some good adventures tracking down less actives and contacting PIs. The next morning we went out early to check a PI, but he wasn't home. On the way back to the apartment, we went to a Buddhist shrine. There were also some Shinto things there too. It was cool. There was a statue that was like 30 feet tall..

Saturday night we had children's English class. We played tag and did the Hokey Pokey. There is one student that is ten years old. Her name is Lilika. She speaks better English than I do. She is super smart. We also talked to her mom, one of our investigators, and she promised to go to church before Duarte choro leaves. We don't know when that will be, but she will come to church at least in the next six weeks.

I also had the opportunity to give some healing blessings this week. It's pretty much the same in Nihongo, just a little more difficult to remember what to say.

Cori asked me what new foods I have tried. Since my last food report, it has been tako-yakisoba. It's grilled noodles with cabbage and other veggies, but also octopus. I had it at shokujikai (the potluck after church that is held once a month). It was pretty tasty.

Megan asked me what the biggest difference of living in America as opposed to Japan is. It's the beds. Futons are a lot different than normal beds. They are even a lot different than American futons. They're super hot because of the huge comforter they have. They are surprisingly comfortable for just being a thin pad on the floor.

That's pretty much the whole deal this week. I haven't gotten the CDs yet, but they will probably be here soon. I hope everything is going well for you guys back on the home front. Love you all.


Elder Sanderson

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