Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekly Jigenbakudan Mail

I had a week, let me break it down for you.

Went to Buzen-Shi, a town to our east which is about a 40 minute bike ride, twice and dendo'd banzai style. The second day was particularly hard but our last contact was a lady who asked about the meaning of life, why there are so many Christian churches, what happens after we die, and whether or not it is really worth believing in Christianity if it means there is a chance of not going to Heaven as opposed to her current Japanese Buddhist beliefs. 金人やろう?! We taught her as simply as we could, testified as much as we could, and gave her a Book of Mormon and will be going back this Thursday to see what she thought about Alma 34. 

Friday was companion exchanges, and I had the honour of being a part of Elder Mahler (Cairns, Elder Jakob Rowlings' MTC companion) last one. We went hard! There was this one neighbourhood we were going around and talking to everyone in, and the last house had two pretty fierce dogs out the front and we almost didn't do it! Can you believe it! We were like, "nah we know better than that," so we went to the window and a young-ish man came out - and here's the good part. In our planning we made a goal to meet someone and teach them the message of the Restoration, the full lesson, and this was our man. At first he thought we were way silly and thought our message was kinda laughable, but through the testimonies and experiences, he started to show quite a bit of interest. So much so, that he took a Book of Mormon, and Elder Powell and I are going to his place again tonight.

On Saturday we went to Fukuoka and received training on how we can use iPads when they come to our mission next month, from Elder Ringwood and Elder Russel M. Nelson. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, an Apostle of the Lord came to our mission and I shook his hand! Haven't had such a nerdy, slightly embarrassing grin, walking away from a handshake, like that in a while. 

Came back, had a Family History - Open House activity at the church and a few people came along with all the members who put in all their efforts to make it a success! Then yesterday we went back to Fukuoka for the best Zone Conference ever. ほら、you have no idea how sweet our Mission President is. For real.

Learnt a lot, felt a lot, made goals and I look back on the week and I can say it was definitely a wonderful learning experience!

My companion likes learning weird words. He learnt the word for "time bomb" and kept mentioning it, saying, "trust me, it comes up!" as if it's a regularly used Japanese word. During our train ride to Fukuoka, Elder Mahler was talking to a lady, saying he is unfortunately going home in a few weeks, and that's right, she said "it's like a time bomb!"
My companion didn't need to say anything, we just sat their with our mouths shut.

Here is a photo from last nights Family Home Evening, and another photo of a lot of missionaries in Fukuoka.

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