(Life has its ups and downs)
Dear Family and Friends,
I would much rather focus on the positive side of this sentence today. :)
Well, you see, this week has had its ups and downs. In particular, on
Saturday, it was super rough. So much went on. I didn't want to do
anything! But I knew that that wouldn't be good. The Lord will help us
as we also do our best, and I knew that, so we went off to our
appointment. Actually, we had no appointment. We were just going to
visit someone on our areabook that we had never met. We needed to get
in contact with her, so we decided to visit her. Last time we tried,
she was not home. We decided to visit her! We were unsure of what to
think, because we had called before only to have someone hang up on us
when we said who we were. ^.^; but we got there, and prayed, and then
rang the doorbell. The woman who came to the door saw us, and
recognized who we are, and welcomed us right in, and we were able to
teach the first lesson! What?! She was so awesome, and she wants to
get baptized, but with all the hard things she has going on, it will
take a long time and a lot of prayers. We're not worried, because
anywhere that there's a desire, there's definitely a way!
The things I learned this week are astronomical. For example, I
learned never to say influenza for flu. In Japan, it is not the same.
Our district leader woke up Christmas morning, and was throwing up. So
when a couple of Ward members asked about him, I accidentally said he
had the influenza! They thought he was dying, so they called the
mission president's wife, who then called us and it was a whole thing.
So, in Japan, saying that you have a really bad cold if you are sick
and throwing up. They only call it influenza if you are nearly dying,
and need to be in a hospital... But I learned. ^.^ Kofu members are
way too kind! We received Christmas packages from the members, and so
all of us had ample to open Christmas morning!
We had dinner at the Kasuga family's house, and it was a traditional
American Christmas dinner! Wow! I hope I can help out e missionaries
as much as they do when I'm grown with a family.
The baptism, and the confirmation. It's all done, but there's so much
still to do, with the after baptism lessons.
we had the best thing happen yesterday at church! You know, we had
made a plan to visit someone, but the plan fell through, so we were
still at the church building, contacting some investigators over
facebook! And then a ward member who was also there asked us, "do you
do role plays?" She means, do we roleplay our lessons with the
members, as practice? It happens a lot in Japan, and it's completely
normal to have them act as a nonmember, so that the missionaries can
practice the lessons, and also have good feedback on their Japanese! I
love it! So when she asked that I told her we do. She then iterated
that right that moment, "I'm free" aka, we got to practice with her.
It was so good.
Love you all,