I say, "another" but every week is particularly unique in its own way. Ha! And I've only been here for two. It's funny, actually. You really don't understand how much time you really have, or how much you can really accomplish in one day until you have day after day where you really plan every moment of your day, from when you wake up until the moment you turn out the lights at night. Wow. Long days, and yet not boring or tiring.
Ok. I have to say that base te and base ta for yodan verbs are really a challenge. well.. if I can memorize them, it won't be.
Everyone is so interesting in our district. After Pday yesterweek, I found out that a lot of them gave a one-sentence description of each person in our district. good idea, I thought, so here goes:
First, the Shimai-tachi (sisters):
-Hurlbut Shimai, my companion. She is from Hawaii, really spiritual, and likes to have fun and joke around. It's interesting that we're a companionship, because I have never seen the ocean, and she saw it every day. Also, she had never seen snow before, so when it snowed, even though she was cold it was super fun for her.
-Christensen Shimai, from Utah. She went to Snow College and got her associates degree. Now she's on a mission, and has a wonderful attitude. Likes to laugh, and share what she believes.
-Bryson Shimai, also from Utah, but different area from Christensen shimai. She is gluten intolerant, but she also laughs a lot, and used to be a dancer. (or rather, she took dance)
It's great to room with them. We get along well.
Ok, now the Chorotachi ( the elders):
-Hohl Choro used to be an actor, and likes to play video games... Correction: he liked to play video games. Very insightful person, and knows a lot of Nihongo (Japanese). His dad served in Japan on his mission.
-Parberry choro is a very dedicated, hard worker. Seems to stress over learning the language, but in his amazingness, has already read one of the resources we've been given to learn Japanese grammar (ie-the "great wall of Pikachu" as he calls it. a lot of our learning materials have nicknames: bulbasaur, pikachu, sumo, ninja, Miyagi, etc.).
Viana Choro is from Brazil, and knows Portugese, English, and already a lot of Nihongo. It's really crazy. He's strong in his testimony, and has been a great strength to others around him.
Taupaki Choro is also knows a lot of Nihongo. He also knows English well, and Tongan is probably his first language. Strong testimony, and quick to compliment others.
Hartvigson Choro is our district leader right now. His father also served in Japan. He's very enthusiastic, and works hard.
Simons Choro has a solid testimony. He loves to joke around, and add levity to the group.
Viana, Taupaki, and Hartvigson are not going to Tokyo South mission, but are going to the Kobe mission.
So, done with the introductions to our district.
We got a new sensei, to teach us also, taking turns with Todd Kyodai (Brother Todd). He's great. And forces us to only speak Nihongo, if we can. (SYL-Speak you language. 1-use what you know. 2-try 3-ask permission to say it in English. 4-learn how to say it. .... I don't remember the next step,...)
Also, it's so crazy when I finish having a conversation with a Nihonjin (japanese person) and realize, "HEY! I understood what we were just talking about, AND I was able to say what I wanted to say."
Ii kanji desu. It's a good feeling. :)
Learned something this week: I discovered that unless you invite people to act on what you tell them, there isn't much point to it. It's like saying, hey, this is how you can keep your teeth healthy forever, (having something that actually worked) and then not inviting anyone to try it. Who would try it?
Well, it's been a good up and down week. I have learned a lot. Thanks for everything!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."