Dear Family and friends,
Well, I began the week a little sick, and I had to take a week a little sick, and I had to take a couple days in the apartment sleeping. Boy that was fun. in the apartment sleeping. Boy that was fun. I just spent the whole time sleeping, and my companion was also just a little sick. Anyhow, that was Monday and Tuesday.
Thank you for all your emails, and I am especially sorry for all your emails, and I am especially sorry for the lack of a good email last week, and I hope that this one good email last week, and I hope that this one will be better.
Well, as a zone, we all went to Kamakura yesterday and climbed up a hidden trail in a park until we reached the top, where we could eat lunch, and enjoy the view as we played frisbee. It was on our way there that we recieved transfer calls! Everyone together, walking to the park.
The news is in: I am going to Kofu. Here is the little bit about Kofu that I know. It is the hottest area in the mission, and it is also the biggest area in the mission. The size of Kofu is actually half of the size (or there abouts) of the entire mission. It is farm country, and many fruits are grown there, including the famous Japan white peach which costs about ten dollars for one. ^.^ Expensive, desshou(right)? Fruit is actually interestingly expensive. In Japan.
So the cicadas have begun to fill the air with beautiful sound! Hisashiburi (It`s been a while)! I am happy to have them. Since my companion is half Japanese, and has visited Japan during the summer, it wasn`t her first time to hear them. But one died near my bike, and when we went to go out on our bikes, she took one look at it, and said, "What is THAT?" That was really great. She then accidentally ran it over. ^.^
So, I was wrong about weather here! It is actually MORE humid than Missouri! Who would of thought? I mean, it`s like it`s surrounded by ocean or something, it`s so humid. ;)
Well, I will have a Japanese companion next transfer. Akamatsu Shimai(Sister Akamatsu)! I don`t know too much about her yet, but because we were in the same zone last transfer, I have met her! Which makes me super happy! I am returning to my first zone that I was in!
Ok, so a bit more about my life the last weeks. I have experienced a Japanese Festival. There was one being held near the church, so we decided to go with one of our investigators and her children. It was the best. We were only there for a short bit, because it was right after our lesson and then we had another appointment that we had already postponed with a Less Active member. We went there by bike, and got to stay around and talk with her and her son who was never baptized. He really likes videogames, so it is interesting to talk to him. They came to the Sports/Soba night that we had a couple weeks ago! Everyone came and played cards, pingpong, and ate soba noodles. really fun. They came super early, so we spent time talking to them, and helping set up for the activity. The son gave me a history lesson on kanji, because I asked him why sometimes kanji appears different in textbooks than it does when people write it. Its probably a lot like "a" . The way we actually write it is totally different.
I`ve really been able to get to know some of the members here. Well, one family invited us all (the four Elders and 2 SisterS) over for dinner that night (this was Sunday), and they lived far away. Maybe 45 minutes by bike. Well, we got together and bike rode, because the only one who had been there before was Hokanson Shimai. Well, a member also came with us, for the Elders, so they would be ok at the house until the Father got home. And we went on our way. It started downpouring on the way there. It had started raining earlier, so Hokanson Shimai and I got on our rain suits, and started biking to the church, and then from the church, with the Elders and the ward member, to the house we were looking for. The rain was super strong! Man. Cloudburst! And then, I was being super weak and tired. OK Here is something to consider for those who come to Japan, When I got here, I had to choose a bike, right? Well, when I chose my bike, I decided to buy a foldable bike. Because a foldable bike doesn`t make it hard to ride with a skirt. The bar is low. But the tires are smaller than a mountain bike, so you have to be able to work harder. OK, back to the story. Here`s my companion who bikes really fast, and can really power down, and then, here are the Elders who just can go so fast, and then there is me. Behind everyone. I was trying my hardest to get up the hill. So hard! Then my companion made me lead, so I wouldn`t be at companion made me lead, so I wouldn`t be at the back anymore. She did it on the way home, too. I have a loving companion who doesn`t want to leave me behind!
The member visit was great. I really got to know them really well. We had an akashikai (testimony meeting) at the end. I bore my testimony that through my own experiences, I know that because I am not perfect, I make a lot of mistakes, but because Christ was and is perfect, I can trust in Him. And I can rely on the Spirit to guide me.
Oh! So the funny part of the visit! The Elders had not worn any form of rain gear, and so they were soaked to the bone when we got there. The member saw us, and she said many times, "Chouroutachi ga kawaiisou!" .. The translation for that is hard to explain, but it goes along the lines that the Elders looked pitiful, because they were drenched. Well, even though I wore a rain jacket and rain pants, the water had gotten in thruogh the jacket! Well, to be short, the Elders all got to where Brother Endo`s clothes, and Sister Endo lent me a shirt. We took a picture with all of the Elders in Endo Kyoudai`s clothes with Endo Kyoudai.
It is sad to transfer. But I am looking forward to being a third transfer missionary in Kofu!
Love you all!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."