We've had a few birthdays this last week. 2 Nihonjin shimai, and Holh choro. His birthday's today, so yesterday, by the end of the day he had 4 packages! Crazy! ^^
Soutaikai (general Conference) was the best, as ever. 5 hours a day in the big gym/auditorium. But on Sunday, for Sunday devotional, guess who was here this week? Vocal point! Their first song--Nearer My God to Thee--the best arrangement of that song. ^^ If you don't know it, look it up on youtube. It's pretty amazing. They bore their testimonies, and all of them are returned missionaries, which I thought was pretty cool. It was interesting, because before he devotional started, they were playing some of vocal point's music, and they played a song that I knew I loved, but where was it from? Then I realized--it was the a capella song on The First Christmas (Liken the Scriptures) that the Shepherds sing after they see the angels. ^^ Vocal point has an arrangement of that song!
Some other really great stuff this week--Vasuko-san. We took him on a walk to the Provo Temple for our lesson. Wow. What a powerful lesson. As we walked, we asked him if he believed in the Atonement of Christ, and he told us he wasn't sure. But after we finished the lesson, we asked him how he was feeling, and he said (In Japanese of course--our invesigators only speak Japanese), "With the temple.. and with the sunrise, I feel.. hope." What an awesome moment in time. I would relive it again if I could. (We went really early in the morning. Like 7:45. It was cold.. ^^)
Our other investigator, Hasegawa-Kyodai is also going through some interesting times, too. But that's for another time!
Anyhow, yesterday was one of the best things ever. Cook-kyodai, during class, looked out the window, to see how the weather was, and then he had us all follow him. Where were we going? We had no idea. Neither did the other teachers, Stratford Kyodai and Schade Kyodai. We were just going. Yesterday's weather was perfect, by the way. (we hosted the new missionaries again^^) We went to 18M, one of the biggest buiding on the MTC campus. And then we climbed. stairs. and climbed and climbed. (I never realized how many floors that building had until we climbed every flight.. man! :D)
When we got to the top, all huffing and puffing, he ook us around, and showed us classrooms. "This was Stratford-Kyodai's home (we call our classrooms home, because were in our classroom longer than we're in our dorms. ^^) when he came to the MTC as a missionary. And Schade kyodai, and eventually, Cook-kyodai. That was awesome. And then he led us to a window. It was a big window overlooking the prettiest amount of scenery that I've seen since coming here. I seriously cried, it was so beautiful Not only the scenery, but what the scenery taught us yesterday. We looked at the big mountains, and saw how iny everyhing was in comparison to them. Then we thought of our problems and how small they are in size compared to the power of God. God made the giant mountain. God has power to help us through our trials. He gave us these things, knowing we woul be capable of overcoming them, with His help.
Love you all. Hope you have a bright week!