Dear Family and Friends,
Tears. All the tears. Oh, how I miss Kofu! I made the transfer on a
train with half of the Elders from Kofu (who were transferring) so it
was sort of a good parting, but still sad. Today, we had temple Pday
and so we were at the temple, and I'm still in the same zone, so many
of the Kofu missionaries were there. When I saw them, Kaizaki Shimai
who took my place in Kou made the comment,"You're amazing! All the
members were saying how sad they are that you transferred." And
that... Just made me sad. I miss them. So much. Four transfers there.
That's almost six months. I was there for so long, and now I'm trying
to move on, but I'm feeling a little homesick for Kofu.
Today, what an experience! Well, you know how we always went by bus to
the Temple from Kofu, because going by train is too expensive and too
long. But going by train today! Whoa, SO MANY PEOPLE!
If you've ever seen Panda go Panda, you'll know there's a scene in the
first episode where they're trying to fit papa Panda into the train.
Well,it felt like that. They must've been fitting two to three hundred
people on that one car I was on. We had a little space, and then we
hit a certain station, and suddenly, I was shoved into a sandwich of
people. .... 気まずい……
And it was like that until we got to Shinjuku station and everyone got
off. >.< there were times when I couldn't stand straight on my feet,
so basically I could only lean completely on the people packed against
me. Wow. What an experience!
So, there was a lot of good things in this last week. Let me name a few.
We got to meet with a less active awesome mother who randomly called
us on Tuesday, asked us if we could meet on Wednesday for a lesson,
and when I gave her my calling card the next day, and told her I was
transferring, she was just like, "wow, it's a good thing we met
The lesson was good. I'm really grateful to her, too. :) she's so
awesome! Love her!
After that, there was English Class. A girl we began lessons with
found out I was transferring, and even in her super busy preparing for
exams schedule, she came after English Class to say goodbye to me! I
was sooooo happy!! I hoped I could see her again before transferring.
Also, the thing that really got me the most was after English Class
was over, the Bishop, and the Ward Mission Leader, and a few others
who were there at the church for a meeting came in to say goodbye to
the missionaries who were transferring! ；＿；
Man, goodbye is the hardest thing. It is so good that I know there's
more chances I have that I can meet them. Lastly, I can see them again
in Heaven, so that is exciting!
Now, I'm in Hachioji. The first day I was here, it felt strange that I
was here to stay. I've stayed overnight at the Hachioji apartment so
many times for companion exchanges, and other things, but it was
strange that I was now to call this place "home". It started at Auntie
Anne's pretzel bakery with Sister Brox and Sister Hotu. Sister Brox is
now in Hodogaya! One of my past areas! But before she took off, we ate
lunch/my breakfast together.
Well, then we had weekly planning, the planning session that starts
every transfer. Well, let's just say that Sister Hotu and I go way
back, to the MTC! Haha, it's interesting, really! I couldn't believe
it, but when I looked at the missionary roster, I saw that Sister
Hurlbut (my MTC companion) and Sister Jolley (Sister Hotu's MTC
companion) are also companions this transfer! (Shout out for Doki!
(The people who came together to Japan on the same day, and studied at
the MTC during the same time are called "Doki"))
I miss so many people. But I will work hard here in Hachioji! It's a
big Ward! It's got so many people. And there's a lot of awesome people
we're working with.
Big hopes! High heads! I have so much to learn from Sister Hotu. We're
so alike! I really am excited for this transfer,too!
Love you all,
1- that's me and Sister Clark finding our friends in Heaven.
2- awesome English Class family. ^.^
3- one of the pictures I love, 虹 (rainbow)
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."