What do you get when you throw Nihonjin,Personal study, The organist for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and David Archuleta into one whole week? Well, you get my week.
Well, I suppose for your benefit, I'll explain the David Archuleta experience first. Well, here we are sitting down for devotional, and suddenly, I hear Sister Christensen say, "Gasp! That's David Archuleta!"... I looked at the people on the stand, thinking, "Now which person is he?" I figured he must have been the younger looking one, for sure, but he didn't look a thing like what I remembered him. It was really neat though. Well, the main speaker that night was Richard Elliot, who plays the organ for the Mormon Tabernacle choir. What a person! Instead of speaking the whole time, what he did was he'd share his testimony, and then share a piece that was special to him. Then he'd share a bit more of his testimony, and then play another amazing song on the organ, and it went on for quite a bit. I wrote down a lot from the devotional in my notebook, so I have notes on it. Then, when he finished, David Archuleta got up to speak. Man! If I didn't respect him before, I have got to admit, I have a 1000% respect for him now. I love him, because he came and shared his experiences as a missionary. He just got home last week, and he was invited to be here at the MTC on his first Sunday night home. Some really great things he shared were about an experience he had on his mission about following the Spirit, and the effect it had on this one young adult, who he invited to the singles' branch activity, and he described seeing her change from where she was, to what she became, all because of that one instance on a bus, when he invited her to an activity. His testimony of the work of God was solid and strong.
Not much time to write this email.
Ah! 22 Nihonjin (japanese)! They are such a blast! They are so nice, and so kind. Such a respectful people. And they are sometimes really hard to understand, because they speak so fast, and so quietly, but it's a wonderful thing.
So, I'm pretty sure my companion thinks I'm strange, but anything to get her laughing, right? Yesterday, she was standing in the doorway of our classroom, talking to some people in the class, and I went running and jumping behind her, making funny faces as I jumped passed the classroom. The people inside the classroom busted out laughing, but my companion turned around to see why, and saw me, standing there perfectly normal, as if nothing had happened. :D It was fun.
One more thing! I saw Stephanie Cox! Well, it's interesting, because I was hosting yesterday, helping the new missionaries around to get their books, keys, and whatever, and then dropping them off at the classroom. I escorted her companion! and then I found out that MY companion had escorted her!! Haha! One companionship to another. it was great!
Well, lots of love, and not too much Nihongo (japanese) in this letter, but not enough time.
Love you, Ai shite imasu!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."