First off, HAPPY 11 BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET SISTER TALLI!
I am so sorry I missed your bday by 3 days but I love you more than you know!!
Oh where to start! This week has been a whirlwind of all things exciting, spiritual, funny, inspirational and all that jazz. Couple things I found out my first week at the MTC....
1. exercise time is life
2. the only time we leave our classroom is to eat or sleep--not kidding we are in there for 9+ hours a day....
3. lights out at 10:30 is a blessing and...
4. IT IS AWESOME HERE
Ok so we're going to talk about things a little bit backwards so bear with me. Today we sat in a worldwide broadcast that changed all things we thought about mission schedule. The First Presidency is expecting us to measure up and step up to take responsibility for the time the Lord gave us on the mission. We are able to adjust our schedule to meet the needs of our companionship AND NEW BEDTIME AT 9:30?? WHAT IS LIFE?? Seriously though these bretheren are inspired and I am so excited to plan the time I have in Japan and tailor it to the needs of the people I am serving.
The devotionals this past week have been absolutely incredible. There was a common theme of turning outwards in service especially in our most challenging moments. The second thing is to let the spirit guide. Get out of the way and teach the lesson the investigator NEEDS to hear, not necessarily what you want to teach.
Also the Ni Hongo...It is actually the greatest thing right now. The first class our sensei spoke in straight Ni Hongo and it was the most inimidating thing in all of ever, but now its second nature. We have been teaching our Kyodsha (investigator) Ootason. We have taught him 3 times in Ni Hongo and this last lesson we invited him to be baptized. We took an hour to explain baptism and the Book of Mormon and it was an experience I don't ever want to forget! He said he would pray about it and then offered our closing prayer, he is the sweetest!
So fun thing with our District. We all call out for our companions (doryo) literally all day long. We termed "finding doryo" yesterday when we had a sidetrack moment in class.... if we ever lose our district we just look for the lost looking missionaries that call doryo every 2 seconds...even when they are 2 feet away from us. Our sweetest trio elders lost one of their three at the temple this morning. So we were all trying to "Find Dory(o)" Lot funnier in person I promise. Especially when its 6:30am and you have 12 slap happy missionaries. All is fun all is good!
Lots more happened but you know life is good and God is great! Also I figure the rest can be explained in pictures cuz this email is already a decent length.
This week in a phrase: Start right, Stay right, Finish right!!