September 3, 2018


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On Aug 27, 2018 3:59 PM, "Joshua Oliver" <> wrote:Transfer 1 week 3
I'm like halfway through my first transfer! What The heck thats so weird! 
This past week has been kind of a weird one. 
Tuesday when I woke up all the apps on my tablet were gone. That meant no maps, no calendar or area book, and no way of contacting the people we teach. So we went to the church and just sort of prayed about what to do. So we had all our companionship and language studies while at the church, and next time we checked the apps were back! I guess There was some huge malfunction with the app they use to monitor the missionaries tablets. It made me way grateful for what I have. 

So we planned an こうかん (exchange? Splits? I don't know this in English) with the zone leaders on Thursday and then head to zone conference on Friday, but both were cancelled because of a typhoons. Which came in the middle of the night and nobody even knew it came. My bike was blown into the street when we left the apartment hahaha (don't worry it's still fine though). We had no appointments or anything for those days so we did TONS of finding. Which was actually kind of fun! We talked to people in downtown Osaka and I came up with a foolproof strategy to get their contact information. And pictures. After I finished talking to everyone I asked to take a picture with them and exchanged Lines (kind of like WhatsApp). Then I just message them about pictures and it's way easy to start a conversation. At least I thought so. But nobody has responded yet or given me any pictures so I only have a few...
I taught Eikaiwa again on Wednesday! We have enough people that come that me and my companion both teach a different class (which not gonna lie that way freaked me out last week) but it went better this week! We pretty much just talked in English for an hour and a half hahaha. But there's one guy named FGz (hahaha not his actual name but he asked me not to say his real name. He goes by FGz) who speaks fluent English and has an Irish accent and he's awesome. So basically just partied with him for an hour and a half. He's been going to eikaiwa for years and hasn't ever agreed to meet with missionaries, but I think that'll change soon. He even told us one reason he comes to eikaiwa is because of how he feels in the church with the missionaries. So that's super cool!
Sunday was alright. Sunday's are always way hard for me. I just kinda sit there for three hours while Japanese is flying everywhere and it's way overwhelming. But I was able to participate in both classes this week! Woohoo! That means I officially know all the Japanese I need to to get by hahaha. So we'll see how long it takes to get comfortable speaking Japanese because right now I still talk kinda slow. Even for a foreigner.
Because zone conference was cancelled, we got to have district meeting instead! My district is pretty much the best. The sisters are the most incredible missionaries I've ever met. They stop literally everyone they possibly can and are so engaging and fun! I'm striving to be like that hahaha. The blonde one is sister Kiesel and the other Japanese-ish one is sister Agate. I also had Indian food for the first time! Way good! Definitely should've tried it sooner.
We taught a lesson to Yuko today! She says she thinks the Book of Mormon is true but that the bible should always come first. So we were trying to explain that we use both hand in hand, and that the Book of Mormon helps clarify the bible (because it was translated by scholars and not prophets). She wasn't quite understanding why we don't use just the bible, but then a scripture popped into my head: Ezekiel 37:15-17...15 ¶ The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand
So we just said,"yeah it literally says in the bible to use the Book of Mormon, one isn't better than the other. We use them as one." (Shoutout to Brother Farmer for that scripture, by the way.) And she was actually way happy! She said that she came with a few questions and that she didn't have anymore. Woohoo!
Spiritual thought:Songs sung and unsung by Elder Holland. Excellent talk. On of my favorite parts is when he says “Come as you are,” a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, “Don’t plan to stay as you are.”How great is That! We're welcome to "join the choir" no matter where we are at. Theres no audition to join the greatest choir in the world. And, even greater, if we choose to stay in the choir, we can become the most incredible singers this world has ever seen. We just need to position ourselves next to the person with the most glorious and perfect voice: the savior.^^^^That will probably make a lot more sense if you read the talk hahaha
Love all you guys so much! God loves you!
Pictures: me with my district and my cheese naan and curry.  Also Nagaoka kyoudai. He's a way interesting member in the sisters ward in Hirakata. Also Pauly D I hope you see this because palette town was for you ;P


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