February 19, 2018


Osaka, Sekime Ward



Week 27: I see, but my companion almost didn't... for the rest of his life

This week was kind of crazy. I'll give you a quick run down and then expound on the finer points of the week. Let's get to writing!

- Netto 長老 and I went to the Osaka immigration office to submit visa papers for a less active member that had a stroke.

- We had exchanges with the Zone Leaders. It was really fun. We typed in the wrong address on Google maps, and we were lead to a middle aged man that had met with the missionaries when he was in middle school. The Spirit can use Google maps to guide missionaries.

- We sang with the Osaka children's choir at a nursing home. That was great!

- We had an amazing conference with Elder Yamashita of the Seventy. He gave us a bunch of promises and told us that if we are positive and obedient every companionship in this mission could see a baptism before May.

- We had an amazing lesson with one of our investigators where we taught the Plan of Salvation and invited her to be baptized. She's progressing pretty well, and I'm excited to see what happens.

- Yesterday my companion had eye surgery.

- I'm getting pretty good at playing the Ocarina, and my companion can play the plastic clarinet he bought last week like a rock star. Don't worry, we only practice our instruments during non-working hours.

So, that was our week. Sekime area is amazing, and we're looking forward to the amazing things that are going to happen in the upcoming transfer. Oh yeah, also, this week is transfer week. I've been in Sekime for 3 transfers, so there is definitely a chance that I'm going transfer to a different area. However, I have a pretty good feeling that I'm staying here.

So ,yeah, I guess that's it for this week. But, you probably want to hear about the eye surgery, so I guess I'll talk a little more about that.

Yesterday during church, Netto 長老 said that his eye was hurting really badly. He had me look at his eye, and inside it I saw a big black dot about the size of half a grain of rice. We talked about it and unanimously decided that it was probably not a good thing. We talked to some of the members after church, and they insisted that we go to the hospital. Netto 長老 didn't want to go, because Japanese hospitals are scary. I couldn't really blame him, because they really are pretty scary. We tried washing his eye out a few times, but it didn't work. Eventually we decided that we needed to go to the hospital.

The bishop's wife along with a couple of other members took us to the hospital. The bishop’s wife is the best. Anyway, we get to the hospital, get in to see the doctor, and he says "yep, that's a problem." —-but in Japanese. Then he got out the power tools.

Whatever had gotten in his eye had burrowed pretty deep into the iris. The Doctor started trying to pick it out with a large needle like object and then moved on to a scalpel. My companion had his head strapped in tight, so he couldn't move. He had to make sure not to blink or move his eye at all, lest he should be permanently blinded. After the scalpel, the doctor brought out a drill, literally a spinning electric drill of a similar variety to those you build houses with, and stuck that in his eye. Finally, the doctor finished the procedure, gave my companion some medicine, and sent us on our way. It was quite the experience. My companion still has a hole in his eye, but they said that it should heal up perfectly fine in the next few days.

We had a lot of pretty amazing things happen this week. We were busy with lessons and conferences and hospital visits, yet it was still one of our most productive weeks for finding ever! I know that the Lord will take your effort and make them work for your own benefit as well as the benefit of others regardless of your schedule. He does it for us every week, so I know he can do it for you as well.

I love you all, and hope you have a wonderful week!

God bless.
All the best.
Ttyl, in a bit!

With best regards,



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