April 16, 2018


Tanabe, Tanabe Branch



Week 34: Tanabe is.........closed?

This week has been so busy, and it's still busy right now. Like, right now right now. Here are the the highlights:
-We cleaned up trash at tenjinzaki for service. Found the dried, almost mummified remains of a few different types of fish. Fun!
-We went to the aquarium last P-day with a new member to the ward. He's studying Marine Biology at University. Way cool guy and also fluent in English. Yesterday we went and dendou(ed) with him for a few hours. We had some really good contacts and conversations. He also has a car, so we were able to visit parts of the area unreasonably far by bike. Also, we played shogi with him today. I won twice. He beat Kurogi choro once.
-almost forgot to say, transfers came and went, and I am still with Kurogi choro! Yay!
-traveled to Kobe (for reasons to be explained later) and found like 5 potential investigators. Sadly, all of them are in other areas, so we won't have the opportunity to meet with them again. Why is it always so much easier to find outside your own area!?
-Accidentally crashed a Buddhist funural service, but we were dressed in suits so everyone just assumed we came to pay our respects. Good opportunity to share the Plan of Salvation, right? πŸ˜πŸ˜‘ Maybe πŸ€”
-Also, went to a Japanese fish market last P-day and got to see them dice up a tuna the size of my companion and auction off the parts to a large crowd of hungry nihonjin.
-We went housing, and knocked on 50 doors in a row without a single person answering, but that block got hit hard by gospel flyers, so no effort is wasted. AmIright? πŸ™ƒ

Now, for the moment you've all been waiting for. It's time to explain the subject line! On Thursday my companion and I got a call from the Honbu (mission home/office) asking us to come to Kobe right away. There was a meeting on Friday about family history that President Smoot and the Head Family History specialist wanted us to attend. We had to leave immediately, because it takes about 5 hours by train to get to Kobe from Tanabe and the meeting was Friday morning. We gave our district leader a call and said we weren't going to be able to do district meeting in Tanabe, because we were going to be in Kobe for a meeting. Well, the meeting was great, and we got to learn about a lot of cool new things and share some fun experiences. We eventually got back to Tanabe late Friday evening. I end up giving the other companionship in our district a call about some tech stuff. He answers and asks,
"Hey, is everything alright in Tanabe!?"
I say "Ummm...Yeah, why?"
" Kawajo choro said that the reason that we didn't have diatrict meeting was because Tanabe is.... Closed' (doing an impersonation of our fearless district leader)" which I promptly began to die of laughter. Our district leader doesn't speak English super well, but he always insists on communicating with us in English (because he's the man), but occasionally it leads to funny miscommunications. So, from the mouth of our District Leader himself, Tanabe, the area that I've come to love so much, is now closed. Apparently with me and Kurogi choro still in itπŸ˜‚

Love you all.

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

With best regards,
Bayless choro


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