This week was pretty uneventful as far as missionary work goes. We have great plans for this week, so hopefully the next email will be a lot more interesting! One thing that was pretty fun was playing shogi against the professional again. We played 6 games on Saturday (shogi is usually a really fast paced game, so finishing all six took under an hour), and I won the second game. He was really surprised and played a lot more seriously after that. It was really fun, and I learned a lot. We're probably going to meet with him at least one more time, because he might have interest in learning more about the gospel.
We biked over to Minabe, the neighboring town. It took us about 40 minutes biking at full speed and entered into a ghost town. There was nobody on the streets. There were no cars. We even walked into the police station, and there was nobody in the building. It was especially weird, because the front door was unlocked. We went ahead and knocked on some doors and got some of the weirdest rejections I've had since I came to Japan. One man stared at us and said "kotaetakunai" and "wakaranai" which is "I don't want to answer" and "I don't understand" over and over again until we walked away. Another lady stared at us through her window and repeatedly gestured over to a large bush on the edge of her property. We walked over, found the intercom doorbell that we were unable to find originally, and talked to her through it long enough for her to tell us to go away. Sadly, no investigators were found.
Other than that weird day, everything has been pretty standard. Kurogi choro and I are still trying to come up with a better way for us to use the Book of Mormon in first contacts, and it's coming along. I love the Book of Mormon! Recently I've been waking up earlier, so I can read the Book of Mormon in English and Japanese for an extra hour and a half a day. Consequently, I can feel my Japanese improving almost every day. If you have a problem or concern in your life, make time to study the Book of Mormon. It will help you.
I love the quote from president Nelson's General Conference talk last October. He said, "The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.....My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life"
I know that the words of our prophet are true. He is inspired by God.