Another week has come and gone in the blink of an eye. I'm now one year old. Since I can already form complete sentences, I guess I'm a head of the curve for the average Japanese 1 year old. Go figure.
Today my bike came, so we were able to get around the city a little bit faster, but we ended up playing tennis and used up a lot of our P-day. Today we only have until 4:00, because we're going to be participating in a meeting about some service projects that need doing. Here's some of the highlights:
-We had lessons scheduled from 8:30am to 7:00pm on Saturday with very few breaks in between. We were barely able to squeeze in studies near the end of the day. Lessons ranged from "really great" to "our investigator showed up to the lesson slightly drunk".
-there were two broadcasts this week in Japan with Elder Stevenson. One was for youth, and one was a family home evening for all of Japan. We got to see both broadcasts. It was really impressive to hear Elder Stevenson's Japanese. Also, I was really happy, because in the broadcast on Sunday night I understood all but 16 words of the hour and a half long broadcasts. Of course I added those new vocabulary words to some flash cards, because I don't play around.
-this week was a Japanese holiday, so there weren't a lot of people out on the streets. We also didn't have my bike, so we had to walk everywhere which made finding people to talk about Jesus with a bit difficult. We were still able to do a good amount of finding, but it was mostly just knocking on the neighbors doors 😂
-I got straight language wrecked at the end of our free English class. I was giving the short spiritual message before ending the class as usual, and this week we were talking about forgiveness. I used a simple metaphor with a paper airplane and a coin. I threw the paper airplane once by itself and it flew straight and pretty far. I then taped the coin to one of the wings and threw it. The airplane couldn't go more than a few feet before spinning out of control and crashing. I told the students that when we don't forgive others, our life is like the paper airplane with the coin. We are unnecessarily weighed down and unable to fly the straight path to joy and happiness.
Unfortunately, sometimes Japanese people have a little bit of a problem with the concept of forgiveness. One of our students started to argue back, and I couldn't effectively communicate the idea that "holding a grudge does much more harm to you than to the person that offended you" in Japanese. So, she ended up walking away from the classroom still thinking that forgiveness is impossible. Japanese language: 1 me: 0
-I've found that teaching our lessons straight out of the scriptures with small commentary to help clarify has improved the quality of our lessons by a ton. Who would have guessed.
-this week is zone conference! Woo-hoo! That means that I get to see our wonderful mission president again. President Smoot is the best! The downside is that because we're in the furthest area it's going to cost an arm and a leg to get there. I feel like I'm a part of one of those old master card commercials:
"Companion exchanges before the end of last transfer: $67
Moving from Nabari to Uwajima: $140
Travel Matsuyama for District meeting:$64
Travel to Marugame for Zone conference: $140
Getting to see the look on Elder Gurney's face when you send in the reimbursement request: Priceless. "
I guess the only difference is that I had to pay for all of that, not with a card, but in cold hard cash 🙃
Well, I think that might be it for this week. I'll try to send something more spiritually uplifting next week. Love you all. Until next week!