This week was really busy, but it was also fantastic:
-we had TTTM in Kobe, and it was great. We spent Monday through Wednesday out of our area, because travel by train and by bus takes forever. We did some finding in Kobe and handed out a couple copies of the Book of Mormon. We met a guy that has done something called the ohenryo. It's supposed to be a spiritual journey where you walk across Shikoku qkand visit 88 important shrines. It's a pretty big thing on the island of Shikoku, and he said he's done it five times. He promised me to read the Book of Mormon if I would promise to walk the ohenryo after my mission. So, now I have to visit 88 shrines on foot after I'm released from missionary work 🙃
-got to stay in nishinomiya with my old friend, Elder Hatchett. It was on our way back from TTTM. He's the man. It was great getting to talk with him about our various experiences in the mission field. Love that guy.
-we had the privilege of witnessing a daughter of God make the decision to follow the example of our Savior,Jesus Christ and be baptized. She was confirmed the next day in sacrament meeting, which also happened to be branch conference. It was a wonderful experience. My companion had the opportunity to preform the ordinance of baptism, and we both participated in the confirmation.
-President Smoot came to the baptismal service, because he was coming to Uwajima for branch conference the next day anyway. We had interviews after the baptismal service, and he and Sister Smoot took us out to dinner that night. I really appreciated not having to travel outside our area for interviews this time. Especially since in the last week and a half-ish we've had to stay the night in 4 different areas. We've traveld a lot recently.
-the member that Sister Smoot was expecting to translate her talk for the members in branch conference had to go to Tokyo this week, so I was called upon suddenly to translate for Sister Smoot. I stood up next to her as she gave her talk in English—-she would pause after a few sentences and then I would translate over the pulpit into Japanese. That was kinda crazy!
-I had to play the piano for choir as we went to sing Christmas carols for the turning on of the Christmas lights at a park in our area. I was playing on a portable keyboard while it was raining and in the dark as the wind tried its hardest to blow my sheet music into the nearby forest. Needless to say, it was not the prettiest of accompaniments, but the choir sounded great!
That's all I have time to write for this week. It's a blessing to be a missionary on the Lord's errand. The time goes by too fast. Until next week.