Let me open this letter by saying the Shimogamo ward bishop is the lead guitarist in a band.
This week has been really busy. Here we go:
- We had our big Christmas conference on Thursday and Friday. It was amazing! Got to see so many wonderful missionaries and learn so much. President Smoot talked a lot about the importance of Family History, and we had the opportunity to watch the movie Coco in Japanese リメンバーミー. I ended up watching the movie in Japanese with my companion and the rest of the Japanese missionaries, and I was surprised by how much I understood. The movie made me and my companion cry 😢 and probably the rest of the missionaries in the room as well, but it was dark so I can't say for certain. It really made us want to do family history and share the message that through Christ and His gospel we can be with our families for eternity. I'm pretty sure that was President Smoot's goal, so mission accomplished!
-At the Christmas conference, we had a testimony meeting and as I was listening to the incredibly strong and beautiful testimonies of the many missionaries in this mission, I was struck with how amazing this work is. Most of us out here in the mission field are still rather young, many having only recently graduated from high school, but each of these missionaries has a testimony of Jesus Christ that gave them the strength to leave their friends and families, come to a foreign land, and share the words of eternal life. I'm so grateful for their sacrifice. The missionaries that I'm serving with in the Japan Kobe Mission are the best!
-Webhad a great ward Christmas party. There were 100 plus people that came. It was a Christmas concert. We had a band play, a self accompanied opera singer, another opera singer that was not self-accompanied, a string quartet, and our English class singing jingle bells as a group 😂 Other than the fun but mediocre performance of jingle bells, I’m pretty sure everyone else was actually a bunch of professional musicians. It was all pretty amazing, but probably my favorite performance was the bishop. We hung up a dico ball in the cultural hall, and when he came out on the stage, we cut the lights and shone a blue spotlight on the slowly rotating disco ball. He then brought out a blues guitar and slow jammed a few Christmas carols for a dumbstruck crowd. Words cannot describe the joy that filled my soul!
-we went to the bishop's house for a meal appointment Sunday night. We walked through his house and I had to have seen 30 or more guitars hanging up around his home. He's a straight pro. We then ate some fantastic okonomiyaki.
That's all the time I have for you this week. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a great new year.