Date

February 11, 2018

Area

4th area in Hachioji

Companion

Elder Languido

The power of good music and some introspection

This week was a little better but not fantastic. I think I’m getting to the age of a missionary where all I need is sleep. These days I’m so tired and everything is catching up with me (all the stress and everything). I just need a vacation-Lol.

Anyways, this week was not too eventful. We just did some walking around and tried to talk to people. We talked to a few but honestly not a lot.

This week I also got to go to a Bless 4 and Alex Boye' concert at Kichijoji. It was pretty good! The Japanese group Bless Four came too. It was pretty good to end my P-day. I also got to see a lot of people I knew from other wards and places that I’ve served. It was just like a reunion. The concert was fun. They just really talked about how music has played an important role in their lives and it’s changed their lives. I could relate to that too, because music is a huge part of my life. I love music, and music is one of my outlets I go to when I’m stressed or whatever. So this mission has been tough because of how much I miss my music. But I’ve made it this far, and I’m almost done so I will just finish it. But yeah it was a good concert in and of itself.

Then the rest of the week wasn’t a whole lot of different things that happened. We just had English class and a game night at the church and got to see my companion's trainer. We talked to this one guy that was a person that really needs this gospel. That was all that happened this week.

But I would like to go into a little more detail about the guy I met. So he basically was one of those guys who just was like, "I’m looking for a religion and looking for help and I don’t know really where to find it. I have a lot of doubt and fears but I love music and love the way music speaks to me." We basically told him that he could have all of that figured out from our message and the gospel, but he was so scared and said he would have to search it. Then we gave him a Book of Mormon and went on our way. I was actually excited that he would want to listen to us, but it’s whatever. He has his freedom.

The last thing I want to share is that I just want everyone to know that I’m trying my best and haven’t given up yet. It’s hard out here- the pressure to be the best is so real and to be fluent and to be perfect is real. But I’m trying my best, and I’ve learned that on my mission you need to not compare yourself to everything and everyone. I struggle with that hard freakin' core. The reason for it is a lot of things that I won’t share right now. But I hope everyone knows that I’m giving my best. I may not be the "best" missionary but I’m trying. I've changed on my mission, more like I understand more things better. I will say I’ve become a little more closed up and a little less out going too. I don’t know if I’m just adapting to the culture here or if it’s really who I am.

But yeah that’s my week and what I’ve been thinking about this week. Thanks for the emails and support. I appreciate it. I really do.

Elder Hatch




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