September 24, 2018




Foster choro

Week 56: No, The more you know, the more you know you don't know, you know?

I remember my first three or four transfers in Japan I always felt like I was so close to being able to say everything I needed to in Japanese. If I just learned a few more grammar patterns, or if I memorized just 100 more commonly used vocabulary words I'd be just fine. But then I'd do that and realize that there was still so much I didn't understand. When you understand only a little, you think there is only a little left until you understand all. When you understand a lot, you know that there is still so much to learn before you understand everything.

Also, we received transfer calls last week. Shortly after I sent out my last email, I got a call from our wonderful President Smoot. He's amazing! Anyway, he called me up and told me that I was going to train this transfer. So, now I'm training a brand new missionary. That's pretty crazy. His name is Foster choro, he's from Arizona, is eighteen years old, and tought taekwondo before the mission. He's also 6 feet tall and half Japanese. He's a wonderful missionary, and we're going to have a great time this transfer.

We had a very busy week, so I'll try to list a few of the interesting things:

-Crail choro and I had a few lessons with investigators right befor he transferred. Two of those lessons were the Plan of Salvation, and we invited them to be baptized. One of our investigators said that if she receives confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true then she wants to be baptized. The other said she wants to learn more but doesn't know if she wants to be baptized yet. Still, they were both very good lessons!

-got to travel to Kobe to pick up my new companion. It was fun, but incredibly expensive. Uwajima is just crazy far away. After I met my companion on Thursday, and we got all the stuff he needs from the mission home, we set out for Uwajima at 1:30pm and didn't arrive at our apartment until 11:30pm. A very behind schedule bus, and a missed train contributed somewhat to the lateness of our arrival, but all's well that ends well, I guess.

-our first full day of finding together (Foster choro's first day of finding ever), and we were able to hand out 6 copies of the Book of Mormon and talk to a lot of people. Pretty solid.

-Foster choro's first Sunday in Japan, and he had to give a 15 min talk in sacrament meeting in Japanese. He crushed it! But, of course, there were also a few really funny things that he unintentionally said. Tis par for the course when you are giving discourse on the finer points of eternity in a language that you've only spoken for 9 weeks. He's way better than I was when I came out of the MTC.

-we had to record a Contacting video using the Book of Mormon for Zone Conferences this transfer. The Assistants to the President asked me and Crail choro to do it right before transfers. Things got crazy with me going to Kobe and the Lessons that we had, so we couldn't fit it in before transfers. We ended up filming it yesterday night in one take, so hopefully it will actually turn out alright.

That's definitely not everything, but that's all that I have time to write. Loving it over here in Japan! God is good, and Jesus Christ is our Savior. I love you all, but He loves you infinitely more. I invite you all to do wat you can to learn about and draw closer to him this week.

God bless.
All the best.
Ttyl, in a bit!

With best regards,


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