This week was much less eventful than last week. Partly because now we're on a set schedule for the next 6 weeks with classes and stuff (which is SUPER nice), and partly because my companion has been sick the past few days, so lots of time has been spent in the room reading/studying while she tries to recover. You get a bit claustrophobic staying in there all day, so i'm glad she's able to move around a bit better now.
Nihongo is progressing slowly but surely- i know at least 30/46 characters of one alphabet! only thousands more characters of other alphabets to go. But it's cool being able to read some hymns, even if i don't understand what i'm actually reading. We've started learning bases and different verb endings, which I don't understand at all, but i know it'll be super useful when it clicks!
We got to listen to not one, but TWO general authorities (and their wives this week)! On Tuesday we listened to Dallin H Oaks, and today we heard from David A Bednar. Both were awesome. One thing I liked from oaks's talk was a comparison he made between a missionary, and a pen: both are tools in the hands of the user, and for it to be a good tool, it has to
1. Be in good working condition (healthy)
2. Be filled with sufficient ink (testimony, knowledge, etc)
3. Write the message the user wants it to, not it's own message
4. Work when the user wants it to, not make excuses like "i'm tired" or "but it's my Pday!" haha
Bednar did a Q&A session- they passed out hundreds of phones to the audience, people texted their questions to him, and he'd answer. It was super cool.
Even though Thanksgiving stole P-day, i'm glad i get to be here at the mtc during this holiday. Not very many people get to experience that! I'm thankful for my family and friends. Each person in my life has influenced who i am in some way, and i'm #blessed to be surrounded by the best of the best. I'm thankful for my Savior, who knows me and loves me despite my many shortcomings, and who atoned for me so i would be able to overcome challenges and weaknesses. I'm thankful i get to wear His name close to my heart every day, and share the message of this gospel with other people. I'm thankful for the knowledge i have of a Heavenly Father who loves all his children. I'm thankful for the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost, and this gospel. This gospel is subarashii.