This first week of December definitely didn't started off with Clay Aiken Christmas music... #marydidyouknowwww
For real though, it's December! It's the best month of the year for everyone, especially missionaries! I'm so excited to tell people all about Jesus and why he is the best Christmas present they didn't know they had. I love my savior! and I want to give Him the gift of helping as many people as possible come to know Him this season. Feel free to join in that endeavor:)
Monday: we headed down to Kobe to stay there for the night, for the first time ate some tomato cheese ramen (heaven) and then got to dendo (missionary work) for the night in Kobe. I love the countryside so much, but dang- City dendo is FUN. It was nice to be in a place where there's people out and about to talk to past 5:30PM. We were running around and caroling and sharing the #クリスマスの本当の意味 (#realmeaningofchristmas) with the cool students at a nearby college.
Tuesday: I guess we got a little too excited with Monday nights dendo, because Tuesday started off with my companion waking me up shout-whispering "Allen shimai, I can't move my arm or my neck".. I guess she had been trying to wake me up for like 45 minutes but she couldn't even move her arm right next to me, so she just whispered so that she wouldn't wake up the other 6 girls sleeping around us. I learned that I am a deaf when I sleep:/ Bean shimai is a trooper, that's for sure. We got some ibuprofen for her, did our best to work out the kink, and she got to the point where she could stand up- and then sit down for a good 7 hour meeting! we had Mission Leader Conference, which is always the best pump up for dendo ever. We're going to be focusing a lot on the younger people here in Japan from here on out, which I'm so excited about. Gonna find my friends for life here:) we also learned of a promise made by our Mission president to the area presidency: that by the end of next May (also by the end of my last transfer) ,the baptisms in Kobe mission will double.
Wednesday: surprise! Companion exchange. I was with the lovely Perry shimai again, and it was good to be reunited! We visited with some less active sisters we're working with, and we were able to pray with her and her two cute grandkids. She brought them to church for the first time last week, and they will hopefully be blue to come more frequently :)
Thursday: I learned a new word: kakaadenka. Basically the Japanese equivalent of "woman who wears the pants" . We also got to meet a new, young less active who has the cutest family ever! Heavenly Father is helping us meet these young people:)
Friday: At zone training meeting, we talked about the Lord's vision to double the baptisms in our mission, especially through working with the younger people. We studied together the story of Peter walking on the water. (If anyone hasn't seen that bible video, it's a great one. 11/10 would recommend!) When the Lord commands, he provides a way as long as we have faith. When Peter walked on the water, he was moving into unknown territory- but I honestly think he forgot that he couldn't walk on water. He trusted the Lord, and he just did it! It wasn't until he questioned whether or not he could that he started to sink.
When the Lord commands us to do something, it's never a question of "am I able to? Am I unable to?" - it's as simple as "will I, or won't I?" As for me- I really want to be able to say "Yes Lord, I will!" As much as I can over the next 6 months. I'll be much happier with myself, and the people I meet will be much happier as well:)
Also, we played a fun game about working with the spirit (videos to follow)
Saturday: made cookies with the young men for their fundraiser. Too fun.
Sunday: we had 3 people come to church!... And not one of them spoke Japanese. We had two Vietnamese girls and a little Chinese girl there, and on Sunday I learned that even harder than translating from Japanese to English is translating from hard Japanese to easy Japanese. Man, I don't think they had a clue what was going on, and the people sitting around Bean Shimai and I were sure enjoying watching us act out what's going on in bad Japanese+ lots of arm movement. But they had a fun time and will definitely be coming back:) and I will work on my translation skills.
That`s about all from this side of the world. Life is great, December is the best time of the year, and I am really, really thankful to be serving the Lord during this special time.
Go do something nice for someone else and give a Gift to Jesus! I'll be trying to do the same:) You are loved!
PS...Oh so we got a lot of vegetables from a member and we didn't really know what to do with them and it kind of got out of hand
(So follow ups are when we call missionaries and ask how their weeks are going and if there's anything we can do to help them.. Just to explain that last picture a little bit better)