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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Hello everyone! So today is transfer calls of course, I haven't
received my call yet but I'm pretty sure I'll be staying since I just
got here. If I hear anything crazy about transfers I will try and
email again to let everyone know what happened, but if it's pretty
normal or we stay another transfer together I'll just fill everyone in
next week. Anyways this email might be kind of long, but I have lots
to say! So bear with me.
To begin though, it is sad to say but this week was actually pretty
similar to last week. We haven't been able to meet with either of our
investigators despite our efforts to meet with them. We are really
close to dropping both of them but we are hoping they will come back
and become progressing soon. So hopefully we won't have to go that
route because that would leave us with zero people in our teaching
pool. This week we made a couple return appointments but they didn't
turn out so well. Our first appointment we taught a lesson focused on
the first vision and it seemed to be going really good till the end.
After we finished and asked if we could could pray he said no because
he was Buddhist, that was understandable so we tried to set up another
appointment and he said he had no interest. Unfortunately that has how
it has mainly been going for us recently. Although, just yesterday I
actually read a great talk that lifted my spirits. The talk is from
the new September 2016 Ensign that just came out 2 days ago. The talk
is titled "Four Generations Strong" and it talks about how the efforts
of a missionary in Peru has blessed and led to over 100 active members
in the church that has spanned 4 generations. It definitely feels like
I am sometimes not being much help by dendoing each day and not seeing
any results, but I know the Lords ways are higher than mine and that
someone, somewhere will be blessed from my efforts and service.
So with that, I have a couple funny/interesting stories to share.
First off I want to talk about food. Last week I had some chicken nan
ban (one of my favorites) with another missionary. This week I got to
eat it twice! First, we went out to eat with a missionary friend and
he took us to this hole in the wall restaurant in nakatsu supposedly
known for their chicken nan ban. Let's just say it was probably the
best I've ever had, and it was cheap too! I took a picture so I'll be
sending that later. The second time we had it, my companion and I made
it at home. This was both our first time making it but it turned out
way good! It wasn't as good as the restaurant but still pretty good. I
finally learned a new recipe though (hopefully I'll come home with
Another story, this one is more sad, is about my companion. While we
were dendoing there was this little stream beside us. My companion
attempts to jump over it and...... Mid flight his bag un clipped of
his shoulders and his bag fell into the little stream. Talk about bad
luck.. Anyways we both let out a shriek fearing that his bag is just
going to drift away in the current so he jumps down and picks it up a
few seconds later. Long story short, everything in his bag was okay
except one thing, his iPad. Yeah it's toast. We came home and stuck it
in rice but it won't turn on. So unfortunately he has pay for it and
get a new one. Needless to say he was pretty bummed about it.
On to the last story of the week, it's a pretty interesting one. So as
we were dendoing I found an elephant. A wooden elephant about the size
of small child. As we were walking in the road I looked over in the
ditch and there was a lot of trash and I spotted this elephant
sticking out. I thought it looked cool so I went and grabbed it, took
it home and cleaned it up (I took a picture, so I'll send that later).
My plan was to keep it as a cool apartment souvenir but then I decided
to bring it to a pawn shop since my comp had some stuff he wanted to
sell there (to help cover the expense of his broken iPad lol).
Unfortunately they wouldn't take my elephant because it was cracked in
a couple places. So not really wanting to lug the heavy thing home I
figured I would dendo with it and see if I could give it away for
free. Yeah that didn't work out. People answered the door and were a
little confused why I had a huge elephant in my hand and was trying to
talk to them about Jesus Christ. So after a few close, but
unsuccessful attempts I decided to just throw it away again. Even
though it was a pretty good conversation starter I don't think I'll be
dendoing with an elephant again haha.
So that was pretty much it for this week, it was packed with lots of
funny and interesting things. To end I'd like to share one talk I read
recently that I really liked. I've been studying in the New Testament
lately and have been thinking a lot about charity and trying to apply
it some more in my life. As I was looking around for different talks
about it, I came across a fairly well known one by President Thomas S.
Monson. It is called "Charity Never Faileth"(I will leave a link at
the bottom). In it it shares a funny story about judging others and
despite our own imperfections, our tendency to hastily point out the
wrong in others. Just as it states in the first 5 verses of Matthew
Chapter 7, "why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye ,
but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" I know I
myself have been guilty of doing this very thing many times.
Notwithstanding my own faults I am so grateful for the scriptures and
the words of a modern day prophet that teach me and continue to help
me learn so I can improve and become a better person. We truly can
learn so much from the scriptures if we treasure them up and study
them diligently. I have seen that happen so far as I have studied them
more earnestly on my mission. I love this gospel with all my heart and
the joy I know it brings, I'm so thankful for all of you and this
great opportunity to be a missionary! Have a great week!