Hello everyone and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I have had an awesome week. This week was full of adventures and stories.
First off, Monday was Elder Jenks and my last night together and it was very sad. We became very close and I think of him like a brother now. Also on Monday night I got hit by a car. That was super fun. I am totally fine and so is my bike. Good thing cars are tiny here in Japan. Hahaha!
Tuesday I went to Nagoya and picked up my new companion. He is AWESOME! His name is Elder Pennington and he is from Tennessee. He is a super silly goofy guy and we get a long super well. He also plays guitar and sings so we have lots of fun with that as well. Really looking forward to this transfer with him.
On Friday we taught the Dias family and we decided we would take a leap of faith and share a powerful scripture and then challenge them to baptism again. Well that lesson was the most powerful lesson Elder Pennington and I have ever been in, it was amazing. The Dias family accepted the challenge to get baptize and are scheduled to be baptized on the 3rd of January. Elder Pennington and I are so excited! Later on Friday, we went to a less actives house, about 40 minutes away by bike, and as we were leaving to go home Elder Pennington realized his bike tire was flat. That was a nice long walk home. Haha! However while up visiting this less active we came across a super pretty beach that we will definitely be going back to see soon.
On Saturday we went to visit a less active member and as we were leaving we came across a cool little shrine and so we wanted to go check it out. Well as we get closer this little Japanese old man comes out of no where and just starts telling us how this is a special shrine and that it has special water. He told us that we needed to drink from it so... Yeah we did!! It was way funny! So yeah I think we are going to become fluent in Japanese or have eternal life of something now.
Sunday was also a very interesting day. We had an inactive member whom we had visited during the week come to church. We were so excited and sat him down and started teaching him a lesson during second hour. Well like half way through the lesson a member pulls me out and tells me he is forbidden at church. So we had to kindly escort him out. It was a super interesting experience. Also on Sunday evening we talked to this Indian man on the street and then he told us he didn't have time right then but we could come back and talk at his restaurant. He then ended the conversation by telling us that we are his best friends. It was so funny. I don't know if we will ever see him again but I am glad I could be his best friend for about 40 seconds.
This week was a very fun and interesting one. I love the mission and am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord for 2 years. Christmas isn't a big Holiday in Japan at all. I don't even know if I would consider it a holiday here but I am still so grateful for this time of the year where we really ponder about our Savior. I am so grateful for the sacrifice He performed on my behalf and all the joy and peace I can have because of Him. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and remember that there is no Christmas without CHRIST!
|My new companion Elder Pennington|
|A shrine we found this week|