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Okay.... So things that have happened this week:
I crashed on my bike.... Got my leg cut up, ruined my bike peddle. But
luckily I wasn't in the road, which is really lucky because sometimes
there isn't any sidewalks! So way worse then scrapping my elbow last
week. Bike 3, Stay姉妹 0.....
We got to watch conference yesterday! It was so good!
So this week we have been seeing so many miracles. On Tuesday, we
planned on seeing 3 people that day, but when we got to all their
houses they were either to busy or weren't home, we tried talking to
people on the streets, but everyone just kept walking or shunned us
away. We were kind of in a bad mood because nothing was working out!
We were riding home when all of a sudden Patrick姉妹 decided to stop by
an apartment complex and start ping ponging all of the doors, we did
about 8 doors when this lady opened her door, and let us talk to her!
She started crying, then Patrick姉妹 started crying, and I stood there
because I don't know Japanese, and apparently she already believes in
God and Jesus Christ, she prays, and has her prayers answered every
time, she is really interested in her ancestors, and is a total 金人
(golden person/ investigator!!) we asked if we could come back, she
said anytime her white car was there then we could!
We were almost to our apartment, when Patrick姉妹 got a thought to go
talk to these two girls walking by the train tracks. So we bike over
to them, and they were the cutest! One of them practiced her English
for us, we asked if they like sushi, they said yes, so we were like,
"we should get sushi together something!" They agreed! We got their
numbers and went back. A little later one of them started texting us
and asked why we were here again and we said we were church volunteers
for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! She then asked us
more questions! It was so cool! They are also so 金人(kinjin)!
I've learned a lot about the Lords timings and how everything happens
for a reason! If we would of had our original plans work out then we
would of never met the people we did!!
Later that in the week we went back to that ladies house and gave her
a lesson! She seemed really interested and we both felt the spirit! We
totally think she will be baptized! So much 金人, we can't even!!
On Saturday we met up with two other girls that I've never met, but
Patrick 姉妹 met with stone姉妹! They seem really interested in coming to
church sometime and learning more about the church!
This week we've gained 5 new investigators!!
It's been a good week! I still feel like people talk to me in every
language but Japanese..... But people are so nice in trying to help me
Always trust in the Lords timing, because things might not go as
planned, but in reality it's His plan!
I love you all so much and hope you are doing well!
Also I'm pretty sure the sunrises get better and better each day!
JAPAN IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!
So to answer dads question about food, yes, I've eaten EVERYTHING that
has been put I front of me! There has only been a few things that have
been really hard to eat, but it is Japanese custom to eat what is on
your plate and finish their food!
Oh and I got new peddles for my bike!
Ummmmm.... Thank you for your lovely emails! Just to let you know you
can email anytime during the week, I can read them but I can't reply
Sorry, I'm short on time but I love hearing about everything back at
home! I love you both so much! I'll try to send more pics next week!
Email sent by Erin and Callie's responses:
1. How are you getting along with your trainer? Do you like her? Are you bonding? How is she helping you adjust to missionary life/culture/language?
She is awesome, I just love her! She is making me talk as much as possible!
2. How are you adjusting in general? Is it weird? Is it hard? Or is it just all the best thing ever?? (Full disclosure: I, personally, had a really hard time adjusting to the mission! It's hard changing your entire life and giving all of your time to the Lord! But He does make it worth it! But it still is so hard! At least it was for me!)
All of the above
3. Are you teaching anyone? How do the Japanese people respond to you?
We teach a lot of members and occasionally our investigators, but it's hard finding time for them to meet! But they help me try to understand what they say!
4. What does your average day look like so far? What is your favorite activity? What is your least favorite activity?
We wake up at 5 every morning, Every Monday Wednesday and Friday we go to seminary at 6, then we make appointments throughout the day!
5. Is the food really that good??? Do I really believe you on this??? I was actually just telling someone that I would have a hard time moving to Japan because I think the food is kind of weird (minus the sushi! I LOVE sushi!). I feel like I would starve. But really, I don't know all what they eat there, so maybe you can convince me otherwise....or confirm my suspicions that the food is weird.
I love the food here!! Sometimes it's weird, but it's good! I'm not starving yet!
I love you so much Erin! I love reading your emails and letters! They always make my day!