|Guitar update: I can now play 4 chords. Holla.|
Hellloooooo! This week was AMAZINGGGGGG. I have never felt more effective and happier than this transfer. Every day is such an adventure but I am loving every second. I hit my year mark in Japan this week as well so WOAH at that.
So a few weeks ago I mentioned my English was getting bad. Which YES it is. But this week one of the funniest things ever happened. Sister Shoji and I are known in our zone for having really good "Japanglish" when we talk to each other. We always talk in Japanese but sometimes slip random English words in visa versa. Neither of us recognize it and so we just communicate in this way, but the Japanese and American elders have started to tell us they can never understand because we speak so fast and just connect all of our words in Japanglish. WE LEGIT CREATED A NEW LANGUAGE HAHAHA. On a phone call this week Sister Shoji told our district leader "metcha ganbatta we". Metcha ganbatta means like we did our best and then normally you would say watashitachi (we).... but she just added it on in English. It made sense to us but the elders were soooooo lost. Now the whole zone is saying it so I mean hey... it works? Lol. I love having a Japanese companion.
|Sometimes you have to have dance parties to the Joseph Smith CD.|
Now on a little different note.... MIRACLES. One experience that was way cool this week happened in a strange way. Sister Shoji and I have been trying really hard lately to be as worthy as we can to receive any revelation God has to give us. So Tuesday. We got to the train station and were waiting for our train to come to take us to see our 2 investigators in Sanjo when they both right before cancelled. Uhhhh wut. Every missionary's worst nightmare. We decided to pray and have God tell us what He needed us to do because we now had a lot of time we were not planning on. We went to this little park and prayed to the Lord to tell us what He wanted us to do. It was SO cool as we both had ideas pop into our heads immediately. We were so excited to see what the Lord had in store for us because we knew it had to be something big due to the fact that both of our lessons were cancelled that day... Soooo off we went. And I am not kidding, the first 2 people we stopped had interest, one being a family who wanted to know how they could be with each other forever. HELLO. WE CAN HELP WITH THAT. ;) We knew immediately that the Lord had put them in our path. He works in mysterious ways. That's for sure.
Another mysterious way of the week. One of our Eikaiwa students wanted to bring the missionaries Japanese pears (aka the fruit of the tree of life), and so the elders invited her to church saying we would all be there! (Sneaky elders, I know right?;) Well she came. And we had a chance to teach her the Plan of Salvation for the first time. When we told her that she lived with God before this earth and that He loved her and knew her personally, she broke into tears. The knowledge that God is our Heavenly Father really changes things for people.... Saito san got to know about her Heavenly Father because she simply wanted to serve the missionaries and bring us fruit. Talk about mysterious ways...How lucky am I to be a part of this work?
God lives. THE CHURCH IS TRUE
Fun fact: In Japan, if you want to call the police it's 119.... not 911. Just opposite... lol wut?
|Guitar night in Nagaoka (!!!!)|
|Shoji Shimai told me to do a chill pose.|
(fun fact: these signs talk about Jesus Christ and basically just say
REPENT IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED and things like that. They're
all over Nagaoka and Sado... who knows why lol)
|Where do they even come up with these pic ideas?|
|Our awesome 80-year-old HOMIE investigator who took us to lunch|
randomly when we saw here on the street. Ikegame san.... LEGEND.
|These pictures have become a tradition.|
|She forgot her sunscreen and didn't want to get tan soooooo.... mop.|