It was in the apartment ... and so it stays there! Lame!!
Where is your companion from?
How is your new apartment? Still futons? or bunk beds? or hammocks?
No hammocks ... not yet ... Just futons on tatami ...
How is your bike riding? Still hard? Do your legs get tired or are they made of steel?
They'll be steel soon. My companion ran cross country AND half marathons ... and loves to run, so we go every morning ... I know ... Psyched!!!
Is it still raining? Or is monsoon season over?
What floor do you live on now?
Will you send a pic from your back (or front) window? (dad question)
Yes ... challenge extended ... Night shots!!!! See if you can't do it ... I'll send you some day time ones next week ... but I have faith that you can!! (Note: I have lightened the pictures he sent ... I needed the assistance)
Do you still email from the church?
Nope, down load and chill in our air conditioned apartment.
How close are you to the church?
Going to the church, like three minutes down a windy little hill ... Way fun! Going from the church ... twenty minutes straight up hill ... Terrible!!!
|Worlds Largest Aloe Plant ... after the uphill climb|
There are two others here too, they're way funny, one is Turley Choro from the MTC, and the other is Phillips Choro, pretty legit, Spanish Fork. I'm the oldest in the district and likely the oldest in the Zone.
Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in your apartment? (2 missionaries passed away in their apartment in Taiwan from CO poisoning).
Yes, we have them here actually.
What is the closest station to your apartment, do you need to ride the train to get to church?
It's Abiko Eki, we bike and train.
Have you gotten good enough at climbing the walls that you can now simply walk across the ceilings ... or do you still need to keep your hands on the counter?
Hands on the counter ... for safety of course, can't be wakin' up the neighbors ...
When was the last time you treated your companion to something delicious ... like shaved ice? You need to treat your companion to some form of deliciousness once a month ... do it this week and report on it next week ... make it an awesome deliciousness.
Will, do, maybe ice cream... I love ice cream!
Have you met your Ward Mission leader yet? Should be your first contact ... helps to cure the new missionary blues ... every time.
Already did, and the bishop and the elders quorum president, got them all!!
What is the next big Nihon festival coming up? Ours is Labor Day ... next week ... I think we are excited, but we like Halloween better ... next month, what is the Nihon atmosphere like now ... anything exciting or are they just getting ready to go back to school?
They have matsuri all the time, like four since I got here ... pretty sweet dendo, but can't do anything cuz I'm a missionary, I'll try to snag a video.
How is Eikaiwa in Abiko ... do you meet in the Church?
Yes, we have one on Saturday and one on Wednesday. Should be fun!!
Father. I loved the throw back Mountain Dew ... It's the best! Maybe it's cuz it was the only stuff that we could get in the MTC ... Love it!! Also the bug zapper, I fully approve! Thanks for the update on TeJay and the kid, sounds like you guys had a blast of a week!! Thanks for the update on Ben! I'm so proud of him!!! Sorry that the house is so quite ... tell you what, in nine months, I'll come home and be really loud and annoying for three months until you ship me off to school! How's that sound?
Mom! How are you! Sounds like your lesson was a hit, temple mints sound way good right now ... anyways, thank you for getting up and singing ... thanks for showing your support for the youth, they need the support if they are to become great missionaries ... Tell G-Ma not to worry about writing me back. I'm more worried about her leg and her being okay than getting a letter! Love that woman!
TeJay and Crystal!! Congratulations!!! The baby is so adorable!!! And so big and I love his hat!! I hear he has a lot of hair! Way excited to meet him!!!
Smashed pumpkins. 16 miles!! That's way lame, you can totally do twenty ... go for it!! Good analogy, I like it. Sounds like you've gotten very mature.. But then I see said picture and it's all over. Haulin' up to Logan is always pretty fun...
Stormmageddon!! Teaching sounds fun!! Glad that you made it through your first half marathon by yourself ... I respect that. You officially have a cooler medal that Sam and I ... Jealous!! And yes, yes, challenge accepted!!! What!!
This week was good, my last days in Kawagoe were spent running around teaching and saying good bye to everyone there, it was sad, but I was too busy to notice. Hardest thing ever was saying good bye to Brother F. He emailed me this week, which I feel good about, but it's all in kanji ... way hard to read, but I got the gist of if all. He's way legit still BTW.
Then I got to Abiko. I was way scared, but it's not as bad as I thought it was,we've been pretty busy, so it's nice, the big news is our church. They're putting in an elevator so it's totally destroyed right now, we have to train for fifteen minutes to get to the one we are using. It's not too bad, but it's way hard to get people to come cuz it's so far. Way lame!! It should be up and running again by December, but who knows. I'm way psyched for it though, they're redoing the whole front, so it's going to be way cool!!
My companion, is way chill. He's from Wyoming, and he's pretty chill. He's super motivated and totally awesome, so that's way nice.
The other elders are way chill, they're funny too.
We all make mistakes and what not right? And sometimes we forget and do them over and over again. But my thought is that if we could remember what Christ did for us, if we could remember the plan that He has for us, if we could always remember what we know to be true, then we would never sin or do things wrong right? So the thing is remembering. It's really hard sometimes, but if we really try, then we can, and it becomes really great! As a companionship this transfer we set a goal to do what God wants us to do, we want to be the humble instruments in Gods hands. We really want to have three baptisms this transfer, but if that is not God's will, then so be it. We won't get discouraged, and we won't get down if it doesn't happen, because we will remember what we did, we will remember the miracles that we saw and the miracles that we did.
For example. Sunday night we were housing and we ask this guy if he's ever heard of the Book of Mormon, and he asks "mo ru mon?" And we say yeah, mo ru mon, and he's all like "yea yea yea, my friend in Utah right now has talked to me a little bit about it before" I so grateful that we were able to listen to what God had to say to get us to that house at that time, and to be able to meet that man.
Thanks so much for all that you all do for me. Love you all
Crowd of people? Carrying your bike? Just lift it over all of their heads #MuricaPerk #ImHuge
I don't always ask for directions on the train, but when I do, I end that conversation talking about God #Missionaried
Biking for twenty minutes to buy chicken and beef for dirt cheap? Worth it!! #NoRoomInOurFreezerAnyMore