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 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... We just made Raspberry Jam from Scratch, put the hot stuff that wouldn't fit in the jar onto ice-cream and ate it all ... Love ... my ... life ... #FatKid ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... I don't always lead us around Tokyo but when I do ... we're early #LikeABoss ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Alright iPad, you think you can fix my spelling? #ChalngeAcceptprw #noSuggestions ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... We just ate $100 worth of sushi; you then took us to an Italian Restaurant and made us keep eating till we all want to die ... Of course we'll go to round 3 with you! ... #GoingToPukeAllOverYou ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... #NoImNot28 ... it's alright, you're like the 12th person to make that mistake ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... All we bought was potatoes and meat #GriffithsChoroWentShopping ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Curry for Lunch, Curry for Dinner; #HappyPDay ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Typhoon, worst one in 10 years? Please, my bike has missionary steroids, #DidNotEvenFallOver ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Oh, you sell Melonpan? yeah, I’ll buy them all, right now #TheRecipeTooPlease ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... #YouMightBeAMissionaryIf you don't hear about the giant wall of water which will hit the city where you live until next Monday; because you only get eMail on P-Days ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... New favorite conversation starter "I don’t speak Japanese and if I don’t learn I can’t go back to America, please help me" #ForeignerPower ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Whatever I just ate, exploded with little eggs all over my mouth #WhatDidIJustEat ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Is it wrong that I want to ask the local tattoo artist if he can run the face painting booth at our Halloween party, I think he would be pretty good ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Being a foot taller than everyone else in the whole country #GaijinNoMondai (Foregner problem) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Hitting your head on every door way cuz it’s made for people a foot shorter than you #GaijinNoMondai ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Having a hole in the ground for a toilet? #FirstWorldCountry more like #FirstWorldProblem ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Typhoon season #ComeAtMeMotherNature #Murica ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Cow Piss? Oh you mean Calpis #YesIllTakeAllOfThem

Monday, December 29, 2014

DD 13.25 ... おはようございます!!、...

oh hey im ink would lids some queatipns!!,

How was the rest of your Christmas day?
We did the normal stuff, helped a member clean his yard, and then hit up the town where he lives. We found some less actives who came back to church after we boldly invited them to dendo ... we didn't quite know that they were less active when we were there ...

Did your baptism take place yesterday?
Yes, I baptized a sister, I'll get the pictures from Mayama Shimai later and send them to you!

Did your companion think we were lame? weird?
No, they all think you are hilarious!

How many times on your mission have you eaten nuts?
Like four or five ... oops.

Were any of them scary? to the point of you being worried and getting out your Epipen?
No, I was always calm. The people I was with thought I was going to die though ... 
How the Sisters teach English ...
Do the Japanese have Santa Clause? Does he bring toys?
Sometimes ... not a lot though. People who like America do, but most people just celebrate New Year's Day.

Are you back on your no sugar quest?
Of course not ... I'm almost out of candy though ...

Did you share your hot chocolate with your roommates?
We're drinking it tonight.

Which was your favorite 12 days of Christmas story?
The Santa's Team one

Is fudge the only food that doesn't travel well?
It all travels well!

What homemade treat would you like to try in a package next?
I miss it all so much!

Anything happening special for New Year's?
We're going to some members houses ... maybe. But we're cleaning all day on the 31st and then reading the Book of Mormon all day on the first, and then having a mission wide party on the second.

Do the Japanese celebrate New Year? What is their next big festival?
Yes, it's the biggest holiday of the year.

How's the work? Any new investigators?
Great!! We found like four new people last week, and a random former investigator came to Church and said that he wants to read the whole Book of Mormon before we meet next!
We go so wet ...
Father! Your family outing looks really fun! Can wait till next year when I'll be there!! I just figured out how to see the pictures ... I was in the wrong mode of emailing people ... basic html ... for convenient loading and what not. Thanks for all the letters and packages!? What is Amazon Prime, BTW? I have no idea!

Mother of mine! I'm so glad that I was the best part of Christmas ... next year is going to be a little sad when I have to try and be the best ... it's nice just winning with a phone call! Sounds like a busy week,  sweet  that Sierra is getting married in the temple!!! Yay!!!! I also just got a letter from Budge Kaichou telling me to be a boss for the next six months ... so don't worry about me getting trunky.
Sama llama! I like your friends!  Hurry and get better than me at snowboarding. I can almost carve, but if you could teach me when I get home, it would rock!!! Way funny about the bathroom ceiling leaking ... way unfortunate though!! I can imagine having to clean it all up!

Storm! I feel good about the onion ... I like it. If you want my advice on some stuff: pray about it. Prayer literally rocks. Like Elder Scott says, God, the most omnipotent being, King of the whole universe will stop what ever he's doing and listen to us when we stop and pray ... isn't it so cool?!, BUT THE QUESTION IS HOW TO GET ANSWERS!!! In the BOOK OF MORMON!!! Read after you pray and you are guaranteed to get the answer you're looking for! But you must be willing and have the faith enough to act on it when you get it. If you are not willing to act, you'll never get any answer at all

So this week was awesome!!.
Sister I. E. got baptized! We found her a couple weeks ago, and she was so filled with the spirit that after the service, she bore her testimony, and everyone was in tears, not me of course, tearless me was all like "whoa. She needs to teach everyone, like right now! She's a boss!" It was so powerful!!  We had no idea what hardships she was a facing when we found her, and thanks to God, she was able to overcome most of them in like five minutes... I love the Spirit and following its guidance!!!

Then we also found three new people on Friday. We decided earlier that we were going to pray with real intent before we tried to do anything anymore, and then we were able to see huge miracles this week!!! It was so amazing!!
I'm so classy ...
I talked to you all on Thursday, and I got some packages from some other people that I want to go write to, but I just wanted to leave you with this: God loves us and does so much for all of us. The very meaning of Christmas is that God gave us the gift of a Savior. He, who knows each and every one of us and loves us more than we can imagine, was separated from each of us. And thus knows how sad we must be on the inside. Not being with our Heavenly Father, nor could we ever be, because we are all imperfect. How humbling it is to know that Christ was sent for me, that He was sent for my weaknesses, for my trials, for my pains. And even more so, that He was sent for the people that I don't even know, and that because they don't know Him, God sent me to go find them. It's incredibly scary at first but when I remember that He sent Christ for me as well, it all becomes bearable. That to me is what Christmas is all about. Forgetting ourselves, and our weaknesses in order to help others overcome theirs. That's what Christ did. He forgot himself and showed perfect love for each of us! He really is the best gift!! And the best giver!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

DD 13.15 ... Well la dee da, I got my death letter today! ...

Do you all shower in the mornings? If so, do you have enough hot water? Do you use a tankless hot water heater that heats the water as you use it?
Yes, we all take showers in the morning ... and yes ... it's all tankless ... and yes, it's always 60 degrees ... and yes ... I'm using Celsius ...

Did you get any packages?
So far two!! And I'm way excited, I'm on a sugar fast until Christmas Eve so I'm way excited!!

Was that a picture of the Abiko chapel that you sent us? Is it finished?
The outside is done, they're just finishing up the inner parts now.

When did you start meeting there?
Next month

If you are meeting there, does it make it easier to get investigators to come to church?
It will be much nicer!!

Who were the people who were singing with your missionary group of carolers?Some members!

Who did you guys go caroling to when you went as a district?
We went to an Eki, and then sang to some random people that walked by!

Did Ipson Shimai come out with you or before you? We don't remember her coming out in your group.
We were in the MTC together, she was one of the other 27 people, that came with me.

Are the Sister missionaries who came out with you going to be home for Christmas?
Yes, they went home yesterday!!

How is the mission goal of 100 baptisms for Christmas coming along?
Okay I think!!

How is your contribution to the goal going?
Mmmm, I baptized Sister T-San two days ago, and Sister U wants me to baptize her this weekend as well!

How is Brother A. doing? How about Brother K.?
Okay ... kinda dropped off the face of the earth little bit!

Is the plan for the most wonderful phone call of the year still on for 10:30 am your time and 6:30 pm our time? Or is there a new plan?
Yeah!! Sounds great! So excited!!

Where will you be calling from?
The church!

Did you get Sam's letter yet?
Yes!!! It was so funny!!

How cold is it there now? Snow?
No snow, I wore a sweater and a thermal shirt and was warm.

Are you having a ward Christmas party?
On Tuesday!

Do you all have Christmas plans besides skype calls?
Eat candy and dendo! No one here has a day off, so it's just like a normal day!

Did you get gifts for each other at all? Draw names? Get gifts for everyone? or nothing?
Didn't really get into it this year. We kinda forgot about it.

Is your companion homesick or is he doing ok?
He's totally fine!

How much have you worn your boots? are they holding up ok?
I haven't gotten them out yet this year ... no snow so I don't really need them yet!

Do you ever teach at church? in sunday school?
Every three weeks we teach gospel principles!

Do you go to all of one ward or skip around to different wards for different meetings?
All the areas which I have been in are in a single ward boundary ...

Father! It's always good to hear that you are not suggesting we save candy for a year ... that sounds like a terrible idea if you ask me. Glad to hear that your visiting is going well, I can't imagine what it would be like to be alone this Christmas time of year. I'm in a country where they don't even do anything for Christmas, and it would still be the worst to be alone on Christmas!

Mothers! I've gotten two packages thus far ... don't you fret. The ward also gave us a ton of stuff for Christmas! It's crazy! Like a whole cardboard box, that I could fit inside of comfortably, filled with gifts! It's crazy! And awesome. Crazy awesome. 

Jandee! Your kids are adorable!! I'm excited to be with Waylon as well! I love those kids!   And I will have to have Jayli teach me all the reindeer names next Christmas ... I'm a bit rusty!! Tell them all I love them, and I'm way excited to do Christmas with them all next year!!!

Smashed! Thanks for all the info, I might have passed on the running in the rain as well though. I love the image of you playing basketball!! I like this whole idea of having a party from three to ten at night ... as long as we eat three different times and we get to eat dessert every time!! I love that idea!

Storm ... I wanna eat all that sausage so bad right now ... you have no idea! I love America. But we're getting sushi this week, and ramen like every other day from our friends, so it's all good.

So this week was pretty good. It's like K dropped off the planet.  He's way stressed with work and what not so we're just gonna let him chill for a little bit.  We hope he'll come to church and feel the peace and then he will realize that he can have it in his life all the time!!

Also, this week I was able to baptize Sister T-San! The sisters investigator! She's way great!! Also this coming week, a sister that we found and referred to the Shimai a couple weeks ago, Sister U-San, is getting baptized. She actually has a different story, well she's just  cool, but she did palm reading and stuff. She said its not like mystical and what not, she just used the lines on your hands and then said that statistics indicate this about it.  She said that I was going to be a spiritual servant for a long time. And that God would use me to do cool stuff ... she also said that I won't get married for a little bit because I'll be too busy with stuff of religious importance ... I worry that the discussion about Patriarchal Blessings will become confusing? She said that if anyone but the missionaries had knocked on her door, she wouldn't have let them in, but she felt something!!  She says that she wants to get baptized as soon as she can!! So she's going to get baptized this Saturday, and asked me to do it! She's way legit!

A keeps coming to church, but not to sacrament, not really sure why, but we're working with him. He kinda believes everything we say, but at the same time really likes studying from a historical standpoint, but sometimes he gets hung up on that; but he's still doing good!! I just realize that I use a lot of !!s; like all the time!! (We edit many of them out :-)

Spiritual thought for the week!!!
I did six hundred push-ups this morning!
This week we saw a lot of miracles! And it was all because we were willing to work for it! It was so cool; it was pouring rain, and we didn't want to go out in it and find people to teach! But, that's exactly what we did, and we found people to teach! It was way sweet, I learned that the Lord gives back the same percent that we give back, but His percent is a lot more effective than ours, so us holding back one percent, results in a loss of a huge lot of miracles!!

This is kinda short, but I'll talk to you all on Thursday (Whoo!), but I just wanted to invite you all to find some way that you are holding back from the Lord, and give a little more effort this year! Give a little more to Him and watch the large amount of blessings come from it!!

I love you all, and I am so excited to see you all on Thursday!!
Love you lots!
Griffiths Choro
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Monday, December 15, 2014

DD 12.65 ... 藤さんを見える写真です!! ...

How is your cold? better? worse? did you get the fever/chills? or the sore throat, cough, runny nose cold? What are you taking for it?
I took some water, honey and cinnamon ... occasionally some sugar as well! ... I is all better nows!!

Do you make your own honey cinnamon milk? or buy it already made? did it help your cold?
We bought the stuff, and then I made it in a cup ...

How is your new investigator doing?
He's good, more below

When is your companion calling his family? are you going to try and call at the same time?
I don't know, we're good whenever.

Did any packages come to you?
Not yet.

Is anyone getting transferred from your apartment?
Nope, see below
Newly remodeled Abiko Chapel
Is the temple there open all time or do you have to schedule a time to go or is it only open certain hours? In other words how busy is the temple?
I don't know ... I only go once a month on a secret time made just for missionaries.

Did you do any sight-seeing on your pday? play any soccer?
Not really, we're really busy.

What sweat pants and hoodie did you take with you?
Swimming pants, and my lifeguard hoodie.

Have you eaten at the Yoyoi-ken, the standing-up-eating noodle shop at the Abiko Station?
Of course. It's like three hundred yen, and way good!!

If you have multiple missionaries working in the same ward, how do you divide up the areas within the ward ... what area do you work in?
We don't ... we storm the whole thing!!

What type of information do you need to find someones home ... do you use addresses the same way we use them in America?
Yes ... we have addresses here ...

Is it cold yet? any snow?
It's cold, but no snow ...

Dear family! Good to hear from you all!! So this week was pretty sweet! ... Well, it was busy. We had meetings all week. Like we were in our area three days out of the seven days this week! We had temple pday, zone meeting, zone conference, and then the new missionary training meeting in Tokyo again! It was pretty sweet! This week was transfers as well ... Abiko is staying the exact same, but we're losing a pair of sisters, Ipson Shimai is going home, and Warren Shimai is transferring .... It should be a fun transfer.  Dicastri Choro and I are together for at least one more! This transfer is a seven week transfer btw. I know that dad is dying to know.
Matsudo North and South Zones Conference
So yeah, Brother K is doing well. He has visions and what not. Still doesn't think that he has his answer, but we're pretty sure that he has. We're trying to meet with him to tell him that, but he's way busy with work. He's so close, though. I understand his desire to know, but sometimes it's hard to understand how he doesn't realize that it's an answer from God! .... but he's still way great so we're going to keep helping Him ... patiently ... might be hard; but worth it.
Sister Mio Kawane, Warren Shimai, Adair Shimai, Ipson Shimai, Mayama Shimai,
Turley Choro, Dicastri Choro, Yoshino Choro, Brother Hirata, Griffiths Choro, Brother Harasawa

Brother A is doing well. He came to church again, he's going to keep coming every week as well. He likes the church, and really wants to understand it too! We had a lesson with our old ward mission leader yesterday with Brother A and he drew down! It was so cool! Brother A is going to pray, like hard core, to find out if this church is true. I'm so excited to teach him next week, because I know that it's going to be awesome. Right now he's in the top ten list. As a district we get together each morning and pray for God and Angels to go and teach ten people in our zone, and we have two people on the list right now! It's awesome!! It's such a huge miracle!!! I love Christmas so much!!

So this weeks spiritual thought!
I only have six months left as a missionary. Still no death letter, but I'm assuming six months left. Which means that looking back over my mission I haven't done as much as I wanted to do. But I have a lot more skills and I'm a way better missionary than I was before. So my thoughts are that I should be able to do more than I've ever done before these last four transfers! So I'm going to get to work. I realized this morning during study that the more I focus on others, the less time I'll have to focus on myself ... in turn making less time for me to screw up. So, I decided to work for a remission of my past mistakes and wasted time, I'm going to do more these last four transfers than I thought possible during the first twelve. I'm way excited, but at the same time, I wish that I still had had this type of motivation my first twelve transfers! I figure the more I work now, the more "forgiveness" I'll get for my last twelve transfers ... I really do regret it, and I feel as though I'll look back when I have only three months left and still regret this time. I feel as though when I get home, no matter how hard I work, I'll always want to go back and work some more! Which isn't a bad thing ... I don't think ...

So what I've decided is that I'm going to make a yearly mission plan when I get home. I want to have specific missionary goals for when I get back. I wanna be the type of member that all the missionaries want in there wards! Because those members seem the best!

This week Brother Takayama Kyoudai-San passed away. He was a way hard core ward missionary! One of our investigators has taken it really hard which has made me want to work even harder. I want to have the same love that Takayama Kyoudai-San had for everyone! I feel as though I could do that; I would be such a more powerful missionary!! He loved everyone so much, and was such an example to me! I look up to him so much!  If you have a chance pray for Sister T, please do! She just lost one of the best husbands this world has ever known.

I would like to invite you all to do the same with me ... maybe get a head start and then when I get back y'all can help me adjust to missionionaring normal people style...

Anyways. That's all I have to say this week really!!!
Here's Mount Fuji!!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DD 12.56 ... Six months to success!!! ...

Dad was so excited to see you got money last Monday.  Did you buy something special? Just confirm you withdrew 10,000 yen? right?
Yes, I did.

Did you get to listen to the Church Christmas Devotional?
No, we didn't .
How I teach the Plan of Salvation
What Christmas activities/concerts/firesides have you attended so far this December?
Just the one so far this Christmas. Hopefully some more when the holiday gets closer.

How did sugar free November go??
Pretty good!

Do you have a Christmas tree? Or any Christmas decorations in your apartment?
We have a tree. It's made of magnets on our door.
Back:  Yoshino Choro, Griffiths Choro Dicastri Choro, Warren Shimai
Front:  Mayama Shimai, Turley Choro, Adair Shimai, Ipson Shimai
Have you heard anything about paying for your iPad when you leave and bringing it home? Do new missionaries have to pay for theirs' as they enter the mission field? Or the mission just keeps them and reuses them?
Nope, the mission keeps them and reuses them.

Any word on the Christmas phone call? So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, I'll send you the link to it as well?
Christmas Call Details
How are your investigators doing? anybody reading the Book of Mormon?
Brother K had a vision...

How are your glasses holding up? We don't see you wearing them in pictures anymore and are wondering if you just wear your contacts all the time now??
I just really hate my glasses ... like I always have.

Do you interview with President Budge every p-Day?
Only once every other transfer.

How are your cold weather clothes holding up? Are you using them yet?
There good. I'm using them a little bit,

Have you done any sight seeing? Any place in Japan you really want to visit?
We hit up the equivalent of D.I. today ... it was way sick!!!

Father! Sun up to sun down inside of the church ... that's way rough, I hope that tithing settlement went well though!
Mt. Fuji from my area!!!
Mother! I love the idea on dad's new phone ... if I had one when I get home you could always know where I was all the time!

TeJay!! Those pictures are adorable!!! I especially like the one of Porter ... he just has the best little grin I've ever seen! That cookie looks way good too!!

Storm trooper ... you talked about poop with a bunch of kindergarteners ... didn't you go to school for four years and learn not to do that? I almost fell over in rain this morning reading it.

So this week was interesting. We went to the Christmas concert with K. We sang in the choir. I've caught a little bit of a cold ... and so my voice is kinda shot. But it was fun. He thought that it was good. And then on the way back, we had a super powerful lesson on some park benches, and committed him to pray from the heart about stuff. So then he comes to church on Sunday and we text him Sunday night after he eats with a member in another ward, and we ask him how his prayer went! And he said that he had a vision, but still didn't get an answer! We haven't been able to meet with him to talk about it yet, but he's certain that it has a meaning, and we're dying to hear more about it! It's all about a palace and doors being closed. We haven't heard the whole thing, but from what it sounds like it's the final push that he needs to get ready before the end of the year!! He's so great!!

We also got a call from a guy that we found. Couple transfers ago. He said that the Book of Mormon was hard to understand and that he would like to go to church to help him understand it ... we told him he could probably come ... so he comes and we do a lesson, and he comments about how most of the other Christian Churches don't really touch on Melchizedek that much, which is sad because he was so great, but our church brings him right up in the Book of Mormon! He's coming to church again next week, and we're very hopeful he's going to get baptized before the end of the year as well!  He's so prepared!!!

This week I got a little sick, and so I'm way tired all the time ... I didn't sleep, for like three nights in a row ... it was pretty bad, but I busted out my sweatpants and my hoodie, and I'm all good in the hood ... get it ... hoodie ... Heheheh ... anyways! It's just a minor cold, and I'm pretty sure that after I drink some honey cinnamon milk tonight it will all be better. But tomorrow, I'm planning on going to bed early, tonight as well ...
Back:  Yoshino Choro, Griffiths Choro Dicastri Choro, Warren Shimai
Front:  Mayama Shimai, Turley Choro, Adair Shimai, Ipson Shimai
Sorry that the picture took so long to get to you guys! I'm really excited about it and for grandma's quilt though!! Take a picture of it and let me see it!!! I can't believe that she 80! I never would have guessed! I'm going to try to write her a real letter for her birthday, but I've been really terrible at that sort of thing in the past ... but I'm gonna try really hard. Make sure to tell her that I love her and think that she's so great!! I could literally ramble on about grandma for so long, but I can't because I only have a short amount of time today ... hence all the spelling errors s ... sorry!

So spiritual thought for this week.
Today we went to the temple ... me being sick and not sleeping at all recently, I was not that "into" the session you could say. So naturally I felt as though I didn't get as much out of it. It was just a gentle reminder, that we only get out of  life, and all that this entails, what we put into it ... if I only put a half awake effort into the temple, I won't get that much more than a very frequently interrupted nap out of the experience; the same can be said of my mission, if I put all I have into this experience then I'm more likely to get a really powerful testimony out of it.! My goal for the last six months is to throw myself completely into my mission! I've been doing pretty good so far, but I want to do more. I'm realizing now how little time I have left, and I really don't want it to be over ... so I'm going to go crazy! All up in here!!!?

I love you all, and am so grateful for all that you do for me!!!
Love, Griffiths Choro!!!
So this week!
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Monday, December 1, 2014

DD 12.45 ... 愛する皆さん ...

Is Turley Choro still living in your apartment? or did he get transferred? Sam doesn't believe Dad.
Yep ... he's still here ... see below ... what are you all saying about him? He's dying to know!
Turley Choro & Griffiths Choro
Do you guys buy matching ties often or just that one time?
We wear them to church each week ... we bought some for the bishopric and the dendo shounin one as well.

Do you do anything to celebrate Thanksgiving?
We ate bottomless Indo curry with nan ... and said what we were thankful for ... and then ate ourselves sick!

How is the M family doing?
Good, going to read the Book of Mormon! Soon!!!

Have you heard the new Mormon Christmas message - "He is the Gift"?
Yes, I show it to everyone I meet ... I love it!!

Was it ok that we commented on your FB picture on Thanksgiving? Didn't know if it was ok.?
Yeah, totally fine!! I quite enjoyed it!!!

Any damage from the earthquake last week?
Not quite, it was like hundreds of miles away.

Do you have a 72 hour kit in this apartment?
Yes ... four actually! And a weeks supply of food!

Any big devotionals or firesides planned for Christmas in your mission this year?
Some concerts ... and some firesides and what not.

Do they sell any things that commemorate Christ's birth in Japan? do they have live nativities? or nativities for sale in the stores? 
Not especially!

It's been a while since you mentioned singing for anything, have you had a chance to use your voice as an instrument in the hands of the Lord?
Some times ... we're singing in a big thing in the next couple weeks.

What would you like us to put on your Quilt Square for Grandma ... do you have a quote or thought ... I was thinking of having Abi draw your Name Tag, but we would need a picture of it first? We are making gma a quilt for her 80th birthday. Everyone is drawing, or writing on a quilt square. Would you like us to do yours for you? What should we put on it? We need it back by the 13th of Dec so I don't think we have time to send it to you. Sorry!
I like the idea of the missionary tag ... I'll send you a picture of mine. I don't have a cool one with both English and Japanese, so I'll send you a copy of both and you can pick!!

Father, does peanut butter really attract mice? I'm dying to know! (They downloaded emails earlier in the day and were online sending them when they got mine ... I was late ...) Time is short, I wanted to say thank you, this letter is just what I needed right now, and it helps a lot. Thank you for always being worthy to have to Spirit with you when you write to me, it helps a lot, and I look up to you immensely for it. You're the best father that I ever could have asked for. Got to run, but I just wanted to say I love and miss you ... not enough to come home earlier than I have to, but I do. Thank you for all you do and have done as a father for all of us kids, you are amazing!

Mother dearest. I love that you used FB instead of FACEBOOK! Thanksgiving sounds nice ... not so many salads, but mostly desserts ... sounds like my kind of Thanksgiving!! I'm pretty excited to get to see everyone ... but maybe we could get everyone to bring a different dessert! That sounds great!!! This coming week sounds busy, it should be fun though!!!

Jandee!! Your kids are so adorable!! Sounds like your having a way good time with everything going on down there in Gunnison!!

Sam ... I feel good about this whole TeJay getting in running thing ... and then when you're all feeling cool and in shape, I'll just waltz on home and wreck you all! Sounds like a plan! 

Storm of geddons. I feel really good about this whole five day weekend thing. Maybe you could start your own school as well!! I'm sure you could get lots of kids to sign right up for it! By the way, not having to clean downstairs, sounds amazing!!!

This week was okay, last Monday. we went to Shabushabu with K and Brother W. It was way good! It's raw meat that you put in boiling sauce and then eat it ... it's amazing!! And was all you can eat! Mmmmm it rocked!!

On Tuesday I went on splits with Turley Choro. It was fun, we had some cool miracles!!

Wednesday we had Eikaiwa and we got a way boss lesson with Brother S. He's going to read and pray, and he loved the "He is the Gift" video. He's so prepared, but he's just so busy!!!

Thursday ... We visited Brother W, and he gave us a lot of food after he tried to convert us to become a Jehovah's Witness ... we also went to bottomless Indo curry and ate a lot of food for Thanksgiving! Whooooo!!

Friday, we went to district meeting and learned a lot, and then we got to go finding and found a guy, tried to commit him to baptism, but got shut down by a phone call.

Saturday we woke up at five thirty to go running with the other elders and an investigator for an hour and a little bit. We talked a lot about Christ and the Pearl of Great Price, he's way amazing, but he's hung up on all the little things. We also met with K ... who's also asking really good questions, but also stuck on the little things, like what kind of person God is.

Sunday we had church! It was good, we also taught W again, he's still good. And church was sweet! No one came with us this week, but we were able to get a lot good stuff done while we were there!

And now it's Monday... And yeah, now we're here.
See what my Companion can do ... Dicastri Choro
This was a pretty low key but I will say that I learned this this week!
This week I learned about the power of goals. When we set a goal, we have to decide to stick to it. This week I made a way boss language study plan, and it's helping so much already! My goal is to be able to converse perfectly, although not about everything, I don't want to have any flaws in my speech. I also want to be able to read the Liahona in Japanese... So I get to study kanji as well. It's fun, and it's pretty challenging, so it's a good goal. Turley Choro told me that we should set goals, and then pray over them, but here's what I didn't know already; we shouldn't pray to ask God to help us accomplish our goals, or if we even can or not, we should pray and ask God if the goals that we have set are the goals that He wants us to have. I find it interesting how it always ties back to us trying to follow God's plan for us individually rather than our own will. I think that if we can finally accept God's will, once we know it, He'll let us know so much more. And then, it's a cycle, and it leads us to be more happy!! I invite you all to find out what goals God wants to you to make, and then make them!!

I love you all, I loved dads letter that I got this week in the mail as well. Really good poem btw!!!

Love you all!
Griffiths Choro
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