This week has been flying! I've been here for four whole weeks, I can't believe it. The days are going by a little faster as well. It helps that it's been a fun week. We had some Nihongin (native Japanese speakers) come this week. In total we have eight new elders in our zone. Most of them can speak English very well which helps so I don't have to (try to) translate. They are a good group of elders and I'm glad they are here. They will be here for two weeks at which point they will fly out to their respective missions in Japan.
Kali Gillespie flew out yesterday to Texas so she should be having her first full day there today. It was great to see here while she was here. Also, the elders going to Salem, Oregon flew out yesterday as well so they should be there as we speak. Elder Ashby is the one I know by name. But there should be a handful of elders total that arrived yesterday. I really hope you can meet them.
A few other fun things that happened this week is that we got a new classroom! When the sempai left there were five classrooms that became available so we asked to switch. We got one with much better ventilation, a lot more space, a taller ceiling, AND A WINDOW!!! We can see outside DURING CLASS! It's kind of a big deal for us XD That same day we ended up not teaching any lessons because Welch Chōrō and I kept getting called in to the front desk to pick up Nihongin. So we had two lessons that we were able to have ready for the next day. That was pretty nice. Lets see, what else...oh, we totally got Chik-fil-a for dinner the other night. It was my splurge XD Loved it. It also snowed a few days ago. Nothing stuck but it was nice. We woke up yesterday to the mountains looking like a winter dream!! So gorgeous!!!! I didn't think to take a picture though.
For Tuesday DEVO we sang Nearer My God to Thee for the choir. Loved it so much! Elder Hugo Montoya was the speaker and he talked about being genuine among other good stuff. But being genuine is what I came away with. An interesting thing happened while Elder Montoya spoke. My back, specifically my left side mid back area, began to have pain. The pain increased all the way through our district meeting after DEVO until I got back to residence. At which point is ceased completely 30 minutes before lights out. I asked my elders if there was anything visibly wrong with my back and they said there wasn't. The pain hasn't persisted so that's good.
My times almost up so I'll just say that I really love you guys. Your support and love is totomo taisetsu. I miss you guys but I know I'm where I'm supposed to be. I testify that the redeeming and enabling power of Christ's atonement is real. Ai shite imasu kazoku!
|Amazing sunburst in blue sky near MTC|
|Bright smiles with Elder Peacock & companion at Provo Temple|
|Care Package stash in closet at MTC|
|Elder Peacock with mystery dog...so cute! :)|
|MTC in Fall|
|Fellow Japanese Missionaries in MTC|
|P-day with 'off-duty' elders|
|Hallween in MTC classroom|
|Japanese lesson on chalkboard|
|Japanese language class|
|Leafless trees at MTC|
|Masses, crowds, and multitudes...Oh My!|
|Large group photo with Japanese Missionaries in MTC|
|New haircut at MTC|
|Red Japanese Maple Leaf|
|Red Japanese Maple tree at Provo Temple|
|Shining shoes at MTC|
|Sunburst at MTC|
|Sunburst reflected off MTC|
|Waking up on the bottom bunk at the MTC|