Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016.5.29 Giant parfaits, transfers, and travels


Its been a grand week over in this corner of the Lord's vineyard. The weather is heating up, and so is the work. We are doing our best to bring everyone to the knowledge of our savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ. Does everyone listen, no; but will that stop us, also no! We will fight the good fight and never give up :)

After we emailed on Monday we did our grocery shopping then headed to the mall for a giant parfait. You will see the pictures, but it was way good! After that scrumptious mixture of fruit, ice cream, cornflakes and pancakes we headed to one of our investigators to help her teach her English class. However, when she opened the door one could tell immediately that she was under the weather. The allergies got to her, poor thing. And English class was not held so yeah, we will meet her another time this week. So with the remaining time we had we went to a less-active/part-member-family household. They were outside working when we got there so we helped them finish up their stuff. Afterwards we discussed transfers and how to help them with their farming. We are going to try to plan when to help for the next month, hopefully. They have a lot to do and they certainly appreciate our help. So after that we headed home and ended our day.

After lunch on Tuesday we went to the church to practice for a concert we will be taking part in on Saturday. I will be playing The Spirit of God on the piano and will sing A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief a cappella. I might play a second song on the piano from Studio Ghibli's Castle in the Sky, but I'm not quite sure about that one. It should be good. After our practice we went to the senior center. We were coloring pictures and the old man next to me asked me to sign his picture. As in, he wanted me to write my name in English and date it...on his picture. I was like, "um...ok". Then he tried to give me money for it. Like, the heck? What a silly old man. He was walking out the door when we were done and he came over just to shake my hand. It was funny XD After that we visited our shigansha. We taught him the principle of obedience. As we obey we will be blessed. And as we follow Jesus Christ we will want to obey Him more. He is still struggling though. After him we tried to visit an investigator but they weren't home. So we got ready for Eikaiwa. We talked about directions. Yay. I taught them the "Never Eat Soggy Waffles" thing for north, east, south, west. Fun stuff. English class is something I always look forward to so no matter what the subject is it is fun. After Eikaiwa we headed home and sacked out.

Wednesday said "hello" with clouds. No worries, I'm from Oregon. We were about to head out the door when I got a bloody nose so we stayed until it stopped. That was my first bloody nose since entering the field. After that we went to the church for a lesson with one of our progressing investigators. We had the couple missionaries with us for the lesson and hey helped us teach The Restoration. It was a good lesson and she understood most of it. After the lesson we invited her to be baptized on July 16th. She said that she wants to learn more before she makes a decision, but she definitely wasn't opposed. Then we went to do service at the day care center. Every time we go to the day care center I think about the anime, KOBATO. The main character helps at a day care center. There weren't as many kids this time which was great and we ended up getting done early so we headed to the church for game night. No one came, again, so we practiced for the concert. Then we headed home and ended our day. I fell asleep to the sound of rain. As I closed my eyes I imagined myself in Oregon.

On Thursday we did our weekly planning. Then we visited one of the members and studied The Book of Mormon with her. By the time we finished our study rain was coming down thick and we didn't have our rain gear, and Yamamoto Chōrō needed rest, so we ended going back to the apartment for the rest of the day.

On Friday we went to district meeting and talked about the authority and power of our calling. I know I forget it all the time, the fact that we have been called by God, through a living prophet, to represent our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to bring others unto this glorious light we have. After the meeting we went with the district leaders and had a extra long exchange because of how much traveling we were doing that weekend.

We had another day of exchanges on Saturday and we also had our music night in their ward. It was a good turnout, better than I thought there was going to be. I sang A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, and played The Spirit of God on the piano with my own little twist in the chords. It was fun. After that we went to Akashi to spend the night with the elders there so we wouldn't have as long to travel Sunday morning.

We woke up and set out to travel back to Sumoto for church on Sunday morning. We were surprised to have seven less-actives come to church. I have no idea why they decided to come, I didn't get time to talk with them, but it was awesome! We had 26 members there and it was awesome!!! After church we all ate lunch in the church building. Then we headed back to Kobe with the couple missionaries and the branch president for priesthood meetings. We got done with those at 6:00 and then headed back home to finally hit the hay.

So, my district leader told me that writing emails throughout the week is actually against the rules. I understand why it would be OK to write throughout the week, and why it would not be ok. But the thing is that I have had multiple missionaries tell me different things on this rule. So I am going to ask Welch Kaicho in my email to him. I need to get that cleared up because I want to be obedient.

Today has been rainy, as was yesterday. However, it is also quite warm so that's kind of nice. After emailing we will go shopping and then head home to relax. Today is the beginning of my fifth transfer! I can't believe I just went through another transfer. Freak out! We will see what this transfer brings, but I am excited for anything and everything. Keep me in your prayers! Love y'all!

Fight the good fight and never give up! あいしてるよ!

Elder Peacock

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