Sunday, May 8, 2016

Stuff and Stuff! :)


        This week was really fast! We did a lot of stuff! First off, on Monday, we had our p-day and did the usual, because there is really nothing for missionaries to do in Fuji... Then we had a lesson with
Inoue! It was awesome! We talked about the plan of salvation. He thought that it was cool and we asked him to be baptized. He said that he would have to think about it because it was all new to him, but he didn't say that he was really opposed to the idea. Also, big news!!! He cleaned up his apartment a little bit! And believe me, a little goes a long way. He really said that he wants to change his life around. So cool! Then we went housing that night! Yay!

        Then on Tuesday we had a good time going up the mountain (pretty much) and tried to visit our Less active who is in an old folks home, but he was sleeping at the time and so we didn't want to bother him. And then we went to this park that is near there and there was a new museum, so naturally there are people there. So we went to talk to people there and there were some cool things in the park and then we popped in the museum really quickly and it was pretty cool, I got a picture of part of it, not sure if we were allowed to or not, but we did. Then we went to see some other people and visited Yoshimura. We asked what he was doing for golden week and he said nothing. (By the
way, it was golden week, which is like a bunch of holidays right in a row so most people have the week off and go visit family and whatnot). So we asked if Yoshimura wanted to play ping pong at the church and he said sure! So we decided to go do that on Thursday.

        So on Wednesday, we visited the Uematsu Family. They are so awesome! We got to talk about the Word of Wisdom with them and explain it better. They thought it was really good. And they wanted to know why all of it was bad, so we had a good time. Then we got to do a little English lesson with Kokoro-chan. It was way fun. That family is super awesome. The lesson was a little weird though because it was in the morning because they couldn't do it that night so they asked if they could do it in the morning because they didn't have work or school because of golden week. So on the way back it felt like it was about four in the afternoon but it was like around ten. So then we went back inside and finished our studies. Then went out and did a little housing while we were waiting for an appointment we had with a Canadian lady and the sisters and such. She is awesome! She believes basically the same as we do with just a few things that are different. We think that she will be really easy for the sisters to teach or really hard. She has some really cool ideas though, not gospel replanted, but still cool. Like she is really big into psychology and she told us about how to ask "clean questions" that don't lead the hearer into thinking about anything but watch they really think about. It is hard. But I think that it could be really effective in lessons so that we can know what the investigators are thinking about and not what they think based on an accidentally leading type question. But now we have passed a ton of investigators that we found housing to the sisters. I mean, shock, all the people who are home are the moms that don't work... Wow.

        Then on Thursday morning we had today shuffle our studies again because this was the day that we decided to play ping pong with Yoshimura. It was really fun, but then at the end we decided to drop him as an investigator because he just wants keeping commitments and has no desire to change. He took it really well though. Then we finished our studies and then did weekly planning! Yippee. But it was good. We got some good stuff planned and made some good goals. Then we went housing again and dropped another investigator because we have a rule where if you haven't met them in three weeks you have to drop he was dropped.

        Then on Friday we had ZTM! It was really fun! It was the first on of the transfer so we got to meet some of the new people. And our zone is really fun! We all reviewed what we learned form Elder Choi's conference and how we can apply it in dendo. One of the things that he told us to do more than once was, if you don't like it... Like it. So the zone leaders took one of his examples literally and they went out and bought us all natto. Which Elder Hansen and I had already bought
some to eat this week and had been eating, so we were like oh, no big deal. (For those of you who don't know, natto is fermented soy beans, and a lot of people don't like it). So they made us all eat it and it was fun. It was a good training, and not just because there was food.

        Then for Saturday, we housed really close to our apartment and found a danchi that had a lot of gaijin and I got to use my mastered Spanish for two people. And we got to use our mastered Portuguese and found a family with our mad Portuguese skills. (Actually, we talked English with on of the daughters). And then we found a PI with my mad Spanish skills. So you know...masters of languages. Then we went to McDonalds! Yay! And we tried the new Clubhouse burger, but I got chicken. You know it be good my good. Get the golden set and they give you lemon soda and cheese for your fries!!! It is great!

        Then on Sunday, we had fast Sunday because you know last week was stake conference. So we got to have testimony meeting and it was great. Then we got to go around and talk to people ... imagine that! So we decided to do the thing where you pray whenever you come to an intersection you pray and ask where you go. We actually found a couple of people. Then we went housing!!! Again!!!

        Well that's about it for this week! I hope you all have a great time! And for the people that are a day or so behind me, Happy Mothers Day! I congratulate all you others for having children. And I respect all of you for dealing with them...especially through their teen age years. I would like to share a poem that i think is appropriate for the occasion.

The Name of Mother

“The noblest thoughts my soul can claim.
The holiest words my tongue can frame,
Unworthy are to frame the name
More sacred than all other.
An infant when her love first came,
A man, I find it just the same:
Reverently I breathe her name--
The blessed name of mother.”
                --George Griffith Fetter

Well I hope you have a great day and week and etc.

Love, Sister Richardson 長老


Left to right: (Sisters) Tyler, Yamaguchi, Graviet, Wynn, Talbot, Amada, Foote, Henderson, Yuasa
(Elders) Tallent, Burns, Myers, Baur, Iwaasa, Hansen, Walker, McClellan, Chinn, Yuasa, ME!

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