Monday, May 8, 2017

The Most Attractive Man in Asia

Well this week was really great! We did a lot of stuff, including transfers. Also nearly all of us in our district got haircuts. So that was a thing. We have been working really hard and Elder Mendoza is really easy to work with. It's really nice. 

Anyway, on Monday, we (Elder Jones and I) went around and said goodbye to people and things like that. It was pretty good. 

Then on Tuesday, we had the actual transfer day. Elder Yamazaki came up and stayed here when we were waiting for our companions to show up and he asked for a haircut. So that was haircut number 1. Then Elder Mendoza came and we did some planning and such. That night we were surprised by seeing the sister missionaries. (Normally this would not surprise us). Sister Harada is training this transfer, so usually the trainers are all gone for the whole day and stay somewhere else. But they came to the church when we were in the middle of planning and we were able to go to the service activity with them. That was pretty lucky because this week there were many people there and we definitely needed all of us there. 

On Wednesday, we had to go shopping (because of transfers) and decided that while we were out, and since it was so close, we should get haircuts as well. Then we had a lesson with our friend Hiro who is pretty good at English and wants to be a sports volunteer at Olympics. And we talked a little more about fasting and we talked about America. Unfortunately, it was right before eikaiwa, so we didn't have much time to really talk about anything. Then we had eikaiwa and there was almost no one there (this past week was a holiday week in Japan called Golden Week). Also, because of the new transfer and trainers and such, we had five or so sets of missionaries there. And most of them were Japanese, so they filled the class pretty well. It was a really interesting eikaiwa. 

Then on Thursday, we had a lot of things to do so we could get ready for the Undokai (sports day) the next day. So we went and found shirts for the missionaries and we practiced our skit the Elders Quorum was doing (video will be attached). Then we went and just dendoed. That night we were going to visit a member who has been struggling recently and so we decided we should go and see if the bishop could come with us. Well we ended up going to the wrong house on accident and it was the bishops dad. So we shared a little message and decided to talk to the bishop on Sunday and plan when we can visit the member together. 

On Friday was the Undokai!! It was way fun. The stake rented out a huge dome and we did all sorts of games and events and stuff. Elder Mendoza and I got to be in the relay race. And it was way hisashiburi to run in a race like that. It was really fun though. And since it was a stake event I got to see members from Gifu and Ichinomiya (where I have served before). That was way fun. But they were both on the other team than us. And our awesome Korean homie came. He is a member that is here for work and he is so cool. So we got him to come and it was way fun. It was just hard to translate things that I don't fully understand in English. (^^) Then that night we went and visited our newlyweds in Gokiso (they were married in March). And that is where the title of this email came from. They are a way funny couple and it is really interesting. He is Chinese and doesn't really speak that much Japanese. And she doesn't speak very much English at all. So watching them communicate is really fun. Especially when you speak both languages. So that was fun. And they like having the missionaries over because we can translate for them. ( ^∀^) so anyway, we were looking at family pictures and she pulled out her pictures and there was an engagement picture of them and we were like who is that guy? And he said, "the most handsome man in asia."  So we thought that was really funny. 

Then on Saturday we decided to do some finding. Or in this case, more accurately, looking. Then we realized that it was Golden Week and so we thought that people are probably by this way famous park in our area. Well, we took a wrong turn somewhere, because we were riding up this hill and then when we reached the bottom, we ended up at the exact same place as we started. So yeah. Then we went home and had some dinner and went to meet with the other missionaries at the church to plan. The Nonami Elders forgot or something, because they were way late. And we had to start ping pong night, so planning was canceled. And Brother Armstrong (our ward mission leader) was hungry, so he went and got some burgers for everyone from McDonald's.  And we had a good time at ping pong night. 

Then on Sunday, we had church. It was really good. Because it was fast Sunday, we had a Teaching in the Savior's Way meeting for all the people that teach classes. And it was really good. Then we had a lot of meetings after church. Our regular one with Brother Armstrong, one with the Bishop, one with our new eikaiwa coordinator Brother Wong, and then the one that we were going to do the day before. So that was a long day. 

Well anyway, I guess that is a roundabout way to say that I had a 普通 week. I hope that you all had a great one. 

And to end on a spiritual note, everybody play an Eb. And then read in Moroni 10:3-5 which says, "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."  Then in order to know how that answer will come, read Alma 32:28 which reads, "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves--It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." I know that if we do these things that it works. We just need to test the words of the Prophets. In the scriptures the Lord often says things along the lines as in Malachi, "prove me now herewith." We just need to test it. 

I hope that you all have a great week and that you see the wonderful things that the Lord puts in your way. 

Elder Richardson

Pictures:
 
Ping Pong Night Burgers

Creepy Thing in Our Apartment

We found a good kebab place!

Kebab Happiness
 
video
Undokai Cheer
video
Ping Pong Night Madness

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