Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Transfers Vol.16^_-☆

Well this transfer comes to an end and...once again I am transferring. Even though I go home in literally three weeks. Haha. So I get to go back to my bean chan ward, Gifu. I have mixed feelings about it all:
  1. I don't want to transfer, I am going home in three weeks
  2. I am not going back to the same Gifu I know. I am going to Ogaki apparently (which is one of the wards that was eaten by another ward) so that is kind of a bummer, and I have to do what I don't want...learn a new area. 
  3. I get to go to Gifu! I do really love it there, so I am excited. 
  4. I get to be with Elder Delis. We met one time in the MTC and we are going home the same day. Also he is super cool,  in that I have been around him too much on my mission, but he is pretty cool guy. 
  5. Holy cow. I am on my last transfer. Pretty crazy. 
Anyway, I am pretty excited, but at the same time...packing is taihen. So I am not excited and this was the time that took me longest to pack. 

Also, this week was good. I don't really remember much if it, but it was a good week. We went and watched Fireworks on Saturday. So happy Pioneer Day. If you don't know what that is, ask the nearest person from Utah. So that was what we did this week. 

Thanks for tuning in. Sorry it was lame this week. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yolo week.

So this week stuff happened. We are going to not tell you that, but  instead I will pass my ipad around and there'll the other missionaries to each do a day of the week and guess what I did. Lol.

First off is Monday well.. last Monday I went over to Seto to get a  haircut form the homie Elder Collett. He cut my Rhiannon real= buceabd  shpar. After that I hung with Elder Morgan. He's way dope and comes home a month after me. He's single. And is looking for girls who do NOT want a seriou relationship. If you're interested please contact him at Bryce.morgan!@myldsmail.net.  He comes home in September.  Anyway. I am also coming home soon as well.. we are looking for
candidates for double dating: after that my companion kinda got mad at us for talking with the sisters and playing ping pong within them. Even though none of us have any interest in any of them. Ya. That was fun. I realized on this day of my mission that I need to work on myself to make myself a better husband and father :) wink wink. I've recieved a lot of counsel from my mission president and I've got his guarantee and blesssing that I will be a good father cough cough wink wink.

Tuesday was a wonderful day.  We did a lot of things; I dont nesicarrialy want to explain all of them because I can't really remember a lot of it. It may be the that I have a severe case of amnesia or just that I fell a little too hard off my futon and into the soft tatami floor when I prayed this morning. Either way it must have been eventful in some way but I guess we will never know. Maybe I saw a baby kitten, maybe I got attacked by crazy spiders because Japan and summer. Or maybe it was just a really normal day. Maybe one day God will reveal the truth to us. Unseal the sealed plates or just open our understanding. Maybe all we need is to have faith.  I wish you luck on that journey.

Wednesday. I survived, and am not dead yet (for 29 more days at least). Guess that should make it a goood day.

Thursday:   Has anyone seen the Bee movie? It's kind of like that.

So on Friday I went on a koukan with Elder Collett and that was pretty  good. We went to Yakiniku king and it was way good and we took a couple of videos so that will be attached. By the way if you haven't noticed it is my turn to actually write about my week. So yea. Anyway this day we also found some cool stuff in Daiso and you know what that means. Actually, you know. Mom, I'm sorry that this week you aren't getting any real information. But that's life, so just endure to the end. We also  went and ate sushi and I won a prize just like I do everytime. This time I won the keychain of a crab sushi. They come out every summer. So if you are in the area, make sure that you get the onion rings, they are the secret, you have to put that plate in last. Or at least that is the theory right now. Well we did some good stuff and yeah.

Saturday. So today we got back from a kokan. For those of you who dont know a kokan is a magical portal all of the time in a day disappears into. So basically most of the time got sucked into that. But eventually we tried to visit some members which got really confusing. But that is normal because speaking Japanese. Just kidding I mastered that language before I was even born so it can't be that. But then we went an tried to do some housing before we had to go home. But the magical portal seems to have taken my memory of said housing away too so just try and imagine what that would be like for me. Probably a lot of our house is good and we are fine.

And I'm sorry
My hands cannot talk right now.
Any of those are probably accurate times 10


Sunday There are a few things you have to know about church in Japan to fully understand a typical Sunday. First, everyone sings the hymns at the top of their lungs and just slightly off. But they're all off in
different ways. It's really a life changing experience.  Second you must understand that nihonjin have three ways to say hello in the mornings. They either say a general hello, a good morning or say wow its hot. Thirdly you need to understand that it was shokujikai which means free food. We had fun. And oh boy yum. Food is good. After church we walked down the street and saw three men that seemed kind of interested in the gospel. We asked them if they if they knew who Joseph Smith was and they said yes we ate lunch with him once. We super explained some things and turns out they weren't interested. We thought about what kind of people we want to find and thought back to
what Ishii Kaicho wants us to find. And we thought yes, young people. So we prayed and what happened after that? We found this even older grandma. It was good. Afterwards we went home and just smiled about our day and the goodness that comes from being a servant of the Lord. It is super fun to be such a good missionary. It's like just such a pleasure to be the kind of missionary that everyone wishes they could be. I love being so good.

Vids from Yakiniku

The following pictures and videos from Elder Hansen's mom that
should have been included a week ago.  Sorry!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Festival of the Weaver Starring Sister Hansen

Hello everybody! This week was full of surprises and also just full of stuff! Also it was one of the most important holidays as well! That of course was Tanabata. Hahah.

Anyway on Monday we had quite a few errands to run, one of which was going to sushi. Lol. So we took some pictures and I found this fish that is super hard to find... I explain in the video. Then we went to Don Quijote and other stores to find a Yukata and found some other dope stuff.

On Tuesday, I spent the Fourth of July with no Americans around me. I had a companion exchange with Elder Ribeiro from Brazil. So we celebrate by having a typhoon. Hahaha. Unfortunately that cancelled a lot of our dendo activities that we had planned.

On Wednesday we taught firemen eikaiwa and that was way fun. And then we went and visited the Takahashis and talked about member dendo and then they took us to Bronco Billy, which is a steakhouse, and when we were there, we realized that it was the Fourth of July in America still when we were there. So that was pretty cool. Then we had eikaiwa and such.

Then on Thursday we had our weekly planning session and that was really long and boring and all that...just like always. Hahah. Just kidding, but it was long. It always seems to suck up our whole day.

Then we had our Tanabata Takyuu Taikai. Or in other words our Festival of the Weaver Ping Pong Conference. It was good. And we also had a koukan this day and so Elder Henricksen came with us to the event. There are lots of pictures if this one, so they will be in a separate email. But it was way fun. I had a lot of almost wins with everything. I almost beat Elder Collett in Ping Pong and then I almost beat Brother Ikeda, our Ward Mission Leader, in shogi. It was way fun. And he wants to play again and so that will be good. Hopefully I will get better. Everyone is always way impressed with me though because they are amazed that I even know the rules, and also, since I play with chess strategy most of the time, they have no idea how to defend against some of the things that I do. Also my former companion Elder Hansen's mom came and that was way fun! Anyway it was way fun. And then that night Elder Henricksen and I had some fun on our koukan. So that was Friday. Also in the morning we had interviews with President Ishii.

 Then on Saturday, we went to one of our young men's basketball game and that was way fun. We taught then some of the easy cheers that we do in America end we learned the one cheer that they do here. So that was fun. And also the team we were there for was killing it for the whole first quarter. Then we left, but we are pretty sue they they won. Then we biked forever and went to the Ishikawa's house for dinner and it was a good time. They had given us some pudding that they had us put Hershey syrup on and then they gave us a glass of milk so for us it was a no brained in what we had to do. So we made chocolate milk with the Hershey's syrup and that kind of freaked them out. It was way funny. So they learned some good American culture.

Then on Sunday we went to church. It was really hot, and it was good. We got to have singing practice and that was fun. We also planned the Talent Show which I will not be attending. It is so weird to have to help plan things when I know for sure that I won't even be here. Then we had a lesson with the Nakano family and that was interesting. I was told they were awesome to teach and stuff, but then we get there and it turns out that they don't have any interest, but were just being
nice because they like the missionaries. Then that night we went to Sister Dominguez house (I know way Japanese name) and we had my favorite Japanese food! Tacos and stuff. (#^=^#) It was a really good time and we had a pretty good lesson...if I do say so myself. And we were able to involve everyone, so that was good.
Well this week was pretty packed and I'm sure that I missed some stuff, but most if you don't actually read this anymore anyway. And if you have questions you could always send me a mail and ask...or I guess you could wait a month and then just ask in person...or you could send the mail. That would probably be more time effective. And yeah.
Cake Starring Sister Porter
Basketball (whenever I filmed, nothing happened)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Of Death, Firemen, and Spanish Adventures

Well, this was not the best week of my mission. I don't think it was the worst either though. Last week on Monday morning I woke up and felt awful. I will spare you the details. So pretty much all we did was get ready, go to the church and do emails, then came home and I died on my futon.

Tuesday, I died on my futon and we called some people. That's about it.

On Wednesday, I woke up and felt a little better, so we were able to leave the apartment. So we tried to visit some people and we had another lesson with Brother Takikawa. It was way good! Except for the part when out of nowhere the member started talking about the different ways snakes are symbolized in the bible and in modern society. So that was fun. I wish we could get through the story of Adam and Eve and why it's important with a member present. But, seeing as I don't have much time left, probs won't happen. Lol. We also taught eikaiwa that night and it was way good.

On Thursday we taught firemen (and woman) English and it was hilarious. Also the curriculum isn't the best because we have to make it up and since it has been going on for a little while, we are
running out of ideas. But it is way hilarious and they just want to come and speak English. That night we went to our other eikaiwa class and Elder Collett and I taught the advanced class "real English" aka normal slang like guys, dude, bro, and dope. Then that night we had a koukan and I got to go with Elder Morgan to Seto.

Friday, we were going to visit their investigator Augusto because we had our "Spanish team" to go talk to him. Well, he wasn't home. But we got to use our Spanish super power on a guy on the street named Jeronimo. He is from the Dominican Republic and asked if I was too. Haha. Also, all the Spanish speakers get really excited when we introduced ourselves and we decided that I should just tell them my first name. Haha. They always try and guess where I am from. Also we went to Bronco Billy Restaurant and our waitress was Brazilian and Elder Morgan and I were speaking Spanish and such so she asked what part of Brazil we are from. Lol. Also we had DTM in the middle of the koukan, so that was a little weird.

Then on Saturday we did Weekly Planning because we didn't have time on Thursday, so that took the chunk of the day and we had an awesome lesson with Makoto that night and he was way good and we felt the Spirit guiding that lesson. It was good. We also taught him English slang he can use when he goes to America this month.

Then on Sunday we had church and we ended up hanging out with the Filipino Sisters and it was way fun. And Sister Grace invited us over for dinner that night and since she lives really far, that was all we were able to do. But it was super fun and she is so funny! We had to wait like half an hour for our tachiai to show up, but that wasn't that bad. And she was super happy we came. Then on the train on the way home we met this cool guy who took a picture with us. It was great.

Anyway this week we had quite the time in the apartment for most of it and because of that, we think we can probably get out this week. Pretty excited for that. Everybody have a good Fourth of July (the
most important holiday) and eat lots of food (it's what the founding fathers would have wanted). Also have a great Tanabata on Friday! (If you are still looking, we hear that Yukatas are pretty cheap at

 Have a great week!

Elder Richardson
Dude we met on the train


Housing Mogi
 Firemen CPR Mogi