How is everyone?
Things are going good over here in Ibaraki Japan. We didn't have any success finding but we had a fun week.
After P-day we went out to do some streeting but not alot of luck there maybe next time I guess.
We had zone conference in Kyoto. Kyoto use to be Japan's capital along time ago so its where all the really cool temples and shrines are. The pictures I sent that have the gold building in it (Kinkakujin) is there. We will go this transfer when the Cherry Blossoms bloom. It was a great zone conference. We focused again on working with members and increasing our teaching skills. Everytime we hear from President McIntyre I just admire him more and more. He truly is the lords servent here in Japan. We also found out what areas we will be getting from Hiroshima mission. We will be getting a big Island called Shikoku and about half of the main land part of their area. We will be almost doubling the size of our mission and getting around 35 to 40 missionaries. It all happens in July so we have some time left but its going to be great. I hope that it all works out well.
We had service again. After the funny experience last time I was pretty excited to go again and it didn't disappoint. Turns out some other volunteers came to help. We sang songs, made some doll things for a festival that was going on, and ate some food with them. There were a lot of funny moments that you just had to be there for but right before we were leaving one lady shook my hand and held it for a good 20 sec. or so. Honma Choro couldn't hold it in and put his head in the locker next to him and started to laugh. Man, I'm not sure how I did it but I held the laugh in somehow until we got out. We are going again this week and they have another party. i am sure we will get some good stories from it. After service we did dendo and had eikaiwa both were pretty normal.
We did our weekly planning and I got my brake pads replaced. After 9 months of everyday use they were pretty much gone especially after Tanabe which is just full of hills. It ended up raining which really kills us and we didn't have a whole lot of luck talking to people which is always frusterating. We don't get snow where I am at but in the top 2 areas of the mission they get enough that they can't ride bikes. Its been really crazy weather getting hot and then back to freezing cold kind of like Utah. Just lots of rain the last few days which is never fun.
We had our first split of the transfer with the elders in our apt. I went with Kudo Choro and we dendoed in their area. We were able to find one investigator which was cool. He was kind of iffy so we aren't sure if he will show up to the appointment or not but we are hoping. We had a lesson with a member that night that went alright. We got some good feedback and called it a day
We had Otsuchi's lesson first thing. It went pretty well but he isn't moving forward very well. We just can't get him to commit to anything. We are trying to get more members involved which we think will help but we will see what happens. He is really the only chance we have for a baptism this transfer.
After the lesson we had the chance to go to a concert with one of our Eikaiwa students and her family. The concert was put on by Janice Kapp Perry who came out from America to Osaka and also to Sapporro. There was also a Japanese Pop group that is famous but members. It was pretty good, the Pop group was kind of dodgy for missionaries but president gave people permission to go if they had investigators and he was there. At the end they had all the missionaries that were there (14 of us maybe) to sing our mission song. It was fun and something that we don't get to do a lot. I also saw Brandons Grandma, Sister Fujita there again. I forgot my camera and we took a quick picture with my comps camera but something happened and it didn't turn out. She tried to give us 1000 yen each (around $10) but we wouldn't take it from her. She is super nice and from what I heard from the missionaries in her area quite the missionary too that brings friends to church and even has helped some of them be converted. It would be pretty cool to serve in her ward sometime.
Otsuchi came to church but he only comes and takes the sacrament then leaves. We can't get him to come to classes or the whole meeting so we are going to work on it with him. Other than that it was a pretty normal sunday. It rained all day so we just went housing but in the city its pretty tough. Almost everyone has the little intercom things and just say no thanks through that so it makes it frusterating.
It was a fun week though. We have a lot of finding time this coming week so we are going to work really hard to find some new people to teach. We are having a really good time together and getting along great. We just have to find someone to teach now.
As for the package I can't think of anything else at the moment. Thanks for everything.
I got the video of the dog playing dead and laughed pretty hard. Honma thought it was pretty funny too. I am excited to meet her.
I will send an email to grandma and grandpa to see how they are doing. It feels like they just met me in the MTC doesn't it? Man, its going by so fast and everyone says once you hit your year mark it goes even faster. Its crazy to think about. Its already the 3rd p-day of this transfer which is crazy.
Thank you for everything