Sunday, April 18, 2010


Well again another week without a ton of time. Sorry, we have this sports meet we are going to go to down in Abeno, Osaka I don't think I will have time to email dad or derrick but I will try to get something out.

Right after email I got a call from Uno the guy that was suppose to be baptized. He talked to his parents and his dad doesn't want him coming to church or to get baptized. We can't really do anything about it so its a little disappointing but oh well. I guess we will have to move on. We can have him come to activities and stuff and if he really has faith he can join once he is 18.

Tuesday -
We had service with the handicapped people again. They really like Akina Choro and this one lady give him hugs every time she sees him. Its way funny I just about die laughing everytime. Anyways, after service we had tracting time but not alot came of it.

Wednesday -
The night before Elder Murphy (Elder Buergers replacement who went to a place called Yamotokoriyama) got into a bike crash and thought he might have sprained his arm. It still hurt the next day so he figured it would be better if he went to the doctor rather than tough it out. They had a lesson so I did an exchange with his comp. while they went to the hospital. Turns out that he busted his elbow and has to have a hard cast for 4 weeks. President gave him the option of staying at the mission home and our 2 areas becoming one for 4 weeks and being a 3some or him staying. He chose to stay but can't ride a bike so its kind of crazy for him. They are still working as hard as they can though. Elder Kudo and I went out and dendoed and also had a lesson but it got canceled at the last minute. Later that night elder Akina and I taught eikaiwa which went well.

Thursday -
One thing we have been trying to do is find more places where it isn't so unnatural to do missionary work. Knocking on someones door or stopping them on the street can be great but...normal people don't do that sort of stuff so we decided to go to the city hall to see what activities they have there. We found that they have some free classes for foreigners to learn Japanese so we went to one. It turned out to be pretty fun and I think we will go every Thursday we can. Hopefully we can become friends with the people and try do bring them into the church. Also it turns out that one of the teachers is a member which surprised us. We later had District Mtg (I am District leader again btw). It went alright nothing real special and we had our weekly planning.

Friday -
It poured rain all day not stopping once. Elder Akina and I decided to ride our bikes around the area trying out different places to see if we could find somewhere new to street. We found a college that should be really great to try when it isn't raining We found a few other places that we want to try out. While it wasn't the best day for contacting and work like that it was a good day and we were able to lay out our plans for the transfer.

We had a lesson with Otsuchi again. He has been an investigator for around 4 transfers with no progress so we decided that we have been too nice to him in the last few lessons and to push him hard and make him decided to either join or stop the lessons. We had a member join us and he had been praying a lot before the lesson on how he could help. He prepared a bunch of stuff before the lesson and when we got together a few minutes before it turns out what we had planned to teach fit perfectly with what he had prepared. It was pretty cool. We taught alright and were really bold with him. He wants to join the church but won't say why he won't be baptized. I am guessing its a commandment but he won't say. We got him to go home and pray about a date for him to get baptized and to come back to the next lesson with that date. Hopefully it happens, if not we will probably drop him soon.
After the lesson we had Sports night which was a ton of fun. We got one investigator there which was good.

Pretty normal Sunday. After church we had dinner with a member which was super good. We shared a message afterwords that we kind of killed but I think they understood what we were trying to say. We also got a referral from some elders in a different area and were able to get an appointment for Tuesday so that was a nice blessing.

It was a really fast week and we had a good time. We are planning on doing finding really hard this coming week and working the new college we found. Hopefully we can meet some cool people that have some interest. We will see what happens.

I will think about the package and let you know next week.
Sorry this email is kind of short and all over the place I will try to make it a little better next week.

love you tons

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