Mom and Dad,
Yes! No transfers for me this transfer. Thank goodness--I hate packing or sitting around while someone else packs.
When we went to study at the church Thursday morning, we found a message cut in the shape of a heart with pictures drawn on it. There was also a bag with hand written letters for each of us missionaries. They were from him this guy that, although he's kind of fallen off the path right now, is seriously one of the best people I've met. He's basically given me hope that there are really good people out there that won't necessarily accept the Gospel at first, but will accept it sometime.
Friday we had ZTM. It was super great-- our zone leaders are the bomb-diggity! They also met with us district leaders after to let us know how Zinke Kaicho would like the leaders to focus on from here on out. Basically, trust and charity. No micro-managing. I think it'll all work out. It makes my job that much less time-consuming! Kaicho even said it's a win-win for that very reason.
Saturday we had a lesson with the LA guy. It went better than all the rest of our lessons with him. It was one of the best, most spiritually-powerful lessons I've been in for a while. We basically have spent the last couple lessons with him asking him questions to see what he knows and believe and what not, stopping to focus more on the questions that he seems to have more connection with. When we found those questions and topics: BOOM, testify. It was great. He definitely felt the Spirit and recognized it. We helped him recognize it and he was surprised to realize that he felt it.
Yesterday was a pretty crazy day. We had fallen behind on our goal to hand out about 800 eikaiwa chirashi a month by doing 30 a day, so we handed out over 100. Then, as we went back to get more chirashi and go house we ran into a former investigator. I had no idea she was an FI until she asked us, "missionaries, are you still doing classes on Tuesday?" She was wearing a fluorescent green hoodie (she could be from Oregon!---and had just waved to this random car that passed. She is one of those people that is super chipper all the time.
Later, while we were housing, we came to the house of a LA woman who was way genki when she opened the door and saw us. That event also caught me off-guard. It's weird to have people be so open to us. We talked with her for a while and told her about a couple recent events in the branch. She already knew about them. Facebook will seriously change dendo in Japan. Maybe that's the next key to astonishing?
Later that day we housed a guy that came to the door when we asked and was very open with us. When we asked if we could take 15 minutes of his time he said he had a bit of a cold and was drinking at the time, so it was bad timing. We all chuckled a bit over that, but he accepted a chirashi and said he'd look it over--then give us a call if he's interested. That's usually what people say when we give them chirashi, but he seemed pretty sincere about it. I don't know if he'll remember why he has a chirashi in his house that tells him how important families are and a picture of Christ.
That's all I have to say for this week. It was longer than I anticipated it'd be. I hope you all enjoy what I had to say; I enjoyed your emails! Give everyone my best!