Monday, October 13, 2014

10/13/14 email

A lot of biking
Mom and Dad,

We biked far away a number of times again. I'll have to accept that it'll be a common occurrence and have to deal with not having my mountain bike even though the shop told me it'd be done a week ago.

Tuesday-Maybe the prefix 'tues' means something along the lines of 'bike riding' or 'distant travel' or 'is it bedtime yet?' Back story: Andersen Choro decided to use an elect-locating method taught to him by a member in a past area. So, we went about the locating method and praying. Long story short, The place it ended being is on the complete other side of the area. Plus they're plenty of hills/mountains on the way. Tuesday is when we went out there to start knocking on doors and scouting out the area. On the map it looks like a waaay inaka part of town. We got there and found it's actually quite developed; more developed than Nishiwaki! There are tons and tons of houses there, so it'll take a few trips to get them all housed. I was very tired when we got back to Ako. In addition to that escapade, we had a lesson with a student contacted by a couple earlier missionaries, who called us up and asked if he could meet now that he had time. Blessings come right when we need them!

Friday was sooo busy! We had four lesson appointments--two in Aioi. We had the first with the older Catholic man (in Ako). Then we had to ride out to Aioi to make the next appointment with the LA member. On the way there he called us up and had to cancel due to time constraints. So we went finding for a little in Aioi and went to the next lesson, being with the referral guy from last Sunday. Following the lesson he took us out to eat with the Branch President who had randomly showed up to his house to pull weeds. What a boss! Then we had to book it back to Ako for the last lesson of the day with our shigansha. I don't know how we did it (actually, I do!), but we made it on time to every lesson each one went very well. Again, that day I was very happy to go to sleep.

Aaand of course there was General Conference. I always say Priesthood Session is the best (because it is), but Saturday Morning session was pretty high up there. The Ako building is way tiny and there are no members that know English, so we had to set up the computer in the middle of the genkan for all to see so we and the shimai could watch without breaking mission rules. Then we found that we had no speakers, so we rummaged through the building to find some. We did, but the only ones were either incompatible or didn't have a power cable. We ended up using a pair of headphones placed on the desk in front of us with the volume turned up as loud as possible. Even then it wasn't loud enough. Sooo much work but definitely worth it. As always, my favorite speaker was Uchtdorf管長!

Oh, and the typhoon last week seemed to miss Ako entirely. That's okay, though, because there's apparently another one headed this way!

I miss having Tillamook Mudslide, period. There's nothing even close to it here!

That looks like all there is for this week. Kind of a short email, but しょうがない。 I'll have to let you know next week if the typhoon gets as bad as you've been hearing it to be. 100+mph winds?

Give my love to all and I'll email again next week!

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