Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 8th, 2014

Mom and Dad,

Got my new companion fresh from the Rock (that's what we call Shikoku because it's basically just a really big rock right off the coast of Honshu). He's way genki and hard-working, so I have a good feeling this is gonna be a great transfer!

In a previous email I said that winter in Ako has turned out to be pretty warm, right? Yeah, forget it. The temperature dropped like a brick overnight. Last preparation day was about 15 Celsius, then the very next day it was 3 Celsius with strong, icy winds blowing all day. It's been around that temperature since, with mild winds still blowing. I asked around and people said we got a cold front that came straight from Siberia. Makes sense, ね? That was also Tuesday, the day we rode 20km out along the ocean to our kinjin, so it was particularly cold since there was nothing to stop the winds and what not.
Thursday was a terribly stressful day. The branch president came and helped us move the last couple big items from the house to the new apartment. I thought all of it was done, but I discovered several more things we had to bring with us. Then there was all the cleaning of the house and taking down of decorations that had to be done. On top of that, we discovered that the honbu was still sending mail to the old apartment. We found a slip from the post office saying they tried to deliver a package but we weren't home. So, we were wondering why the honbu still hadn't updated our address over a month after moving out and why they forwarded a package to us the week of transfers. We had to run around trying to get this all taken care of, and it was Duren Choro's package so we had to get it before he transferred the next morning. In the end, mission accomplished.

Following the transfer we had a great couple days! Got a lot of finding done and found a couple PI's, scheduled a couple appointments with three new investigators for the week, and finally got members to help in our lesson with our really old female investigator--she finally accepted a Book of Mormon! We also got our other investigator, the one who takes us out to eat, to accept a Book of Mormon when at first he wouldn't! It's gonna be a great transfer! Possibly my last in Ako, though; but, anything can be done when you just work and rely on the Lord!

Okay, that's my deal for this week. I hope everyone's enjoying the Holiday Season and not freezing! I know that freezing to me is really freezing to most other people.


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