Monday, June 27, 2016

Sketchy Bike Rides to Kani in the Rain!!

Date: 6/27/2016
Place: Inuyama City, Aichi Pref.
Companion: Elder Gubbay


This pretty much sums up my week in one picture. Yep 今週はずっとこんな感じでした、はい。

Sorry I haven't written in a while!

Ok so starting with last week's highlight, Sister Hansen came to our
Eikaiwa! Elder Hansen is one of my previous companions and his mother
just happened to be in Japan last week so she stopped by to say hi! I
LOVE SISTER HANSEN haha it was so good to see her! She brought us
cereal from America!! Real actual cereal! It was the best.



With Sister Hansen! ハンセン姉妹と!
Yessss!!!! よっしゃぁぁ!!!
With English class students 英会話の生徒さん達と

We also had two new Eikaiwa (English class) students come!
Then on Sunday we had two new investigators in church! We went over to
the Ray's house with one of them afterwards and had dinner and a
lesson. She didn't seem to be terribly interested in the lesson so I'm
still not sure why she came to church and wanted to meet us. She's
probably just attracted to my companion ;).


Last Saturday we got asked to go to Kasugai, which is not even in our
zone, to help staff an Eikaiwa booth at a festival! The Kasugai
missionaries were both performing at a musical show in Meito so we
went with the Ichinomiya sisters and spent the entire day at a
Japanese festival! We gave out a TON of fliers and talked to tons of
people. In fact, people saw our faces so much and started to like us
so much that they started giving us free food right and left! We ate
so much! It was really hot and we had a lot of fun!

On Monday we went to Alice's salon and she gave us haircuts! We love
Alice :). And then on Tuesday we had Zone Training Meeting! It was
The rest of the week after that was pretty much spent biking back and
forth to Kani in the rain. I love biking in the rain!



Thursday, we went to Endo shimais and moved giant rocks and dug up
potatoes in the rain. We had so much fun! My companion is a beast and
can lift giant rocks. He is superman!


Digging potatoes ジャガイモを掘っているところ

Also we had an exchange with Ichinomiya and I got to go dendo and give
service with Elder Allred and the Ichinomiya peeps! It was way fun! We
went to go pick grass and clean up behind this old folks center and
there was a little cement ditch. So we all took off our shoes and
waded up and down the ditch pulling weeds and catching the occasional
frog and even found a legendary giant death beetle. It was legendary.


Service in Ichinomiya 一宮で奉仕活動

On Friday we went with my grandma to Alice's salon again! It was
really great hanging out with my grandma. I love her! She bought us
neckties and they are way cool. We have tried inviting some of my
family members to activities and things but they have been busy.

We met Hermano Ricardo and his family and got to hang out with him for
a little bit, which was way cool. His daughter was visiting that night
from Tokoname (in one of my old areas!). Turns out she was a less
active that we had been looking for forever back in Kariya (we never
got to see her). While we were at the Ricardo's, everything was
happening in Spanish so I was a little lost but she talked to me in
Portuguese which helped a bit :). Haha I really still don't know a ton
about either language but both of them are useful here in Inuyama.

And then today we went to Meiji Mura for our district activity! It was
really really expensive and we didn't know that until we got there!
But it was fun hanging with the group and we had a good time. I love
our district so much!


リカード兄弟と彼の家族と会うことができました。ちょうどその晩、彼の娘さんが、常滑から訪問していました。(常滑は私の犬山に来る前の赴任地でした)よく話を聞いてみると、なんと私が刈谷で伝道していた時に探していた、おやすみ会員だったのです。(常滑は刈谷区域の領域内にあります)リカード兄弟宅では、みんなスペイン語で話していたので、スペイン語が話せない私は、ちょっとわけがわからずだったのですが、彼女がポルトガル語で話してくださったので、少し救われました。ははは ポルトガル語もスペイン語も両方、私はまだよくわからないんですが、犬山で伝道するなら、知っていると役に立つ言語なんですよ。


District Activity! ディストリクトの活動

I can't believe that another transfer is about to end! It's so sad to
see the month of June go. It happened so fast! I'm loving my mission
and I'm growing and learning a lot. This really is the most incredible
experience you could ever sign up for. I'm growing to really really
love the people here and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve.

I love and miss you all!
Have another fantastic week!

Elder Johnson




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