Monday, October 31, 2016

The Swim Team

Date: 10/31/2016
Place: Shizuoka
Companion: Elder Wilson


Well. Existing has been fun lately.
We went on a walk with Brother Kita at about 6am earlier this week. He
really enjoyed the company so we walked all the way to the ocean with
him! It was cool and we took some good pictures with him. I love that

Bro. Kita- love this guy!

We also got to meet with Sasaki Kyoudai this week and help him
with his computer.
The halloween party was this week! We decided the be the Shizuoka
Synchronized swim team and had a great time! We got some swim caps and
goggles at Daiso and put them on. Pretty quickly we realized that we
looked more like thugs than swimmers but oh well. It was fun. 

The crew

All six missionaries and Airi chan

The Halloween party was awesome! Okumura san brought his wife and son! I
want to teach them so bad! I think the trick for them will be working
through their 17 year old son. Some Eikaiwa folks came as well! We
played games and did a trunk or treat (we just passed out candy from
our helmets). Japanese kids are adorable enough normally but they're
SO CUTE when their parents dress them up for Halloween! Haha we tried
playing a game with them but I think the swim caps and the goggles and
the fact that there were four weird looking white dudes over six feet
tall kinda freaked them out a little. (In japan we are scary enough
without the costumes) They didnt cooperate to much haha but it was
fun. The member had a great time as well!

We also spent an entire day inputting all of them member records for
Shizuoka into our maps program. THERE WAS A TON OF THEM. We put in
over 400 records but we got it done!

Our less active map #gottacatch'emall

Also we continue to go on morning adventure runs for our workout time!
Today we went all the way to the top of a mountain nearby and took
pictures in someone's tea field. It was awesome! Good views of Fuji
from up there. 

Mount Fuji on the way out to Brother Kira's place 

Other than that we have been spending our time trying
to convince our investigators to stop being busy and meet with us.

We had an interesting encounter with a kid from Thailand. He just
showed up at the church! Turns out he is a recent convert and is here
on an exchange program of some kind! Way nice kid! So we taught him.

We also finally found Ikeyama san. We taught him twice this week and
he is progressing slowly but surely. Hara san has just been really
busy and cant meet. But we did have an interesting meeting with
Cheryl, our South African less active member. Long story short, we
spent several hours with her at the police station while she was
trying to talk to the detective about some guy that she used to know.
I still have no idea whats going on.

Also we went as a big group of six missionaries down to the main train
station and handed out a ton of fliers for english class! It was way
fun! I got sworn at in english for my first time! Two new people came
to english class this week! One from that and one was an internet

Anyway life is going well out here! Its starting to cool off a bit and
get kinda cold some today we are going to hit up the recycle shops and
look for sweaters for all of us.
Oh! Also we are starting to teach Iwano Shimai's son! He's 17 and has
quite a personality so please pray for us and him as we start teaching

Love you all!

Elder Johnson

Homeless hair + Fuji san 🗻

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Iranian Karate Masters

Date: 10/24/2016
Place: Shizuoka
Companion: Elder Wilson


Tsukemen (noodles)with the guys #pday


    Hey friends and family I still exist! Sorry I haven't written in a long time. I'm making this entry from Fujieda right now. I'm on an exchange with Elder Espinoza. He's transfer 5 and he's one of the best guys the Lord's army has to offer. We pretty much had a whole day to ourselves with no appointments so we hit the pavement and visited a less active Brazilian lady (Patricia) who lives really far away. She happened to be home and we set up a next appointment. We talked to just about everyone on the street and found a good handful of people willing to meet and got a lot of phone numbers. We did some housing and found another couple guys willing to listen to our message! It's was great! Also we stopped at a Brazilian store for dinner and had some great sandwiches and guaraná. 

The district


    Ok back in Shizuoka! This week was crazy! We had two exchanges so I was in Fukuroi on Monday and Tuesday, then I came home and stayed the night at our apartment and then went to Fujieda Wednesday to Thursday. I got to exchange with Elder Banks and Elder Espinoza this week, both of whom are awesome missionaries and fun guys to work with! Lately I've been feeling the Spirit more strongly in the work. We had one particularly good OYM where we both felt the Spirit testify to this college kid as we talked to him on the street. He actually had genuine interest in improving his life through the Gospel and the Spirit backed us up as we testified to him. It felt really good! He was a little too apprehensive to give us his phone number but he asked us for a pamphlet. I know he's being prepared and when he's ready, he'll give us a call. 

    He next day we taught a Chinese guy named Ohaku. He was found by Elder Mitchel a while back and we picked him up through the phone. We got to know him and then taught him about God and the Book of Mormon. He was very interested and said he would read the Book of Mormon and get baptized if he felt it was true! The Spirit was also very strong in that lesson. 
We have been meeting with quite a few members lately, which has been really fun. I love this ward! On Tuesday, on my brief break from exchanges, we visited the Nakayamas who live out by the ocean. They were really nice and we had a good Gospel discussion. We will be going out to visit some less actives with them next week. We also got to meet with the Tsuchiya family on Thursday. They were so fun! Sister Tsuchiya can make a mean chicken katsu. Brother Tsuchiya is really funny and we had a great visit with them and a good spiritual message afterwards. Then on Saturday we met with Nagakura Kyodai. We played guitar and sang old Beetles songs with him and then had a Spiritual thought. He's a great guy but he's going through some tough times and so we're trying to get him moving along the covenant path. We also met with Kita Kyoudai who was found and baptized just a couple years ago by Elder Jacob Yamada. Kita Kyoudai's also going through some rough times right now so we're trying to help him out. We nice guy. 

    One of our YSA guys, Okada Kyoudai, came back from Okazaki yesterday and came to church in Shizuoka! I got to talk to him a little bit and found out that he spent a year studying in Spain and actually speaks pretty good Spanish! Haha so we had a good time hanging out in Spanish after that, him with his Japanese/European accent and me with my garbled, broken Portuguese/Spanish. Haha that was one of the weirder experiences of my life. I love Brother Okada! 

    The zone is doing way good! The guys in Fuji are busy plowing through tons of less actives (There's a TON in Fuji due to some special events that happened back in the day). The Numazu guys had a Sri Lankan family come to church along with a few other Japanese investigators which has gotten the ward really fired up to help out! The Fukuroi Elders have a Brazilian guy they were teaching and this week his whole family decided to get baptized! We also had two guys wreck their bikes and go to the hospital this week but everyone is ok and still working hard. Everyone seems to be doing pretty well :). Shizuoka is a pretty warm place so we don't really get winter here. Right now it's cooled off quite a bit and it definitely feels like fall but all the leaves on the trees are staying green. 

    We have been going on "Adventure Runs" in the morning as a 4 and it's been way fun! We live next to a little mountain so we usually run up that a few times every week during morning exercise time. Today we started off early and made it to the top, stopped by at a little shrine and met this grandpa that we have decided to call "Mr Miyagi." He climbs that mountain every day for exercise because Japanese grandpas and grandmas are indestructible. We saw Mt Fuji and the ocean from the top! Also we hit the city gym with the bishop this week, which was way fun! Elder Tayler and I did burnouts on the bench so now I can't move my arms. 

We ran up a mountain in the rain for this mornings exercise! It was fun and we almost died 

The good stuff

We met a lot of interesting people this week. In Fukuroi we talked to this Nepalese guy, who was a bro. Then on the way home we talked to some Iranian guys at the train station. They all had this blue uniform on so we asked what they were doing in Shizuoka. They said that they were here for a karate world tournament of some kind. It was then that I turned around and saw a massive wave of Iranian karate masters converging like a giant blue wave on the Japanese train station! Scariest thing I've ever seen. They were all way nice guys. 
Also we ran into a guy from Bangladesh last night. He was cool.  

Anyway it's been a great week of hard work, good weather and missionary success! 
Love y'all! 

Elder Johnson 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pics from this week! 今週の写真

Date: 10/10/2016
Place: Shizuoka
Companion: Elder Wilson


Watching General Conference
Some dudes we met on the train and ate muffins with!
Mission Leadership Meeting 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reinforcements 助っ人

Date: 10/3/2016
Place: Shizuoka
Companion: Elder Wilson


Sorry I haven't written in a while! Life has been really crazy! So the highlights of last week is that we had the Mormon Show, Interviews and the ward concert! The Mormon Show is a traveling band of missionaries that President Ishii has put together, and they all came to Hamamatsu and did a performance! As always, it was top notch. We have a lot of great talent in the mission! Interviews went well, even though we took the wrong bus to the Hamamatsu church so we had to walk for a kilometer or two to find the place. The Hamamatsu church looks like a giant block of tofu. 

And then after the concert we had AP exchanges, which was really fun! I love our APs! Then we had the ward concert! A surprising number of people showed up! 11 nonmembers came and 3 of them even performed in the show! We played several hymn arrangements, a Beatles tune, the Shimai did a dance to a Disney song and the members played a few songs as well! Tatsu kun played a rock song on the guitar that was awesome! He got a good response from the audience and I think it made him feel really good. He came to church the next day in a white shirt and slacks, just like he promised. 
Elder Wilson bought him a really nice tie, which Tatsu kun LOVED. It was awesome! 

This week we saw a ton of miracles! (Cue the Prince of Egypt music) 
We sent out a text to every person in the phone asking if they wanted to talk about Jesus. A 19 yr old kid named Hara did! We taught him on Sunday, then again on Wednesday, then on Friday he accepted the commitment to be baptized! We also found three investigators for the Fujieda elders! We have had a lot of success through finding this week and have been doing a lot of work with members. 

We had two exchanges and then had transfer calls! 
We are getting reinforcements! We are becoming a six missionary area! So Elder Wilson and I will stay, as expected. Elder Taylor will be joining us and getting a trainee street outta the MTC! And then Sister Tsujimoto will be getting a trainee (again)as well! 

Sorry a ton of other stuff has happened that I just don't have time to write about! 
Love y'all! 

Elder Johnson