So it's been a great week for the spiritual and secular side of life here at the MTC. First off, UTAH STATE BEAT BYU!!! Secondly AIR FORCE BEAT NAVY!!! Both are pretty big deals and I am super excited. But now the dilemma is this: who do I cheer for this week with USAFA playing USU? I guess I really shouldn't be worried about that and focus on my spiritual side of events.
General Conference this weekend was awesome. Despite the fact that I sat in the gym auditorium for 16 hours over the course of Saturday and Sunday it was really good. It was the first time I have ever taken notes during General Conference and I saw the trends and patterns of what the Prophet and his Apostles received revelation on. My favorite talk was by Lynn G. Robbins (the second speaker) about the importance of which way we face, are we doing the right thing by facing the people and standing for God or are we doing the wrong thing by giving into the World and standing for the people against God. It was a great missionary talk because that is our purpose. Our purpose is to invite people to come unto Christ and join His restored church here on the earth.
The huge topic was on the importance of prophets especially of Joseph Smith and the restoration of the Gospel. On Sunday night our district went and watched "Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration" movie. I love it and I am so thankful that a young boy of 14 sought out an answer from our Father in Heaven. I know the Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and translated the Book of Mormon. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it is the most true book here on planet Earth. If you haven't seen the movie I have mentioned above I challenge you to watch it. If any of my non-member friends have any questions about the Church, please find the missionaries and ask them. You won't get any good info from the internet. It's the missionaries job to answer your questions so I challenge you to talk to them.
On to my Nihongo. We had to give orientation to a new district of Nihongiins (Japanese) missionaries. There are two elders and seven sisters. They can't pronounce my name very well so they call me "Katai Shiro" which is the literal translation of Hardcastle. It's pretty cool. I leave for Nippon in 11 days and I definitely can't speak Nihongo on a conversational level. I will definitely be learning most of my Nihongo in the field.
So tomorrow the movie "Meet the Mormons" is coming out and I hope we get to see it here at the MTC. I would like to challenge you all to go and watch it. Navy's football coach is highlighted in it.
We get our flight plans to Nippon tomorrow! We're all pretty excited and can't wait to get to country.
皆さんを愛していますよ. Thanks for all your prayers and support. It is felt.
Pic 1- Japanese fish and rice cracker snack. Yes that's a real fish with bones, guts, and all.
Pic 2- Eating him
Pic 3- I made a deal with one of our Sensei-tachi that if BYU won I'd wear a BYU shirt and if USU won he'd have to wear my USU shirt. You know the end result of the game. Nitta Sensei is an awesome sport and the best sensei we could ask for. He is a great guy and we love him to death. That's Kasteler Shimai with us. She's an Aggie so she joined in on the picture