I just witnessed one of the saddest things so far on my mission so far. We killed Elder Moretti this morning...Meaning he`s finished his two years of service to God and is heading home to Brazil. He was a legend in the mission and was only 20 and was one of the coolest guys I know. It was super sad to see a physical and spiritual giant leave all by himself and get on the train.
I got to go on my first companion exchange to Okazaki this week with our DL. It was super fun! Our DL is one of the coolest guys of all time and he has the biggest heart I`ve ever seen. His name is Elder Schmeil and he`s Brazilian, but his father is German in his mother is half Lebanese half Bolivian. He speaks four languages and has perfect English. He looks kind of like Klinger from M*A*S*H (mostly because of the Lebanese nose). Okazaki is a sweet area and they have one of the best apartments in the mission. I got to talk to the Japanese elders there and that really helped my language confidence. If you are confident with who you are talking with, the ability to speak becomes so much easier. It was so much fun talking to the Japanese elders and we hung out that night talking for 45 minutes and they had me try some fish (see drop box) and they busted out their cameras like good Asians and filmed the white guy eating it. Their English is super funny.
Probably the coolest thing that we did this week in regards to culture is make mochi (smashed rice) the traditional way. It`s tradition to make it during Shogatsu, but the ward did it for Elder Moretti since he was dying and had never done it before. What you do is smash a ball of rice with a massive hammer in a solid stone bowl. It`s super cool (see the drop box)! It doesn`t taste like anything, just whatever you put it in.
The big spiritual high this week was teaching Morimura. We stopped by on Wednesday to set up a next appointment (only) but as we were about to leave he asked us about his reading commitment in the pamphlet (about Christ`s Atonement) and said he had read it and didn`t understand. So we did our best to explain it simply enough for him to understand. We ended up teaching most of the Plan of Salvation and he wanted to get to the Celestial Kingdom so we invited him to be baptized. He hesitantly agreed, but he agreed and now we need him to progress towards his committed baptismal date.
Well that`s about it for the week. Thank you so much for all of your support and I love you all. May the Lord bless all of you!