Monday, June 29, 2015


It's been a long week here in 松本.  I got here on Tuesday after a three hour long train ride from Nagoya Station.  The ride was beautiful through the mountains and it was good to catch up with Jones and Klein.  When we arrived in 松本 we spent most of the day getting me up to date on the area and the few investigators we have.  Looks like we have a lot of work in store for us here.  

We only have four investigators here and it seems like not a ton of work has been done here for the last couple of transfers.  Elder Klein and I hit off the week with big hopes to find and build our teaching pool up, but it turned out to be harder than expected.  Despite working harder to find than I have for the last transfer we have seen zero results from our efforts.  Our ZLs have been rocking it this week, but for us things are starting off slow.  We have faith that we can find and we are making plans to try some other cities in the area.  The 松本 area is huge, about 3x that of 豊田.  Missionaries have mostly stuck to the big city, but we want to try some of the undisturbed waters. 

So as you can see we are having a hard time finding our battle rhythm for 松本.  We just have to try and try, over and over, until the results start coming in.  We are hoping to try different things and we'll see what works.  We are promised to be blessed for our efforts.  It`s just kind of weird leaving a city that I knew really well and that had been pretty successful to an area I don`t know that hasn't had much success for a while.  Looks like we are going to have to fix this town.  

In all reality nothing super exciting has happened this week.  It's just been a lot of talking to people on the streets and a lot of doors knocked on.  We teach a lot of Eikaiwa here.  On Sunday after church we teach at a community building in town to a group of students who are going to none other than Salt Lake City in July.  松本 and SLC are sister cities and every year they do a program for students to go to Utah.  I am the only missionary from Utah in the area so it's fun to make comments and tell them where to go and what to see while they are there.  They showed a powerpoint of an "Average Utah House" and "Normal Utah Food" which was kind of funny from their perspective.  They think we live in gigantic houses and all we eat is Mexican food and burgers.  That was a good laugh and I got to make corrections.  I also crashed on my bike, but that wasn't any problem.  Both the bike and I are ok.  I just got a little close to a low retaining wall and my handle bar caught and I went down.  

That's about it folks.  Stay cool wherever you're at.  It's the 4th of July this week so get your BBQ ready and go shoot some guns for me to celebrate the greatest nation in the world's birthday!

Love you all!



Vid on the D-box

Also the Mission President just told us church computers are  off limits for missionaries and we are supposed to e-mail from our iPads only.  This means I may not be able to use the dropbox anymore.  I am trying to figure out a solution to this dilemma.  I might have to make an iCloud and post onto that.  I will keep you updated.


Moving out of 豊田

松本城 Matsumoto Castle (I am going there today)

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