Another week ha come and gone up here in the Japanese Alps. The weather is gorgeous and dendo is doing pretty good. Later today we are going to head out and harvest some rice! Saturday was also transfer calls and you won't believe what's happening to us here in 松本. This week was pretty good. There aren't to many highlights. I went on two exchanges; one with Klein's bean-chan and the other with one our APs (Assistant to the President). The first exchange was pretty fun. Klein's bean (Elder Hansen) is half Japanese and was fast-tracked through the MTC because he already speaks the language. He and Klein have the exact same language ability. Anyways, we taught a really good lesson up in 安曇野 and the investigator rejected our powerful testimonies and dropped us, so we decided to go out and find a new investigator and exercise some faith. We decided to pray for some inspiration and set off. We tried any door we felt like, but wanting to be guided by the Spirit so we tried praying again and Hansen asked if could pray for a roof color (Traditional Japanese homes have colored, tiled roofs) and I said sure, but he still didn't pray for roof color guidance. However, after praying and walking he said he felt finding a house with a purple car and then I felt like we needed to knock on a house with a blue roof, so I said that if we find a home with both of those then they'd definitely become an investigator. Unbelievably the next home had, sure enough, the exact style and color of car in the drive way that Hansen had thought of. Not only that, the house had a blue roof! We were pretty excited. So I had the bean house it, but the old guy rejected us. Kind of disappointed we started walking back to the station, but on the way we talked to some really cool people and an old lady said it would be ok if we came back and shared our message. So who knows, maybe we were meant to get sent in the direction of the purple car, blue roofed home.
The AP 交換(koukan=exchange) was the next big adventure of the week. I was a little nervous at first because I've never actually been on super good terms with most of the APs I've had on my mission. I have always felt super judged by them, especially by being the youngest ZL (in terms of transfers) in the mission. My attitude kind of changed on Thursday. I went out to work with Elder Strauss and we had no appointments so it looked like we were going to spend most of the time finding. I am not a fan of biking and talking to people on the street, but man Strauss is the best I've ever seen. I gelled into his style quickly and we actually had fun (did I just say OYM was fun?) as we were talking to people. Strauss had so much energy and channeled it in to every person contacted. It was a way different experience than I've ever had. Together we found three new investigators (two were young college guys) on the street in about three hours and I hope they keep there appointments. It was a really good experience and Strauss reminded me a lot of an old friend named Zach Hopkins so that made things even more fun.
Now time for your transfer call updates. I will be moving...Back to the apartment I just left before I became ZL. The reason we had to move was because we are getting 姉妹(Shimai-Sisters). He 松本 Area will now have six missionaries! So now this apartment is packed with four elders. Tu'akoi is transferring back to his been area in 長野(Nagano). So my new companion is Elder Andrade from Brazil. He is one of the nicest guys in the mission and everybody loves him. A fun fact about him is that his younger brother and Brock are in the same mission! That's pretty neat.
That's about it for this week's update. I hope you all are doing just splendidly. I am always thankful for all that you all have done for me and for being willing to read my epistles.
Pic 1: Ramen and gyoza with Elder Hansen- The Bean-Chan Pic 2: 安曇野 with Bean-Chan Pic 3: Us helping one of our favorite members move into their new apartment