It was actually a pretty good week, so let me tell you about it. A lot of stuff happened and it was actually a pretty high paced week. Two start things off last Monday we went to a basketball activity that a member created and they were trying to invite a lot of friends too. We went and nobody there was really good at basketball, but we met a really cool guy and became friends with him and he took us to the gym where he works out and had us sign up. We went the next day and made friends with other guys lifting at the gym. We don't have time to go there often, but everyone really like the big 外人(gaijin-foreigners). We were probably the strongest guys in there.
On Wednesday I had a pretty crazy experience. We met one of our investigators (山中 Yamanaka) on the street. He's the one that has the speaking issue, but anyways, he told us that his Brazilian preacher told him that he can't meet with the Mormons anymore. We were both kind of surprised and we tried to learn more. He had no reason to stop meeting with us except for his preacher telling him no. This made me rather bothered and his excuse wasn't to my satisfaction. After all the testifying and effort that went into him I wasn't going to just let him not meet because his Brazilian preacher said no. So I boldly (close to too bold) testified to him on the street of the Restoration and how he needs to accept the true true church in order to return to God again. Thank goodness for my compadre Elder Andrade who stayed very calm and patient and invited him to ask his preacher questions pertains to things like the priesthood, baptism, etc. and if he couldn't answer then to call us. He didn't accept to meet again and I don't know if I'll see him again, but I am satisfied that I gave him several chances to accept our message.
Another fun story took place at a less active lady's home. Her name is ironically 松本 and she is way nice. While we were talking to her she told us she has nine children and six of them are daughters. Andrade asked how old her kids were and other normal things like that and she told us that the oldest are around 20 years old. Andrade asked if the were married and had kids and she said no and then told us she'd love her daughters to marry some nice guys... like us. Andrade told her that he already had a girlfriend, so that left me. 松本姉妹 proceeded to tell me I could marry any of her daughters and was telling me their names and promised me that they are beautiful. I am not particularly interested in dating the native populace and was trying to turn down such a gracious offer. I felt like Ammon in the Book of Mormon when King Lamoni offers his daughters to him for his service.
On Friday we had our Zone Training Meeting and it was way good. A lot of the focus was on a project that President Ishii wants the mission to start centered around he Book of Mormon. We are going to read the Book of Mormon together as a mission and are marking things that pertain to Christ; such as every time His name/related pronoun is mentioned, words of the Lord to his prophets, doctrines and principles, etc. We gave everybody a fresh, new copy in their native language and everyone was super excited to do it.
In correlation with this project, Andrade wanted to try something again here that he did in his last zone. The goal was for every companionship to give out a copy of the Book of Mormon a day. The reason being that the Book of Mormon has such great power and it helps people become investigators. That may seem crazy to some of you that in a non-Christian nation how could we do such a task. At first I was even skeptical if it was possible, but as we have gone out to work we have so far always been able to hand one out a day so far. All the companionships in the zone have seen super cool miracles from it. It was a dream of mine when I was a bean to find new investigators through the Book of Mormon. It is central to all of my religious beliefs. I believe all should read it and ponder it's message. If they do so, why can never deny the truths it contains.
That's about it for the week and I've written a lot here. The weather is nice and cool enough for a sweater so fall is moving in nicely. I wish you all the best from Japan!
Pic 1: Andrade had just finished talking to a group of 20 Brazilians right before this picture Pic 2: This is The King from the restaurant chain Sukiya. This is 1 kg of rice and 1 kg of beef. Pic 3: After ZTM. Only Andrade and I finished
Pic 4: How we sleep. Yep, the bean's in the closet