It's already P-Day again. Can you believe it? I just talked with my lovely family for the last time for the duration of my mission which is crazy. This past week has been pretty exciting. As Assistant the unusual and abnormality of the schedule has become normal for us here. It's been a fast and furious ride.
To kick off things last Saturday and Sunday was the 名古屋東 (Nagoya East) Stake conference. I came to realize that in my almost two years in Japan I have never missed a 名古屋東 Stake Conference. That just kind of tells you how long I've lived in 愛知県 (Aichi-Ken) which will be 1 1/2 years by the end of next month. The huge highlight of last Sunday was our new investigator we found last week, 椿 (Tsubaki) came to church and she liked it! She was also fellowshipped by the ward really well and it was a great first experience for her and we have a lesson with her today. Jones and I found her two Sunday's ago while housing an apartment complex. She's a young, single mother and is super sweet. I'm so happy that we have someone to teach this wonderful gospel to!
Monday and Tuesday were just office days where we got our weekly routine stuff done and had another transfer meeting. We are having a lot of new missionaries come in and a lot of young missionaries are about to become trainers. It's really crazy to look at the transfer board and see almost everyone I know taken off and gone. Next transfer I'll be taking my own card off and will be planning a transfer I will never see.
Wednesday was an adventure. The plan was to head out in the morning to 岡崎 (Okazaki) for an exchange, but that morning 石井会長 (President Ishii) calls us and informs us that the next day we need to conduct an emergency transfer to pull the sisters out of 福徳 (Fukutoku) due to a less active member harassing members of the ward and the missionaries. 石井会長 was about to head to 東京 (Tokyo) that morning for a Mission President's Seminar and essentially told us that we were in charge and said to make it happen. So before we left for 岡崎 we coordinated the whole thing with the ZLs and the sisters and then rolled out. 岡崎 was a really good exchange. I got to work with Elders Tsuru and Yamada in a threesome for the day and it was my first time doing threesome dendo. It worked out ok and we had fun and I met some members that I know here in 岡崎.
The next day we had to roll out and head to 藤枝 (Fujieda) again for the second time in two weeks to move out an apartment that we shut down. The 本部 senior couple missionaries had some issues with renting the moving truck so Jones and I had about two hours to kill so he showed me around the small city of 藤枝. It was a big walk down memory lane for Jones since this is his bean-chan area and he hasn't been back in over 18 months. I swear we ate at the best Indo Curry place in the whole mission and then headed back to the apartment, met up with the elders there, and then started moving when the truck came. Once we got everything loaded up we rolled back to the 本部 and unloaded everything and then put it all in storage and then headed out to 福徳 to move the sisters to 一宮 (Ichinomiya) to live with the other two sisters there for the time being. That took all night and we finally walked in the 本部 at 2230 that night.
Yesterday I drove with 阿部 (Abe) out to the beautiful city of 富山 (Toyama) so 阿部 could close an apartment contract. That didn't take very long. We drove three hours out there to have a thirty minute meeting with the owner. At least I got to see another beautiful city! We then took the elders who are serving in 高山 (Takayama) home because if they rode the train it would time them almost four hours to get home. So by giving them a lift I got to see another beautiful city that's actually really famous here in Japan. We finally got back at around 1930 at night and I was tired. In the last 48 hours I had been driving in a van for close to 18 hours.
One of the senior missionaries made a joking remark to me and Jones saying that he was surprised that we weren't dendoing as assistants. That remark kind of frustrated me because without us APs the mission couldn't function. I'm not saying that to be prideful or anything, but if we weren't around then who would translate, who would drive close to 20 hours a week, who would carry fridges down flights of stairs and load it into trucks and then unload it? The members in those areas are too busy and two 60 year old guys who don't speak Japanese aren't going to be able to do it all, so we're the only ones left. Of course I'd love to be teaching investigators, but my role right now is a little different and I'm tired of being depreciated for it. Jones and I are doing the best we can and we are still seeing miracles in our work whether it be in the office, in the van, or out knocking on doors. I've never been busier and that's the way I like it.
Summer is definitely here and I hope that everyone's got their grills cleaned up. My folks sure do. It's looking like it'll be a fast, fun summer so hold on tight! I'll see you all in a few!
Pic 1- Sick pic from last week Pic 2- Found this on the street Pic 3- 寿司 (Sushi) in 岡崎