What a week, what a week. It feels like so long ago that I left Yamato and came to the mystical land of Kofu. Let me try and reach back into the depths of my memory to remember what happened so very long ago...
We had a great opportunity to be together as missionaries with our investigators and do a family home evening. Zama sisters did a fun activity where we drew one part of a persons face and then wrote something nice about them on the back. None of us quite looks like ourselves.... But it was a lot of fun. Just note, never let Elder Ferni and Elder Graul draw you together, okay? Maybe choose Sister Ellingson and Sister Tamagusuku instead.
Tuesday was an exciting day. Seiya invited us to all go eat together before we all got transferred off to various locations. Various pasta was eaten. Also, much packing was done. I rediscovered my hatred for packing and moving. It is just one big "why do I have so much stuff?" fest. And then we went on yet another adventure, over hill and dale to go to a delicious dinner with the bishop and his family. Really cute family. Pictures to come.
Wednesday was great! Besides the failure to get my suitcases sent off. (No fault of mine, mind you) But we got to help teach a lesson! In not our area! Which was nice and great and lovely and even better is when we randomly ran into the investigator again right before we were about to sit down to eat and we were able to sit down together and eat and have a great talk! And all that before running off to teach English class. I will miss those Eikaiwa students... I will be honest in saying that I am not sure why I was in Yamato... I don't know what I accomplished there. Because I know that I am supposed to be in Kofu and it feels great, but I never had that same feeling in Yamato. It really makes me wonder why.
Wednesday was also the saddest day ever because it was Sister Ellingson's last day with us! *cries all the tears* I am gonna miss that Alasakan. Crazy girl. If she is reading this... Love you. Also, today I heard a song that was like "It is cold in Alaska" and I was just like "What the....Ellingson Shimai?" So you are always with me.
On Thursday, I decided that I am a big OL' missionary now. Who needs transfers on Beginner level? Not me!! So I decided to do transfer oN EXPERT LEVEL. OOOOH YESH. Not only did I have a heavy suitcase and several other bags to carry along with it, I decided that it would be a super duper fantastic idea to wear HIGH HEELS. Also, did I mention that it was raining? Because it was raining. And it was a loooong walk to the train station. My feet may never forgive me for that decision... There, I said goodbye to my beloved Tamagusuku and set out on the train with all of my stuff. I had some really great conversations, surprisingly enough. After about 40 minutes of train, on and off, I finally got to where I was meeting my new companion, Sister Blake. We are some bread and then hopped on a train-- for about 2 hours in order to get to Kofu. Let me tell you, it is BEAUTIFUL here! Sister Blake kindly helped me with my many things and now here I am!
We visited many wonderful people, and many wonderful kind people. The elders in this area are as follows: Huntsman, Takahashi, Burton, Clark, (YES I KNOW ISNT THAT OBNOXIOUS? I tell people we are twins. I think it is hilarious. I don't think he does though...) Terry, And Barker. A good group of missionaries. We are all going to see many miracles this transfer.
And I think we already did with the Halloween party we had on Saturday! I became mummy! (Not on purpose) I think that everyone had a really great experience. We even did a Trunk or Treat... The missionaries used their bikes, haha. It was awesome!
So it is absolutely great to be here! We are going to have some many wonderful times and I really feel like KOFU IS THE PLACE!
Wow, big shocks this week! I can hardly believe that it has only been a week since that last typhoon. The wind was pretty strong at night, so strong that it caused a loud bell to go off right by our window. Pretty annoying. Not as much rain as last typhoon.
We talked to a few drunk people this week, that is always slightly unpleasant, but you really just have to love these people because they are precious children of God. I am pretty sure that one guy I talked to was a baptized member as well... From like, 30 years ago... Also, this guy named Vicky likes to follow around sometimes. It isn't appreciated.
This week once again meant lots of trying to visit people and getting no responses. On the plus side, we got to eat curry and talk about the gospel to our friend Ryoko! Who thinks that I was the first person to meet her, but I wasn't, and so I don't know how to remedy this...
I have been loving learning sign language and being able to communicate better with all the ward members. We also visited a members house and tried her five year olds better understand how to share the gospel. They said that they would "think about it" haha. It was a lot of "Can you do that?" "No I can't" if they had been investigators, it would have made more sense, haha.
Saturday was zone meeting (gonna be honest, do not like) which was rough time always, but then we went to a members house and had an awesome delicious lunch and lesson! Yeah, helping strengthen faith, WHOO!! Then we streets around this big antiques fair and I bought a cool ring. It says "happily".
Sunday was perhaps one of the happiest days of my mission. I had the opportunity to go back to wonderful wonderful Fuchu and be a part of my friend Osamu's baptism!! Earlier that day, I gave a talk in sacrament meeting (which went pretty well, I think) and then we ran over to the event! Had some good conversations on the train! And had such a wonderful day in Fuchu! All the members remembered me and said they missed me and even the kids remembered me and I was so surprised and happy because I love all of them so so so much!! And Osamu is amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better day.
But the biggest shock happy just now. We got our transfer calls. I'm going to Kofu, the biggest area in our mission.... It has Mt. Fuji..... It also has basically no one..... Way worried! But excited! My new companion is named Sister Blake! Easy to remember, right?
Big change! Big big change! Kofu is so far away that we always joke that you get banished there. Also, there is this legend called the "Kofu Marriage" yeah that is a thing.
Anyways! Big changes! Waaaay nervous! ALSOI HATE PACKING! Yaaaay!
Hello.... Again... Here we meet, at the beginning of another week. I feel like this was an incredibly long week.... I dunno about you.
We had a lesson with our cute little deaf friend who I love so much! She strengths my faith so much and teaches me sign language and I love the opportunity to help her and be helped in return. This last time I was just like "can I do anything for you? I'm really tall, can I reach anything for you?" She just laughed, she is so cuuuute!
This week was my one year anniversary in the the field. One year in Japan. So much has changed, I feel older, wiser, and yet it is almost as if time has stood still and perhaps I am secretly transfer 1 yet again with 11 more to go. That would be insane. It was all just a dream! It almost feels like that, too amazing to be true.
Our schedule has been rather open lately, so we were able to help the other sisters out in their time of need. They were going over to an older woman's home and had trouble understanding her Japanese, so Tamagusuku Shimai and I came and helped out. Pretty delicious sandwiches were eaten and Kayoko has the cutest house ever. I felt like I was in my grandmas house again.
It turned out that Sister Yoshida needed to go to a different appointment, so I went with her and made her and Marcia teach me Spanish. That was pretty exciting. Also, I am reeeeally bad at Spanish, haha, but it is easier to pick up than Japanese is. I always feel like that when learning other languages. I'm just like "wow, Japanese is hard" haha.
Friday we went all over the place trying to visit different people and get something happening, anything happening, anything at all at this point... And nothing. Nada. No one was home. Nothing is happening and I feel like it is my fault-- I mean I am trying so hard to do my best. But nothing. Is. Happening. It is frustrating!! I am just really trying to trust that Heavenly Father has something that he wants to me to learn from this.... Right now, I really don't know what that is. I kind of wanna go crawl under a rock like Ether. Preferably with a teddy bear and hot cocoa.
Conference was really great!! We had some awesome stuff planned for that with people to teach and meet and greet and-- yeah, that all fell through, but we had plans! That is what matters! Right?
Yesterday we talked to some interesting people... Some nice, some really drunk and apparently one was a member of this church? All I know is that I do not like talking to drunk people. It is perhaps the worst. Everyone- do not drink. Pretty please. Thank you.
Oh the plus side, a friend of mine in Fuchu is getting BAPTIZED!! Next Sunday and I really wanna go so please pray that I kind find someone who would like to see a baptism so that I may go and support him AND help someone come closer to Christ! Please please!! Thank you so much for all of your support and love. I am grateful for each and every one of your love and prayers. I pray for you as well.
Please stay strong, my dear friends, and I will do my best to do the same.