And there really isn't too much to update on. Isn't that sad! Stuff happened I promise! I just have to make things sound INCREDIBLY AWESOME.
ok, here we go.
We traveled forth to find the supplies in which we would teach the children of dreams.... Dreams in English... And as we did, we came back upon the humble church building wherein waited a darling member of whom was looking for some brief escape from the tragic world in which we live. I lost the ability to speak Japanese. I cried. パニクる。
We found our way on down the Yamanashi city, the city of angelic pears, where no man waits but one. We worked our way along the streets in the dreary ran. Not one soul was about, except there was! A sweet old lady smiled and that was worth the trip.
And then a meeting, or a council, a council of war with others of our kind firing for the salvation of men. Secrets battles and blatant war against the enemy. One battle won, one battle lost, and still the war rages on in our hearts.
We found our way into a home, to teach and read together the words of the mighty past. Her eyes spoke of no interest, no questions, no pondering thoughts but in the moment that she prayed we found the deepest fountain of pure sincerity. A simple book to difficult to read from the cover.
And then a mighty journey to the land of Machida where friends gathered together in the blazing heat of an aircon to sing, and pray, and hear the words which were prepared. Two days were spent in mighty council.
Best of all, we stayed within the domain of my dearest friend Maloy who fed us of her delightful bounty, spaghetti and homemade hot cocoa. No better friendship was found within all the Tokyo south kingdom that day, for clark and Maloy were one again reunited.
And parting was such sweet sorrow.
And also, stake conference was a major tear inducing panic factory of my last this and my last that. パニクる is like a cool hip way to say "to panic" in Japanese and sometimes I panic and go like this: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
It's true. So I'm just gonna stay calm and not explode. Sound like a good idea? Me too. But let's be honest, the closer going home comes, the more and more I'm gonna cry and cry. I know myself too well to say otherwise, haha.
So, from here, invite all people to partake of the fruits of the gospel. No regrets. No fear! Whoooooo! #1monthleft
Love you all! Thank you for partaking in this wonderful adventure with me! <3
Hello everyone! It is wonderful to have your participation this week and I hope that you can smile just a little more because of this blog post. It's been an exciting week!
A lot of it has been cleaning, but that is okay, haha.
We got Sister Blake sent on her way alright. She was sad to be going. Due to lack of another girl, I got to spend 4 hours with the rest of the elders waiting for their companions. Whooooo. Actually, it was WAAAY weird. Way weird. We ate bread and felt awkward, haha. But those guys are like my brothers so it was alright in the end. And then my fantastic new companion came!
Let me just say, that I LOVE Sister Kaizaki. She is wonderful and very patience with me, haha, which I need. Since this is my last transfer, I occasionally get way nervous and panicky but she just gives me a hug and is like "calm. It is okay." And it helps so much ^_^ BUT IT IS STILL NOT OKAY I AM STILL PANIKURU.
Her hobbies include pottery and cleaning. She is a wonderful missionary and great at talking to people. She is also very inspiring and makes me want to do better always! I love her! :3
On Friday we walked up a mountain and then got rejected and then walked down a mountain, my legs still hurt, haha. But I really would do anything to help someone accept the gospel! It will bring so much joy into their loves, I just know it! I will CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN, FORGE EVERY STREAM and more! You better believe it!
Sunday we housed for a while and had some success! One lady, after we introduced ourselves, was like "oh, church can I come?" Like-- what!! I've climbed a lot of stairs in the past few days, haha. We also visited the Ramos family and played a fun guessing game. Good times.
Yesterday, we walked around a visited a few people. We visited someone who we were hoping to teach a lesson to. She opened the door and was like "Im busy." And then closed the door and left-- I was so surprised! But we felt like we should wait a few seconds and she came back and let us in! We were able to teach about the restoration and it was such a blessing.
As for the search-- my whole mission other missionaries have told me how delicious Black Thunder Ice Cream is and that you can only buy it at 7-11... And my whole mission, I have always looked for it and have never found it. I had given up hope for such a thing to even exist. BUT THEN. As we were in the 7-11 by the temple in Tokyo, Elder Ferni was like "Sister Clark!" And I look over and he is just holding up these beautiful BTIC bars... It was beautiful... It was really after all! And it was DELICIOUS.
My last temple trip. I cried. The end. Church is true. God is real. I am a Mormon.
Well. Here we are. Approaching the finish line. It is definitely in the sight lines. But as the commandments say "thou shalt not be trunky". And thus it is. Lots of things to be taken care of in my beloved land of the rising sun.
First off, announcements! Last night, everyone got surprise transfer calls! No one was expecting it, haha. Rather surprised. The results are! Sister Blake is leaving! And Sister Kaizaki is coming! What will the future hold? Adventure is out there!
This week has been mostly meetings. It rained Tuesday, canceling some of our plans. One thing that has been hard to see is people deciding to no longer be Christians. Why? Various reasons, but I think the main one is that people want an easier way out. The easy way to heaven. The problem is, there is no easy way to heaven. The truth is not easy to hear, especially when it means that you need to change. But even though it is harder at the start, I think in the end it is the easier way. Because of foresight, you can see the lack of troublesome consequences that the so-called easy way brings.
Mission Leadership Conference.
Zone Conference. Zone conference was exciting. I gave my first real live training! It was about teaching the restoration simply and I got to do a game. The improv skills come in handy. It was kind of like an improv game, actually. Missionary style. The other missionaries said they liked it and learned a lot! Yay! I was kind of worried. Haha. But not as worried as I was for the end.
See, this was my last zone conference and so I bore a final testimony. I don't quite remember what I said, but I was nervous. And I cried. That is about it. But I hope I never forget that feeling.
Saturday, Stake Priesthood Meeting. Good times. Sister Reeves is a good STL companion. We had a nice ride back with President Wada in which we discussed transfers. That was exciting to be in on it. (Actually, most of what we talked about did not happen the way I thought it would, haha, typical.)
That sums it up! Ate way too much. Never want to eat again. 日本語だけで書けたいけど皆は日本語が分からないから大変です。
Love you all! Next weeks update is gonna be EPIC! :3
Happy New Year! The year 2015-- What does it hold? The future can be so dauntingly futurey sometimes. So unknown. Best we can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best, I suppose.
Many wonderful things happened this week. We started off by going to the Nishimuro families home in the backwoods to what is called a "mochitsukitaikai" or, a Mochi (rice cake) making party. Very traditional. The rice was cooked with wood and fire before prepared by smashing it gently and then notsogentlely with a giant wooden hammer. As you can imagine, we had a blast. I took quite a few pictures. After the rice reaches the right constancy of a big blop of gloop, it is pulled into different pieces and dipped in various things (popular things being sweets red beans and sweetened soy bean powder) it 'twas an adventure.
It was after that we returned from this activity that I found out that my grandfather had passed away. I've been going through various stages of mourning this week. I think I have worried my companion, haha. Actually, I've been really perfectly fine mostly. Just sometimes crying. My grandfather was someone I really looked up to, and I hope he knew it. Sometimes he talked about being ready for "the next big adventure" being the next life, where family and friends wait to greet you and the unknown is discovered. There are so many big adventures in our lives. Tonight, the next day, month, transfer, year, and so on. So much to look forward to. I hope I can continue to look forward and not back.
On New Years, we had district meeting and went to a members home where we ate some very odd food and played Jenga while it snowed. Yes. Snowed. I know in Utah that happens, like, always, but here it is a bit more rare, haha. First snow fall of this winter. Of this year!
Friday I went on exchanges with a certain Sister Magleby. We had a marvelous time, serving hot cocoa to some peeps and teaching the word of wisdom to some other peeps and then eating yakiniku with Brother Suzuki and Sister Toshie! Yay!
Then I returned with the Blake, went to the Kasuga's and then played chess and then all of the Elder's got sick. Okay, not all of them. elder Terry and Elder Rose are still good. The others though.... They have all been sick in one way or another. Happy new year, right?
Then yesterday, we went to the Hoshi home and ate delicious half Japanese/half Brazilian food. Oishii. Legit.
Today was various shopping. Now that I read this, it kind of sounds lame, haha. But I promise, it was awesome! And this week is going to be awesome too!! Thank you all for your support and know that I love you very very much! :)