Monday, March 31, 2014

Learning how to share a bean


So things are going well right now. The 3 man companionship is awkward but i'ts good. My bean gets to see how 2 different missionaries dendo. Sometimes it is bad because the other companion always (district leader) tells me how I should train my bean. Each person will train differently and it's only been about 3 or 4 days so there can't really be all that much information passed, especially when they still have jet lag. But it's good to have someone else. As a young missionary still (kinda young) I don't fully understand things so if luck has it, he will understand if I don't.

My Companions name is Elder Knighton. its funny because sometimes I say "nighty night Knighton". A little goofy but it's okay. We seem like things are going to go really well (our relationship.)  He is a 6'4" giant and it's really hard to find a bike. We have to go to Fukuoka on Friday to buy it so until then, we are walking everywhere.

Saying goodbye to Mabuchi
It was definitely sad to see Mabuchi go. He did say I love you at the end. That made me feel like I accomplished something.

My bean is pretty awesome. People listen to us more just because of his effort to talk. Yesterday we found 3 potential investigators with return appointments for tomorrow because he started the contact.

He knows a lot and soon things will be running in full motion. I want to help him so much so that he can become the best missionary he can become after I leave.

My giant of a bean!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's a boy!!

3 sudden phone calls.

SO this past week. we had 3 sudden calls that change this area completely. On Thursday Elder Fender received a call to become the mission recorder. That completely took everyone by surprise. That also made us go into a 3-man which leads to a great miracle.

Friday night we had to combine our dendo times and pick an area both companionships had not done. We picked an area and went to work. It was nearing time to go to an appointment and then we would end our night. We came up to the last house and we wanted to skip it and go. But then we changed our minds and turned back. As we knocked, this lady came to the door and said she was baptized about 12 years ago. The crazy thing is she isn't in our less active book. Her record was lost. She said she was checking how the church was doing and because of the growth the past few years it made her think that this church is really a true church. She said she wants to come back. The thing that blew my mind is that morning about 5 minutes before we left, I found some really old files that didn't have a lot of information on them but on one of the files was her name. It clicked after she said her name.

Saturday the second phone call came for me. I'm becoming a trainer. I'm going to have a son!!!!! Tell Elder Gandy that he is a grandaddy again!.

Yesterday I went to this trainer meeting and 5 people from my travel group are becoming trainers with me.

Today we had another call but this call is for Elder Lee. He is now the district leader of our district. Our 3-man district. Yeah. We are a 3-man companionship and I'm a trainer, he is a district leader, and we have a bean. This is really crazy. I'm worried because the past week it was almost impossible to work our two dendo times together. Our eikaiwa has become extremely big too. It is really hard to teach with 4 teachers and now we only have 3 and one has no experience. I'm really worried about it.

But that's all I can say for this week.

Elder Jameson

Monday, March 17, 2014

Getting a peanut butter fix

Helloo all!

We all got our Lesson Mastery Pins!
(Thank you to Babcock Shimai for the photo from her blog!)
So this past week has been weird. Weird... not weird just interesting. We had a zone tai kai where the president taught us how to be better missionaries. It helped me and it was good to see some of my MTC district people again. I have 4 in my zone.

Wednesday was awesome! So we have our eikaiwa on Wednesdays. (English class) Two major things happened this day. One lady we found during last week showed up. It turns out she has perfect English. She is amazingly hilarious and loves to learn. This next part (to me is very important) is that she works at Costco. I asked her if i could get a fix of peanut butter. She said yeah if you give me money I'll buy what you want. So we now have a fix of american food in our apartment. Jokes aside, she has friends that are interested in learning English and maybe the gospel. So she is going to be bringing them along.

After eikaiwa, one of our class members pulled us aside and said "teach the first vision" (in English). We were stunned and confused but we just started to teach two women about our message. One was already an investigator but now her friend is an investigator. They might come to church next week for our branch tai kai. But the crazy thing is that the member asked our previous investigator if she has ever prayed if the Book of Mormon was true. She said no and he said "okay well come to my house, we will do it together." The member is a stud.

We taught the rich man (I talked about the other week) a little bit of the Book of Mormon. He has such a pure heart. He is a little mental but he has one of the kindest and most pure hearts ever. :)

Friday we drove up with that member (eikaiwa member) to visit a less active return missionary and his wife. The thing is he served in Iizuka 32 years ago. Same time as dad. He was on his mission when they changed the mission length back to 24 months. He and his wife were married in the Salt Lake temple. As to why he became less active, no one knows. But the ward has some sense of what happened. Anyways. the visit was like this... he just put up with us and when time was up, he wanted us out. It's weird because he used to be a great missionary. It's interesting to look at him. It's like looking at a car that you know is powerful but the engine isn't on. He once was an amazing man. You look at him and you can feel that power. But at the same time, he is empty on the inside. It's somethings I have been thinking quite a bit about. It's hard to see something like that.

We have been doing a lot of finding and we have a lot of Potential Investigators but we need to change them into investigators. The other Elders investigator came to church for like 10 minutes yesterday and they have many people wanting to come. So we are hoping we can do the same.

Talk to you next week!

Elder Jameson

Monday, March 10, 2014

The art of BRTing


So I'm sorry that I honestly just forget to say things in my emails. Yes I do love the people. I love my mission. I though it wasn't necessary to let you know how much I love something. (Sigh. He is such a boy!)

I did receive the package. It was great! Mabuchi immediately put on the ties. He loves them. He hasn't touched the candy all that much but I already destroyed mine.

Nakamura Kyodai. He lives in Provo but his parents live here. He is here for a month and he is super awesome. We are going to go visit a less active that is 2 hours away on Friday. His English is pretty fly. He just loves helping the missionaries.

Well that is just japan. They love helping the missionaries. They basically baby us. Someone gave us an electric rug that gets pretty hot. We received 15 kilos of rice yesterday. That's like 3 weeks of rice. I've had my pants or suits fixed like 4-5 times already by members. These people really do try their hardest to help missionaries. Each week a group of women go to the temple and do work there.

Basically right now we are just hitting the street and knocking on doors. We don't really have any investigators. We have a few but it's because Mabuchi stretches the numbers a lot of the time, they aren't really investigators. It's just people we've met twice. no back ground really. This week we found 11 potential investigators. It is crazy the amount of people we found. A lot of them have some great potential to become members.

One girl we met had some awesome cats. I about freaked out and we talked about cats for a bit. Mabuchi did a great lesson off of it and now it seems like she has a lot of interest.

The art of BRTing. "Building Relationships" is hard. Lots of times people immediately just say "nope" or "I don't need it." Last night we had a great example of this.

Before we knocked on the door, I looked at the door and turned to Mabuchi and said "this is an American car!" It was a Dodge Ram 4x4. It was a monster of a car. SO when mabuchi introduced himself, they guy said he didn't need our religion. But then Mabuchi said "sorry we understand but can I ask you where you bought this car? My American friend says its from America." After that the man said wait and he came to the door. We talked for 25 minutes after that about how the car is slightly illegal. Haha that is actually a really funny story. But he told us to come back anytime, if we wanted a ride, come anytime. If we wanted to go to his farm and play, come back anytime. He listened to our message and asked us questions. This was all because we had a BRT. If we show people we aren't there just to shove a message down their mouth, they begin to realize we are just normal people.

Talk to you next week!

Jameson Choro

Monday, March 3, 2014

O-tou san

This week I asked Jarom a couple of questions. I thought I'd share them here:

What is the hardest thing about being a missionary?
Seeing that no matter your work, some people just turn you down. When you know how much this message can help them, you want to just scream it to them. But they just turn away.
2) What is your favorite thing about being a missionary?
Living everyday as a missionary. I love the special connection you have with the members. I love the connections you make with others.

Man I'm starting to feel like Pahoran. Everyone is sending me letters about how to make myself better and to not be so sad, that I need to stop thinking about myself. Granted I am very thankful for these things, but I'm seriously okay. I say some things that are concerning, but please stop worrying. I'm really grateful, I really am. I am fine though, so please don't worry about it. If it helps you at all, people call me Mr Sunshine. One elder said, Elder Jameson I can never see you being sad.

I'm doing fine. I will always be fine. I know I will because I have a family that cares about me.

Well not too much happened this week. It's basically a few things. We did a lot of finding. Like..... hours on end. We don't have much to work with but we found a lot of potential investigators. We did go visit one investigator.

M San is his name. He answered the door in his boxers.... and said his girlfriend was over. We sighed and walked away. Mabuchi Choro said to me. "Maybe law of chastity problem he has."  It was really sad.

We met an anti-Christ this week. Oh dear. It was awful. Mabuchi Choro told me his Japanese was really hard. I could barely understand him. Well barely is an overstatement. I could tell that he was railing on us by the Spirit leaving. It just flew out the window and I felt terrible. Mabuchi was fighting not to fight the guy. I called him father or in Japanese o-tou san. This is an affectionate term the Japanese use to everyone. Or call to their appropriate sibling status. And he started to yell at me saying that he wasn't my father. Then yelled at me to study Japanese and my religion more. But not that I realized it. I was just smiling at him the whole time.

We are just knocking and trying to find less actives. Not much is going but we are working hard.