Monday, April 14, 2014

Sensei, the two-cylinder nihonjin

My area is about a 40 minute bike ride away from our house. Elder Knighton, being the large man he is, we still don't have a bike for him. probably through this next week as well.

With that we have a pretty good week to tell you about.

First on Tuesday, we went on a hunt for a bunch of Potential Investigators that Mabuchi left behind for me. I used the gps function on the phone so much that it ran out of memory. I never knew you could do that. But all of them were duds. At one house we saw this guy ride by in a poncho. we thought "hey, that kid looks cool, lets go talk to him." So we walked over and the kid turns out to be a college student! In our city there are 2 and a half colleges.... well like 3 but the third is a special college. This past week we met lots of students, but he just graduated. As we were talking to him his room mate comes over and starts talking to us in English. Apparently the kid was taking English from a Russian woman. They were pretty sweet kids and they might come to eikaiwa (English class) soon.

I teach a kids English class on Wednesday because Elder Lee doesn't want to deal with the kids. It is so hard. Probably one of the hardest things I've done yet. I mean I love it but its incredibly difficult.

Thursday we taught A again. This was our best lesson with her. She opened up a lot and asked a bunch of questions. If she keeps progressing the way that she is now, she will be baptized soon.
We also found a lady named Nakamura. She was raised how to pray and realizes the importance of it. We may go back to her today or tomorrow.

Friday was probably one of my favorite days. First we went to visit a less active named Shiraishi. She called us because we were late. (She lives around 4 kilos away from the house and we were walking to it.) I told her we were walking and she starts yelling telling me how stupid we were. She then picks us up (because there are 3 of us its okay). We go into her home and it turns out one of her friends are there so we talk with both of them. We also get to share a little message of the Restoration with both them as well.

Here is probably one of my favorite parts of the week. We started to walk by  a elementary school. Some of the kids I teach ran out screaming "sensei sensei sensei!" they start freaking out and saying oh my gosh I cant believe its you. I high 5ed them. It was a joyous event. Because of that a huge group of children were around us asking us questions. Let me tell you, there are 2 people in the world that are almost impossible to understand. Old people and children. But it was fun. They kept asking me if I was Japanese. I used a joke I learned from Brother Sherman. In Japanese there is a counter for cylindrical objects and legs are cylinders, right? Wo when you have 2 cylinders it is nihon. Well the Japanese word for Japanese people is nihonjin. Jin being person. So I played the joke saying I'm a 2 legged person but it could also mean I'm Japanese. The kids loved it.

The best part about it is that there was this old man that spotted us from afar. I saw him and knew he was bad business. I would be too if I saw men talking to little children, especially about going to a free eikaiwa class. So the man came over and told the kids to reject us. Our thought was "man we can understand that you are telling these kids to reject us." But the kids were freaked out by the old man and said "why should we? They just want to teach us English. Please go away." I  had a happy smile inside. :)

Because we had walked a far distance, I noted to Elder Lee that we were actually pretty close to the area where Mabuchi and I did a lot of dendo. So we walked over and we taught a lesson to an investigator. It went really well and it seems she is starting to like it.  We went to another investigator. He wasn't home but we met the mom. That is exactly what I wanted. Before when we went, I saw a statue of Christ in the house. The kid said it was his moms. She came to the door and (at this point we have gotten really good at noticing if people are Japanese or from the Philippines) she was from the Philippines. "Perfect" I thought. 9 times out of 10 a Philippianjin is Catholic. She said she was busy.... in perfect English.... and we asked if we can come share a message about Christ... in English. She said, "yeah I'm usually free on Sundays"... in English! So we are going to teach her soon. Hopefully in English :).

A and R. The conference miracle.

We have been praying so hard to baptize someone on the 10th of May. Every prayer at church and personal prayer. We have been working so hard and talking to almost everyone. Before conference started on Saturday, we dendoed for 2 hours of morning dendo trying to get a last chance in. No luck. So we prayed right before the first session asking to send someone. Half way through the first session our door opened.

First off let me explain the set up. The Japanese members were watching conference in the chapel. while the missionaries were tucked away in the smallest room in the church. Why would you try to open the door to the small room when the chapel has double doors and a lot of noise is coming from it?

Anyways we see this head pop into our room. A girl around 23 appeared. She asked us what our church hours were. Elder Lee and I were confused and thought she was a visiting member. She told us that she just moved in 3 weeks ago and saw that our church was open and came in. She is a Christian and she wants to make friends. Well I thought, you have come to the right place. So we asked her to come on Sunday. her name is A.

She came to church and she first started out by saying she is wrong. She isn't Christian but she is Catholic. I about freaked out because I thought she was going to leave. But it turns out a member was near by and she said "That doesn't matter come in anyways." She said she wanted to take her sister first. So she left and came back with her 19 year old sister R. They sat in on Bednar's talk but then came to the English room because they said they weren't feeling it go in. They wanted to study English instead. That's really sad. But afterwards I was able to talk to them really well and somehow they want to come back again. Hopefully they can be the ones we can baptize on may 10th.

Please pray for them!!!!!

Love Elder Jameson

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