Monday, July 21, 2014

Another week in Paradise!

So we finally are getting summer weather for a consistent amount of time! Although compared to everywhere else it's probably still spring weather. But it makes it really nice for biking. So this week was pretty awesome. Here's a quick recap:

*Had a lesson with a phillipino lady who understands a little Japanese and a little english. It was interesting, not really sure how much she understood. We asked her if she would be baptized if she knew this was true and she said, `ya if I don't have anything going on that week`.......awkward pause from us.....okay....haha ya so it was interesting. But she did come to church yesterday so that was cool.
* Found this less active sister and she invited us in and talked with her for like an hour. And guess what we held while we were there? I bet you can't. A baby flying squirrel. Ya, bet you didn't see that coming. It was so cute. 
*Met this lady housing who spoke really good english and told us she lived in Ireland for a year or so when she was young. That was cool and she also teaches classes on bread and cake making apparently. She wasn't interested in our message but she did give us an entire loaf of freshly baked sesame bread. Best bread ever. 
*Biked to the farthest area on the map while fasting
*Went to same 7\11 4 times in 15 minutes for various reasons. Ya it got a little awkward.
*Played basketball with the elders and some youth and now my arms don't lift above my head without much added assistance. We ride bikes all day. Our arms don't really do much.
*Had some really good lessons with investigators and members and really saw some growth. 
It was a pretty fun and really interesting week. Tons more but you know, I gotta save some stuff to share later. 
Hope everyone has an awesome week! 

Murray shimai
Yep, that's a baby flying squirrel..sooo cute!


Wagner shimai and I

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Transfer 10! I'm a grandma!

I'm in double digit transfers! That's the most frightening realization I've had lately. But anyways. Here's the update. The trio has unfortunately been broken. I'm staying in Kushiro with my new companion Wagner shimai and the two Johnson's got transferred out. It's a little sad and lonely but Wagner shimai is awesome so I'm excited. 
Last week was transfers so half our week consisted of traveling to Sapporo and traveling back. Oh, last pday was awesome. So there's this way awesome family that comes to eikaiwa and they are like our family. On pday they basically took us on a road trip. They drove us to all these famous sites and it was sweet. It was super hot and sunny which wasn't normal I guess but it was so much fun!
Ya not really much to say this week. Weren't able to meet with investigators but this coming week is going to be crazy busy so that's good. 
Have a great week! Pictures will be more exciting than this email so enjoy!

Murray shimai

The really beautiful lake is called Lake Mashu. It was created from a volcano erupting. It's gorgeous.

Hokkaido is pretty much one of the most beautiful places ever.

We ate the best soba in the world. At a soba farm!

And went to a place that looked like the moon. 

This picture was taken after the onsen so our hair is all lush and beautiful haha.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Transfer week!

Another transfer is over! Too fast! But it's been a blast! This past week was really fun. President and Sister Nakatsuka came to Kushiro! They are way awesome! It was really easy to just love them right away. I'm really excited to be working with them. We also had a 4th of July party at english class! It's really handy having two companions because you can represent all the colors of the flag. So that was fun. We also met with one of our investigators who we haven't seen in a while. It was really fun. She's awesome and we recommitted her to read the Book of Mormon and she said she will and we're really excited for her. We also visited a PI that the sisters found several transfers ago but hadn't gone back to visit and she was way sweet. She's near our age and has a little baby girl and we talked with her for a while and introduced more of our message and asked if she has time if she would want to hear more and she said yes! Super stoked to go back there and visit her again. We also found this really awesome neighborhood the other day where we went housing. It's like on a mountain and is all filled with trees and greenery. It was super fun and it felt like we were in the jungle haha. 
A family that comes to Eikaiwa took us out to eat sushi the other night and today they are taking us around to show us some cool stuff around Kushiro! They're super cool. 
Wow. I really can not remember what else happened this past week at the moment.
Anyways hope you have a great week!

Murray shimai

The elders heart-attacked our apartment!

Dinner at a members house.

A member gave us kimonos yesterday...having a little fun with them. :-)