Editor's note: This past week, Elder Orgill crossed under the 200-days-until-he-is-home threshold. We expect him home in the evening on August 24th.
This week was really cool and really busy. We’ve been really busy with a lot of planning and preparation on a project which I think is still lowkey secret-ish, so that takes away about 90% of what I could write in this email, but there was other interesting stuff too.
This last Wednesday we had the testimony meeting for return missionaries, and I got to operate the little video-mixing rig for the Facebook stream, which was really fun and really cool. I monitored the sound and made sure it was balanced and controlled a couple of cameras (one of which had a bunch of remote-controlled zoom and move and stuff). It also gave me an excuse to go to the testimony meeting as well, which was cool because I’ve worked with all the missionaries that went home. And yeah, I definitely want to do a little bit with live video mixing in the future (there’s actually a flavor of DJ’ing that involves mixing your own video live along with your tracks which is pretty cool).
It was cool but sad to see the missionaries go home, I was especially tight with Elder Dance and it’s weird to think he’s not doing missionary work anymore. I’ve only got about seven months left as well, so my time is limited and before I know it I’ll be on a plane too, so I want to use the rest of my time as effectively as possible and see some major miracles, both in others and in the changes I make myself.
We went dinner this week at the Uchizawas’ house and wow, they’re amazing. They’re this adorable super happy fun couple in their 50’s with tons of love, and they’re pretty much couple goals, and then we learn this week that they’ve only been married for THREE YEARS. And Brother Uchizawa, who’s super strong and is like the backbone of this ward (well not the backbone but definitely one of the stronger ones, especially when it comes to member missionary work), has only been a member for about four years (I don’t remember exact numbers). That’s so cool! Anyway, they’re goals and I want to be a cute middle-aged couple like that at some point.
I’m pretty much out of things to write about, but I guess I could talk about food for a sec. Last week on p-day we went to Yakiniku Kingu as a district plus the Sekiguchis, and it was mind-blowing. This is the first time I’ve ever been out to higher quality yakiniku (Japanese barbecue), and I get what I’ve been missing. I went with mostly the 上カルビ (high-grade kalbi beef) and these mushroom-oyster-butter grillable pan things and various kinds of ホルモン (intestines and stuff), and it was awesome. Elder Nathan ate 10 steaks and 12 servings of French fries because he’s crazy. We also had ramen a couple of times. One of the ramens was at a rather interesting ramen shop that has a few interesting somewhat unique ramens. I went what is known as “汁無し鳥” which literally translates to “soupless chicken”, but it was essentially a lot of thick noodles with a strong chicken-tasting sauce (more of just a sauce in the bottom of the bowl rather than a soup) and a large piece of fried chicken on top. I don’t know what position I’d put it in on my top-five list, but it’s up there.
I want to testify just a little bit about a simple verse of scripture which I learned a bit about this week. Alma 34:32 reads: “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.” I had a bit of time this week where the workload was a little unbalanced between me and Elder Nathan for our various roles and I was stuck in the office trying to be productive and stay busy without much to do while he was swamped with work (that I couldn’t help with). It kinda sucked. And there were other days where I was drowning in things to do and I just went for it and got a ton of things done and it was awesome. I’ve observed a lot of different missionaries; the ones that don’t work are never happy. It’s through work that we learn and grow. Most of the best lessons I’ve ever learned have been through some sort of challenge or opportunity to work hard, including the important lessons I’m learning right now. My goal is to, this transfer, ask myself every day at the end of the day the words of the hymn “have I done any good in the world today?” Wow this is getting redundant so I’ll just end in the words of a modern poet: “Put in work”
Have a good week and I hope I didn’t kill too many brain cells with this letter,
オーギル長老 (Elder Orgill)
No pictures this week although we did steal some pictures from his companion's blog. We don't think that any caption is required for at least one of them. See if you can pick out the person who forgot that it is winter!