Hey y’all -- so not much time this week but I’ll get y’all the highlights.
This week I got to go to a couple of the Zone Conferences which was cool.... Until I caught a cold (literally can be translated as "pulled a wind" in Japanese). Which had me out for the next couple of days, me and Elder Livermore just kind of died in the apartment and ate a lot of cough drops. For a period of two days or so my voice was deeper and gravelier than normal, which was cool and I thought it would’ve been cool to record some vocals or audio recordings buuuuuut I didn’t.
One of the big things at the conference last week was the so-called OperationBLT, and I’ll spare you the details, but it’s a contest to see how good all the missionaries can get at getting referrals from people. And the really cool thing that came out of it was that it mostly came out of my interview with President. And then got presented to everybody the next day. Just shows the value of throwing out ideas and trying to make them into something.
Editorial note: Elder Orgill is a HUGE fan of bacon. His wallet looks like it is made of strips of bacon. If he had his way, he'd top everything with bacon.
One of the things I’ve been thinking about recently is the idea of strength and tenacity. I like the example of the Brother of Jared (yeah I talked about this last week but still thinking about it cut a brother some slack), when he was going to cross the ocean in the boats, he told God “We need some sort of light”. It wasn’t really a necessary thing, I mean they would’ve been ok without it, but he wanted it and he went for it. He asked God, and was told to propose something. So he proposed something, used his God-given knowledge and creativity and ability and came up with an idea, and then pitched it to God. Doesn’t tie in super well, but what I came away thinking is that if there is something you really want, and it is a righteous desire, go for it. Just go for it, don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come to you immediately wrapped in a nice bow or on a plate, just go for it and go after it and you can achieve it. If you don’t have goals or direction or things you want, you’ve gotta be happy with what you’re given, but “ask and ye shall find, seek and it shall be given unto you”, so I really want to think about what I really want and what is really important to me and I’m going to pursue it. I have a few goals right now which I’m working on setting in stone and once those are set, I’m going to achieve them or die trying, and I know that if I am humble and obedient I will have God’s help. And with God’s help, all things are doable. Yeah.
Love y’all, have a solid week and don’t get sick because not being able to do missionary work is lame.
-A more intense than usual Elder Orgill (オーギル長老)
|This is a gyouza (potsticker) burrito ... an original. And he must have been really sick -- no ramen photos this week!|
|Elder Orgill's OperationBLT being explained by President Sekiguchi, a master at weaving in random topics|
|Titled: Spring Vibes|
|"You know I had to do it to em (I hope somebody gets this reference)" -- we don't get it but we hope that somebody does!|
|Dondonyaki yeah fam Yamagata specialty -- from the first area he served in|