This week was sick; me and Elder Lawrence tore it up in Yamagata. We met some STRAIGHT homies this week and got dropped by some others but that’s ok.
Ya boy Igarashi...... Dropped us. I’m not sure what happened, but I guess he had a bad day or something and texted us saying “hey today is bad, if you come I will get violently angry” and that’s what happened. We missed the text, but he talked to us for a sec and then just suddenly yelled 「帰れ！帰れ！」 (go home! go home!) as loud as humanly possible and shut the door with all the strength he could muster. Yeah he dropped us after a loooong time of me trying to help him all the way back from my days as a brand new missionary with Elder Barr, but it’s chill. That’s the circle of life.
I went on splits with Elder Hisaka and he’s a beast, we met a bunch of cool people and talked to a ton of people and went to ramen together because he likes ramen almost as much as I do. I had one called the 「爆肉」, “meat explosion”, and it was G R E A T, it’s actually the same as the one I made Elder Lawrence eat. So there’s actually this challenge going on with my favorite ramen shop (I don’t have favorites there are too many) where if you get all five of the current “Fuji ramen” ramens stamped/eaten, you get to try the NEW MYSTERY FLAVOR that comes out in July for FREE. I am SO EXCITED.
We had interviews with President Sekiguchi and he’s a straight G (“gangster” which we sincerely doubt …), he gave me a bunch of solid advice on a bunch of things and it was chill. And after that we went out and had just a bit of finding time in the evening, and after a week of not really finding too many people we felt like going to this one apartment, and we met SUCH a chill homie. We kinda tried changing it up and really talking to him normally rather than full-on church housing mode, and it was really cool because he really opened up and talked to us and we got really really tight and although he doesn’t have tooo much interest in the church, we have a foot in the door and there’s definitely a seed of interest there. And then since we exchanged Lines too, he sent a super chill nice line in the evening like “I know missionary work and stuff is probably hard but good luck yo, also let’s go get ramen sometime!!!” And I’m like “I like this guy”. In his conversation he slipped in one word which it took a little while for me to catch, but he threw out the word “goen”, which is kind of like fate. The conversation moved on before I could ask what he meant by it, he just kind of brought it up in passing as a “do you know what this means?” but I was feeling it and there’s no doubt he was feeling it too. There are things in our life that feel like they are by chance, and there are things which feel like they might make no sense or be totally chaotic, but in reflection of the past week for me and the past two years as a whole, I have no doubt EVERY STEP of the way has been guided by a loving Heavenly Father. He knows us. He knows what we are struggling with and what we need. He isn’t afraid to show us a little tough love and let us fall flat on our faces when we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but He’s there to pick us back up, dust us off, give us a hug, and point us in the right direction. Meeting Okada yesterday wasn’t a coincidence, but it wouldn’t have happened the way it did if I didn’t have the week of humbling/eye-opening experiences that I did. God knows us, loves us, and things are SO much easier and less stressful when we just trust in Him.
Love you guys, have a güd week!
Elder Orgill (オーギル長老)
|Wow, industrial ａｅｓｔｈｅｔｉｃ|
|Went on splits with this devilishly handsome madman, we tore it up (and this counts for the weekly obligatory ramen picture)|
|Never forget where you came from (for me, I was manufactured in the G-Factory -- what a gangster!)|