So last week was super busy because this area is amazing and we are super busy all the time, but I have had SO MUCH amazing stuff happen in the last couple of weeks that I want to tell you all about but kinda crazy because we're going to all you can eat meat today and shopping at some dope outlets today so we're kinda busy, by which I mean really really busy today, but it's gonna be super super cool. Anyway...
So week before last we saw some really cool stuff happen. I made friends with an 80 year old lady and she sold me four pounds of pork bones and two pounds of chicken bones and from that I made RAMEN and she was a total bro and threw in pork fat for free and then gave both me and my companion free croquettes and basically pinched our cheeks and told us we're adorable. I boiled the pork bones overnight in a rather sketchy but still safe apparatus and then all throughout the morning and studies and stuff the next day, strained the whole thing, boiled the chunks of pork fat, pulled em out and pulverized em, then put it back in and added some soy sauce and fish broth and then finally boiled it down to the right consistency and dumped in a special kind of basically ground up dried anchovies to give it that perfect tsukemen taste and wow, it was dang good. Also I bought a thing of menma, soft flavored bamboo shoots, and I'm kind of addicted to eating those. Also took some of the soup, added oil and red pepper and some other kinda different flavorings, and boiled it down into a much thicker sauce and made it into taiwan mazesoba, or Taiwanese mixed noodles. It's like ramen but without the need for soup, the flavoring just sticks to the noodles and it's incredible. Kinda tried to mimick the stuff I had last week and it honestly was pretty good. We also made gyouza(dumplings) this last week and I made friends with some homies in a Vietnamese mini-mart so we made pho last night as well. Also last week we went to sweets paradise, and all you can eat sweets place which was amazing. And then during the week we went out to eat at Stamina Taro, the all you can eat meat place, with the coolest members ever, the Nagaoka couple. And I found out that I actually love horumon, or beef intestine, it's amazing if you cook it right, if you grill it wrong it's chewy garbage. Man I love food and you couldn't really tell it from this email but I'm actually dieting lol, long story having to do with developing talents and President Sekiguchi and helping the sisters get referrals and I'm not going to bore you with it haha.
This last Sunday we went to a barbeque with a young member and got to make friends with some young people and it was on the bank of a river and absolutely GORGEOUS, that was waaay good member missionary work and it's cool to have missionary opportunities and experiences outside of just streeting and housing, it's not like I flip a switch from being normal to missionary, I'm always a missionary and always happy to tell people what I'm doing and why I'm doing it because honestly sometimes that opens people's hearts more than testifying about things they don't even understand. Made some friends and talked about our purpose and ate grilled meat sitting under a bridge. Japanese people are so nice, man.
The week before last I was reaching out to meet new people ran into none other than my eternal friend Pierrot, a homie from Congo who was reading the Book of Mormon with missionaries before and knew my sister three years ago!! He remembered her ukulele playing too haha, I think I should learn the Ukulele so people will remember me. Anyway, we're meeting up again sometime to study the Book of Mormon together in English, French, and Japanese.
We met a guy week before last who makes these super super cool carved masks that are supposed to ward off evil, they're only Miyagi-ken culture but they're super super cool, I was just staring and drooling at the shop and he invited us in and fed us juice and crackers and talked and we gave him a Book of Mormon too, it was awesome. Woodworking is the way to my heart.
So I've been trying to use my talents and interests to share the gospel lately, right? Well the Lord puts people in our paths and uses us as tools. There is a less active brother in the ward who is a music producer and works teaching people about music production and stuff, and I heard about this from Sister Nagaoka (they're the best, always trying to be missionaries and thinking about how to share the gospel and stuff), so Brother Nagaoka set it up and we visited him, and basically we got tight and worked together just a little bit on my project and made a little bit of a demo sound with stuff and it was awesome. And we're gonna get him back to church at some point! COME BACK TO CHURCH WE LOVE YOU.
Yeah, so these last couple weeks were awesome. The highlight, though, was definitely the Yamashita 長老 (Elder) meeting, we got to hear from a representative of the Lord and that man spoke with authority. I learned a ton, but one of the goals I made from it is to become a "massive tool". I'm selfish and prideful, and sometimes I'm doing missionary work for myself or just to look good, but I've decided I want to be a tool in the Lord's hands, be just a massive tool. Actually, it was always my goal to be a huge tool in high school and stuff, but I was kind of a loser and didn't slay, but now I want to be a tool in a different respect. I know who I am, a son of God, I know my purpose, to help others come unto Christ, and I have no need to doubt or fear because the Lord is on my side. I have a bit less than a year left on my mission, but I want to be a tool in the hands of my mission president and a tool in the hands of the Lord and it's gonna be awesome.
Love you all, the church is true and the gospel changes lives and the Lord knows all of us perfectly and never doubt that you can use your talents to share the gospel and bless other people's lives!
No ramen, no life,
オーギル長老 (Elder Orgill)
|Gallery of masks|
|Elders Orgill and Fujiki|
|Did somebody say "food pic"?|
|Getting ready for one of his favorite activities|
|This is the tagline for a popular brand of cigarettes -- "Smokin' Clean". Go figure.|
|The squad dining|
|Obligatory food pic -- there are noodles hidden somewhere beneath all of those onions!|
|Original squad from the Missionary Training Center|
|Elder Orgill, Elder Fujiki, and unidentified friend|