今日は みなさん! (konnichi wa minnasan – hello everyone)
Greetings from Yamagata! What a cool week! So Japan is amazing, the food is amazing, the people are amazing, the scenery is amazing; it's all awesome. So many things I could talk about. My companion is named Elder Barr, he's from Brisbane Australia. This is his second to last transfer, so he knows his stuff. This is good, because I only know food and gospel words. I can comprehend a surprising amount, which is legit, but it's still pretty tough. Super super fun. We're white-washing an area, which means they bring in two fresh elders, and we kind of have to start fresh building relationships with the few already existing investigators and find new ones. Super good opportunity for me to practice housing and streeting (contacting people on the street), we get kekko'd (Japanese polite refusal) a lot but it's still super fun and I am surprised by the number of people that actually want to listen to us. It's like we're walking around with a stack of money in our hands and people say "nah, take it somewhere else, we're already good, we don't need it". Breaks my heart, but in a good way. Kind of. I guess. Still, it's amazing when we get to share it.
So I'm not the only Elder Orgill to serve in Yamagata, my father served here 34 years ago. A couple of members in the ward here remember him and one of them actually still has his meishi (business card). I'll have to get a picture of it next week. So cool to be in the same city, maybe some of the less active members will remember him too. Such an awesome opportunity.
Japanese food is incredible. We eat curry all the time, I eat natto tamago kake gohan (fermented soy beans and egg … probably raw … over rice) EVERY MORNING for breakfast. Well, basically. Or just straight natto (fermented soy beans – smells really bad and only some Japanese can eat it). Parents, you're wrong, you said Japanese milk tastes burnt but it doesn't, it tastes like incredible mixed with amazing and it is infinitely better than American milk. The drinks are incredible, I'm currently drinking an entire liter of sweat (Pocari Sweat, that is, it's a grapefruit flavored kind of sports drink thing). There is chewy jelly soda, melon soda, and a ton of stuff I haven't even tried. Also, I drink Mugicha (cold barley tea) LIKE IT IS MY JOB.
Lots of finding this last week, housing, visiting less actives, it was amazing. All the people are so cool, they work so hard and a lot of them are just kind of hopeless and they need the light of the gospel. We taught a recent convert yesterday after church.... in Japanese sign language... Coolest experience of my life. Me and him are gonna be bros.
I want to share two scriptures this week. The first is Jacob 6:12. "O be wise; what can I say more?" Basically, don't be stupid - I think that's applicable to everyone.
The second is Ether 12:27: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I have a LOT of weaknesses, but over the recent weeks I've begun to look at those weaknesses as strengths in disguise. If I am humble enough and rely on God to make up for my weaknesses, I can be so much more than I otherwise would be. I have seen some of my weaknesses made strengths over the past six months or so, and I am continuing to try to constantly improve and build every weak thing I have into a strength, and increase upon the strengths I already have. Basically: I wanna get spiritually swole. (This is what we call “Jonglish” … linking spirituality with body building).
Love you all, so good to hear from you all throughout the week.
Take care, and "be wise, what can I say more."
|Elder Orgill arriving in Japan with President and Sister Smith|
|Elder Orgill's group from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT finally arrive in Sendai, Japan after 3 flights and crossing the international date line|