Editor's note: This week our family got to talk to Elder Orgill via Skype. It was great to see him and hear his voice again. He seems very happy and definitely well-fed.
This week was super lit. It's a lot of fun working in the office, there's always things going on and changes and interesting things and a printer that wants to kill me, it's pretty great. We've been pretty swamped with a lot of things we need to do and a few special projects we're working on, so it's been hard to carve out time to go out and do normal missionary work, but we're making some time and I love being busy.
First off some shoutouts: My family knows me waaaaay too well because they sent the perfect thing. Ferrero Rocher, cocoa powder, pecans, and protein powder, all hard things to come by in Japan.
I did an interview for a baptism the Sunday before last and she got baptized on Saturday... IN CHINESE. Elder Dance is a stud and studied the baptismal prayer in Chinese so she could hear it in her native language. It was so cool and I'm so excited for her, it was so cool to get to see another baptism happen.
One of the coolest things about being in the office is being super close to President Sekiguchi. He's almost always in his office, often with the door open, and it's almost like a somewhat democratic system where everybody has a voice. He's just awesome, it's been really inspiring for me to see the way he works because he never shuts down an idea, no matter how out of the ordinary or stupid or crazy it may sound he thinks through it and finds a way it could work out. He's really someone who is constantly filled with inspiration and revelation, and it's very easy and apparent to see. It's great for me too because I get ideas sometimes and can share my crazy little ideas with him.
I had an interview this last week with President Sekiguchi and it was really cool, I learned a lot about why I am where I am and we just kind of bounced ideas around for a number of different things. One of the most interesting things that came out of that was a the redefining of "missionary fire" for me. Rather contrary to my prior image of the desire to go out and get rejected thousands of times to find the one person, my desire to be more effective and find people in the most creative ways and help other missionaries and all use talents IS that missionary fire. Anyway, I have a lot of things I've been thinking about and a lot of ideas bouncing around and being here has really helped me focus on that.
So I should probably mention something about Christmas. Japan doesn't really celebrate Christmas that much, everybody buys a Christmas cake and KFC and there are Christmas themed things some places, but it's really underwhelming. But I got little doses here and there of the Christmas cheer - the warm feeling that smells slightly of cinnamon and just feels festive. It mostly came in the form of service and sharing good experiences. Probably the best thing of all was setting up the Christmas tree in my last area with the young single adults while listening to Christmas music. It was just so fun and warm and festive and it was with a bunch of people I have worked with and become close with and loved for four and a half months. I'm not really sure, it's hard to explain the feeling of Christmas, hard to put it into words, but you know it when you feel it. And I think it's mostly a feeling of love, and that love is built and grown through service.
I dunno, I don't really have a good way to wrap this up, but merry Christmas and I love you guys, being a missionary is the best!
|Poor focus, but this is how we got to enjoy our Christmas Skype call|
|We were able to patch in Elder Orgill's sister, brother-in-law, and nephew who were in Utah|
|Merry Christmas from the Japan Sendai Mission|
|A recent baptism photo gives perspective on the size of the Mongol Horde|
|Working in the mission office|
|"Working out" in the mission office -- using water jugs|
|He is including lifting water jugs in the commissarian's room as part of his mission office "work". He claims that he will be "buff" in just a couple of weeks.|