This week was super uneventful. Like, super super uneventful. I don't even think I really did much of anything dumb. We had a missionary schedule change (which basically didn't change for us), but not a whole lot else. Dendou (proselyting) with Elder Fono is super fun, he keeps it real and we have "mad chats" and we have the perfect balance of fun and serious with a whole heap of hard work. I also beatbox while we are walking around and he freestyle raps about dumb stuff, so that's basically a party. Thanks to the schedule change, though, we can go to bed a bit earlier, and with our mission's schedule we now have two hours of personal preparation in the morning which means a solid extra half an hour in the morning of working out.
One super cool event this week was me giving a blessing of comfort in Japanese. Which was super scary. And I managed it. The language is hard, Tohoku-ben (local dialect) is harder, but I find myself astounded at how much I can do with my limited ability. The blessing was actually pretty solid, and it doesn't matter if I can barely speak the language if I have the gift of tongues. I am also gaining a stronger and stronger testimony that I have specific reason I am not just in Japan, not just Tohoku (northeastern region in Japan), not just Yamagata, but the very specific places I find myself each and every day. My unique experiences, personality, and testimony will be the perfect thing to bless certain others.
For things I wish I had known before, it's probably this - 1 John 5:3, which throws heat a little harder in Japanese and basically translates to "it's not that hard to keep the commandments". It's not that hard. You don't give up that much, and you benefit a lot. Don't fight against it, don't reason a way around it, don't ought-right rebel against what you know is right. Because that's stupid. Accept it, ask God to soften your will, and don't "kick against the pricks", go with the (righteous) flow because it's so much easier in the long run.
Love you guys, everyone is pretty cool
Elder Orgill オーギル長老
|Another food picture. This time, grilled eel.|
|Another beautiful winter panorama|