So we got transfer calls yesterday - I'm going to Ishinomaki(石巻), literally “the rolling stone”, my dad's first missionary area. [Dad’s editorial comment: despite the name, there have been no sightings of either Mick Jagger nor Keith Richards EVER in this small port town. This town is famous, however, as it was one of the towns which was devastated by the big earthquake in 2011. Many of the homes and families I knew were swept away by the tsunami.] New companion is a Japanese native, so I'm super super excited and my Japanese is going to get CRAZY GOOD.
This week was awesome! Elder Fono and I worked like crazy, as usual, and we had some really cool experiences. We're going back to the dojo again today, just like we did last week, and we're going to get some fresh photos in our gi's. I've made a lot of great memories here in 山形 (Yamagata), and I'm going to miss the members, the investigators, my district, everyone here has been absolutely awesome.
So we have this one investigator who is a little bit of a hoarder. I mean, not like the show hoarders level of hoarder, but you used to not be able to see his floor and he would have to climb over tons of bottles and stuff to get to the floor. So we went over with trash bags and cleaned for a few hours and took away 12 big bags of trash and bottles and now you can finally see the floor and it's awesome. We had to stand at his door for about a half an hour to get him to make up his mind on whether or not he would let us to help him clean, but we slowly made our way in and it was really cool, as we cleaned, it was like the years were being stripped away and I felt like I could see a younger him, with hobbies, friends, joy in his life, before all the "mendokusai" (troublesome, bothersome) and falling into bad habits and smoking two packs a day. Anyway, it was a super cool experience and he's slowly making progress, it's amazing to see. I'm gonna miss him so much.
Oh yeah. Elder Holland.
So the Elder Holland conference felt like it was three weeks ago, even though it was straight up less than a week ago. It was amazing. It was absolutely amazing. It was so incredible, I can't put it into words. I came to the conference with a very specific question and, without asking it, was able to receive a very specific answer. He speaks with so much power, so much authority, and he is really a prophet of God. I don't have my notes with me right now so I can't tell you all the insights about all the amazing things I learned, but I will say this - everything we do should be motivated by our love for God, and the more we know about God, His traits, and His attributes, the more we will love Him. Ponder about God and His character, and you will begin to understand more about why He does what He does and feel your love for Him start to grow.
I love you all a bunch and wish you all could've been there to hear Elder Holland speak. It was absolutely incredible.
Elder Orgill (オーギル長老)
Now onto pictures of food, and a few of Elder Orgill ...
|Japan Sendai Missionaries at the Elder Holland conference. Our boy, 3rd row from the front on the left.|
|Melon-flavored soda & jelly|
|Don't know how thought this one up ... grilled noodle chocolate!|
|All-you-can-eat lunch with all-you-can-eat-and-wear cotton candy. Note his great grandfather's ring ... almost 90 years old.|
|When you have eaten all that you can, then you can start to wear your food.|
|Katsu (fried pork cutlet) curry|