Hello everyone! Hi. How are you? That's nice, I'm doing fine; thank you for asking.
This week has been my first week as senior companion, and boy has this week been a week. It started off pretty exciting. Within four hours of taking responsibility of the phone, I lost it. Now this wouldn't be a problem if I was a normal person, or in a four-man area, or knew what I was doing, or wasn't in a foreign country, or wasn't talking a bus between prefectures, or my companion's luggage had not broken, but none of those things happened so it was a whole lot of FUN. Long story short - we were taking a bus from Morioka to Sendai, one of the big cities in the mission to THE big city in the mission, where somewhere along the line I got a call from our friend talking about - you guessed it - the Alpha-Omega bomb. Somehow the phone did not end up back in my pocket, and it was not until we had departed the bus, walked 20 minutes to the church, waited for the previous meeting to end, and I entered the meeting that I realized it was missing. Once again, long story short (I'm retelling the story to myself in my head, the chain of events is still a little blurry), over two days, two trips back and forth from the bus stop to the church with very heavy broken luggage, an additional bus back to Morioka, a round trip 3 hour bike ride by the Morioka Elders, a final train ride back to Ichinoseki, and another half hour walk with broken luggage to the Ichinoseki apartment, we got back our precious phone.
You're probably thinking "Elder Orgill, why are you telling us all of this?" Well, it was because I learned a whole lot of very important lessons. First off - somehow it was fun. Being super stressed in a foreign country and being totally out of my league with these kinds of things, I still found myself laughing, or at least smiling. Second - the transfer started off pretty bad, and the only way it can go from here is up, right? Thus, I have very high expectations, and you know what? Every day seemed like it was better than the last, which is pretty cool! Third - It is so dang nice to have a Japanese companion, despite only being six weeks in the field he has had 19 years in the country so no worries. Fourth, calling is WAAAAAY easier than just texting. Fifth - write down important contact information and keep it in your wallet or something so you have a backup if the electronic version dies, nothing is worse than borrowing a stranger's telephone and having no idea what number to call. Sixth - do what you can and don't worry about the little things you can't change, stressing about them won't change them. Seven - pack light. My grandma always says that "Orgills can travel out of a Ziploc bag". Eight - keep a stash of emergency money, whether for bribes, bus tickets, or beef jerky, when you need it you'll know. Nine - don't lose important stuff (that's kind of a given, but I really want to make this list ten items long). Ten - you can ALWAYS rely on the Lord. I don't know how many prayers I said in that 24 hours or so for various things - faith, patience, forearm strength, more patience, peace, and to just find the dang phone, Heavenly Father heard my prayers and lovingly gave me just enough to last to the end of that little trial.
Anyway, this week has been one of a lot of stretching and growth, along with a lot of realizations about myself. Also, somehow I am waaaaaaay more responsible now than I was last week, I can't explain it, all I can say is I'm a different person now than I was just last week.
I love my bean, he's the best. He is 19, from Nagoya, 5'4", and his hobbies include fashion, American pop music, and throwing things away. He's a super good missionary his first trainer is one of the best missionaries in the mission in my personal opinion, plus he can actually speak Japanese, so ya know, pretty powerful combo. Anyway, we're turning up.
Other random things - I can now say that I have eaten a bug while riding my bike. Gotta get that protein somehow. Also, the church here is basically the coolest church in the mission. Why? No, it's not haunted like a certain apartment or another certain church I won't mention, but it used to be a CONVENIENCE STORE. How cool is that?! So it's located in a pretty CONVENIENT location hah get it?
Love you all, have a great week and eat some garlic because it's good for your health
P.S. Sorry the food pics are limited this week, I have $3 in my wallet, something about $120 worth of travel money this next week, didn't really have money to eat out, but fear not, we'll be spending some time in Morioka this next week so prepare yourselves.
|Cool view over Ichinoseki|
|With new companion, Elder Ikeda|
|Yes. That is a real van with another one like it in the background.|