Monday, October 01, 2012

   Well, to start out with, let me just say that I can now take riding my bike in a typhoon off of my mission bucket list. Haha! Yeah, that was way fun. We had a typhoon blow in last night around 7. We had received instructions from the mission home earlier in the morning to make sure we were back in our apartments before the typhoon hit. Well, Elder Christensen and I were with Brother Foster until about 6, so while we were riding home, we got caught in the beginning phases of it. It was pretty wet and windy, let me tell you. When we got back to the apartment, we were so wet we might as well have just jumped in a pool. But, all is well though, as we were home safe and sound a good 45 minutes or so before the really crazy wind hit. It's so windy we could feel the apartment start to rock from time to time. Glad I wasn't out riding my bike during that. Haha!
   So yeah, other than the typhoon, things were still really good this last week. I have 3 really exciting things to share this week. Ready? Cuz here we go. So, first off, you need to know who Nami is. She's a member who comes to our weekly English class, and recently starting coming back to church maybe less than half a year ago. Well, she brought a friend with her to English class last week, and introduced him to us. This friend of hers is named Shun, and he's pretty interested in learning more about the church. He seems really open, and I'm excited to start working with him. What's even more exciting though, is to see the progress that Nami has been able to make in strengthening her own faith, and watching her get to the point where she is now comfortable sharing about the gospel with her friends.
   Second thing, Saturday we had a lesson with Jun that went really well. Elder and Sister Harrison joined in on it, and it was great. So, lessons are exciting right? Well, what's even better is that Jun finally came to church yesterday for the first time since we've met him. It was really good to see him there, and Elder Christensen and I are incredibly grateful to have such an awesome branch to work with. I don't think there was a single individual that saw Jun that didn't take a second to introduce themselves and welcome him to church. Fantastic. We're hoping that Jun will continue to progress.
   The third thing is our new friend Ishihara. She just showed up at church yesterday out of the blue. She had heard from a friend about the church, and wanted to check it out. Well, during sacrament meeting the Spirit pretty much smashed her in the face with a 2x4. She's really spiritually sensitive, and it was easy to see that she was able to feel that. After sacrament meeting we had a quick lesson with her, and we'll be meeting with her again later this week. I'm really excited to see where this one goes. She's truly been prepared by the Lord.
   So, those are my three exciting bits of news from the week. Other than that, there was a talent show on Saturday hosted by the Fujisawa Ward. We ended up going to that with Jun. It was really fun. There was some singing, a few hula routines, a magic routine, and a group even did the Thriller. It was good to be able to spend that time with Jun just doing a fun activity like that.
Well, that's about it for now. More adventures to come next week!

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