Monday, March 11, 2013

Elder Mangum pretending to be that Star Wars guy
[my sister doesn't know his name.. shameful]
   Hey everyone! Hope you're all doing well! Things have been pretty good for us out here this week. It's been warming up, so that's nice. It got warm enough by the end of the week that we were going out in our short sleeved shirts again. Yesterday was super windy, and there was a pretty big dust storm. Apparently all the dust had been blown over from China. That's what everyone said anyway. Either way, the wind was cold, so it's pretty nippy today, but the forecast says it'll warm up again by the end of the week.
One of the nicest gardens I've seen
while out and about in Japan
   So, the letter this week isn't going to be very long. Sorry. We've been busy, but there hasn't been a whole lot out of the ordinary that's worth sharing. The Comba family is doing really well. We were actually able to meet with them twice this week. Sheila, the mom, actually told us a pretty cool story. I guess in her family, everyone is going to different churches. They've all been looking around trying to find whatever works for them. Sheila was invited by a friend to attend a Mormon church back in Brazil, so she went and checked it out. She loved it, and said that she really felt something different that she had never felt before. For whatever reason she wasn't able to go back again, but she said she never forgot about it. She could never get it out of her mind. When they came to Japan, she was really sad, because she thought she'd never be able to go to that church again. She thought it was just some tiny local church in Brazil. Well, when they moved here, they met the Mitake family, an one of the first things they did was invite the Combas to church. Well, to Sheila's suprise, wouldn't you know it, it's the same church she had gone to in Brazil. She had no idea that we were a global church like that. So, needless to say, Sheila is really excited. We just need to work with them a little longer until they're ready. I'm really excited.
Today we had zone p-day. We actually had a combined zone p-day, with us and one of the other zones. We all met at the church in Matsudo, and had a field day essentially. The Zone leaders set up tournament brackets and we had zone vs zone competitions in volley ball, ping-pong, badminton, dodgeball, hand ball, and the game where you tie a balloon around your ankle and everyone tries to pop everyone else's balloon. It was way fun.
   So yeah, that's pretty much it. Like I said, it's short this week. Sorry. Hopefully there will be more to share next week. Later!

Elder Blake

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