Monday, September 9, 2013

Hey Everyone!

   How have you all been this week? I hope everyone is doing great. Things are going great over here! The weather is still pretty hot, but it's starting to cool off. It's not so hot that I feel like I'm in a sauna when I go outside anymore. That's always good, right?
   This last week hasn't had any really big things happen, but there have been lots of cool little things. Lots of small instances where the hand of the Lord has really been guiding us in our work. One of those was when we went to a lesson with an investigator that we had set up over the phone the day before. We rode all the way out to his house, and he wasn't home. We thought that he might be on his way back from someplace and was running late, so we decided to wait outside his front door for about 15 minutes or so. He ended up not coming home in those 15 minutes, so we went back to our apartment to finish study. On the way back to our apartment, we pass the pre-school that one of our other investigators sends her son to. As we rode past, she just happened to be walking out the front gate with her kids. We were able to say hi and talk for a minute. It didn't seem like that big of a deal, but then I thought about it. I had been disappointed that our lesson fell through, but if our lesson had held we wouldn't have seen this other investigator. Also, if we had decided to wait only 10 minutes, or not wait at all, the timing would have been all off and we would have missed her still anyways. What it all came down to is there was only a maybe 10 second window in the entire day that we both could have been at the front gate to the preschool at the same time, and we both happened to be there in that same 10 second window. Mind=blown.
Some funny Engrish. I laugh every
time I see this sign
   So, another pretty cool story from this week has to do with the weather. On Wednesday, we woke up, and it was pouring buckets. I wasn't too worried about it. When it rains early in the morning like that, it usually clears up around lunch time. It's rare for it to stick around all day. Well, when it was time to go out for the day, it wasn't raining, but it was still pretty cloudy and looking like it could rain again any second. Before we left, Elder Otsuka and I said a prayer together as usual. When it looks like rain, what do we usually pray for? That it won't rain, right? I was going to do the same, but just as I was about to say it, it came out instead as asking for it to not rain while we're outside. I wasn't really sure why I had phrased it that way last second, but rolled with it. We got on our bikes, and hadn't even gotten 200 yards from the apartment when we got a message on the phone. We needed to take care of it right away, so we turned around and went back to the apartment so we could email from the computer which is far faster than typing on a phone. We hadn't even been inside again for 5 minutes when it began to just pour. That was good timing. The rain stopped again just as we were getting ready to set out again. We went and dropped some stuff off at the church, delivered a thank you card to some members, then handed out fliers at the train station. Every time we went inside it started to rain, but would stop when we were about to go outside. At the train station it started to rain too, but just as we were going under the awning that covers the walkway. Even after that when we were knocking doors, it would rain while we were at an apartment building with a covering, but when we were going from house to house with no covering it was clear. Long story short, it rained a lot that day, but even without umbrellas or rain coats we stayed dry. Crazy, right?
   So, funny story. Yesterday there was a missionary who returned home from his mission during the week, so he gave his homecoming talk in sacrament meeting. He was sitting up on the stand, and as they were announcing that he had returned home and asked him to stand, he got a nose bleed. So he's standing up on the stand where everyone can see with his head tilted back, plugging his nose. Poor guy. It was pretty funny though. He didn't seem too phased by it though, so that's good.

That's about it for now! Until next week!

Elder Blake

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