Friday, December 9, 2016

a very busy month ahead....

December really is a great month. really busy, but still fun.

It is slowly getting colder over here yeah. this winter is definitely lining up to be a fun one, looking forward to it. and I don't know if I'll ever live here again. I might come back in some winters to enjoy the winter side of this place, but I don't know about living here.

Looking forward to it (meaning the Christmas Skype call). Odd that it the second to last call with you all. I'll find out in the next few weeks when is open for calls.  I'll let you know then.

So my new companion is Elder Miller, he's from Vegas and is same transfer as me. He has served most of his mission in a portuguese/spanish speaking area, Over here we're trying to help a lot of the foreigners that live here still feel like part of the church, even if they can't understand the Japanese.  So because of this, in the next few weeks, we will have a Latin FHE activity. Time to learn at least a bit of those languages. Not looking forward to
conjugations though....

This morning we did some potato harvesting for an older family in the ward. They own the field, just haven't been able to harvest their taters. They gave us a bunch as thanks. One the the missionaries we did it with is from Boise, so we all kept harassing him about what to do with potatos. (on that note, ask Mum what the proper potato harvesting method is)

anyway, that's all for now, bu-bye

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nov 14th.....there's a hole!!!!

(from Nov 14th)

Our hard-working missionary has worn through a pair of shoes!!  He was able to get them fixed instead of buying a new pair.  Good job being a thrifty missionary!!

Nov 28th....another big earthquake and a little snowball

(from Nov 28th)

The earthquake was pretty fun (speaking of the 7.3 off the eastern side of Japan northeast of Tokyo), and sign language is so difficult.  Of course, it is sign language for my second (foreign) language so it should be, but its still so crazy.

Yeah, we've been so busy, but in an ironic way we've been super busy with just a bunch of missionary stuff, not super interesting, just stuff.

It's snowed Thanksgiving morning (he sent a short video of his companion making a little snowball and throwing it at another missionary).

Nov to Urawa and another foreign language ------->

(update from Nov 22nd)

I got moved to the area next door, Urawa, where I've found use for the little knowledge of sign language that I have.  We have a deaf investigator, and it's pretty fun!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

favorite food and a really cool conference

(we had asked him if he eats mostly rice or noodles there....)

Still eat a lot of rice stuff over here, usually something on top of the rice.  Absolute favorite food here is Katsudon, or pieces of pork cutlets friend and put on rice, with egg, onion and some really tasty sauce.  I plan to learn how to make it and then when I come back, treat you all to real Japanese cuisine.

The Elder Bednar conference was really cool.  It was 1 hour of him asking us what we learned from the talks he asked us to read, with people volunteering to talk about it and then him helping them think deeper about it.  Then it was 2 hours of Q/A, where the first guideline he gave for that was "whatever question you have written down to ask, forget about it", then just taught us how to ask inspired questions.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

longest thus far.....

I've been in this area for a while, longest thus far.  I really hope that I'm still a help to this area.  Tomorrow is the big day for the Bednar Conference (Elder Bednar from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to Japan to meet with members and missionaries).  Probably get alot of revelation on how to best help this area.

The work is going fairly well.  We have two baptismal dates at the moment, one might not make their date, but the other seems well on his way.  His date is November 27th, so still a little ways away, and we haven't done commandments yet, but still seems good.  He enjoys church.

all except one... (mail from Oct 4th)

This past week we tried to visit a bunch of less actives, but none of them were home.  Then we tried to ask some different city halls about putting up posters for English class and got turned down by all except one.  This week we put up the posters and try bringing more people to the church.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Staying and training

Transfer calls were today, and I am doing the second half of training for a Japanese elder who was going to go to Orem, but is serving here while he waits for his (travel) VISA. 

I'm staying in the same area. What's really interesting though is that the elder I'm finishing up training is Elder Shohei Yoshida from the Koiwa ward in Tokyo stake, someone I worked a lot with for two transfers while I was in Urayasu and Adachi.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

more about the crash.... ;)

as for the crash details.... 

I was going down a fairly steep hill, and this kid pulled out on his bike in front of me. I didn't want to hit him, and I didn't want to lose speed and get hit from behind, so I went for the next gap between the curbs and tried to hop onto the sidewalk. The accident happened because I misjudged the distance between the curbs, went over the handlebars, but also managed to tie my right leg with my bike lock to the handlebars. Left ankle was slightly swollen, left hip was slightly bruised, left elbow was slightly scratched up, and all in all it was fun.  Helmet's fine, and my companion did not wreck. At the time of the crash I was on companion exchange.

Monday, August 29, 2016

bike is fixed, blood washed out, holes sewn up....

Bike wreck was pretty fun.  The bike did cost a third of what I bought it for to fix it, but it's all good now. Just got it out of the shop today, just in time for the first arm of the new typhoon to come on over and make the ways muddy for the new tire to stop looking new.  I did get all the blood to come out of the shirt i was wearing when it happened, and sewed the holes up.  

We are VERY thankful our missionary son was watched over and protected....I'm sure it could have been much worse!  A fellow missionary friend ended up with an ambulance ride (with a very sore foot, cuts and scrapes) after his bike wreck last week on a downhill, slippery road.  Thankfully he's fine now as well.  =D

some pretty cool buildings....oh ya, I wrecked my bike but I'm fine. ;)

This was from last week, sorry I'm late posting it...

For Pday we went to the temple, and then we walked around Shinjuku.  There were some pretty cool buildings. I only got one picture, but it's the Architecture University designed by the students.  

oh ya...and I'm doing fine though,however, i did get into a bit of an accident with the bike. Wish i had a picture of it, but the front wheel got super bent,and the part of the frame that holds the front wheel got bent inward towards the frame.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

all is well....

if any of you have wondered about the typhoons in the Tokyo area, Sister Nagano (the Mission President's wife) posted this message this morning.....

Dear Missionaries' parents of The Tokyo Mission,
Recently we had a few typhoons come over the Tokyo Mission's area. However all of the missionaries are safe. This year's summer is unusually hot but your sons and daughters drink enough water and do the work of the Lord diligently. President Nagano and I are so grateful for their service they render. Right now we are having zone conferences and we have opportunities to meet each one of our missionary. They are in the great spirits and big smiling faces. We pray for their health and success continually. Thank you for your support and we love you and appreciate all that you do for our mission.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A little excited, a little nervous...

No, i didn't burn a shirt or cut a tie. All that stuff is too important. Though if i can get through this year's summer in just the long sleeves, and I've done well enough so far, I'll probably sell all the short sleeves to a store around here.

The new picture (in the previous post) was taken in the church. 

Yes, there is a very high chance I train this next transfer. Little excited, little nervous.

Monday, August 8, 2016

1 YEAR MARK!!!! ♡

as for my one year mark, nothing really happening. we have a zone meeting that day, so it looks like just normal meetings and work. oh well.

however, in response to english class, yes, we do it wednesday nights at 7. it's pretty fun. i teach the advanced class, and have a return missionary who came back to japan to learn sitting in and helping me as i slowly forget my english.

Unfortunately i do not have any stories of any kind this past week. just normal work, on feet, talking to people on the street and knocking on doors.

Monday, August 1, 2016


 2 weeks away from celebrating his 1 YEAR MARK.....HALF-WAY THROUGH HIS MISSION!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

An excellent lesson!! ♡

We got a referral from a member and met them at a restaurant. She turned out to be really interested, even going as far as though she has only heard the restoration, she wants to join, wants to give up alcohol, wants her husband to hear the messages, and wants to bring her sister to the lessons as well. pretty exciting!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

a BIG bear hug!!!! ♡

Elder Abercrombie and his companion (in the white shirt holding his jacket) visited another ward's baptism last weekend.  The lady in the photo above lives in Japan and loves taking photos of the missionaries to send to their moms. She is also a member of the Tokyo Japan Missionary Moms and Dads Facebook page.  She said as soon as she heard his name she told him "I know your mom on Facebook" and he laughed.  She asked if he had a message she could relay to me.  His message was "hey mom".  

After a year of "paying it forward", taking photos of missionaries in our ward and sending it to their moms, I finally got a photo of my missionary!!!!  =D   I was SO HAPPY to see this photo Sunday morning when I woke up!!  She said she hugged their ward's "soon to be" Elder (4th from the left) who will be entering the MTC the end of the month and serving in the Orem, Utah mission, then he hugged Elder Abercrombie for me....a huge bear hug.  I emailed Elder Abercrombie about seeing the photo from this lady and told him I hoped the big bear hug didn't crush him too bad.  He clarified the details.  " I gave Shohei a crushing hug, and lifted him up".  Yep, sounds like him!!!  

now, from Elder Abercrombie's email.....

Elder Christensen is easy to get along with, and he's only one transfer ahead of me, so we'll be celebrating year marks twice together. It's fairly humid, but it's not that bad. I can't remember really, but did Texas get humidity?  No, we don't usually grab ice cream, usually stop inside a 7-eleven and grab a drink, or get one from the many vending machines on the streets.

(I told him about Lewis' growth spurt and being 6 inches taller now since December, but not gaining weight)....  As for Lewis, maybe having him exercise. Push-ups, sit-ups, whatever. While I wasn't as small as him, I was kinda like that where I didn't put on weight unless I was growing. But then I became a missionary and started working out everyday except Sunday, and I've put on about 11 pounds. The food wasn't really the difference. At the moment, I'm again not putting on or loosing any weight, but I really think it was the muscle build that changed it.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

in Kawagoe with Elder C.

Sorry to make you all wait....and it turns out I messed up when I sent you the past hint in a very Japanese way. It's not "Gawa" but "Kawa." As in Kawagoe...that's my new area. My new companion is Elder Christensen. 

Unfortunately, there really isn't anything to email about from last week. I did manage to meet up with Elder Rogers finally, but you found out about that already.

I got new shoes today. Pretty nice and better looking, with a better fit than the other ones were when we bought them.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Musical Monday

For P-Day this week, Elder Abercrombie was able to travel to Tokyo and attend the BYU Hawaii Choir Concert.  
He ran into someone he knew when he was little, when we lived in Illinois!!!!   
The Rogers family was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base for a couple years when we lived there. We were VERY EXCITED when we found out Tanner had been called to serve in Colter's same mission!!!!  =D  We hoped they'd be able to meet up at some point since Tanner's MTC entrance date was the DAY AFTER Colter flew off to Tokyo!!  ;)  We're SO GLAD they were able to meet up at the concert.  =D  

Monday, June 20, 2016

off to the heat....

Yeah, last week was crazy just on not having enough time to do emails.
We did just get transfer calls today, and I am transferring. I won't
say any more than that, as it seems you've gotten good at hunting me
down through other people's Facebook pages. I will say that as I was sent
to the coldest part of the mission for the winter, I'm getting sent to
one of the hottest parts of the mission for the summer. It is starting
to get hot. 86 F with 100% humidity.

I love the Japanese food. The only problem I have is that I can't
cook, or really don't have time to learn how to cook, so the only way I can
get Japanese food is by eating out.

However, Happy Father's Day! (if it's any consolation, I would choose
to call between Mother's and Father's day, but I can't get that

Monday, June 13, 2016

ko ni chi wa! :)

I'm doing fine. I've found myself in a position where I'm practically
the best at Japanese in the tri-panionship, and old companions that
have gone back home are emailing me in Japanese. Trying to keep up
with English is hard. But yes, the days are long and the weeks are
short. It's always a shock when weekly planning comes around and we
realize that a whole week passed away before we could blink

Thursday, June 2, 2016

couple of group photos from May 2016

small group photo with Elders Masterson, Merrill, Aiken, Moore and Wilkes....

how fast can you find him in this photo??  ;)  

Monday, May 23, 2016

looking forward to it.... ;)

I'm outside of the "watch it all carefully" zone. As for outside problems, earthquakes are so much fun. While I do feel kind of like a big one is coming soon, of course I have no idea, but I'm looking forward to it. The few earthquakes we had before were pretty fun, grinning from ear to ear.
My new companion's name is Elder Aiken. He's from somewhere in Utah. And the place I'm serving in now just had a baptism a little over a week ago.
Unfortunately, no new pictures recently. sorry

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EARTHQUAKES.....and aftershocks.....

from our sweet Mission President's wife.....

Dear Parents of the missionaries of Japan, Tokyo Mission,
There was an earthquake at 9:23pm. local time with Richter scale at 5.6 with the epicentre in southern Ibaraki prefecture. Everyone is fine and there is no damage in the apartments.

Then two more earthquakes happened on Sunday, 4.6 and 4.5 magnitude occurred nearby.  Thankfully all missionaries are still safe. 

He's settling into his new area and getting situated with his new companion this week.  We're excited to hear his news next week!! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Leaving Urayasu....

I'm transferring to the area next door so today was very busy.  We were able to visit a trick art museum. Check out this fun stuff...

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Skype!!!! ♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡

We were blessed to have our Mother's Day Skype with Elder Abercrombie last night at 8pm!!  ♡♡♡♡

VERY EXCITED to get a name tag photo of him with his companion Elder W!!!!  ♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡

Thursday, April 21, 2016

cherry blossoms and the view from our balcony (in Urayasu)

cherry blossoms
the view from our balcony 

a giant Gundham!!

(The Tokyo East Zone -- his companion is holding the selfie stick)

Everything's fine, we had our p-day moved this week randomly to Tuesday for Temple P-day. This past week, we've almost finalized a baptism to happen, which should be happening this Saturday.  I went to the giant Gundam thing last week, and got a picture in front of it.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

just a short note....

This past week nothing really happened.  General Conference was cool though!  I loved that President Uchtdorf brought back the "celestial language" joke.  It was amazing how much of that conference was geared for families.  Also, when I come back in 16 months, I'll be doing even more charity work than when I left.  That refugee talk hit me hard.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Staying in Urayasu!!!

Yeah, transfers was last week, and I have stayed. so long as their is no emergency transfer, this will be the place I stay at the longest. my companion biked from his area to mine. He's from Linden, Utah.

I've been doing fine. not speaking any fluent Japanese, that's still a few months down the road. And nothing really has happened this past week. All in all, pretty normal.

Monday, March 28, 2016

back to the temple!! (now that he's near Tokyo again)

Yep, got to go to the temple today, and met my trainer again there, to his surprise.  I also was able to get the package sent by Elder Grosh's mum, please tell him to thank his mum for me.  (Elder Grosh is serving in our ward here in San Antonio and we've taken things to him and fed him and his companion.  Sister Grosh wanted to do something nice for Elder Abercrombie in return for our taking care of her son here.)

I have not been able to get a new (Japanese CTR) ring, the place seems to just be closed.  However, I was able to buy a book for Japanese sign language.  Woah, I forgot that after Kathryn graduates, I'm only a few months from being back.  That makes it all look way shorter, yikes!

One of our investigators wants to get baptized, he just doesn't have his parents support.  After another year, he'll be able to do it himself.

Yeah, things are going well here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

week 2 in Urayasu

New area has Disneyland. Finding alot more foreigners than the other areas before. New comp is a district leader, so I'm his extra pair of shoulders for stress. I'm also incredibly small next to him. I don't have a picture of it, but there is a picture on Facebook. It's also way warmer than the last area, and the ward here is great. We actually just saw a baptism, and there was one two weeks before I got here. A good majority of the members can speak English and enjoy having fun with that. One of them is the YM leader and called us to ask us about an English translation. As such, Live Hard has become a thing here. As for anything I need, I don't think so. I might be sending a package over in a few weeks, not sure, but yeah, just be ready for that. It will actually be a package for me. Just so there's still room in my suitcases. I know i'm only a quarter of my way through, but yeah.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Urayasu!!!!! Home of Tokyo Disneyland

I did get transferred, new companion, new area, new people, usual things. I'm now very close to Disney Land. I'm doing fine, there's really not a lot to talk about, though I was busy last week, but no pictures. Yet. I'll get some soon enough I hope.

Thanks for the package, (celebrating 6 months on his mission) I got it a few days ago. The snickers were gone in a couple of seconds, and the mints barely made it 12 hours. Good luck with the cub scout thing though. (telling him about the Cub Scout Blue & Gold banquet this Wednesday)

oh yeah, as for the ring (new Japanese CTR) though, I'll just grab a new one by the temple. I didn't get to last time since it was shut down apparently, but it should be back up by now.

WEEK 5: busy....just a short note

I found boots in the apartment and the rain coat is good enough.  We used the trains a lot last week.

Monday, January 25, 2016

week 3.......S.N.O.W.

"It's been snowing a lot lately...... 

As for our investigators, they're all super busy so hard to meet with them.  There's one we met with today who follows most of the Word of Wisdom, loves the Liahona (church magazine) and comes to Sacrament every week.  He just refuses to pray.  Interesting guy.

Elder Han is a genius in English, so we mostly talk in English.  I've taught him some fun words, all appropriate."

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

week 2 in Nagaoka

Editor's (mom's) note:  snow has finally arrived in Elder Abercrombie's area, so biking is becoming quite the experience for him.  As I update this blog on Tuesday morning 8:45 central time, it is Tuesday night 11:45 in Japan.  The weather for him is 31 degrees with snow and 22 mph winds....wind chill is 18 degrees.  The forecast for him tomorrow is high of 38 and low of 35 with rain.  Their 15 day forecast shows highs in the low to mid 40s and lows in the upper 30s with rain.  Good thing he likes cold weather and has a good rain suit to wear while biking  :) 

We received a short email this week.....

"Weather is fun, biking is dangerous at times, oh well.  Japanese is kinda improving.  We're teaching a few people.  One's extremely scientifically minded.  The members are pretty good."

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 1 in Nagaoka, with Elders Han and Kashiwa

"As for where I am, I'm pretty sure I'm in the mountains.  I'm in a place called Nagaoka.  It's a small little branch and pretty spread out area.  A few days ago we were on our bikes for 4 total hours and all we really only visited 2 members of the branch.  Those were the 2 whom we had set out to visit.

Speaking of 2, that's how many companions I have.  One is named Elder Han, from South Korea.  Fluent in English, Korean (of course}, Spanish and Japanese.  He has 2 transfers left, so a little after I hit my 7 month mark, he'll be returning home.  The other is Elder Kashiwa, native Japanese.  His English level is pretty much my Japanese level so it's real fun."

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

week 20....HAPPY NEW YEAR -- the last week in Ushiku

"We were able to schedule a service project for the day after New Years so that was fun.  The Japanese is of course still weird, but a little more natural.  I haven't been able to buy any winter stuff recently, though I will need to do so soon.  I'm being transferred to what is apparently the snowiest area of the mission."