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."