Tuesday, January 31, 2017

B.I.G. changes!!!!

As of last week the missionary schedule got changed hard core, and Pday gets a lot of changes to it.  It used to be that we'd study for 2 and a half hours starting at 8 am, do shopping, cleaning, emailing, and relaxing before 6 pm, and then work (or move the 3 hours of work to other times and do other things at that time).  But now we get up at 6:30 am like normal, but we are finished with study by 8 and from then until 6 we can do whatever is in the rules.  So, today we got pizza and watched The Testaments, Legacy and stuff like that for relaxing.

To explain more of the missionary stuff changing, (in case you haven't heard about it from missionaries in your area) missionaries plan in the morning, personal study, have 30 extra minutes before 10 am then can choose between continuing study, having a half hour lunch, or working.  Dinner remains an hour, then return at 9 to go straight to journal and sleep prep, and can choose as a companionship to go to sleep anywhere between 9:30 and 10:30.  Being in the area with the zone leaders it was funny to see their reactions.

I translated again yesterday too.  They seem to be trusting my ability more and more, because the first week the speaker looked over to me to translate every couple words, but yesterday the speaker said a 2 minute sentence and then paused.  It was fun.

Yeah, the temple cleaning was fun.  In 2 hours I and my cleaning buddy (not my companion) only got through one row of lockers, but then they fed us Dominoes pizza and all we could drink root beer.

helping keep it clean

Tokyo temple cleaning day,....then they were treated to pizza and all the root beer they could drink

Thursday, January 26, 2017

a 3rd language is hard!! (from January 23rd email)

The Portuguese is so hard to pick up, even when I try to learn.  It doesn't match the grammar system that I know in two languages, so I struggle through 2 grammatical mazes to understand how something in Portuguese or Spanish works.

We actually started this week off with going to the temple to help them clean.  Was pretty crazy.  This past week has been a lot of meetings in trying to get new English school programs started within the ward.  So busy, never resting.  We actually passed through the mission home today to give some stuff to the office, and Sister Nagano was there and told us that we really need to find some time to get some good relaxation on Pdays, which we haven't really.  I've also become the official unofficial translator for our international group.  The past two weeks I've had to translate a talk from Japanese to English.  That's stressful.

busy week (from his January 16th email)

Yep, it's transfer week.  I'm staying, but another Elder in the other companionship is transferring.  They're the Zone Leader companionship.  At the moment, all the elders in the apartment are ending their mission at the same time.  The elder coming in is also ending at the same time.  So, we're all kinda wondering how the next couple of transfers will pan out, since we can't all be in the same area at the end.

This past week we haven't actually been able to do much work in our area.  Wednesday we had zone meeting, Thursday we had to travel to another area for my companion to do a baptismal interview in Portuguese, Friday we went to the temple with a recent convert for baptisms for the dead, and Friday was filled with meetings with ward leadership.  So, all in all it's been a pretty good week, with a lot going on on the chess board.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How do you say.....?

(he went to a Japanese shrine for Pday)

I didn't get a lot of good pics, unfortunately, everything was so crowded I couldn't even get my Ipad out for pictures.

While I'm not sure how I'm doing on my Japanese, my English speaking ability is now filled with "How do I say this again?"

Hope you all are well.

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday

(sorry this hasn't been updated in a few weeks.....)

Yeah, next week I'll email you all with when we'll do the Skype
call. Once again, I'm using another area's Skype account. It really is
strange that i'll be 20. I was musing it over today and thinking how,
even though i'm already an adult by American standards, i'm not by
Japanese standards, and how even by American standards, being 20 is
like another level of adulthood. though with +20 years on me, you've
probably thought about stuff like that many times.

This week actually we have a FHE with Spanish and Portuguese speakers,
so if i don't learn a new language, I'll be relying on my companion to
translate for me.

Unfortunately, our deaf investigator more or less put everything on
hold until at least January.

Anyways, I love you all and I hope that this week things'll be good
for you all.