Time's flying by, January is almost over! 信じられない！
Elder Huston and I attended the mission wide trainers and trainees meeting on Thursday! Although it was my second time to that same meeting with the same trainings, I took a lot away from it. The thing Smith kaichou stressed on in both meetings was the relationship triangle between us, our companions and God and how the best way to strengthen the relationship between us and our companions is to become closer to God and Christ and as we do that, the area of the equilateral triangle will decrease and we will all be so much closer. The cool and very true thing that I learned is that this experience of serving a mission is the absolute best preparation for marriage this world has to offer. We are assigned to 10-16 companions on a mission with random guys that we have to learn to get along with, adjust to, work together with and resolve issues with. What better preparation for marriage than that? So he said really, this mission is preparing us for our marriages with our wives and how to more easily overcome small challenges, disagreements and whatnot. Good stuff!
Third time going on a split with my man Elder Larsen! It was a day after a bunch of snow so we couldn't ride our bikes and both appointments we had fell through which left us with a full day to go out and work. So, we walked about 5 miles in our big snow boots and visited some members down south. It was lots of good talking with him, he's a good guy and fun to be around.
Missionary Worldwide Broadcast
Yes! The church put together a worldwide web broadcast for missionaries- a 2 hour program- that was simply amazing. We have a zone conference coming up this week and we'll be talking a lot about it and what we learned. The main thing I learned- the Spirit really counts and members make for the most effective and lasting missionary work.
Last night, Smith kaichou held a fireside called "Why I Believe", a gathering to share testimony and have fun, here at the Kamisugi building. Great turn out with lots of investigators from missionaries neighboring the Kamisugi area. Felt a great spirit as we had the opportunity to hear testimony from recent converts and sing a bunch together. The missionaries got up and sang a special musical number- the EFY medley. Great meeting!
Seza Kyoudai's wedding
On Saturday afternoon we got to go to the wedding reception of our old Ward mission leader- Seza Kyoudai, who is now serving as a counselor for President Smith. Anyways, it was a blast! And our 86 year old investigator randomly showed up to the church wedding reception with $150 worth of cigarettes! It was great! Haha. At the party, the elders quorum and the missionaries did the haka! Or, at least attempted.. A bunch of different shapes and sized Americans and Japanese having fun doing the haka. We started it off with this music all the old people do here in parks for stretching and waking up and then all of a sudden Elder Larsen with his big and powerful voice stops doing and starts yelling all of these chants while the other 4 guys are still doing the stretch music routine. Then he said a key word, the music cuts and the 4 get into haka position and do a routine. Then about 10 more guys come out onto the stage in squat position hopping and do two routines of the haka. Anyway, elder Larsen, the one in front of everyone and the leader for the routine, ripped his suit pants WAY bad in the butt area right when he began the routine. He was freezing up way bad, forgetting almost everything but still pulled it off and people didn't notice what had happened until someone from the group told them. Way funny but props to him for still pulling it out.
This week and next, we set a district goal to teach 120 total lessons. 20 lessons a week for each companionship. Should be great practice and should help build the work with member dendou, strengthen the relationship between missionaries and members, and refine our teaching skills.
Have a great week!
Elder Dallin Robins