Sunday, March 13, 2016

Aomori Transfer 9 Week 4

Minasan konnichiwa!

Can't believe it's been another week, time is flying out here! This week was lots of good, solid get out and work time.

Weather report: the transition into spring continues but not without random blasts of winter. Like a car at the end of its tank- the last little bit still puts out exhaust with transitions of dying and restarting again, kicking out gusts of its last exhaust - it's the same as Aomori weather. The winter had to kick out the last couple of snow storms it has left before it dies completely. (Don't know if that made any sense but I tried..) It's currently sunny and beautiful outside with dry surfaces just about everywhere except for the melting snow mounds.

We had splits with the Misawa elders on Tuesday! I had the rotation of staying in Aomori this time but it was a solid day full of finding! Lots of walking and talking but ended up having some really solid conversations and were able to make a lot of good contacts. No new investigators but definitely contacts with potential. The cool part was running into two travelers who were stopping in Aomori for a few hours waiting for their next trains and whatnot. They had just met eachother no longer than an hour prior at a tourist attraction shop and then ran into us. One was from France on her own doing some part time job something. The other was from Germany there for traveling only I think. They both spoke very good English, the Germans English was near flawless but anywho, we were able to have a nice discussion about the Book of Mormon, the word of wisdom (our standard about what we eat and drink) and did all we could to encourage them to go find missionaries when they return. Always an interesting experience getting to talk with people that actually have a religious background and like talking about religion!

Had splits again on Thursday with the Hachinohe elders, just 30-40 minutes south of Misawa. I worked in Hachinohe with Elder Daly from American Fork Utah, where my grandparents live. In fact he had a Robbins in his home Ward too, except their name had two B's in it. There's like 5 people in the zone from highland or American fork Utah and none of them knew each other before the mission despite how close they all live to each other.. Utah is nuts. Anyway, elder Daly is a great elder! His dad is Korean, mother Japanese but his dad was adopted by an Italian couple so he has the last name Daly. Pretty wild. We too had a nice full day of finding, talking with people and making good contacts. 

Elder Kugai and I have been working on being bold, trying new things, and pushing harder this week to eventually see more baptisms! We've had a lot of awkward moments, a lot of funny moments, a lot of awkward and therefore funny moments, and saw some improvement and potential from a few individuals. It's a quote that rings in my head every time I want to see change in an area, a companionship or anything - "If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always gotten." The quote doesn't mention anything about what happens when you make changes and the result thereof, but it does have a promise that if you don't make an effort to change your circumstances, they won't change. We have to sometimes change who we are and what we always do in order to reach goals, see improvement and grow. What I've learned is even when we do make changes, the result isn't exactly what we want right off the bat! It'll never be the exact result we were looking for right away. But perhaps it's growth towards that goal and we have made it that much closer to what we're striving for! So, let's all try to change up what we do so that we can continue to learn, grow and improve who we are and what we're doing. 

Love you all, enjoy the transition into Spring and make the change you want to see!

Elder Robins
Dinner last night with the Kanai family! It was a blast.

Elder Daly and I enjoying McDonalds Cafe strawberry ice something in Hachinohe 

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