Oddly late on Monday night we dropped off goodies, sang happy birthday and bore testimony to a member! (Who is having us over for dinner tonight, so I think it worked!)
Tuesday and Wednesday were spent traveling to and from the mission home on our infamous 5 hour bus ride each way from Aomori to Sendai and back. It was a good time and awesome to see everyone. On Wednesday morning we woke up early and played some football on a nearby street. After a solid 30 or 40 minutes, police showed up. They told us it's bad to play on the street, especially early in the morning being as loud as we were. I guess it makes sense that they had cops take care of us considering old Japanese people probably have no courage in trying to tell off a bunch of foreigners playing their native game in the middle of the street early in the morning. But it was fun nonetheless and they interrupted as near the end of our game anyway. Moral of the story, there is none! It was a fun time tossin the fake pig skin around.
Wednesday was meeting and travel back. A member from Hachinohe dropped by our English class that night to say hi!
Thursday was prep/planning for our zone training meeting on Friday along with some finding.
Friday was zone training meeting which went incredibly well! The atmosphere and vibe of the zone is awesome. Tons of young missionaries with a lot of life and a lot of fun. We had plenty of fun, laughs but also the good spiritual strengthening at the end. The focus and theme was that of the missionary worldwide broadcast a couple months back - Teach Repentance and Baptize a Convert. We felt through more meaningful prayer and through personal repentance and desire to feel the influence of the atonement in our everyday life, we will be more powerful and effective missionaries in the Lords work.
Saturday was completely filled with general conference and a couple lessons. Sunday as well was mostly general conference with member lessons.
Weather report: pretty mild and normal week weather wise. Some rain drops earlier in the week. Some beautiful days and some cloudy days. But no one saw what was coming today- I looked out our back window this morning expecting maybe some drizzle from what I could here from the cars driving by but I nearly fainted at the sight I saw. A full on snow storm! We couldn't believe it for the 11th of April... By the time we made it outside it had cleared up and most the snow melted. Walked in a store and looked out the window 10 minutes later, blizzard. 15 minutes after that, we're back outside walking in the sun. Classic Aomori- most bipolar weather in the world.
I'm a week behind on General Conference here in Japan but man what a spiritual feast it was! Full of amazing talks that lifted, encouraged and inspired I'm sure anyone who tuned in and listened. What a blessing it is for us to be led and guided but these leaders who are so near and so in touch with our Heavenly Father that help us make choices, stay motivated, feel loved and want to do better. Such a blessing- I wish I could make everyone watch it and feel the incredible power and testimony of these leaders. President Monsons messages were short but so sweet and powerful.
"May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.
As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day--whether to make this choice or that choice--if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice."
That's my encouragement to you all this week! Stay true, be good people, do the right moral thing and you'll find peace and power in your souls.