Friends and fam.
It's summer. We are down to just white shirts and slacks up here in Aomori. Yesterday as we got into a members car, it was a very nostalgic feeling of getting into my big black suburban in the middle of the summer after it's been sitting in the sun for hours. The air inside like an oven and the leather seats- hot plates. I can't complain though. I'm in the best place to be to stay cool in the summer. Which means once I get transferred, it can only get worse.
Anyway, we had a great week. An unreal week. Best week either of us have had on our missions in terms of seeing growth and success. It was hard work but we kept it fun and entertaining and it paid off. We have really gotten our finding approaches (approaches we use on the street to random people that will spark interest in hearing our message- a very technical formula here in Japan as most no one has interest in religion let alone Christianity) down to a science and it's been working really well in finding those who the Lord is preparing to receive the message of the restoration.
Had splits this week with Elder Kudo! The stud "bean" in the district. A son of a stake president down in Osaka, 2nd largest city in Japan. He's not perfect, but he's a stud for being as young as he is. Kind of like Bryce Harper was. Young, but mature and knows how to play. We had a fun split and put in some good work.
Trying to put what we do on a day to day basis is way too hard to describe effectively. But very basically, we ride our bikes...We talk with everyone we see to give them the opportunity to change their lives and salvation. We visit members who haven't been coming to church. We teach an English class twice a week. We teach our investigators and members about the gospel. We plan. We prepare. And we ride our bikes some more. Then we sleep for 8 hours and do it all again the next day.
I'm having fun. Working hard. Trying my best. But in the end, it's all just a humbling experience that is helping refine me into who the Lord needs me to be.
Read your scriptures, say your prayers, go to church and it'll all work out.