Monday, September 16, 2013

Week Fifteen

Get ready for a lot of words! I`ll try to go in chronological order of all the stuff that`s happened around here.
First, we had our zone conference up in Morioka. This is the meeting that only happens every three months, so it was really good. We heard nice things about how we should have more faith to bring people into the church and how we should focus more on prayer and the Book of Mormon. We also ate at one of those rotating sushi restaurants. Unfortunately, I don`t have pictures, but it would be somewhat difficult to capture it anyways. It was really cool though! You can take food off of the conveyor belt or order specific items via computer. The computer will ring when your food is moved in front of your table. It was somewhat expensive, but not as bad as I was afraid it would be.
After the zone conference, though, me and Katayama Choro were planning on running to the bus so that we could back to Ichinoseki on time for seminary. However, the mission president gave us a ride in his car instead! While we were driving back, he had us do a mogi (mock lesson, but we always use the Japanese word, so I`ll probably not translate it again). It actually went really well, which of course made me quite happy. He said we had really impressed him!  We were very glad to make it back in time for all of the activities scheduled for the branch.
Also, we were able to teach one lesson. We were able to schedule appointments for the next week with the other investigators and PI`s, so we`ll be busy next week! Also, the Hills are coming soon.. All we know about them is that they love sports, and that Sister Hill doesn`t know Japanese. Should be interesting for her...
The first transfer is finished, so we eagerly awaited the schedule of the new missionaries. The call came, and it turns out that Katayama Choro is getting a new missionary and I`m getting a new Australian trainer, Dowdy Choro! We`ll all be here in Ichinoseki, so it won`t be too difficult. I think the president wanted people in both companionships to know the people who we`ll be talking to. But, I`ll get to go back to Sendai tomorrow for a few hours, so I`m kind of excited about that!

Finally, we`re in the middle of a major typhoon right now, the power went off in our apartment a few times, but at least the church is a beacon of electrical light right now. As we were going shopping this P-day, the power went off in the store. The store clerks had to use simple calculators to add up our purchases, as the storm raged outside. It`s really raining like crazy and the wind is blowing hard, but at least we`re at a reasonably high elevation, so we`ll probably be safe.
Cultural point!
When you leave someone`s house, you either say `ojama shimashita` or `shitsure shimashita`, which both mean `I`m committed a rudeness`. Also, you can say the same thing but with `shimasu` when you enter a house. Then it`s more like `I`m going to be rude`.
Matta ne!
Earl Choro

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