November 23, 2014
Good morning, everybody!
This week was rather busy, but pretty good!
First of all, we went to Sendai this week. It`s almost incredible how different it is from Yonezawa despite only being about two hours away. The weather is at least ten degrees warmer, the streets are packed with people, and there`s just so much to do. It was fun going to Stake Conference and seeing all the missionaries in the stake, which covers to zones. It had been a while since I had seen the Hills, and they seem to be doing well in their new area. I love serving in this small, rural area, but sometimes it`s nice to get to see other places for a bit at least. One of Olsen Choro`s Indian friends from Kitakami got transferred to Sendai, so we went to his Indian place and got nice discounts. We were able to get a lot of stuff `service` thanks to that connection!
Since our member who drove us to Sendai had to head back early, we were unable to leave for Yonezawa until the following morning. We had to take the early bus to Yamagata followed by a train the rest of the way home just to watch a video broadcast from the area we had been in the morning. It was kind of silly, but that`s how it ended up. Most of the talks were the same as the ones I heard during Aomori`s District Conference, but they focused a lot on member missionary work here. I think the two Saturday sessions were completely devoted to it, in fact, pretty much saying that just praying for the missionaries and putting food in the fruit basket isn`t sufficient any more. I hope we can see results from this, though the members here are honestly already doing there best, I feel!
Other than that, we`ve pretty much had the same usual week. Lessons, finding, repairing our stupid bikes, etc. We`re hearing rumors that the iPads that were supposed to come this year probably won`t be here for a while, which is kind of disappointing. The cold weather was really miserable for a bit, but it warmed up a lot and when we went to Sendai it was warm enough to not even wear a jacket! I hope I get a chance to serve in Sendai at some point on my mission!
Anyhow, have a great Thanksgiving! The only other American we`ll be with is the Zone Leader coming on Thanksgiving, but I have no idea whether we`ll actually do anything for it!