Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! I had a great time on my birthday, sharing the gospel with others.
|My companion in our study room|
|I promise my desk is usually more organized.|
This is a Nintendo (card) game, where you have to match what a person says to the associated card. They're all Japanese poetry, so it's really cool! A birthday present from my family.
|This was my dinner at Denny's. I got the club sandwich, and it was great! I got it|
because I haven't had American food like that in a long time (or non-white bread).
|My companion Elder H. got roast beef and rice. He said it was good|
|Elder H.'s crepe|
From his letter to me:
We had a district training meeting on my birthday! It was my first time conducting, and it wasn't a total disaster. This week we won't have a district training meeting, so that's good for me. Other than that, I made brownies for the district as my birthday gift to them, and was surprised with muffins made by the sisters. What was even better was that the muffins were a recipe from a famous (at least to missionaries) muffin place in Sendai. The rest of the day was normal. I don't like focusing on myself, even on birthdays off my mission.
|Another gift from my family. It's a balancing game to test your chopstick dexterity.|
|Funny box from my thermos, another birthday gift|
Elder Choi did say that we should be able to get a baptism every week. This isn't new news, as Elder Yamashita talked about a similar subject, but Elder Choi just straight out said it. I believe with all my heart that we can. It will be super hard, tons of work, and humbling ourselves lower than dirt, but it's more than possible if we have faith in Christ. We already have a baptismal date, and we're working on finding those who are eligible to get baptized this week. The only thing that will need to change is our faith. But we had lots of training on this before we came to the Earth, so we can do it.
They're both honey lemon shakes. Don't know if you had them in America ever, but they're really good shakes
About our investigator who is going to be baptized: The date is for the last Saturday of March. It is the first week he'll be eligible, and the way things are working out with him so far, he'll be more than ready on that day. It is our investigator, and it is the second week we've met with him as an investigator. He's the nicest man alive! Such a pure heart. We haven't talked about who is going to baptize him yet.
Note from me, Valerie:
Last week, I went to a Sendai, Japan missionary mom lunch in Salt Lake City. Alex's former companion's mom was there (We had lunch once
before so I knew Renee already). Also 3 other moms were there who I hadn't met and whose sons weren't my son's companions, but it was
fun to meet them and share this bond of having our sons experiencing this whole awesome mission life in the same place.