I am transferring, and I'm going to a place called Aizuwakamatsu. It's a mouthful, I know. My companion is going to be Elder H., and I will have two more Elders in the apartment: Elder O. and Elder B. if I remember correctly. There are also two sisters in the district. The "biggest" news, is that I'm going to become a district leader there. It will be my first time, and I'm sure it will be an adventure.
They are doing transfers differently now, and we will be told our companion and area over the phone, and will go to our area as fast as we can. I leave tonight, so that's why I had to finish packing before writing.
I have news: I am transferring. It has been roughly 4 months here in Furukawa, and is the longest area (tied with Yonezawa and Hachinohe), and Elder A. is a companion I've had for the longest (tied with Elder O., and Elder B.--both now home from their missions).
Note from Valerie: These are different Elders O and B than above.
The change that really surprised me, however, is I am becoming a district leader. So, I am going to Sendai tonight to get training in the morning tomorrow, and I will probably not come back to Furukawa for the rest of my mission.
My scripture of the week is Moroni 8:26, "And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God."
Kanji of the week: 任天堂 pronounced "nintendo." This is loved by many, so I don't think I need to explain what it means, but an interesting fact is that Nintendo used to make board and card games before they became a video game company. It was the only Kanji I could think of off the top of my head that I might not have shared.
It's not appetizing looking, but delicious food called okonomi yaki. We made it ourselves.
Monday was normal, and we had a great time visiting an investigator at the local mall, and also at family home evening.
Tuesday we went to another town in our area, and were able to talk to two less active's, and find some very nice high school boys. The rest of the day was finding.
Wednesday we did Streeting, and housing, and not too much to say about that. We had one person mistake us for Jehovah's Witnesses, but nothing else really. English class was fun, and everyone was so energetic. I announced that one of us might be gone next week, and they were all super sad and thanked us both for everything just incase we left. It really showed me how much I have an impact on others lives even when I feel like all I do is teach them English for an hour. Afterwards, we had two short lessons with one of the English students who became an investigator, and also a member who likes the missionaries a lot.
Thursday we did weekly planning, so a lot of our day went to that. We did some Streeting after that, and then went to an old investigators house, to see how they were doing. Not much had changed, but they still love missionaries. Not much else I can really think of that happened that day.
Friday we went and did district training meeting, and then I came back with Elder M. We had a great day, and were able to get some finding in, and also a lesson with a new investigator. She loves English, and she also has lots of interest in the church. The 30 minute English, 30 minute Japanese/gospel practice program we have is great for her. The branch president was there, and it was a great lesson. We answered a lot of her questions, and the missionaries will next meet with her on my birthday.
A box of chocolates I got from an English class student for Valentine's Day. Don't worry, she's waaaay older than me, but she loves missionareis.
Saturday Elder A. came back to Furukawa, and the other two went back to Izumi, we then went to street for a bit, but didn't get much. After dinner, we went to visit a different investigator, he's a high school student. He and his friend were outside talking, so we talked to both of them. His friend asked some questions about us and the church, so we told answered all his questions and asked him to read the Book of Mormon we gave him. It was a great lesson, because our investigator helped teach his friend! That night, I got the call to Aizuwakamatsu, one of the furthest south areas in the mission. My new companion will be Elder H., and I'm looking forward to it all.
Sunday we had a great day at church, and everyone was sad to hear I was leaving. It was again eye opening, because I didn't feel like I did all I could to work for the members, but they all kept saying how much they'd miss me. After church, we gave a member a blessing, and it was a super spiritual blessing. A huge chunk of the day was then taken for studies (next transfer I'll have an extra hour of work a day!). The night was pretty fun, but uneventful. We tried our best though!
That's the fast version of this week. We had our greatest week together this week, and I'm sad to leave at such a wonderful time. But I know that God wants me in Aizuwakamatsu. Have a great week everyone.