Tuesday we spent the entire day finding... we talked to 83 people but only actually talked to two of them. The other 81 were rejections... seriously. Finding is way hard for us right now. We just get super rejected. Sometimes people don't even let us say a word they just look at us and slam the door in our face. But me and Horio shimai have learned to laugh and just find joy in the small things.
Wednesday we talked to 71 people but actually talked to 0 of those people haha. That's right, 71 rejections in one day. But we had kids eikaiwa (English class) which is the funnest, most exhausting half hour of my life haha. There are about 10 kids that come, but every once in a while there's like 15 or 20 and it's crazy. But they are the cutest kids ever! and I love them all. We just sing song and play games and it's way fun. And every Wednesday night Utashima kyodai makes us dinner and drops it off at the church for us so we have dinner with the elders every Wednesday night! It's way fun! The members here are so nice! They always give us food. Like every week Konishi kyodai makes us way delicious sandwiches and way... interesting potato salad haha... the ingredients are potatoes, mayo, tomatoes and apples haha... kinda gross... but every week without fail! so nice!
Thursday we had zone training meeting. Which was way good! It was just kinda prep for ipads!! haha. And Thursday is our Eikaiwa day. I love eikaiwa haha. It's seriously so fun. I teach the way beginning class with Horio shimai. There are two students in my class haha. Nakano-san and Iwasa-san. They are grandpas haha. but they're the best! Last week we practiced saying Mcdonalds and hamburger for 20 minutes haha. And then Nakano-san asked me if I knew "the amazing song" and it took us a while to figure out what he was talking about, but he was talking about Amazing Grace haha. So he made me teach him the words to amazing grace and he made me sing it haha. gosh. really interesting people. but I love them!
Friday was a fun day! We had a lesson with Okaza shimai. Gosh! I love her, she's 78 years old and got baptized a couple of months ago. Her memory is terrible so when we have our lessons with her she writes down every word we say haha. She is the cutest grandma ever! Then we went to visit Shimizu kyodai, he's a less active, and way cool! His job is like computer graphics or something, I don't know, but he makes these way fun commercials and he showed us a bunch, way talented! We also did some finding and it was way good! We talked to a lot of nice people and it was way fun!
Saturday we had to do weekly planning. But gosh, we were so nervous all day because we had a lesson planned with the Sakai family! Sakai kyodai and shimai have been investigators for about 2 years. And me and Horio shimai really felt like this is the time for them! So we were determined to set a baptismal date with them.. May 17th to be exact! We planned this lesson so carefully and we even arranged for a member to take their son to their house for a play date. We found a way good joint, Sumikawa kyodai, but gosh, we were so nervous for this lesson. Anyways, the lesson was amazing! The spirit was so strong! There were even tears from Sakai shimai! Gosh. And they decided to be baptized! Gosh! finally!! Seriously so happy. It's the moments like these that make that 100s of rejections okay. There are a lot of ups and downs on the mission, but when it's all said and done, you really only remember the ups. Anyways, we are so excited for the Sakai family! They are awesome! But it's nothing me or Horio shimai did, it's all God. This is really His work, He's totally in charge. And He's nice enough to let us have the smallest part in it. I'm so grateful to be on a mission! It's totally the best! Anyways! I love you guys! and I hope you have a great week!!!