It's funny how when you make goals like: become dainty, the Lord throws things into your path that make you realize how useless that really is. This week we played volleyball at sport's night. Being dainty while playing volleyball is the worst. I felt like an idiot. Then we had a mochi making party today. To make mochi, it's just wet rice that you hit with a hammer until it's all mushed together (it's pretty delicious). I went crazy. I pounded that rice like crazy. I didn't realize how hard I was hitting it until the I started hearing the Elders make comments about how they don't want to make me mad. Which isn't exactly a dainty thing, is it? But I'm not too hung up on not coming across as dainty. I love hitting rice with a giant hammer! It's such a healthy way of releasing stress. I highly reccomend it to everyone :)
This week we went to Sister Skinner's house for dinner. If you've been reading closely, you'll realize that name is distinctly not Japanese. She married a guy from Portland but has a lot of friends who live in Boise. We were looking at her pictures on her walls and there was one in front of Roaring Springs Waterpark!! I was dying! It was crazy to see a place I had spent so many of my summers at in the home of a Japanese woman in Tokyo Japan! It made me a little homesick, but not in a bad way. Just in a fun way :)
The sweet potato truck. We were a little lost trying to find a member's house, when we hear this really creepy music. It starts getting louder, and we distinguished that it was coming from a truck. We had heard legends of the mysterious sweet potato truck that drives through neighborhoods, but neither of us had seen one before. We stopped and asked the man what he was selling and our suspicions were confirmed! So we bought one, and it was literally the best sweet potato I have ever eaten! They cook it a special way I guess, but I was just so incredibly happy! It was so good!
Sister Wells and I aren't exactly shy people, so we really have tried to be obedient in talking to literally everyone. We all know that obedience brings miracles. But what I think, is that effort and amounts of miracles are directly correlated. As we increase our efforts, we see an increase in miracles. But what we don't consider, is that as we are increasing our efforts, the devil increases his. Rejection and effort are also directly correlated. I have never been rejected more times than I have these past few weeks. Which has definitely kind of been a bummer. But you know what the constant in this equation is? Our attitude and gratitude. No matter what's happening, I am always so thankful to the Lord, and happy to be serving Him! I know that as I increase my efforts in being able to speak Japanese, in knowing the scriptures, and really working to speak with the Spirit, great, amazing, fun things are going to happen! This week, we received a lot of flat out rejections, but we saw so many miracles! The key is to not get discouraged.
Aki San is progressing like crazy!! She is so excited for her baptism on February 1st and loves the gospel. When we teach her lessons, she asks these incredible, sincere questions and really wants to progress. She is incredible. She came to church for the first time yesterday. She loved it!!! She loves the ward, and came to the mochi making party today. It's such a blessing to work with someone who the Lord has so well prepared to receive the gospel.
I am loving life! Japanese is coming along alright. I'm not going to say I'm that great at it because that would be a straightup lie, but I do feel like I'm progressing! How great is this life, that we have the abilitiy to progress? I'm so grateful for the Atonement and that I can change, and constantly become a better version of myself.
Life is great! Don't forget to enjoy the journey!
Sister Feist :)