Sometimes, you never get away from English homework. One of the Elder's investigators asked us to help her with her English college admissions essay. I forgot how terrifying it is to apply to college!! but it was so fun to hear about her amazing experiences in life and help her put them into words on a page. She is so sweet, and so amazing! We even shared a scripture with her and her friend and they are starting to really be interested in the gospel. It's funny how on your mission, your college English class can help as much as you Book of Mormon class. :)
We went to Kamakura and helped with Eikaiwa!! It's about a 45 minute train ride, and I had kind of been having a rough day. I sat by a high school student and saw she was reading a book really dilligently. I said hello and said keep up the hard work. Then I looked at what book she was reading. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. I started talking with her about her favourite characters and she was so serious about how much she loved Harry Potter. I was dying. When we got off the train my companion said that it was a miracle that I sat by the only person who was reading Harry Potter. We then board our next train and I see a girl with a Ravenclaw sticker on her bag!! What the Harry Potter?!?! We start talking and I told her that I was sorted into Slytherin. She literally like moves away from me. I forgot how terrifying Slytherins are. We continue to talk though and she mentions that she loves to pray and that she's interested in learning more about God. I give her a Book of Mormon and we read a bit together. I then tell her that it's my favorite book ever, like, I love it even more than Harry Potter. She took it and she said that she would really like to read it!! The thing is, I wasn't just saying that. Harry Potter has some gems, but it's not true. The Book of Mormon is a true book, and has the power to change lives. By reading it everyday, I come closer to my Savior and better understand my divine identity as a daughter of God.
I ate the best Italian food of my life. A member took us to an Italian restaraunt and they had unlimited bread. Need I say more?
I accidentally broke into the Thriller dance in the middle of a train station. Yeah, not the most socially acceptable move but one that brought comedy and helped make friends. There's nothing more endearing than a tall blonde awkwardly dancing to Thriller when there is no music playing.
WE GOT OUR TRANSFER CALLS. For those of you who don't realize what a big deal this is, don't worry, I didn't either until after it happened. Every 6 weeks the Mission President rearranges the companionships in the missions and changes where everyone is serving. Literally everything changes. Since my companion was going home, I knew that I was getting a new companion anyways and that didn't surprise. And I even knew that I was going to stay in the same place because my mission president accidentally let it slip. What I didn't realize is that my new companion is Japanese!!!! Like, a real life Japanese person. You'd think I would be used to them since I now live in Japan, but I have never lived with a Japanese person! She speaks as much English as I speak Japanese, is a Sister Training Leader, and apparently an incredible cook. Also, a stellar missionary. I am so excited to start working with her! We work together starting Thursday!! :) I'm scared that I might be inadequate, but then I just remember that the Lord is on my side and I can do anything!!
My companion is gone! I said goodbye to her on the train today and it was so hard! We had a huge goodbye party for her on Sunday and so many people were there!! She has made such a huge influence on the people of Japan and has worked so hard! I pray that I will have the ability to be led by the Lord to bless half as many lives as she has. She has been an incredible example to me and I am so grateful to have learned so much from her!
This week I am hanging out in Yamato with the sisters here until I get my new companion. They are THE BEST!! We get to go to the army base today aka: little America!! Thrift shopping (what what).
This week I have gained a testimony that the Lord needs each of us in His work. If he needed a thousand Sister Feists, then He would have called them. But He doesn't! He needs me, He needs Elder Blah, Sister Blah, and all of our special talents! If we were all the same, we could only help the same people! But the Lord wants each of us to help different kinds of people, because He loves us all individually. Read President Uchtdorff's talk from the most recent conference. Also, listen to that song from Wicked "For Good." Wicked is not officially sponsored by the LDS church but I personally endorse it. It's what I'm feeling these days :)
I love you all! God loves you! Christ is our Savior, and He knows each of us!
I love you,