Transfers have come and gone and Jones Shimai and I are here to stay once more. It has been quite the week of miracles over here in Kitarokko actually. But all in very weird and unexpected ways.
So we had a Tae Kwon Do activity last Monday because Jones Shimai is a black belt and it was way great. A whole bunch of little kids and grandmas came it was adorable. We're thinking of doing it again after her mom sends her her outfit for her birthday because a bunch of the people we were working with were kinda sad they couldn't make it so therefore the second time will theoretically be more successful.
Also we've visited and done service for Kurose-san almost every day this week. It was kinda crazy. We pulled weeds (in the process of which I found two inchworms, several spiders, and a praying mantis) and vacuumed and helped her make potato croquettes. She was super super happy about it and now she really wants to come to our EnglishConnect class which theoretically should be starting soon hopefully.
Then, miraculously, we got to begin lessons and teach the restoration to this Eikaiwa student who's been coming for who knows how long and it went very well! Ish. He has a lot of knowledge about history and he got rather distracted by Christopher Columbus and the intricacies of Buddhist doctrine which we, incidentally, know exactly zero things about. But it was okay because we had some awesome dousekis who solved those problems with their superior Japanese. And hey he was totally down to read the Book of Mormon every day and wants to meet for lessons every week so I consider that a wild success. Also, when we went to visit him and follow up and invite him the the baptismal service of these two cute little kids on Sunday he gave us kiwis and also medical cream for my poor, bug-bitten, literally on fire legs because it looks rather pitiful. He's such a nice old man.
This week we've also made So Many Brownies and also a cake for the members because one of our goals this transfer is to build the Strongest Relationship With The Ward Ever(TM) and as a result the members are very impressed with us because we walked up a literal mountain which 50% of the ward lives on in order to give them these brownies and the Lord has blessed us greatly. On the way up, we ran into this American guy who's a missionary from some other Christian church (Idk which one) and he was like "hey are yall missionaries? You should come over to my house and have dinner with me and my family sometime and tell us your stories" so now we're going to do that. #kiseki
Also! On Sunday we went to go walk up the mountain again because we got a referral who lives up there and halfway there the Okadas show up in their car and offer to drive us to this lady's house and long story short we got invited to dinner on a whim and it was the best ever because the youngest son just got called as the assistant ward mission leader and we got to talk lots about dendo and plans for the ward and did a really really great mogi lesson of the restoration with them (I'm so proud of Jones Shimai) and when we testified about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, the Spirit was really strong and the men were trying really hard not to cry and it was really just the best. Their family is so cute I love them they're all so quirky and fun. Okada Shimai told us how she met Okada Kyoudai and it is literally the best story I've heard in my entire life so here's how it went:
Okada Kyoudai lived in Ibaraki back in the day and Okada shimai lived here. Also living in ibaraki was the Donomotos, who now live here, but back then they were the bishop and wife of Ibaraki so they were tight with Okada Kyoudai. Then Okada Kyoudai went on his mission and the Donomotos moved to Kitarokko where they met Okada Shimai. Then she went on her mission, and they both came back. Then Okada Kyoudai came to Kitarokko to visit the Donomotos and thus met Okada Shimai. Then Okada Kyoudai went back home and a made plans to go to the Tokyo temple. As he was doing so, he called up Donomoto Shimai and asked her to tell Okada Shimai to go as well. So Donomoto shimai was like "lol I ship it" and told Okada Shimai to go to the temple. So a week after they had met Okada Shimai went to the temple and Okada Kyoudai was like "oh hey there what a crazy random happenstance" and they went out to McDonald's for lunch or whatever and after that they went to a cute cafe where Okada Kyoudai pulls out his missionary handbook and turns to page 33 which reads "Unless otherwise directed by your mission president, go directly to your new area when you are transferred and meet your new companion without delay." and then goes "Kobe is my new area and you are my new companion" and that's how he proposed to her. And she was like "maa okay" and three months later they got married. It's so Utah lol.
It was just a really good day. God is good.
The transfer is proving to be quite the adventure already.
1.) Suenaga san gave us unagi (eel)
2.) a double decker bus in someone's backyard
3.) all the weeds in Kurose san's garden
4.) Tae Kwon Do with the small childrens
5.) the best district ever