Called to Serve in Different Langauges

With the Okayama Elders

This week was a blast! On preparation day, we went to Kyoto and experience for ourselves the Japanese culture. I met with a couple of people and made friends with them! We went to temples, the monkey mountain, the bamboo forest, and etc. We also met with a funny lady who got mad at us for asking discount claiming that they don’t have it in Japan. She also said that we were impolite for asking it not knowing that we always got discounts. After our trip to Kyoto, we went to the Elder’s apartment in Osaka and stayed there for the night. While in the apartment, we talked, ate, and played games until 10:30 pm and then retired to bed. We went to Kobe the next morning.

This week I also had my very first Japanese haircut and it was so expensive! We went to the cheapest barbershop in the city but the haircut still cost around 800.00 PhP! On the other side, I got to know my barber pretty well and told me about her religious beliefs. She said that she’d seen missionaries a lot of times riding bikes and was always curious about what we do. She also told me that she believes in God and had already read the Bible so I introduced the Book of Mormon to her. She was indeed fun to talked to!

The following day, we had district meeting and I got lost at the train station. I wasn’t scared since I’m already familiar with the place and I found them shortly anyways. We also had dinner with a family and ate a lot of meat. At first, we thought that it was her treat but then she told us that we’ll pay separately which made me nervous since we’re at an expensive restaurant. But on the flip side, I got to know them well and got a chance to say jokes and laugh with them. They have a very wonderful family!

This week I also had my first Family Home Evening in Spanish! As I’ve mentioned before, we have a lot of nationalities in our ward. Luckily, we have sister missionaries from Brazil and Spain that can speak Spanish fluently. I testified to the family about the importance of having the courage to stand for what is right in their language. I really didn’t know how close Spanish is to Tagalog and French until that special meeting with them and because I know how to speak Tagalog and French, I understood 75% of our conversation.