Saturday, June 11, 2011

Two Zone Conference June 6 - 12, 2011

This was a week to prepare for Zone Conference and enjoy the rainy season.
Monday we had our weekly Ward Missionary Coordination meeting and Christensen Choro enjoyed a sick day. We also took Tsutamori Shimai back to the Hospital with a promise that she would come to Zone Conference Thursday.

Tuesday we had the Oyamas come up to the apartment and we called Kit Wareham to finalize their trip to Utah next week. Thank You Kit! They are excited about the places, people and things (ping pong) they are going to see.

Wednesday we were able to bring Tsutamori Shimai home from the hospital. Hope she will not have to go back for a long time.
We did more paper work and transported Kagoshima Zone missionaries from the bus stops to the apartments they were staying in that night. We knew some of the missionaries, but got to make many new friends doing this.

Little girl throwing a tantrum as her mother sent her on the way to school.

Rain does not stop people of Japan. It does slow down the Bicycles and Scooters though.

Thursday began early transporting missionary across town back here to the Zone Conference. There were two Zones attending, Kumamoto and Kagoshima Zones. We were trained about a new program given to the Mission Presidents. Elder Aoyagi and Sister Aoyagi of the Second Quorum of Seventy also instructed us on being good missionaries. It lasted until 4:30 pm with a break for lunch. Christensen Shimai was given a gluten free lunch by the people that prepared it! The people here are so thoughtful!

Gluten free angel!

After conference we spent the rest of the evening transporting missionaries back to the bus stops.

Martinez and Baba Choro

Hirst Choro


Kim and Hirst Choro waiting for Tom the Taxi man

Friday we began early again transporting the two Nobeoka missionaries to their bus stop. The traffic was the worst we had seen for a while. It took an hour and 15 minutes hours to get to the bus stop and 15 minutes to get home. Lucky we left early. In the afternoon we traveled with Kim Choro to a hospital in Ushiro to see Brother Matsunaga. He has been in the hospital for a couple months after he had his bike accident and broke a leg. He is doing great and looked fit. He will get out in four days!

Biggest smiles and goofy pictures as requested by the APs.

Atu Maui and two sons at Sports night
Atu and his wife Simone have set their Baptism date for the 26th of June!!!
On Saturday we woke up to the hardest rainstorm and thunder yet! We had bought a few things to take to Ligang and Wang Ying but were hesitant to head out in the storm. So we got the wise idea to scrub our front walkway in the rain. Bess did the scrubbing and Tom ran the bucket brigade to wash the black off into the parking lot below. What a difference it made...we just wish we had stayed with it and finished a little bit more.

Walk toward the "light"

We just thought that the rain on Saturday was bad. Sunday we had rivers for main roads and everyone was drenched as we walked into Church.
Bess gave the Relief Society lesson on Charity in English with Barraclough Shimai to translate! When the closing prayer was said the dear sister said she didn't understand much of the lesson but she felt the Spirit very strongly. After all that hard work! The RS shimai are trying so hard to help us feel welcome.
We are trying to find a way to reach the less active and nonmembers, Kasada Shimai, our RS president said she would like it if we had an English class and Bess taught a sewing class to them.
Now to find easy things to teach without having to translate much.
Sunday evening we had the older Single Adults over for a potluck dinner. There were about 10 plus the two Choro. Good food. Very interesting conversation. Japanese plus Japanese sign language for Masuda Shimai. Thank Heaven for Kim Choro who knows both.

Higashi Hikaru, Masuda, Takahiro Murakami, Yasunori Furuta, Obayashi and Kim Choro, Christensens, Yukito Furusho, Ku Tani Tomomichi (the other Tom) and??? The others left before we got the camera out.
Last, but not least, we received a call this afternoon from Pres. Margetts and our Temple President (lost name, will tell you later), we have been called as Ordinance Workers to serve on the fourth Saturday of each month starting in July for an English speaking session. We will go up on the 25th of June and be trained and set apart. Another Blessing!!

We love you!!
Thank you for your support and prayers.

Grandpa and Grandma
Dad and Mom
Tom and Bess

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