We started the week with Oobayashi Choro having a dream of a great big pinata full of candy for the 2 Nov Halloween Eikaiwa party. We started the pinata Monday and left the young missionaries working on it during the week while we were in Hiroshima checking apartments and eating Spicy Italian sandwiches. A pinata requires a lot of work to last one minute at the party.
Oobayashi Choro, Blau and Ito Shimai and Bess greasing the balloon. The start of the "Dream."
We found another US Military Base. Iwakuni Marine Air Base has 5000 Marines. It is just south of Hiroshima and has a two, yes, we said a two story PX and two hotels. They also fly all over the the world. We could fly to Utah and back for about $28 when we get off our mission if they have space available. They also have fast foods like Subway, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Tom loves the spicy Italian sandwich.
Tuesday we traveled to Hiroshima and stopped at the Air Base and enjoyed. We met the Servicemen's Branch President Wilson at the Church. He led us to the Base and he showed us around. He and his wife have lived there one year. They teach school and are looking to buy a house and make it their home.
Crossing over the bridge at the top of the Kyushu Island.
Wednesday we checked the Hamada Choro's apartment that is one and a half hours from Hiroshima and on the far north edge of the mission.
P. Stratford and Bagley Choro of Hamada.
All the color we could find on our drive .
Back south to the Yasufuruichi Choro next, we had dinner together and stayed for their Eikaiwa Halloween party. Over thirty people came and we all had a good time.
Everett and B. Beckstrand Choro of Yasufuruichi.
Thursday we checked Takasu, Hatsukaichi and Hikari.
Watanabe (not AP) and Mitton Choro of Takasu.
Rhodes and Shima Choro of Hatsukaichi.
Nascimento, Zone Leader, and Kurose Choro at Hikari.
We had dinner with the Hikari missionaries. We ate the dish that Hiroshima is famous for Okonomiyaki. Bess had hers without the noodles and pancake, but on a bed of rice. It was delicious!!
Friday we traveled to Kure, Saijo, and Mihara and had dinner at the 7eleven. We were worn out.
Stevenson and Rushing Choro of Kure. Rushing dies this transfer.
Hodson and Ainge Choro of Saijo. Ainge dies this transfer also.
Shimada and Zone leader, Nagafuichi Choro at Mihara.
Saturday we slept in until 7:30 and went back to Iwakuni Marine Air Base to pick up somethings we had forgotten plus a suit for Tom that actually fits him. His other two are way too big.
Meet "Millie" our navi. This is after we were on the Expressway past Iwakuni.
Saturday as we drove home it started to rain in Fukuoka. We arrived home just in time to attend the Adult Session of Stake Conference. The theme was Obedience. Halfway through Tom was glad he had obeyed the mission rules and had two pair of glasses since the one of the nose pieces one fell off. Li came and sat by us. He was wondering where to find a job. He had an interview on Sunday, but was not wanting to go. At the end of the meeting President Kasada, of the Stake Presidency, walked up to him and said to not worry about a job, you are working for me building houses. He will have Sundays off. The answer to prayers! We sure love Li as does everyone that knows him.
II Nephi 1
9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a apromise, that binasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall cprosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall dkeep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their einheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.
Still raining on Sunday. The Conference theme was "Feeling the Spirit". The speakers, which included President and Sister Marigetts, talked about how listening to the Spirit has helped them and others in their lives.
As President Monson said in October Conference: "It may appear to you at times that those out in the world are having much more fun than you are. Some of you may feel restricted by the code of conduct to which we in the Church adhere. My brothers and sisters, I declare to you, however, that there is nothing which can bring more joy into our lives or more peace to our souls than the Spirit which can come to us as we follow the Savior and keep the commandments. That Spirit cannot be present at the kinds of activities in which so much of the world participates. The Apostle Paul declared the truth: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”4 The term natural man can refer to any of us if we allow ourselves to be so.
Elementary school children and their $3 to $4 hundred dollar backpacks. No kidding!!
New buildings across by the Hospital.
We love all of you and want the best for you!
Mom and Dad,
Grandma and Grandpa,
The Christensens, Tom And Bess