Week 9 – Transfers!

This week is transfers*
so they moved pday to Tuesday (when we get our transfer calls).
I haven’t gotten an official transfer call yet, but it looks like I’ll be staying! At least, I assume so, since Garrard chourou [Elder] had a long ‘Trainer’s training’ yesterday. I guess he could get a new bean**…

*Transfers: missionaries are periodically transferred to different areas within the mission boundaries, as the mission president is inspired to move them.  The time between transfers varies from mission to mission, but a common length is six weeks.
Missionaries usually stay in an area for 3-6 months before being transferred.  

**Bean: as in ‘green bean’; missionary slang for a missionary who’s just come to the mission field from the MTC.

Here’s the update–
China kyoudai [Brother] is getting closer and closer to a baptismal date! We taught him about the qualifications for baptism (D&C* 20:37) and encouraged him to think specifically about when he wants to get baptized. He’s definitely reading and he’s praying now, so I’m sure he’ll get an answer. He’s definitely prepared for baptism (other than the lessons we haven’t taught him yet); he just needs to feel prepared, and I think he’ll commit to a date.

*D&C: the abbreviation for Doctrine and Covenants, a book of scripture contained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ scriptural canon.  It contains divine revelation and inspired declarations for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last days.  

[For more information, click this link.]

Sachiko san
might be slipping a little. She still comes to church every week and to almost every activity, but we haven’t been able to meet with her as often as we’d like. She definitely still loves the church, and she still wants to share the gospel with her family; she just needs a strong friend in the church to answer her questions and take her from class to class and such.

Please pray that we can find someone who will do that!

In the meantime, we’ll be teaching her good study habits so she can fill her life with goodness.

We’re also focusing
on finding English speaking investigators. We’ve found a new area with a lot of Americans (called Sunabe, if you want to check a map), so we’ll be proselyting there on evenings and weekends.

So. Transfers.
Malen chourou [elder] and Richards chourou [elder] are leaving! They’re ‘dying’ as they say here.

So we had a party yesterday with a bunch of members and some investigators. I’ll send pictures when I get a chance, but today we’re hanging out in a place called American Village near the base. I think there’s a beach, and some shops, but I’ve never been there before…

We’re leaving now, so I’ll have some catching up to do on emails next week! (transfer pdays are a little more hectic)

I love you all!!!
Have a great week!
-Elder Houseknecht
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