Week 37 – Benches, Beaches, and Lesson

Hey everyone!

Things are going great in the paradise of Sendai!
The weather’s been really nice, and it feels like spring! Except that it’s cold and way
windy today…
At least it’s not raining like last p-day! (I seem to be noticing a weather pattern…)

Well, I have photos this week, so I’ll tell the story that way…

This is me.  On a bike. With a decline bench strapped to my back.
Last p-day we went to a recycle shop* (that’s what they call them here) and found a decline bench for about ten dollars. Naturally we bought it. And then had no idea how to get it back to the apartment…
It worked, but I probably won’t try it again anytime soon!

*A Recycle shop is basically a Thrift store

Other than that, the only danger this week has been exhaustion.

Things have been picking up, and we had at least one new lesson every day for a week!
On Tuesday the Taniyama elders came over for junkai [companion exchanges] and we taught eight lessons that day. It’s been crazy busy!

On Friday we went to the beach. But only on the way to a lesson.
Shouma, the fourteen-year-old boy with a baptismal date, lives about four hours away by bike, so we asked a member to drive us up so we could quarter the time!
Members being members, we had a photo shoot on the way…

The lesson was way good, and we set up a new baptismal date for next Sunday! We’ll be teaching him every day over Skype to make it happen…

Everything is going really great, and time is just flying by with how busy we are! We’re definitely feeling a lot of prayers and heavenly help!
Hope everyone has a great week! I love you all!

Elder Houseknecht



Week 36 – Conferences and three-man miracles

This week was fantastic! It’s been way busy with the three of us
handling two companionships worth of teaching, but we’ve seen a lot of
miracles from it.

This week we had a big taikai [conference] with Elder Yamashita of the
area presidency. He gave a lot of way good training, so it was worth
the nine or so hours of travel to Kumamoto! (this time we actually
meant to go there…)

After that, we had a lot of weekly planning to do, mostly because
we’re trying to baptize a boy named Shouma, who lives way far away.
Right now, we’re trying to set things up so we can teach him via Skype…
It should all work out; it just takes a lot of planning!

So, while we haven’t been planning, we’ve been working as hard as
possible, and things are starting to move! We found a new investigator
named Kumamoto (but not from there), and he came to church yesterday!
He’s a high school English teacher, and he’s way cool!
We also tracked down a young dad we had met earlier, who we thought
had dropped us. Turns out we had just gone back to the wrong house…

That’s been about it, but this coming week we’ll be waaaaay busy.
We have junkai [companion exchanges] here tomorrow, so we’ll be teaching
six lessons in a single day!

Anyway, things are just crazy busy, but it’s way great! I can just
feel things starting to move and feel the work of the Lord hastening.
It’s way cool to be here in the middle of it!

Hope everyone has a great week!!
Love you all,
Elder Houseknecht