Iizuka week 3 – miracles!


Week 42- Hanami and Good-byes

Hey everyone! Hope things are going good and that the weather’s nice!

So this week I had the opportunity to go on junkai (split) with elder Mathews,
and we had a blast!  We went and dendou-ed (did proselyting) way up north (the beginning
of elder Bryans’s and my mountain adventure) and also way down south,
and went out to eat at McDonald’s!

Saturday we had a Hanami (cherry blossom viewing picnic) with the branch, which was way fun!
This is the view from laying down in the picnic blanket.


On Sunday, we met with two of our investigators names Paul and Roel for possibly the last time. I haven’t mentioned them before because we haven’t been able to meet them much, but they’re from the Philippines and way cool!
They’re living on company owned property though, so their boss said they can’t have visitors, plus they work really late so they can’t meet anywhere else…
It was kind of sad, but we’ll figure something out.

Well, that’s it for this week! Next week is general conference, so that’s way exciting!
Hope everyone has a great week!
Love you all!
Elder Houseknecht

The followings are from the email sent to his family:
Last week we biked down a mountain at four miles an hour… There were dead leaves and loose gravel, and I almost went of the side of the road, but…all’s well that ends well!

What do you do regarding the missionary standards when you go to ward activities? Do you get to watch or listen along with everybody?

His reply:
The idea is that if we can make it into effective dendou (missionary work), anything goes! Though, the zone leaders have to approve any movies… Last time they said it was okay as long as we didn’t talk about it or sing any songs from it afterwards.


Week 33

Well, here I am. Transfer calls have come and gone, and I’m still in Sendai!
Plus, as an added bonus, it’s warming up again!

Transfer calls day was fun as always, we went up to Kagoshima and then took a ferry over to Sakurajima, which is basically just a big volcano in the middle of the bay.

The view was amazing.

After that, not much happened this week!  We taught a lesson to Onaka kyoudai, the recent convert who was baptized when I got here, but all the other lessons we had planned just kind of fell through.   On the upside though, we still have a bunch of potential investigators we can visit, so something good ought to come of that.

So, this week we’ve just been riding bikes.  And having fun.
Honestly, all four of us are just exhausted!

Hope everyone has a great week!
– Elder Houseknecht

Week 10

There are a lot of F-15s flying around here,
so sometimes if Garrard chourou [elder] and I are lucky we can see them taking off.
There was even a day when one passed less than 30 ft directly over my head to do a touch and go!
Aaaannd….sometimes I get distracted watching them and run into posts.*
Yep, I’ve crashed twice, but I managed to step off my bike as I was crashing both times, so I just scraped my elbows.
ElbowsIt’s not too bad Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes

Update on investigators:
Sachiko San needs prayers so she can have courage to be baptized.

China San is doing pretty well. He’s reading and praying, and we’re getting ready to re invite him to a baptismal date.
There’s a cool thing we’re going to do called a baptism calendar, where we actually schedule out on a calendar what we have left to teach so they can have an easier time committing to a date.

Do you know what time we leave the apartment each day?
Here’s a typical day from last transfer.
Planner**Planner reads:
8:00 Personal study
9:00 Companion study
10:00 Language study
11:00 Lunch
12:00 Training
1:00 Mock lessons
1:30 Update Area Book
2:30 Adrian & Cindy
3:45 To Church (or Housing)
4:00 Lesson with Sachiko
5:00 Dinner
5:30 to Mizugama
6:00 Housing
7:45 to Michael & Roni
8:00 Michael & Roni
9:30 Daily planning

I leave the apartment at 2:30
We have studies, lunch, training, mogi [mock lessons*], then updating the Area Book Planner app (we have to load in all our old records..’ )

*Missionaries practice teaching with one Missionary acting as the teacher, and one as the investigator.

Here’s the fun part of the Area Book Planner app:
This is the legal hullabaloo that we have to navigate when we transfer records…
I’m not a fan of politics…
Oh well.
Area book

The Atonement:
I used to hate the new app (at least I hated transferring records, and the whole data privacy thing) but I’ve decided that I’m going to like it. So I’ll just ganbaru!! [Work hard and persevere!!!]

That’s something I’ve really been working on. It started with small things, like volleyball, and it’s moved to bigger things like the app.

I’ve realized that in order to receive the blessings of the Atonement, we need to change our attitudes, even in small ways like deciding to like something, or deciding not to be scared to try something.

I love you all!!!
Have a great week!

-Elder Houseknecht


Some Photos

Had another typhoon day
on Saturday. We had to stay inside, but it wasn’t that hidoi [awful]. The weather was really pretty before the taifuu [typhoon], though

"The calm before the storm..." Panorama of the area outside Elder Houseknecht's apartment, before a typhoon

“The calm before the storm…”
Panorama of the area outside Elder Houseknecht’s apartment, before a typhoon

They say the prettier it is, the more hidoi it’ll be, but it wasn’t bad at all…

Shurijo [Shuri Castle]

Throne of the Ryuukyuu Kings

Shurijo was apparently the palace of the old Ryuku [the name of the island chain on the south of Japan that includes Okinawa] Kings.
Along with their ridiculous thrones Face Without Mouth
I kind of want one…




Shuri Jo courtyard

Shuri Jo courtyard

Someone took a lot of panoramas and air dropped (sent them over Bluetooth) to me. I have about twenty others…