It sounds like you`ve had an exciting week! I`m glad you`re enjoying vacation! Mother, I can sympathize with both you and dad. I loved the cruise and all, but I had a lot of time to think about all the things that I could be doing to improve and prepare for my mission. I really loved doing all the things I did and I would love to do it again, but I also love being really productive. I guess that`s why a mission is fun, you`re always planning to be productive and do your best even if you don`t see any immediate results.
I hope that Lisa`s family is all doing well! Tell them o-ban desu (Hokkaido-ben (language) for konbanwa (good evening)).
We did get new helmets and a new bike was sent from the honbu to elder Peterson, so now everyone has a helmet but we still only have 3 working bikes haha. What a week.
We can`t do nearly as much here if we don`t have bikes, so it`s pretty taihen (difficult) switching off who gets to use the bikes, but it`ll all turn out how it`s supposed to :) If I had to walk everywhere like all the other missionaries around the world that I`m hearing about I think I`d die! no not really, but bikes are nice :) And it`s never about how fast or far you go, it`s that you go by the Spirit and pray that the Lord will put someone who will listen in your path.
Things here are going wonderful :) The biggest news...Our friend was able to get baptized and get confirmed yesterday!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDDD She asked me to baptize her too, so I felt very blessed and humbled :) It was a very special experience, and her daughter wants to get baptized when she turns 8 in February...very ureshii (happy) right now :D It was amazing to see how the gospel changed her life. She gave up smoking and tea and promised to pay the law of tithing because she knew without a doubt God would bless her. She tried to stop smoking before but couldn`t on her own, but now after she tried with God`s help she said the desire was completely gone. She had no desire whatsoever. She also explained the blessings she`d gotten from stopping and it was amazing! She said the food that she eats is actually satisfying and it wasn`t before and their are loads of blessings she named off.
It was a really special experience working with her to baptism and confirmation, and now she`s excited to go to the Sapporo Temple when it`s finished. I wish I could describe my feelings, but I really can`t. The closest thing would be gratefulness and humility because of how little I did. It was so evident the work that God did because she was sincerely seeking help and hope.
I love being a missionary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
chichi arigatou gozaimasu. nihongo de chichi to hanusu toki ni ureshiku narimasu! tanoshii kara kedo watashitachi was nihongo shika tsukawanakattara haha wa dou suru?... :P I love speaking in Japanese :) If you want me to write in all romaji I can too. The computer just automatically turns my hiragana into Kanji.
...on that note (to iu wake de) I`m off! Today we`re having a pizza party at a ward members house so we will start dendo (finding) a little early. Thanks for the emails every week! I love you and hope you get back home safely!