Tuesday, May 28, 2013

she accidently said "Hot" Choro instead of "Sotto" Choro

Dear family...Hello!!!
I can't believe how fast everything is going! This transfer is going great. My companion is wonderful and we're seeing a lot of miracles everyday.
For example, we met a really nice high school kid on the street who loves classical music and came to our music concert and brought a friend! Great kid :)
The Concert went great :) We got so sing a lot of great songs and it all turned out really good. It should become a CD so I'll send it home when it gets made!
It's great to hear about everything at home! I always loved going to visit the graves. I actually went up to Veterens Memorial Park before I went up to camp the summer before i went to college and I met a nice lady that turned out to be related to Sam Robison (his older sister's husbands mom). I just felt like I should talk to her and it turned out to be a really great conversation :) I did see a temple on the grave she was at, so I had a lot more courage when I talked to her. I really loved seeing all the family at the graves though. I didn't really try to get to know anyone until right before i left on my mission though! That's one thing I feel bad about. I plan on being a lot more social when I get back :)
It's interesting to hear about the Jehovah's witness thing. I didn't know that. We met a man on the street who was that religion the other day and he wasn't very nice. We meet Sokagakai (SGI) people a lot too. Those are the really big proselyting religions in the world right now it seems. It can be pretty interesting when we meet them. They're either really nice or really mean haha. But they are very nesshin (passionate) about what they do.
I'm excited to hear about camp too! I'm sure I'll be heading up there again when I get back.
Well as for this week, here is an awkward experience!
At church in sunday school the teacher asked me to say the prayer but she accidently said "Hot" Choro instead of "Sotto" Choro :P Our mission mom, Evans Shimai, was there too. Awkward haha.
Then after church one of the members came up to me and said, "One of my companions on my mission was really tall like you and he was a model before his mission. Have you modeled? You should  be like him and go to model in Italy after your mission..." haha. The people at church are so funny :P
Actaully! There is an american guy in our ward named Cameron who served in Hawaii on his mission. So I complimented him on his tie because in one light it is blue and in another it is black. Really cool tie. Then he said, "Ya this is from a companion from the mission." Then he showed me the name and it said Elder Carr...Then I said, "What?...Elder Carr? Cary Carr?" He said, "Yes! How do you know him?" It was so cool!
Ok, well I'm going to head off...wait...I thought I saw something that said Shandra Henly is getting married...WHAT!? Crazy crazy crazy...I got a wedding picture of a friend the other day. It wasnt my friend that got married, but it sure is that time in people's lives. Wierd.
Ok, now I'll go. No wait! My friend Elder Spencer Lee apparently met Sister Felicity Cribbs in the Health office at the MTC and they found out that they both knew me! haha. It was fun to hear that story :)
Ok for reals now. I'll get off so others can used the computer. But I love you!
Bye Bye!!!
Elder Sotto

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I haven't been around other missionaries for 6 months. It's so weird!

Dear dad,
Thanks for the email! I do it at the honbu every week now so it's really ahrd to focus with everyone in here talking. I haven't been around other missionaries for 6 months. It's so weird! I can't focus at all so this is going to be a really short letter probably.
The Moiwa ward is amazing!!! I love it so much! The Youth are super strong and the ward is pretty big. I forgot how much I love dendoing in Sapporo too! There are so many people that there is never a dull moment. We've been meeting a lot of cool people and have been handing out a lot of copies of the Book of Mormon. We don't really have any investigators at the moment, but we're working hard!
My district in this area is huge! There is a lot of calling and reporting I have to do so I have a lot less time to myself now, but I feel like I'm doing good work out here :)
I was also able to stand in on a blessing of health yesterday. It's always so amazing to me the power of the Priesthood and the faith of the people who receive a blessing. It's a really touching thing. I always feel very humble whenever I'm able to participate in any Priesthood ordinances.
I have a lot of music practice to do before our concert this Saturday so I better go. I love you! Bye Bye!!!
Elder Mitchell Perry Sotto

Monday, May 13, 2013

It was so fun to talk to you yesterday!

It was so fun to talk to you yesterday! I really am very excited for this transfer :)
I'm at the Honbu right now emailing for the first time in a year and it's way hisashiburi! (long time no see)

Well that was short. It is because we just talked on the phone yesterday. It was great to hear his voice. His English is faltering a little. He just moved to an area right next to the one he trained in over a year ago. It is an area in Sapporo. He is very excited to be there. He has a companion from Okinawa. Mitchell lived there when he was 2-4yrs. old. There are also 2 other Japanese Missionaries in the apartment. One of them lived in San Francisco for a while. They still don't spend any time speaking English. He has responsibility over more missionaries this time so that will keep him busier. He is very excited to meet up with all the people he use to know and teach. More to come next week..............

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I also am realizing the importance of a sense of humor more and more. smile and file...good phrase.

Dear Father, smile and file...good phrase :P It`s very interesting how a sense of humor can change on a mission. You end up picking up a lot of things from your companions and learning to deal with a lot of things you didn`t like before. I feel like I`m definitely changing. I also am realizing the importance of a sense of humor more and more.
Collotte sent me an email a while ago telling me how grateful she is her husband has a sense of humor. He was playing with Aaron I guess and there was some sort of fun playing going on and they ended up Saying the letters in ICUP and had a good laugh together. I remember doing that at a very young age :P I`m defintely learning alot about how to work with different personalities. Thanks for the letter :)
Dear Mother and Father,
The Camp out sounds like so much fun! I would love to be at a place with that much meat! :P I really love meat, but since I`ve come on a missionary, I`ve slowly moved to enjoying vegetables even more than meat sometimes. There has to be more vegetables in our meals than meat or else it`s not quite up to par ;) Crazy desho! I never thought it would come to that :P
Well, a little bit about my week.
This week we went to Abashiri on Splits and got to go see the ocean. It`s about a 2 minute walk from the apartment there. It was still cold and snowing the day before, but there were no ice bergs. It was a beautiful train ride up there though. There were a ton of lillies blooming by the side of the lake on the way.
We also got to go do some service digging up and weeding a member`s garden with him! It was so much fun! Way Natsukashii (brought back memories). We found lots of worms and dirt and guess what else!...Potatoes!!! There were quite a few of them =D They made lots of little jokes about Idaho as well :) This member is in a Reigei (Rege?) Band and is such a fun Brother :) He actually has church Rege songs that he made and he gave us a CD. "Kansha suru Rege" (thankful Rege) and "Bye Bye Babylon" haha. It`s way fun to listen to :)
We did a ping pong sports night on Saturday night as well, and a young man that hasn`t been coming to church for 3 months came and then came to church the next day! It was great fun :)
Then finally, today we are going to the Pearson Museum and Mint Museum here in Kitami with some ward members and that same youth that came back to church the other day. After that we will go eat Jingisukan (Genghis Khan)...It`s really famous meat in Hokkaido, Especially Kitami, for a member`s birthday :) I`m so excited! Literally everyone in Hokkaido knows Jingiskan. I don`t know why it`s named after a famous Mongolian guy :P
It`s been a pretty good week :) Other than that, Mothers day is coming up this weekend! Yay!!! I`ll send some information about calling me, but I`m not sure how it`s going to work out. WE have transfers on Saturday this week, so the number I give you now could be different than the one I have on sunday...but I`ll figure it out with the Honbu...actually I just got a call from the Recorder sama (honorific title) in the honbu (mission office) and he told me that you would get an email before the phone call if I do end up transfering...so stay tuned! I`ll send you the stuff shortly.
Ok, I love you!
Have a great week and a fantastiballisticness Birthday Dad!
Elder Sotto