Monday February 15, 2016
I absolutely love being a missionary. This week we were able to meet with a lot of different members and help strengthen them and help them feel Gods love. It's also been a week full of experiencing different backgrounds of people. There is a really awesome member that was born in Okinawa but then lived in Bolivia until she was 18. So she is full Japanese but her first language is Spanish and her demeanor is very much Latino. She is really fun. It's been really interesting to be around her after being in Japan for so long and to recognize the difference between the general personalities and social norms of people.
On Wednesday we met a lady named Kawahara from Taiwan on the street. She has lived in Japan for a long time now. She invited us to have dinner with her family the next night! It was so much fun! Kawahara's friend has just lived here for 4 months so she knows a little Japanese but mostly speaks Mandarin. Her husband only speaks Mandarin. Kawahara and her daughter speak English, Mandarin and Japanese! And Kawahara also invited her Japanese friend over who spoke a little bit of English. It was a night full of many different languages! We had Taiwanese Nabe which is basically like the melting pot restaurant where you have a pot of boiling water and then they throw lots of different veggies and meat and then you take it out one by one, dip it in a sauce, and eat it! They had squid, shrimp, octopus, and other types of fish that you either eat raw or cooked (I tried the raw shrimp!). In Taiwan they have the whole shrimp, take it apart themselves and eat it raw, dipped in soy sauce. It is so neat to be experiencing all of these different foods and cultures.
On a more spiritual note, we have been really focusing on using the Book of Mormon in our teaching lessons and people on the street. And as we have been focusing on that, I have really come to appreciate the Book of Mormon so much more! We can literally learn anything from the Book of Mormon, we can learn how we can be happy, what kind of person Jesus Christ is, how we can become more like Him, how we can be forgiven of our mistakes, how to forgive others, what happens when we die. It's so wonderful. This week before we read the Book of Mormon, we write down a question, and no matter what it is, we have been able to find an answer, no matter where we are reading in the Book of Mormon. We started this after reading the Young Adult devotional 2016
by Wendy Nelson Becoming the Person you were Born to be. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that as we all its principles and read it everyday Heavenly Father will bless us with the strength we need.
Happy Valentine's Day!
We went to the aquarium off of the ocean! So pretty!
First ever mouth wash fountain, you can gargle at the aquarium!
Lady who grew up in Bolivia
Normal Japanese food
Taiwanese nabe! See all the raw fish!? Yummy!
Me holding a shrimp, before I ate it, raw.
And yes, I ate that octopus too
The nice family we met who invited us for dinner!