From the e-mail of February 23, 2014
In the evening, we went to the ward activity, which was ping pong night. That was way fun! Even though both me and my team mate were really bad at ping pong, we somehow made it all the way to the final round, before being savagely beaten by The other team, who actually knew how to play:) Friday, we went out streeting, and would you believe it? The second person we talked to said she was interested in learning more from us about the church. She even showed us where she lives and gave us food. O.o! She's a really nice person, and Brown Shimai and I are very excited to begin teaching her the gospel!
Sunday ( also known as yesterday) was a really busy day. President Wada came! And he gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting! It was really good, even though I couldn't understand a lot of what he said. We also had a family who sort of came to church. This great family, who each had different interests, came for a bit, but both the mom and dad left before first hour, and the daughter left before third hour, which was sacrament meeting. At almost 5, we went and taught a lesson to a less active family. We did a little bit of finding after that, and then came home.
So far, what I love most about being in Japan is the food, and the people, and my surroundings. Like I said, Hachioji is exactly like the studio ghibli movies! There is almost nothing that I dislike, except that, being in a big city-place, I can almost always smell pollution, and I've never enjoyed that smell. But still, that's not even bad. I really like doing kubarikai, which is where you talk to people on the trains, and I think riding the trains are fun. Oh, and also,all the little children are absolutely ADORABLE!!!! Especially the tiny babies!!!! Oh my gosh!!!!!! Soooooo cute!!!
From an e-mail of March 3, 2014
So,next cool thing. A week or so ago, we met with this great family before church. Only the daughter ended up actually coming, and she didn't stay the whole time. We were really bummed, because we thought she had lost interest. But later that week, we were walking in the rain doing housing, and we met her dad completely by chance ( or so it would seem ) and we talked a bit, and he was really nice, and we were happier and less miserable. That night, she texted us and said she was going to come to church again on Sunday! And she did! And she liked it! And she stayed the whole time! She agreed to do some lessons/ eikaiwa, and we taught her for the first time yesterday, and we definitely felt the spirit. She said she had always felt like something was protecting her all her life, and she seemed to understand and like what was being taught. We have another lesson scheduled for next week, and she says she will come to church again!