Maryandra enjoyed 2 Halloween parties last week, one in Fussa and
one in Hibarigaoka! Here is some of her last e-mail:
Wednesday: Well, today, as always, was very bittersweet. We had our eikaiwa Halloween party in the evening, as the final part of the day. It was really fun. We did all kinds of games and activities, and it was fun to just watch these people all break out of their shells a little bit. . .
So, before the eikaiwa party, we had kids eikaiwa with this awesome family. They're featured in an "I'm a Mormon" video, by the way. You should watch it! It's a great video, one of my favorites! Anyway, it was really fun. We talked about time and seasons with them, like we'd done with another family. It was really cute. And the last part was a fun game of Duck, Duck, Goose. It was always soooooo cute to hear little two-year-old as he tried in vain to say duck and goose. It was really just him going around saying"guck" over and over again, and when he wanted you to be the goose, he would tap you and just yell it louder. It went something like this every time: "Guck, guck, gook, guck, goo, gook, guck........ GUUUUUUUCK!!!!!" It was sooooo cute! And when he cried because he couldn't play the other English games as well as his siblings, I fished a peace of candy out of my pocket that I'd bought earlier that day, and gave it to him. After that, he was a happy camper, and he even offered me one of his candy corns at the end, because I would give him one whenever he asked. What a cutie! I'm gonna miss him! He was my favorite from the start! Ooooooh, I loooooove this family!Thursday: Waking up at five in the morning is one of my least favorite things to do. Not only that, but we had to get right to work. I had to finish packing my blankets and pillow cases, and get ready. By seven, we headed to the church to get my bike and bring it back to the apartment, where it was disassembled, and put into its bike bag for the third time. Anyway, I am sitting in thechurch in kichijouji, because both my current and my soon-to-be companions are in a training meeting, and so I am studying with other sisters. What fun, huh? Well, anyway, I have nothing further toreport at the moment, so I will see you after we get through this awkward halfway phase, and I am settled into my new HOUSE! I can't wait to see what it's like to live in a HOUSE! Haha, well, see you later!.. So far, so good. After stopping at the houseto get bikes to ride (I had to borrow someone's bike), we rode to the home of a member for a dinner appointment. She is a really sweet little old lady. She gave us all the leftovers, including cake! Holy cow! She's got such an amazing story, and a really strong testimony that's been strengthened by here trials. I was so amazed at one of her stories. Her house burned down when she was young, and she and her family lost everything, except the clothes on their backs.... And the pages of her Book of Mormon. The cover had been burned away, and the edges of the pages were all charred, but inside, the words were still there! She showed it to us, kept safe in a box. I have a picture or two of it that I want to send! I can't wait to show you! Oh. She's such a great person! After that, we made our way back home, did planning, and prepared for bed! Yay! So weird to live in a house, and sleep in bunk beds. Yikes!...This is the Book of Mormon that was in the fire!Friday:It's been fun teaching so many people. I've never taught so many appointments in such a short period of time, and all the members are so nice, as far as I can tell, anyway. I can see why my mtc companion liked this area so much. Except for everything being crazy difficult to find/get to, it seems like a great area, and would be a great place to start a mission. I can see why she liked it so much. It's not bad here. I kind of like it already. Yay!Saturday:By theway, one random note. Even though it's cool to live in a house,the house is, not surprisingly, 100% Japanese, which means the stairsare very scary to go up and down. I'll have to send you some picturesof the house soon. But the stairs are scary. And the house shakes a lot,so I always think it's an earthquake or something, but it's not. The house just shakes. Probably because we're not too far from the train station, or a busy busy road. But it's interesting living in a three floor building, having two bathrooms, bunk beds, my own closet all to myself, and a small love seat SOFA on the second floor! Yikes, it's all so different!We met with a lady before the Halloween party, and she is an interesting person.Quiet, and reserved, but she listens. It's interesting. She's sweet. Anyway, the Halloween party was actually kind of fun. Therewas food, so I was able to eat dinner, and gaina little more energy. I've been exhausted today, ever since about three. All this walking back and forth is something I need to get used to again, but it's good.Sunday:Couldn't resist one more scary Halloween selfie Maryandra!We housed part of this hugeapartment complex that's across the street from our house, and would you know what? We found two people who said to come visit again, and another lady that INVITED US INTO HER HOUSE!!!!! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!!! That's the first time that's ever happened to me in my entire mission! This lady is Chinese, and she has one three year old daughter. Her husband is abroad for work at the moment, or at least I think that's what she said.It was really cool! This lady isreally busy, so she can't do much with us, but she does have interest, and we gave her the address to the church, and gave her a Book of Mormon, and invited her to hear more! YES YES YES!!!Monday:Hey, we just experienced a split second earthquake! It was normal strength, but it started and ended rather suddenly, and now the elders out in the hall are talking about it and trying to one up each other about the coolest earthquakes they've ever been in, etc. haha, elders. Well, see ya!We hope she will have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!