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But my favorite part of that time of the day was when we were on the train going to oizumigakuen, to catch a bus to kichijoji, and who should we meet, but a Japanese lady who was speaking English with her daughter. And not just any kind of English. No! This was the hard-core, refined, dignified English of Great Britain! She said she'd lived in England for most of her life, and her family lives on oizumigakuen, and her daughter was going to an English kindergarten, and they were just on their way home, etc. and she had genuine interest in the Christmas party, and she liked that we were missionaries, and wanted to know the name of our church, and where it was located, and stuff! It was fantastic! We all got off the train together with bright, happy smiles in our faces, every one of us, except the lady's daughter, who may have fallen asleep. But it was AAAAAAWWWESOOOOOME!!!!!
Friday: Well, so far today, we've done a fun study, and just finished lunch. During companionships study, we got side tracked, like the typical us, and started reminiscing about our MTC districts. Sigh. I really miss them all so much. I still can't believe that was a whole year ago! Wow! I'm officially an old missionary now! I don't feel like it, not usually, anyway, but by all standards, I've officially entered the ranks of the oldies, at least as far as sisters are concerned. Yikes! It's so crazy! But kind of cool. Know what I mean? Oh, but I GOT THE PACKAGE YOU SENT, WITH PRESENTS, AND THE PACKAGE OF LETTERS FROM THE SCOUTS!!!!! I have all the letters taped up on my wall! It made me soooo happy! I loooooved the package! Horrocks Shimai was pleased at getting a present from you as well, and she and the other sisters gladly accepted when I split the candy spoils with them! Yay! Since I don't know what any of my presents are yet, I have to say my favorite part of the package was my AWESOME STOCKING!!!! Oh man, I looooove it! Too bad it didn't make it here yesterday. Then, I could have used it for my honbu stocking. But that's okay. I got another one from Daiso, which will serve just fine. I get two stockings this year! Yay! I've already bonded well with my lovely purple one. I'll have to name it or something.
We had great
success at the recycle shop in oizumigakuen! Yay! I got 2 toasty light-weight coats, and and a warm sweater, all for ¥3500!!! Cool, huh! And they're pretty stylish, too! And they're excellent quality! American eagle brand, baby! Yeah! Awesome, in my opinion! Anyway, we are at the station's bakery after that, and Horrocks Shimai started a conversation with this lady that was sitting near her (***I'm so proud of her! She almost never initiates the conversations! She did it, and did it good!***) and we invited her to eikaiwa, and she actually said her friend who had passed away used to go to our eikaiwa. Small world, huh? And the lady got all excited when Horrocks Shimai told her her first name, Abbie. She asked if it was the same spelling as the title of her favorite TV show, which is, would you be surprised, Downton Abbey! And since both Horrocks Shimai and I love that show as well, we had a pretty good conversation with this lady! It was pretty cool! The Lord sure has an interesting way of preparing His children, doesn't He?
When we went caroling,
the original person we wanted to carol wasn't home, so we
went and bang! Bang! Bang! Did four nearby members in under an hour, singing "away in a manger" to all of them, and they all loved it! We even got a few thank you presents, such as candy, and postcard/pictures of temples to use in our dendo! Cool, huh? But the coolest thing, to me, anyway, is what happened when we were just finishing the last person, and this random man yells "excuse me!" To me. Unsure as to whether he was safe to talk to or not, I pretended not to hear him as I got my bike ready to go. But then he came up to me, and he said "Would you like some bananas?" Unbeknownst to everyone else, I had been kind of frustrated that we had run out of bananas that morning because I did't want to stop eating them until I was for sure all the way healthy again. And I'd been feeling kind of depressed because I wanted to just go home and rest, but I hesitantly accepted some bananas, and stuttered my thanks, a little weirded out, but thankful to no end that Heavenly Father was willing to answer to the whims of one of his complaining, 20 year old brats. It turned out that this man, is a member of the English Second Ward, so he knew exactly who we were, and he was happy we were out doing the work! I was grateful for and humbled by, once again, the accuracy and perfection of Heavenly Father's timing. It made the bike ride home more pleasant for me:)
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I wasn't in too great of
a mood before starting out on our last minute errands, because I was cold and hungry, and really tired but I was feeling great by the time they were done. Here's the reason why... So, it turns out that when we visited a certain sister for her birthday, she hadn't been able to have any sort of fun for herself, and was so happy and grateful when we gave her a note and a chocolate! I felt a lot warmer when we left her house than when we had started our journey by bike, and I get the feeling it wasn't the long bike ride up the hill. After that, we stopped at the church, took a picture of a hymn we could sing, and after a discouraging search, found this family's house. Here's the cool thing about that. We had literally just decided to quit and go home, and I felt sad, even though I really wanted to go home, so I looked around...and realized I recognized this street! And the house we were standing in front of was one I recognized. I told this to Horrocks Shimai, and she looked at the kanji. Lo and behold, we had found it! So, we rang the doorbell, and were, surprisingly, invited in, and got to meet them, both the husband and wife, and her dad. He is the funniest, most adorable and genki little ninety year old man either of us has ever met! And he spoke pretty good English to boot, which was crazy! And when we sing our carol, Silent Night, he told us he felt really happy, and in his heart, he could feel it was the true Christmas season! It just warmed the both of us right up! It was way cool! We enjoyed our ride home much, much more than we would have had we given up and just gone home! Yay! Thanks to the spirit, we made a great memory! It was great!
So from what I put in from the 9 page e-mail Maryandra sent, I hope you can tellOkay, but I saved the best part for last! So, while we were at the church looking up addresses and stuff, I got a surprise phone call from the Hachioji sisters. Thinking it was probably sister reeves, Horrocks Shimai had me call, but lo and behold, it was Sister Brown from New Zealand! And she told me the coolest thing ever! AAHH, I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL IT TO YOU! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! Okay, so do you remember the investigator I had in Hachioji? He was an eternal investigator, been investigating for fifty plus years. And recently, he'd been sick and had to go to the hospital. While there, the elders visited him and gave him a priesthood blessing. He was healed, and changed from that moment onward. The next time he saw the missionaries, he told them "okay. I'm ready! I want to be baptized! I want to feel the spirit like I did when I got the blessing! I want to hold the priesthood! I, ready! I want to keep the word of wisdom," etc, etc. and GUESSS WHAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!?!?! HE IS GOONG TO GET BAPTIZED NEEEEEXXXXT MOOOONNNNTH!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOO!!!!!! I can't tell you how excited it made me! Oh my gosh, I was speechless when I heard! Holy cow! No way! YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that she is back into the swing of things since being sick, and enjoying
the Christmas season on her mission now!!!