Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hachioji, a new way of introducing the Book of Mormon, and my southern companion.


This week has been busy, and exciting! 

We woke up at 4:30 to go play table tennis. However when I woke up I was not feeling it, so I told Elder Clark that we should wake up at 5:15 instead. It was pretty exhaustive. We started our studies early so we could have somewhat of a p day. After studies we cleaned then went to a recycle shop in the area. I found some cool old ties for a dollar so that was wonderful. We then came back to the apartment and packed our bags. However my bike didn't fit in the bag! So I borrowed Elder Clarks. Then Elder Sawyer and I headed off with our bikes and carry ones to the eki. There the sisters surprised us to say goodbye! That was a fun surprise. We then got on the train and got going. I got off at the first eki, and then boom. Alone. One of the weirdest feelings there truly is as a missionary. I walked alone to the next platform then got on the train and headed off to my area. When I arrived there I met Elder Coggins and Elder Gaily. We had to wait for Elder Gaily's companion before we could leave. He missed one train which caused him to be over a half hour late. As we were waiting there a member stopped us and started talking to us. He is a friend of basically all the members. While I was getting to know him my companion was stopped by a woman who then spoke to him and I for over 45 minutes. We were both very confused at what she was trying to get at, I had the feeling she was trying to confuse us. After we left that conversation we went to the church and planned for the rest of the day. We then bought groceries and headed back to the church, then to a drug store for sunscreen and soap. After that we began talking to people. We stopped a lot of people and talked to them. You can talk to a lot more people with two gaigen more that with nehongen. We were able to pray with a high school student and testify to him as well. After we talked to a few people we went to the apartment where the member who found us in the eki helped us take our stuff to the apartment. We then changed and went to a near by school to play this German game which is a cross between badminton and volleyball with some investigators. It was kind of complex but a lot of fun. 

We woke up and had studies. Then after studies we ate lunch and got to know everyone. Elder Eaton is from Springdale Utah, and Elder Gailey is from Seattle, Washington. It was neat to hear about everyone's families. We then went to the church to email, (sorry to everyone that thought I emailed a different day). After we went back to the apartment because we forgot the phone. Then back again to get my companions belt, then back again for chirashi. It was a funny way to start the day. We then went to the train station, however we got lost because my companion hadn't remembered how to get to the area. We finally figured it out and toke the train. Then went to go and find a member to pray with, on our way we were able to talk to a few people, some of the, were decently excited. But most weren't excited to see us. When we got to the members house we found out that they weren't the home. So we wrote a note. Then a man on a scooter came by, we thought it was the member so we started talking to him. Turns out he wasnt but he wanted to speak English so we invited him and he speed off before we could talk anymore. We then tried to find another member but we got lost. (I am starting to believe that this transfer will be a lot of being lost). We took a picture off to the side with a fantastic view of Hachioji! We the. Walked back to the train station after talking to some people. At the station we met a man from the United Adam emirates! He was really nice and even promised I he had time to come to church! Way nice guy. We then found these punk kids who wanted to talk to us in all the English they knew. Which was hilarious, because my companion who is from the south just used a thick accent and confused them. It was pretty funny, when we were leaving my companion called one of them Tom Cruise and they looked shocked it was pretty funny. We then went on our way home for dinner. However we ran into a college student and taught him a 45 minute lesson and were able to pray with him! It was so good! However we didn't have time for dinner so we got on the bikes to go meet with another potential investigator. It was busy! He wasn't there so went to a combini grabbed something quick and went to the church to eat and to teach a lesson to one of the recent members. We taught the law of chastity it was a great lesson! We then went back to the kitchen, finished dinner and came home. 

Some days I wonder how much is able to happen in one day, today was no exception! We woke up and had to cut studies off early to go to the eki to meet the Tama elders who had a referral for us! He is from China but living in Hachioji! We took him with us to the church where we were able to give him a church tour and show him around then we were able to set up another appointment with him around dinner time. It was a cool little miracle we had. Then Mise Kyodai came to the church as we were about to leave and asked if he could take us out to lunch. "Well er courze you can misser" as my companion said. We called the other elders and invited them as well. He took us to a hole in the wall catsudon shop, or fried pork! It was delicious! I have been told it is one of the most delicious ones in all of Tokyo! After lunch, we walked to the Assistants/Zone leaders apartment to help one of the missionaries who will be going home tomorrow. We went to the church so he could take his bike apart. It was kind of a strange experience to see, I feel like I still have a ton of time and in reality I have a decent amount however seeing a missionary come to the realization that his mission is ending is very bittersweet. After we helped him we walked back to their apartment and talked to a few people along the way. After we dropped him off we went to go walk to our apartment to get a notebook that my companion needed for our lesson that night. We had the prompting to go to the park, there we saw a guy in a cowboy hat. Here is the experience in my companions own words, "well yer see, me and Elder Dunn was walkin' though park an saw dis here man wit a funky hat on. What does Elder Dunn do? I'll tell yal what he did. He goes up to 'em and says "mighty fine hat sir" he responds thank yer. Den Elder Dunn notices that he done got a Native American necklace on. So what does he say? "Hey you like native Americans? Yeah, well here we got this here book that talks all about 'em. See here (flips to the introduction and finds where it talks about native Americans)." My companion has a thick southern accent, however his Japanese has none whatsoever, unless it is a new word then it is there. We were able to then teach him for over an hour and pray with him, and set up a return appointment. My companion turned to me after as we were walking away and said that shouldn't have worked as well as it just did. I guess he needed to hear about the American Indians to have an interest in the gospel. We then walked to the Eki, however our Chinese friend who we set an appointment with that morning never showed up. So we talked to another guy on a park bench and were able to pray and set another return appointment with him for Saturday! Since our other appointment fell through we went to 7-eleven for dinner. This transfer I will more than likely tasted all the combini food japan has to offer. Then to the church for our lesson before Eaikiwa. The lesson was going great until we brought up baptism. Then it tanked really badly, like there have been few lessons I have seen go that south, it was really sad. It ended up taking the whole Eaikiwa time. Which was about 2 hours. Afterwards we went upstairs and discussed the lesson and found out that the kid who we had just talked to at the eki talked with his parents and they told him he couldn't meet with us anymore. That was kind of sad. After Eaikiwa I was able to stop a man who was on his way out. We talked for a little while, he thought I was 30! It is happening with more frequency now. We talked about all kinds of things, however he wasn't interested in hearing about our special message, it was too bad. But I gave him the opportunity to learn more, that is what matters. We then went home and planned for the next day!

We awoke and were able to have normal studies! We then went to the church for a lesson with the guy we met at the park. He didn't come. It was kind of sad. We couldn't even get ahold of him. We then came back to the apartment for weekly planning. On our way home we stopped at a combini and bought some snacks, before that though we were able to pray with a man! It was long but enjoyable we were able to talk about a lot of our investigators. We had the feeling in the middle of planning to go to a Chinese investigators house and leave him a note. He wasn't home but we left the note anyways. Then came home did a little bit more then ate dinner, we then went to the church to go on splits with the Zone leaders for a lesson. I went with Elder Rockwood and we taught the restoration to one of the most prepared people I have ever met. It was an amazing lesson. We were able to set a date with him for the 20th of next month. It was a neat miracle! We then went to go visit a family of which the father was just recently baptized! He is an old man, he was kind of grumpy, but really funny! We invited the family to take lessons however they declined for the time being. We the ran to the Eki to split back with our companions than we sprinted home to make it on time. During planning our investigator from China called us, who we left the note with earlier in the day, asking if we could have a lesson tomorrow! Uh...yes! 

We woke up early so we could study for a lesson that we had at 8 in the morning. We then got dressed, ran to the church. The lesson ended a little early sadly because he had to go to Japanese class. We were just getting started too, it was a little frustrating. After the lesson we went out to lunch at Go Go Curry, their mascot is the Gorilla, and the curry was delicious. We then began on a journey that would encompass our following 6 hours. We planned to walk to a less active members house and talk to people along the way. We set up a few appointments with people along the way. We have been trying to focus on praying with people as we meet them. I love the responses we get from different people when we ask if they have ever prayed. Usually it is a no, or yes I pray to myself. Huh, I wonder how that has blessed your life. We met a guy named Honda on a road with literally no one on it working on his motor bike! We talked with him for an hour and were able to teach the first lesson and pray with him. It was awesome! When we got to the less actives house, the wife who is not a member, was not happy to see us at all and told us to take his name off the list. We told him we couldn't do that. It was kind of frustrating with how far we walked for, but it's okay. We talked to the other people we needed to. After we then talked to a man for a few kilometers, sadly he had no interest. We walked by the church and I had a feeling we had to go to the apartment that myself and another Elder had found last Transfer. My companion said that he has visited them 5 times now with no answer. We visited them and they were home! We were able to talk to them and kind of set up a return appointment. When we made it back to the apartment we couldn't find anything good to eat, so we decided to walk to sushi. It was delicious! Then we walked home and were able to talk to a few more people. 

We awoke and worked out hard, like exhausted ourselves. It is nice to have a companion so willing to work out in the morning. During companionship study we realized something very important...neither of us can sing to save our lives. After studies we had district meeting. It was good, every district is a little different, this one is no acceptation. I am the youngest elder in the district, there is a brand new nehongen sister though. We had to leave early to go on splits in order to get to scouts in machida. Scouts was fun, we played games and talked about hobbies! Afterwards we went out for ramen, it was pretty good! Then to Takao to split back with our original companions. We split back then only had enough time to come home. It was a really quick day. 

We awoke, got ready and went to the church for DCS, there we were able to talk about our investigators. During it the insoles in my shoes burst, probably from all the walking. This caused my brown shoes to look really interesting. So we had to go back to the apartment before Priesthood while we were there we found out that we left our phone. We went back, during priesthood I was able to read along in the liahona. My reading in improving a lot, however writing and speaking are still coming along slowly. The rest of church was really good, we were surprised that one of our investigators came to church after working an all night shift because he was curious! The Ward secretary came and talked to him afterwards, it was a great experience for him. We also were able to set up a return appointment with him. After church we took a picture as a district, minus the zone leaders. Then mise kyodai and I took a picture together because we were matching. We then came home from church, changed, ate lunch then went out to find the guy who I talked about American Indians with. We couldn't find him, but decided to go and visit a less active instead. It took us 3 hours by foot to get there with all the people we talked to. One man invited us golfing, and another gave a Book of Mormon out to. Then we arrived at the rock and roll guys house (my companion calls him rock n' roll so I don't know his name). He was a nice guy however he told my companion that his Japanese is terrible, and to bring back someone who could eat better. He took it pretty hard, I mean who wouldn't, he studies like no one I have seen and for the most part can speak really well, but his southern drawl can interfere sometimes. Most of the time he has no accent at all though. We left his house, after a frustrating conversation. We ran into a man who loves scuba diving and invited us to come with him sometime! Too bad we can't swim! We then went home, with sore feet from all the walking and ate dinner. Then off to the church to work on area books and put all the lessons in. 

Well that was our week in a nutshell! 

Love Ya'll!

Elder Dunn

This is what my companion wears when he studies Japanese.

A greenhouse in the middle of the neighborhood we were walking through.

A great view of the mountains on the horizon.

This is Mise Kyodai and I

This is the district minus the Zone leaders.

This is all the Eakiwa Students and Missionaries!

This man was playing this instrument in the Train station.

An ice cream bar/wanna be sandwich. The cover around it tastes like an ice cream cone.

These to men have wooden shoes on!

Delicious Ramen in Machida. The key to a great ramen is the broth.

Chicken Tandoori flavored Doritos

Cream curry flavored Doritos

My new desk in Hachioji!

This is the guy we met who likes native Americans (ie. The hat and necklace)

We found a blue Lotus! The yellow on the sidewalks is for blind people.

This is probably the coolest swing set in Tokyo.

A great view from an area in Hachioji we visited.

This is the view from the stairs of our apartment. I have arrived in Japan!!

The bonsai tree I found on my desk at the new apartment.

These are all yu-gi-oh cards! We were like kids in a candy shop!

Before transfers we went to a few recycle shops. This one had every power ranger you could think of.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Japanese style Bowling.

A ward member bought the sisters kimonos for sister Dansie before she left.

This is how you know you are a great missionary, this is what the sun does to suits.

Elder Clark liked the brownie batter a little to much.

The young woman wanted to take pictures with me before I left, so I grabbed Elder Clark. They like filters a lot.

The coolest way to get bowling shoes in the world. Push a button and dispense.

I reshaped the pan so it would fit in the microwave.

This is my cheese gyudon. It was huge!

My wall in Tama before I packed.

Color coded then vacuum sealed my ties.

We basically became an American backdrop for their photo shoot.

Elder Clark was finished taking pictures...

The district. Top left: Elder Sawyer, Elder Aoki, Elder Clark, Elder Hilton, Elder Dunn. Bottom Left: Sister Dansie, Sister Devey.

Elder Clark and I were rushed into a Japanese young woman photo shoot.

This street is near our apartment. It does not remind me of japan at all.

Who needs lawn mowers when you have goats!

A selfie with one of the youth.

Mini coopers are surprisingly popular in Japan.

My district!

We had enough of just smiling.

Happy belated Mother's Day!

We all bought toy story shirts!

I love Japanese park signs!

A Drunk Buddist, iPad Training, and a New Area.


I put more pictures on my blog!

We woke up early and went to the church so I could fill our forms for
Li. Then we went back to the church so I could Skype my family!! It
was so exciting to see them all! Everyone has grown up so much
already! I learned that my English is getting worse, which I have been
told is a good thing. But now I am just bad at two languages. After my
Skype call we went upstairs and hung out with the other elders waiting
for them to finish up there calls. We then ran to the apartment
changed, which felt really strange since I haven't worn normal clothes
in a long time. Then we went bowling with an investigator. When we
were there at the lane next to us was a kid from our ward with his
friends bowling! He was really excited to see the missionaries!
Bowling was fun, I am still awful. There is a lot more to it then just
power. We then went to Diaso to buy various things, I bought a new
tie. We then went to the mall so my companion could buy new pants.
Uniclo is the best store in the world. They had limited edition Star
Wars T-Shirts. Naturally we needed to get one since they were having a
sale. So all the American missionaries got a Star Wars Shirt. My
district leader bought 6! I bought a neat looking droid shirt and a
Disney toy story shirt as well. Well done Uniclo. We then came home,
changed, then went to giomes to buy groceries. Then we came home and
cleaned. After that my companion Skyped his family home. Sadly his
brother and Dad weren't home so it was just his mom. It was a pretty
funny call though. My companion found out his little brother had
stolen all of his didn't make him very happy. They also
were talking about brownies which made me hungry for brownies. So
after the call I told him, we needed to go to 7/11 to go buy Black
Thunders to put in the brownies. I also needed to split a bill, Elder
Aoki said he had enough to exchange but I was convinced that we should
go there. As we were walking there, I had the feeling to talk to an
old man walking toward us, he had a strangely dark countenance about
him. We stopped him and asked him if he had ever heard of our church
before. He then turned and began to yell at us asking why on earth we
would ask him because he is Buddhist. Apparently we were supposed to
know by the way he was dressed or something. However I don't see green
pants and a blue rain jacket with a backpack as signs of being
Buddhist but I could be wrong. He then told us that all Christian
churches are the same, and told us to follow him. My companion was
using the most polite Japanese he knew however this man was very
angry. We followed as we had been asked, all the while he told us of
how Buddhism is the oldest religion. When we asked about Adam and Eve
he acted out the evolution of man. For a minute I was lost and thought
we were playing charades. I turned to my companion and told him in
English that I had a bad feeling about this and we needed to leave.
And I really wanted to make these brownies. I told my companion to
pull out the phone and call the district leader to fake a call so we
could leave. However upon pulling his phone out the man screamed at
him to put it away telling us it was very rude. Up until this point in
the conversation I hadn't said a word to the man. Then I had the
feeling that we needed to go. So I told my companion we were leaving
then informed the drunk that we would not be following him any further
and would be leaving. I grabbed my companion and we walked swiftly
away. However the drunk did not get what we were trying to get at so I
told my companion that I would be talking to him from then on because
my companion was becoming a little scared. I asked him what the word
for leave is in Japanese then I conjugated it into the command form.
All this while we are being followed by the drunk man who is yelling
after us. Trying to get us to come with him. We ran into a stop light
and being forced to obey the law we stopped. I had never felt the urge
to yell at someone my entire mission but I felt a strong peace and
reassurance that this is what I was supposed to do. As the man came up
to us and began to yell, loud enough that the entire block could hear.
I turned to him and roared, LEAVE! I then had the most distinct
feeling I have had in a while. Run. I then turned to my companion and
asked him how fast he could run. The light almost immediately after I
said it turned green and I bolted. Thankfully my companion got the
message and followed. While the drunk screamed and yelled and cursed
and tried to run. We ran for a good 500 meters at a sprint then
decided we were safe and took a million back roads to the apartment so
he couldn't follow us anymore. We ended up getting home a half hour
late. But we were safe, and we listened to the promptings.

We studied, then went to the church for weekly planning. On our way
their we saw some people who were not from Japan. They were short
looking Tongans. Instead we found out they were from Guam! They were
the nicest people. One of them said that his brother almost became a
Mormon and was taught by the grandson of the native missionary in the
Disney movie, other side of heaven. There we called the rap guy from a
few nights ago, he said that he wants wants to have a lesson at the
church tomorrow! We set that up, then finished our planning. After we
went housing nearby, no one yelled at us so that is always nice. We
then came home and my companion made hamburgers and we put it on bread
instead of rice. It was great. Then off to Tama center to pick up
Shinji for an Eaikiwa lesson. It was a good lesson but half way
through it we received a call from Li asking if he could bring his
friend. He didn't specify a time so I grabbed the other elders and
went on splits so one set could wait on Li and the other set could
keep teaching Shinji. It was busy! Li's friend came who is also from
China then our member came from sagamihara who is also from China so
they all spoke Chinese and we spoke English. It was very confusing! We
played ping pong with them then had a great lesson, it was really cool
to see how the Chinese language flows. That night it rained super
hard, it was my first Japanese typhoon to experience.

During lunch I was attempting to make come thing smaller so it would
fit in the trash. However during the midst of this I tried to use our
keys to pull it apart. It turns out our key is very brittle and broke
off inside. So we had to go get a new key, however the other elders
were in Kichijoji for some paperwork so we were stuck for a little
bit. After lunch we then decided to go visit some less actives in the
area. We were able to visit a few, however none were home. So we came
home for dinner. I wasn't hungry so I showed a pair of pants I
shredded a little while ago, I got pretty good headway before our
lesson. We then went to the church for a lesson with Yoichiro! He is
doing great. We had an awesome lesson with a member from the ward
about faith. After the lesson we had a meeting in Hachioji with him
about self reliance. It was a really cool meeting! We learned a lot.
It got me thinking about how I am going to pay for things after my
mission. We got home super late. On our way the bishop passed by us
and asked about the concert on Monday. We then came home and ate,
planned and slept.

Our studies were cut very short by zone meeting in our area. We spent
most of personal study setting up. The meeting was great, we learned a
lot of really good things that will help our investigators more. We
also learned that there is another training from salt lake we have to
do regarding our online area books and data privacy. We all were not
excited or thrilled by that because we need to go through our area
books and clean them up, they are pretty awful anyways. After the
meeting we went out to lunch as a group. My group went to sakiya,
where I bought cheese guyudon (shredded beef on rice). I bought the
king size, which is huge! After filling ourselves to capacity the
elders in the district met at the church so we could start our
training. We had over 2 and a half hours of videos to watch. Which was
exhausting, no one was too thrilled to be losing so much dendo time.
We came back home, ate dinner, and then elder Aoki and I went to have
a lesson with Fujino! He is doing great! We talked about prayer and
the importance of prayer. It was a really good lesson for him. My
companion drew inori or 祈り really fancily on a piece of paper for him
so he will remember him.

We woke up super early so we could get to seminary on time. After
seminary I took a little bit of a nap then made apple fritters and
planned a training for district meeting. It was a great district
meeting. One of the sister missionaries is going home next week, so it
was pretty emotional for her. Missions are such a bittersweet
experience. You want to stay in an area, but you want to see other
parts too. After district meeting we went to yakuniku as a district.
It was fun, the place we went to had a million grills so we were able
to cook a lot. Sister Dansie, the missionary going home, and I shared
a grill. However we burned the point where it was on
fire. I learned I can bake but grilling is a skill I have not yet
acquired. We had one of the local investigators come eat with us too.
He has known missionaries for 20 years! After yakuniku we went to the
church to finish the training. We were determined to finish it. We
finished the videos 2 and a half hours later because of the wifi. We
then spent 4.5 hours cleaning the area book. It was awful. We
basically had to become lawyers on these area books. After we came
home and ate a small dinner.

We woke up had our studies, then went to sushi! It was great I wasn't
super hungry, but it was still good. I think my favorite sushi is the
tuna salad. We got a call from the Assistants asking us if we got our
transfer calls yet. My district leader then yelled no, don't tell me,
then he hung up the phone. We then finished eating quickly hopped on
the train and ran to the church. We all got our calls. I read mine, I
am being sent to Hachioji A for this transfer! Hachioji A was the zone
leaders, now the zone leaders split and I am going to be with him. It
will be exciting. To be entirely honest, I was not expecting to
transfer so soon, but the Lord needs me somewhere else. With
transferring comes packing....yay...I am getting used to packing now.
We came home and I used a few of my vacuum bags to put things in my
suit case better. Dollar vacuum bags work wonderfully! During packing
Elder Phillips called, my buddy from the MTC, he is leaving for
Kawasaki. We then went to the church for game night, however no one
came so we went to Diaso to buy more bags. We went to a giant shopping
mall in Tama center to also buy Tim tams, I found the Brazilian drink
I have been craving all transfer! It was wonderful! We then went back
to the apartments and made tacos, while everyone packed, then after
dinner we had a huge tie trade. It was fun, my companion gave me
calligraphy of my name! It is 弾雨 or hail of bullets. He said it was
fitting for me, the reading is Dan'u but it is pronounced da-nu. We
ended up spending the rest of the night packing. It was quite awful.

We woke up, got ready, and went to the church for DCS. After DCS we
had sacrament. They asked all the leaving missionaries to speak. I had
a lot of people come up to me and say that they have noticed a big
difference in my Japanese since moving here. That is good to hear, I
still have a lot further to go. A few weeks ago we found a bag of
really old ties in the closet and we went to go ask the young men's
President of we could have them. However the young woman cornered me
and asked if we could take a picture with me, so I grabbed Elder
Clark. Japanese young women love filters on their cameras. Since the
young men's president was in a meeting we were waiting forever the
sister missionaries came around the corner wearing kimonos that a ward
member bought them. Which turned into another photo shoot including
Elder Clark and I, the sisters, and young woman. In the end we had a
million pictures taken, and he left before we could ask about the
ties. We then went home and ate gioza for lunch and planned for our
week. Then went back to the church for a Shokogi with misou shimai. I
tried to make a pun calling the miso soup, misou soup however when I
said it she looked at me totally befuddled. Then one of the other
elders said, Japanese people don't understand puns. My companion tried
to explain it for me. Lesson learned. After conference call, president
Wada called us. It took me totally by surprise. He wanted to ask what
my thoughts were on transferring again, and to talk about my new
companion. Then he asked for Elder Aoki, then all the other elders in
the apartment. He just wanted to let us all know he loves us. It was a
surprising, but nice call.

Well another week has flown by!


Elder Dunn

Monday, May 11, 2015

Temple Trip, Super Splits, and an Amazing Oriental Miracle


What a jammed pack week!

We woke up super early so we could catch the train to Hiro to go to
the temple. On our way there we ran into Elder Crandall and his
companion! It was fun to see him. We then stopped by a 7/11 and
grabbed some breakfast. Japan understands drink selections
phenomenally well. I bought some strawberry milk. We then went to the
temple. The session was all in English! It was so good! I haven't had
a session in English since the MTC! We then came home to see how Elder
Kaesler and Elder Hilton were doing. Elder Hilton had just finished
packing Elder Kaeslers belongings. We needed to fill up the air in his
wheel chair so we took it down stairs and I was saying "isharimasen"
which is said when you go to basically any restaurant or store. Then
our land lord came down stairs and told us that when we say that it
means we need help. However my Japanese companion said that isn't
true. All I know is I won't say it near our complex again. We then
went to the church to email. I was so excited to skype my family I
didn't have a huge desire to write emails for once. That and I needed
to figure out my skype again. We then went to giomes, bought groceries
then hauled them home. Since it was Elder Kaeslers last day we wanted
to go out as a district for lunch however everywhere was packed so we
had to settle with McDonald's. I felt like I was in some sort of funk
so I asked Elder Hilton if we could go dendo together since he had
been stuck inside all day. We streeted Tama center, we were able to
talk to a few people, and even this Chinese guy who asked us to call
him later! We continued on and kept working slowly but surly. Then we
came home and planned for the day. I called our Chinese friend Li and
we were able to set up an appointment for Thursday!

Elder Hilton and I left after saying goodbye to Elder Kaesler pretty
early so we could go to scouts. We had to go to Aihara which is in
Hachijoji's area for scouts. It was at a giant camp, the same one
where youth conference was held! It was beautiful! We taught English
to the students then went outside and played games on the gravel.
Dress shoes and gravel to not mesh very well. When we were playing a
game I slipped and fell and rolled in the gravel a little bit. I tore
up my knee pretty good as well as my arm, but I'm fine. After scouts
we went home and checked on the other elders. Elder Clark had a
headache so had just woken up. I started to suffer some really bad
back pain from my fall, so Elder Sawyer and Elder Clark decided to
help my out by pulling me apart. It didn't work super well at all. So
I tried to loosen it up in a bath and payed down for a little bit.
After we ran to Eaikiwa to set up. Elder Clark and I taught
intermediate, which was fun because we only had men, and they all
needed help correcting things they learned form American movies,
thinking they were normal words used. We played pictionary as a big
group after class, it was a lot of fun. When we got back Elder Sawyer
asked if I would cut his hair. I did, but I kind of messed up a little
when I used a 12mm instead of a 20mm, since I was tired and he was
too, we called it a day and decided to work on it the next morning.

We woke up and went to the other apartment to cut Elder Sawyers hair.
I fixed it thankfully, it looks a lot better. During companionship
study the other elders needed help rearranging their apartment since
they have one less elder in the apartment. Then we went to the train
station to go to machida and pick up Elder Crandall, my old companion,
for super splits! Elder Aoki was supposed to be with Elder Kaesler but
since he went home, Elder Aoki tagged along with us. We went to the
church planned, then housed near our apartment for a few hours, we
found a few people but no one special. We then went to a Korean
restaurant with Yoichiro and the district. It was delicious. Then we
ran from the restaurant to the center square of Tama to meet up with
Li. He was excited to see us! We walked with him to the church and
played ping pong then had a lesson. It was so different teaching in
English, we had him read in Chinese to help him understand. He was so
open to learn more, it was such a neat miracle for the day. I asked
what he was doing Sunday and he said he has weekends off and has
nothing to do so he asked if he could come to church! Of course you
can! After the lesson we went back to the apartment planned, and Elder
Crandall and I caught back up.

Elder Crandall and I woke up early and went running. We ended up doing
radio taiso, it was a blast. We then came home studied, then went back
to Machida and drop him back off. We then came home and did some
contacting. We found out that Ida is quitting his job so he can come
to church! I made a cake for district meeting, then we went to indo
curry as a district. It was delicious! Then off to the church to do
weekly planning. We put all of our investigators on the board, it was
so cool to see all the work that has been happening recently in our
companionship. When we finished for the night we left the church and
were walking down the street to the apartment when we saw a guy
smoking. I had an itch to talk to him, so we did, he is an awesome
guy. He loves music, so we talked about that for a little bit. Then
his friend pulls up in his tricked out car and starts talking to us
too! My companion wasn't the least bit timid, which is great because
these guys were big and a little scary. We were able to invite them to
church, and crazily enough they wanted to learn more!

During companionship study, we had a glass repair man come to our
apartment to fix our door. After we went to the church to weekly plan
a little more because of all the breaking up of it we have had. After
we then had Li come and play ping pong with us and the Elders in the
district. It was a blast, we then had a lesson after with a member it
was al in English again. He is so excited to learn more. We asked if
he had read any of the Book of Mormon and he had read past where we
asked him to read. Then told us that it is true! Whoa! Big steps! The
lesson was amazing, when we talked about having eternal families he
asked how can I have that. So we talked about what needs to happen. We
then ran back to the apartment ate then went to a recent converts
house as a district to sing and deliver a picture that we took as a
district. She then invited us all over for KFC later the next week!
Yum! Elder Hilton and Elder Aoki and I went housing in the nearby
area. We didn't have much success but Elder Aoki talked to a women for
30 minutes through the Intercom about the Roman Empire, Elder Hilton
and I were very confused. We then ran to the apartment to take a
Mother's Day picture for sister Wada! Then home, where I cut Elder
Clarks hair, thankfully I didn't mess up.

We awoke early and I made pancakes for my companion, they were
delicious. Then we went to Fujinos apartment to pic him up. Then we
had DCS, it was a really good meeting. Then Yoichiro came! It was his
first time ever coming to church. Then Li came! We had 4 people from
our efforts at church! Talk about a busy time! After Church Elder
Hilton and I taught Li. We talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We
were able to set a baptismal date for May 23! He is really excited. We
talked about the word of wisdom as well and he committed to it right
there saying if it was from God then it must be true! Wow! During our
lesson Elder Aoki, Elder Clark and the bishop were having another
lesson! Both went great! We then went home, ate lunch. Then went to
the church to go with Li to the Takamuras for dinner! It was
delicious! We talked and played with all the kids then Sister Dansie
one of the sisters going home next week after finishing her mission,
bore her testimony. It was a great testimony. Then Takamura Kyodai
drove us home. It was a quick end to the day. We decided to have spend
the night in the other apartment because ours is kind of lonely...and
there are only 3 elders there.

I hope you all have a great week!


Elder Dunn

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Elder Clarks probiotic.

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Elder Clark golfing in his pajamas.

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It is expensive to go there.

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Hello kitty land

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Elder Aoki with Hello kitty.

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Here is the jinja

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This has the kanji for when it was created, or 63.

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