Akemashite Omedetou!!!!First email of 2015! In Japan new years is a very important time. All the shops close and everyone spends time with their family for the week. How nice, except for dendo. No one on the street. No one wants to talk to you. What do?
|Focus, power, strength, this is the way of|
|This felt so cool!|
Then we got to dress in Samurai kimonos at a member's house. That was way fun. We played games, sang hymns, and shared mission stories with the members as we visited them. I learned so much about them and about the culture. It was a great Shogatsu (New Years).
|Kneel before me or feel the wrath of my blade.|
Then a surprise announcement of our new Mission President. President Yamashita is a member of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy, so he only serves 2 years instead of 3. So our new Mission President coming in June, is President Ishii and his wife. He is actually a member of the stake were I'm serving, so all the members know him. I've only heard good things, including that he speaks English. It will be interesting to see what happens when he gets here. We will miss the Yamashitas a lot tho. We love them like our Japanese parents.
|Ready for battle!|
|Tono Sama (Samurai Lord)|
|Sato Kyoudai and Shimai fulfilling one of my dreams!|
|Sato Kyoudai dressing Elder Mitchell|
|Samurai Jack (Elder Mitchell's first name)|
|Wanted: Samurai thug Tana Sama|
|Tanner Stabbing himself|
|Ohime Sama (a princess)|
|Eating Sukiyaki at Kondo family's house with Sasai Brother on New Year's Day.|
|Biking in the snow.|
|This photo can only explain a little of what our Branch President is ... lol|
|Our new mission tie. "We are one" #weareone2015|
|Good-bye old brick phone :'(|
|Feast with the President|
|President and Sis. Yamashita, love them!|
|Yamashita Shimai teaching us the Happy Ninja Day song!|
|Teaching the song.|
|My award for passing off the Ninja (Japanese Grammar Book). It's the Salt Lake Temple doorknob with 'Japan Nagoya Mission' on the bottom.|
|Elder Curiel and Elder Naylor singing "What Child is This".|
It was awesome!
|Me and my companions|
|The Transfer Board with all the missionaries on it.|