The first thing I want to talk about is splits this week! This transfer, the Zone Leaders set up a lot of splits for us, because they want us to learn how the other missionaries do things. So this week, I had the opportunity to go on splits with an Elder named Elder Dalton! We actually came to Japan at the same time. We had so much fun! It was so cool to be able to work hard with someone that understands the same amount of Japanese as me--that was fun! What was even more amazing is that in a town where I have almost never taught a lesson on the street, I was able to teach three of them with Elder Dalton in 24 hours! It was so much fun! It turns out that we are almost like the same person, except he isn't from Utah! I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to learn from him!
|Elder Tolen and Elder Dalton Together on Splits|
More stories! This week, we rode our bikes up a mountain again! We love doing that I guess. I just love feeling like my legs are going to fall off. :) Anyways, we were going to visit a less active, and we took a lot of good pictures. I'll be sure to include those!
|Elders Tolen, Uemura, and Cluff...a View from the Mountain (They Carry Towels to Wipe off Sweat)|
But by the time we started heading home again, it was pitch black. I knew it wouldn't be safe to go, so I just said a little prayer of gratitude for letting us have the opportunity to help someone feel the Spirit, but that it was time to go home, and it was going to be pretty dangerous, so I asked for a safe journey. I just felt this intense peace. I knew everything was going to be alright. Right as we got on our bikes, this big, slow-moving truck with bright lights went down the road. It was going slow enough that we would be able to keep up with it, and it would light our path. We were able to make it safely down that mountain. I still don't understand why that huge truck was even up in the mountains, but it was definitely an answer to my prayers. I know that the Lord knows us, and He is always listening. Sometimes we just don't know what to look for. It won't always be a giant truck, but that doesn't mean it isn't there!
I love you all, and I miss you guys!
|The View From the Mountain|
|Looking Down toward Odawara from the Mountain|
|The Jungle in the Mountains above Odawara|
|Elder Tolen, Elder Dalton, and Elder Gutierrez on a Zone P-Day Hike|
|Elder Dalton, Elder Gutierrez, and Elder Tolen; Zone P-Day Hike above Odawara|
|Odawara Zone: P-Day Hike!|