So much has happened. I apologize for the gush of photos that will now flow forth, in as fast as I can type because I've already used a lot of my email time!!
Let's start with the good stuff! Mr. Golden Investigator--now Brother Investigator--was baptized and confirmed this week!
But before we cut to the good stuff, let us discuss one of the lesser known obstacles to baptism : finding white underwear.
As Elder Dogfather put it, "We spent 5 minutes with the entire bishopric discussing how to get this man some underpants!"
Yes, you read that right. In our bi-weekly coordination meeting with the bishopric, we derived a game plan on finding this man some underwear. And it was really, really funny.
Now back to the baptism! IT WAS SO AMAZING, AND SO JAPANESE!
Now, what I mean by that is it was mildly awkward (which is oh so very Japanese,) and when we went to the font, not just the children sat on the floor, but everyone was on their knees to view it. There wasn't even chairs set up in that room. OH, JAPAN!
He doesn't look happy in this picture, but that's just because Japanese people don't smile in pictures!
Also, don't you love the slight blur and finger showing in the bottom corner of this photo? Our Ward Mission Leader takes the worst photos, but he always volunteers as photographer. We love him!
(Side story: apparently, every time you ask him what he does for work, he always says, "I'm a thief." He says jokes all the time, allegedly. I wouldn't really know because he has the fastest and most numbly Japanese in the ward.)
And on Sunday, after Brother Gold was confirmed, he came up to me and my trainer, and said the sweetest, most heartfelt thank you. "If you hadn't visited my house, none of this would have happened. Thank you. I am really happy."
It was a real blessing that I could understand that without my companion translating it for me. It was a really tender moment, ahhhhh!!! I love that man.
AND I ACTUALLY HAVE SOME BAD NEWS!
WE HAVE JUST BEEN INFORMED THAT EMAIL TIME IS ALREADY OVER!!!
So I am going to have to finish this week's email next week!!!!
But to tide you over while you wait, here are some pictures of the food we ate! (IT RHYMES!!)
AND ALSO, IT'S SNOWING !!