Hey mom, dad, everyone! げんきですか、
I'm going to start with the shout outs first. So... Sister Bradford! I have met Sis. MacArthur! She's in my ward actually. We met in the sack breakfast line on P-day. I said I was from Pasadena and she said she had some relatives who lived there and thus we both knew the Bradfords. Also, I've met Sister Bradford as well. I forgot where she was going but she's the one with the really pretty curly hair.
Just yesterday, I actually saw Elder Luymes. I was so happy! I didn't think I'd get the chance to see him because I figured he'd be sent to the west campus. (Which he was). Turns out he had to run some errands at the main MTC and I just saw him next to the Bookstore. I was so excited to see him! I didn't have my camera on me, so sorry mom. But it was fun to talk to him and get updated about Pasadena.
Another announcement. So next Sunday is going to be the Global Leadership Broadcast with the Prophet and the Quorum of the Twelve. Everyone is so excited! I'm going to be singing in the choir and we'll be singing two pieces. So that way you'll get to listen to the pieces that we've sung for the past two Tuesday devotionals. Please watch it and look for me. I'm not sure if I'll be on screen because I'm singing in a choir of about.... 2,300 people. But still, watch it anyway for me. If anything it will be posted on LDS.org so if you could share it on my facebook page that would be amazing.
I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to send. Heh... I haven't taken a photo in weeks. I'll send photos next week.
Last week I got to be a host for the new missionaries. I got to host a Nihonjin sister. She was so sweet. I tried to speak to her in my best broken Japanese. She was so nice and patient with me. If people in Japan are like her than I'm really looking forward to next month. I'm starting to feel "old" here at the MTC. This is week 6 for us. The only people that are still here as long as us are the other Korean, Thai, and Mandarin speaking missionaries. So at least they are familiar. I also got to host a girl from Huntington Beach. I don't remember her name but she was called to serve in Guatamala. And as I walked her to her room in 17 M.... I was shocked. 17M is the nicest dorm building on all of campus. They have 6 beds, 6 closets and 6 desks. Our room was designed for 4 but there's six of us. So 4 closest for 6 girls.... yeah... especially when one of the girls has received 16 packages (I've kept a tally). Then Ellsworth Shimai peeks into the bathrom and says that it's HUGE and that their are at least 15 showers and many toilets.... We have 8 toilets and 6 showers for at least 40 girls... I am grateful for what I have and I tell myself that everyday, despite 17 M. And how they have couches and vending machines on every floor. And paintings and photographs hanging on the walls and that it doesn't smell like feet.... Not that I'm complaing.. I love my dorm and all the joys that it brings.
So Aunt Kristine had sent me a Dear Elder yesterday and told me the big news. I am so EXCITED AND HAPPY AND EXHILARATED AND OVERFLOWING WITH JOY for you Aunt Kristine. I was practically shrieking with joy when I read that. It's the best news I've heard in a long time, besides the gospel of Jesus Christ of course ;). (My sister Kristine and her husband Dave are in the process of being approved by the State of Washington to be foster and possibly adoptive parents for a brand new baby girl born about 10 days ago!)
And thank you Holly for the package. It was a wonderful surprise :D Loved it!!
So last Tuesday was the first time we had a missionary devotional at the Marriott Center. I am involved with the choir of about 2,000 people. It was nuts! There was just this mass of people heading to the Marriott center that went on for a long time. I don't think I ever saw the end of the line!
Oh, which reminds me. So this past Sunday at choir practice I see my organ teacher at the piano. So I walk up to him and shake his hand and I find out that he's going to accomany us for the Broadcast on Sunday. Guys, you are in for a real treat. He's AMAZING! His name is Seth Bott and I was so happy to see him and to find out he's going to accompany us. I couldn't think of anybody better.
Oh, one more thought. So another funny Japanese moment was that yesterday Lewis ちょうろう said during a lesson, "After this life you go to Spirit Paradise or the Bank." Think on those wise words ;)
Hope all of you are doing well. My favorite scripture of the week is Alma 13:26-30. I love it and it has helped me and made me a better person this week. I hope it does the same for you.
Love you guys so much, あいとだいすきます、
私はイエスキリスト伊波が救い主です。この復員があい知っています。神様は渡した潮合知っています。えと、灰、なにきくおわかりますことができまうす。私もの文保だめです。でもまなびます。できます。イエスキリスイトのみなによっておあかしします、ああめん。(I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and I know that he loves us and . . . I'm sorry but the rest of her testimony didn't translate very well in google translate - lol! If anyone else can read the hiragana let me know :))