Sunday, February 1, 2009

Feb 1, 2009

Dear Family & Friends,

This last week was cold and rainy, and though we have sunshine today, it’s also quite windy so still cold!!

This was a fairly quiet week. Had a great Eikaiwa on Wednesday and lots of fun going to Costco with Sis. Hill on Friday. We went to a different Costco than usual (there are about 7 or 8 just here in Tokyo area), and it was so much nicer and less crowded than the other one. The traffic getting there is worse, but the time it takes is about the same.

Saturday night we had such a fun time with our friends, the Josen’s. Sis. Josen taught me how to make Gyoza and Teriyaki Chicken. Both were sooooooo delicious!! She doesn’t speak English as well as her husband, but we were able to communicate without asking him to translate most of the time. She is looking more pregnant now. Her baby is due the 29th of May. The tradition here is to go to her parent’s home for the birth. They leave about a month before the due date and stay until a week after the baby comes. So the husband is not involved in the birth unless he can get time off, which they usually don’t. So different from America!

We have been busy all week getting ready for the transfers. We have 14 missionaries going home and only 5 coming out. Also, our office and District will be changing: one Assistant is leaving to be a trainer, our Recorder is leaving because he already trained his replacement, and one of the sisters is leaving. I will tell you more about the new missionaries next email.

Our thought for the day is: “It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we’ll make the effort. We must actually make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled. Someone put it this way: ‘Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today.’” Pres. Monson, General Conference Priesthood Session, October 2007.

We love you—

Jim & Pat

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