Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week 98 - December 15-21, 2014

Monday we had a chili and cornbread party with our Eikaiwa students from the International Center.  I made chili.  They helped me make cornbread and each brought something to share.  It was a feast of many delicious foods.  After lunch we played Panda chopsticks, Yahtzee and then
watched the video "The First Gift" on  It was an enjoyable afternoon together.
Tuesday was our last YMCA class.  When we arrived at the YMCA we found out that our teacher could not be there so our class had been cancelled.  The YMCA had left a phone message for us but between new and old phones the message was not received.  We got a new phone service provider on Friday and supposedly new phones.  New phones came on Sunday for the missionaries in the Kumamoto Ward.  We went shopping for Christmas cards instead.  On an elevator in the Tsuruya Store we ran into the Kumamoto kumamon.  I had my picture taken with him between floors. 
We enjoy looking at the beautiful Christmas decorations in the mall, shop windows and streets.
We had our last two apartment checks this week.  Thursday we inspected the Kumamoto/Nagamine Shimi's apartment.  They chose lunch at Stamina for their celestial rating.  It is always and enjoyable all you can eat lunch.  Friday we checked the Shimizu/Tusboi Shimi apartment.  They had seen a new restaurant that they wanted to try.  It was a okanomoyaki shop.  It was a fun place were you cook your own lunch.  Above is my lunch before it was cooked.  You stir it up and put in on a hot oiled grill in the center of the table to cook.
The okonomiyaki restaurant was down the street from the castle.  This view always delights me with the dencha's tracks in the center of the street and Kumamoto Castle on the hill.
The Kumamoto Ward Christmas party was Saturday night.  It was a potluck dinner.  I liked this beautiful eatable Christmas tree someone brought.  There was a nice program, Santa (two dancing Santa's) and a dinner.  It is always fun to taste all the different foods brought.

Sunday the Kumamoto Ward gave Elder Koberstein and I time to bear our testimonies in Sacrament Meeting.  Following Sacrament Meeting was a going away party for us.  The people here have been a wonderful support.  They have loved us even though we have a language barrier.  We are all brothers and sister in the gospel and I can feel of their love which makes good byes so hard to do.

Scripture of the Week
Luke 2:6-7
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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