Sunday, December 28, 2014

Week 99 - December 22-28, 2014

Monday we had our Christmas dinner celebration Japanese style.  We bought Kentucky Fried Chicken for the Kumamoto/Nagamine missionaries and investigators.  Kentucky Fried Chicken did not have any Christmas cake this year so we make Christmas cake with strawberries, cake, whipped cream and a vanilla ice cream cup. 
We played Panda Chopsticks and Yahtzee and had a spiritual thought.   It was a fun evening.
Tuesday was district meeting in the morning and in the afternoon we went to Yamada Denki to find out how to have out Internet service stop when we leave Japan.  They had the cutest Christmas decorations.  Elder Koberstein is standing with their Santa Claus.

Wednesday evening was our last goodbyes at Eikaiwa.  It is hard to say goodbye as our 23 months of missionary service comes to a close. 
Thursday evening we took the last Elder who came into the Fukuoka mission the same transfer as we did out to dinner with all the Omuta Elders.  They chose Katsu Chicken.   Along with the chicken came all you can eat rice and cabbage salad.  It was an enjoyable evening.
Saturday was the day we said goodby to Kumamoto and drove to Fukuoka for our last day of service in the Fukuoka temple.  It was a wonderful day ending with dinner with two of the missionaries serving in Fukuoka ward.
The Elders chose to have dinner at the Fukuoka Hard Rock Café.  It is a bit of America in Fukuoka. 
Elder Koberstein and I enjoyed fajitas and the Elders chose hamburgers American style.  
Sunday we attended the Fukuoka Ward.  The number of members attending Sacrament Meeting has really grown over the last year.  It is amazing.  It was fun to say goodbye to old friends we knew from our time serving in the mission office a year ago. 
In the evening we met with President Gustafson and enjoyed dinner in the mission home.  Tomorrow is off to Tokyo by Shinkansen and our trip home begins.  The mission has been an amazing experience for both of us.  We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the people here in Japan and assist the young Elders and Sisters in the work they do.
Scripture of the Week 
Matthew 2:1-2
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 

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