18 August 2011

Letter from Matlock – 19 July 2011

Dear (Family in Japanese)
           As you can probably tell I have run out of American paper and envelopes.   I was surprised to find that the paper and the envelopes ran out at the same time after having been using them for about a year and a half.
            We went to Chinese class!  The pronunciation is as ridiculous as you would expect it to be.  Apparently Americans are really good at Chinese pronunciation though.  Who would have guessed?  American’s are the best!
            We spent a lot of time pulling weeds around the church.  It was incredible.  There couldn’t be more weeds even if someone intentionally planted them instead of actual plants.  My companion and I decided that it was a bad enough of an eyesore we needed to buckle down and take care of them.  I’m not sure who won; us, the weeds, or the mosquitoes.
            This week a long lost childhood hobby has been revived!  Origami!  It’s so accessible here I decided to go for it.  It’s come in handy a lot so far in teaching lessons and giving gifts to people.  Good, good, good.
            Had a pretty cool experience the other day.  We went to visit a member at his apartment and afterwards we were just going to head back but I really felt like knocking doors.  Really felt like that was the thing to do.  Specifically an apartment building; kind of tucked in between some houses and other buildings.  We went there walked up to the top floor went to the farthest door and found someone who was pretty interested.  After we were done talking with him we were out of time so we left.  No fail housing system.  AKA: The spirit!  I’m on it!

Elder Wyman -(in Japanese characters)

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