We got emails in the middle of the night last night. Of course we got up to read them and ended up staying up way later than we should have. And then we realized this morning that we had forgotten to set the alarm clock. By then we were running 45 minutes late. I'm glad the girls are OK with things like yogurt and salad for lunch.
We got a good amount of news from the boy, he was able to purchase his bike and has money left over to buy postage and things like that, so that is good. He has been told to not give out the apartment address and to just have everyone mail letters and packages to the Mission office at the address on the side bar throughout his mission. Letters and packages will be forwarded to him where ever he is. This will eliminate lost mail in between transfers, but it can take up to 2 1/2 weeks for the mail to reach him this way.
The following is a list of questions that Leighn sent and Jeff answered (I sent a shorter list and got answers too, but Leighn's was more fun) :)
"Where is Elder W from? Highland, UT
How long has he been out? 11 months
Do you have any investigators? Yes, about 6 or 7 including the one we just baptised yesterday Sunday) ;)
How was your first Sunday in Japan? Pretty sweet! We had a baptism at 9, and following that was regular church. I speak next week a little bit about myself.
How are the members there? Super kind and friendly, Willing to work with me even though I'm still slow with Japanese.
Are there any members from the states? Not in our Ward.
What are President and Sister Albrecht like? Very kind sweet and loving.
Do you like them already? Yes, they felt like grandparents to me from the start.
How was the flight to Japan? Kind of long, but enjoyable. I read all of Mosiah, and helped a Taiwanese lady keep her son occupied.
What is your favorite color? 黒い (haha stupid question stupid answer) [The answer is black]
Will you be using the trains and buses much? Lots of trains, about one a day so far. Some days not as many.
Have you seen Mt. Fuji? Not yet, but on a good clear day I should be able to.
How have you liked the weather? It's been OK.... really cold, and it's raining today :/
I see that it’s supposed to be raining on your p-day, how was/is that? It stinks... we were going to go shopping, but we really don't want to ride our bikes in this.
If you’re in Chiba, how does it feel to be in a city that is the same area as Salt Lake City but with 5 times the population? Nothing special really. We're in Yachiyo area within Chiba, so we only see a small part of it most days.
How did it feel to be in Tokyo? Cold, excited, nervous...
How is your language mastery coming? Bleh... though the ward members tell me that my Japanese sounds good...
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? African or European?
What kinds of food have you eaten in your apartment? Rice, Miso Ramen, Soups, Giyoza, Rice, Curry.
What foods do you expect to be living on? Rice, Apples, Carrots, Pimon (green bell peppers), chicken, beef.
There ya go :P post it on the blog for everyone.
Love you bunches!"
As you can tell Elder Mosdell is doing well and loving where he is and what he's doing. We'll see if we can get the story on the baptism that they had on Sunday and post that soon too!