Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello Everyone,

And a Merry Christmas!  Not ganna lie, I am pretty excited for the
holiday season, especially because I get to talk to my family in like
3 days.  I can't believe that it is so close.  I will probably be
friending you on skype today so yoroshiku onegai shimasu!  I hope I
get to talk to Andrew for a little bit too.  Too bad I can't just call
him separately, but I guess I'll just have to wait until next year.

What can I say about this week, well I guess it was pretty much the
same as all the other weeks as a zone leader.  We did a ton of
planning, lots of meetings, and lots of talks with the Sister Training
Leaders to know where we should take the zone the next few months.
Luckily the weather has been pretty cold and rainy so we haven't had
to deal with that too much because we have been inside a lot.  We were
able to meet with a lot of really cool people this week though.  Idk
if you remember Y..., but he finally answered our Facebook messages and
to apologize for his absence he bought us $20 worth of
doughnuts.  What a great way to say hello after a long while!  We were
supposed to play bball with him this morning but he slept in and
missed it so we're going to meet up with him after the New Year.

You know what's really hard to do right now?  Set up appointments.  I
guess that's what comes with the New Year and Christmas season.  It
seems like everytime we meet someone or call them, they say that they
would love to meet, next year.  I am starting to appreciate how busy people are
during the holidays especially the end of the year.  So if all these appointments go
through next year we should have literally no time to sleep because of
all the people that we will be meeting.  I'm pretty excited though
because Elder Barray is super good at meeting people and he is so
natural at it that we are really starting to grow our teaching pool a
lot.  Now all we need is to start meeting with them and getting them
to church.

So miracle sharing time.  We were at the station after a busy day of
transfers, waiting for the new Tsukuba missionaries to arrive by train,
but one of them was like 2 hours late.  We were talking to the other one
who was already here when I saw a Japanese man just looking and
smiling at us.  This like never happens so I said hello.  He came
right over and told us that we looked bright and clean inside.  That
never happens either.  So we talked for awhile and then set up an
appointment to meet the next day.  The next day came and we talked to
him about the meaning of Christmas and gave him a Book of Mormon
saying that it would make him bright and clean inside too.  He said that
he would read it and come to our Christmas party next week.  He's
pretty cool, and the only thing is that we need to help him stop smoking.
But nothing is impossible with the Lord.

Our Christmas devotional went really well.  You may have seen the pic
on Facebook, but we had a big group there and I played the violin for
everyone.  We also sang and had all of the primary children act out
the nativity scene.  They were all so cute and the crazy thing is that
I understood them all almost the whole time.  My Japanese has
definitely improved over the past few months.

Well, I think that's everything for today.  Thanks for all of your
prayers and thoughts this Christmas season.  They are greatly
appreciated.  Have a great Christmas week and holiday season.  See you
all soon!

Eric Stevens

Ps Thanks for the package Mom.  I got it and I just bought all of the
ingredients to make rice pudding, so I will be doing that next Pday and
eating it for New Year's Eve.  I also used some of my Christmas money
to make a special trip to Costco to buy a big bag of M&Ms and Hawaiian
Kettle Chips to celebrate the holiday season.  Thanks everyone!

Don't Worry, I'll Be Sharing!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Transfer 12...Unbelievable!

Elder's Quorum, Tsukuba, Japan

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's Christmas Time!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pretty Fancy Thanksgiving

Hey everyone!

It was amazing to hear from all of you again this week!  It's good to hear that you all had a fun time during Thanksgiving and that I was not needed to make the mashed potatoes.  I also enjoyed hearing about the Ohio State vs Michigan game, about how Ohio totally owned Michigan so thanks for sending me the game stats Grandma Stevens!  How was black Friday?  I hope that everyone is safe and that you bought lot of really cool cheap Christmas presents.

We had a pretty fancy week ourselves.  We went on splits with the Assistant Elder Sakamoto last week and that was a great learning experience.  We went to visit one of his recent converts, Bell.  He works at an Indian restaurant here so we got some good curry.
We had a crazy big miracle this week during splits.  We were at the big train station in Tsukuba doing some finding, and we only had 10 more minutes before we were going to go and eat our dinner before English class.  My companion, Elder Scoville, being the spiritual giant that he is, suggested that we say a prayer that we would find the person who was going to be baptized in this area before the end of this year in the last 10 minutes of our finding.  Elder Sakamoto, our leader, said an amazing prayer of faith that we would find him and then we went out to meet people.  The first person that I saw was in a big hurry, but mustering all of my courage, I called out to him as he passed by.  "Konnichiha, Hello!  How are you?"  Surprised, he turned around and looked at me.  The next thing that he said really surprised me.  In perfect English, he asked me if I was on my mission for the Church.  I told him yes and he said that his best friend that he had done a home stay with in Idaho had just finished serving a mission in Kobe Japan.  He had been to church before and he was excited to meet us again!  But what really made it awesome was that when he heard that I was from Ohio he gasped and said that he was going to go to Ohio State University next September as an exchange student.  I told him that I was thinking of going there and he told us that it was a miracle that we met that night.  We became really good friends, because of the Ohio thing of course, but he says that he wants to meet again to talk about the Church.  We later found out that he was from Hokaido and that our friend Aaron actually served his mission there, so we are going to hook them up together.  He is going to get baptized before Christmas!
It's so exciting all the crazy stuff that is happening right now.  I can't believe that you will be going to Nepal really soon.  I remembered that yesterday when I visited my Nepalese investigators, I asked them for a list of frequently used expressions in Nepalese.  They were so excited to start teaching me and it really helped to build our friendship.  Thanks for giving me that opportunity!  Here's the list if you have some time to study.
Mero name bara Stevens ho.
My name is Stevens
Ma Ohio bata ayeko ho.
I am from Ohio
Man parcha: To like
Man pardaina: do not like
Malai: I 
Yo ramro lagyo: I like this
Vok lagyo: I am hungry
Khana: food
Khanu: to eat
Vat khane bela: eating time
Bela vayo: time ok?
Basuno: sit
Basucher: I sit
Takai lagyo: tired
Ekchim Aram gatsu: I will rest
Coke Gaham baincha: where is coke?
Jano: to go
Thapai ko ghar khaha ho? Where is your house?
Bato: road
Bata: from
Kasari: how
Kati vayo: how much?
Pugyo: daijobu
Tharika: Yari kata
Aba: from now
Katmandu jane bus ko ticket khahan paincha? Where will you buy the bus ticket
Kati rupaiya lagcha: how much money?
Aghaye: I am full
Padaina: do not need
Sutchu: sleeping
Nindra lagyo: want to rest
Namaste: Konnichiha 
Sanche honohon cha?: how are you?
Ke garadai: what are you doing?
Chora chori Kati hunohoncha: how big is your family?
Tanebad: thank you!!!
Basnus ma janchu: bye I will leave
Barusa: year
Mahina: month
Din: day
Rat: night
Hajar: 1000
Shye: 100
2: dhui
3: tin
4: chhar
5: pach
6: chha
7: sat
8: aath
9: Mau
10: dash
I hope that isn't too much to study! lol

Well anyway, I need go now.  But don't worry dad, I will be taking some more pictures to send to you.  I love you all!  Have a great and fun week!  Miss You! 

Eric Stevens
My Favorite Place

Thanksgiving Dinner

Homemade Pumpkin Pie.  Yum!