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
1:Ek
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!
 

1 comment:

  1. I would like to respond to Elder Stevens' comment that "Ohio (State) totally owned Michigan." Understand that I am not necessarily a Michigan fan. I grew up in a conflicted family. Dad was a Michigan alumnus, Mother an OSU grad. Before they moved "The Game" to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it was just before, and we were always thankful Thanksgiving was over. Anyway, there is one picture which shows that OSU really didn't "own" Michigan this last weekend. If I can paste it: https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10801593_10204992114069814_1019121198305978310_n.jpg?oh=a825c33d756f6286770f5f58bb50ffcd&oe=54FDDF48&__gda__=1427807021_227d0ddf53da0bc3c63db540344f06bd. OK, see if that works.

    The Michigan football team has a lot of class. Just Google "OSU fans burning couches" and you'll see that OSU could learn about having class from Michigan.

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