My Thougths On Being Cooked!

Hey Everybody!

How's are things back home?  I hope everything is going
great and it's not too hot or too rainy.  I suppose that a lot off you
are wondering about the strange title that I used to open this email,
so let me simply explain.  It is super hot!  So hot in fact, that even
while taking a freezing cold shower, I am still sweating like crazy.
The good news is, it is going to get worse as July and August
come around.  It may not look that hot on the weather app, but since
all of Tokyo is a massive sheet of unending asphalt, it absorbs
all of the heat so it is literally like living in a oven over here.
But life goes on:-)

This week I had to say a very sad goodbye to my Canadian friend and
companion Elder Faganello.  I am sending this email to him too so
maybe I should give him some compliments so he doesn't feel bad.  Lol.
Just kidding I love yah Elder Faganello!  He was a great companion and
we had so much fun together last transfer!  I'm going miss him a lot
but I hope that he has a fun time in Tsukuba.  Of course he will, I
was there and I left a fun area for him!

Elder Faganello and I had lots of fun adventures last week until
he left us forever.  My new companion Elder Hardy came
in and we have been having some adventures of our own.  He is from
Texas and super buff!  And he has me on a work out program with him so
hopefully I'll be buff too when I come back.

One of the adventures that we had this week was with our investigator
K....  Elder Faganello knows a lot about him, and you will all know
more when I get back home.  But, sufficeth for me to say that for
every lesson we have with him we have to have a member there, just to
make sure that we keep to the lesson.  So when we met him on
Saturday, my bday, we didn't just have one member to help us, we had
3! The lesson went really well and K... even came to church
yesterday.  He says that he loved it and he felt like his parents were
right beside him because he felt so good.  We have been able to teach
him a lot in the past week because he calls us at least 3 times a day,
so hopefully he will start progressing really well soon!

First of all, thanks to everyone for the bday wishes!  I got tons of
emails and Facebook messages so thank you so much!  For my bday, we
taught English class and one of the students, T..., knew I liked
sharks so he bought me a magnetic sharks head that I put on the
fridge.  The sharks mouth is open so I use it as a storage place for
my keys.  It's really nice because the fridge is right next to the
door so I never forget my keys!  After class we met with K... and our
3 member friends for a lesson.  The member friends were all super cool
and the lesson went amazing!  K... has so many questions and we have
got the answers for him! (Well the Spirit does). Then after that we
took a long train ride to a place called Koiwa where a Chinese night
party was being held.  There I got to meet a ton of my old Togane
Chinese friends like K..., W... C..., and C....  The best part was
that I got to play the violin as a special musical number for the
event and I also got to be the leader for one of the rotation lesson
activities.  I couldn't speak Chinese so Elder Lee, my old companion from
Hong Kong, translated for me!  Just like old times.  When the party
ended, I got to eat some Cheetos and Hershey chocolate so that was the
best present ever!  American candy and snacks are a rare expensive
commodity here.  By the time it was over, we had to rush home to be on
time for curfew.  So all in all it was a super fun bday!

Well, I think that's everything for this week, besides that I got to
see my friend F....  He was the very first person that I saw baptized
so it was awesome to see him again.  Well, thanks again for all of the
emails and bday wishes.  Love you all lots and lots!


 Elder Stevens

Elder Faganello Saying Goodbye


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