Mom and Dad,I know I say it every week, but it's great to hear that everything at home is well. I'm glad to hear that Marisa made it to the end of the school year and has got a chance to work and chill. Oh man, I'm missing the hay haul! That bums me out a little, not going to lie. I loved hauling hay...but, the field is white all ready to harvest and that's certainly apparent by the number of missionaries heading out to dendo! It's so exciting to hear about everyone who's leaving for missions (even more exciting to hear about folks headed to the Kobe, Japan mission!). Crazy that Aunty Laurie, Paul, and Spencer did all of the shopping in one day, but I'm glad to hear that all is well with them.
Just this last Saturday, Elder Day and I went on a run to Nankoku Shi. Nankoku is an inaka (rural) place outside of Kochi Shi. It is an absolutely beautiful place and was such a good day, but it was also quite a bike ride! We went to visit one of our investigators, a few former investigators, and we totsuzened the Branch President. We navigate via a map on our cell phone, and it tells us how far away our destination is straight as the crow flies from where we currently (sadly, it doesn't have turn by turn directions). Getting from the shinai (main city center) in Kochi to the area our investigator lives was about 6km straight as the crow flies. From there going between the former investigators' places was about anwhere from 4-6km or so each. Then to the Branch President's place, then back to the shinai where our apartment is. Considering that we weren't traveling straight as the crow flies, and that we got lost once or twice, we definitely got in some good exercise! Dendo is the best!
Things are getting warmer and warmer here. It's going to be getting into rainy season very soon from what I understand. It makes me really appreciate all of the Scout camps and activities I went on - I know for sure that being wet, hot, tired and uncomfortable is survivable. Thankfully, as a missionary I get to shower everyday, so no worries!
Thank you for all of your love and support.
Elder Kyle Hutchings