Dear Mom and Dad,
Crazy to think that it's been another transfer already! Amazing how quickly 6 weeks can go by. I am still District Leader in Takatsuki and I'm still training Elder Baldwin. Just so you know, I ran into Elder Lewis at the Honbu (mission home) when I picked up Elder Baldwin at the beginning of last transfer. They are the same doki (group)
Costco this last week was good. It's about 30 minutes away by train, and then a 15 minute walk from the train station from there. I bought bagels, a couple of big bags of Quaker granola, a block of cheddar cheese, and a large jar of peanut butter for the Sisters in the district. The prices were all right, obviously the things which were imported were a bit more expensive, but some of the bulk Japanese foods were well priced. It was just like a regular old Costco - except prices were in Yen and such. I was even able to get a big slice of greasy American style pepperoni pizza for lunch.
Thank you so much for the package! I appreciate all of the goodies - the protein, pistachios, crasins, Rice Crispies, the nature valley bars - thank you so much!
Things have been going all right this last week. The sister who has a baptismal date for this upcoming Sunday is still doing well. She doesn't personally feel like she's ready to be baptized. She has had no problems accepting the commandments, and she really desires to know what we teach is true. We feel very much that she truly is ready and able to be baptized, but we are going to help her this week to strengthen her faith to take that next step of receiving baptism.
We found a new investigator this last week. He's a bit of an older fellow and he's very hard to understand. His speaking isn't clear at all - he half mumbles everything. But, he has honest desires to learn more about spiritual things. We're just going to ganbaru to understand what he says, and do all we can to help him. It should be fun!
Had a bit of an interesting experience while housing the other day. We found a Japanese lady who was Christian, and she was the type who thought she's already been saved. She thought it was great that we were teaching people about Christianity, but after we shared a little about the message of the Restoration with her she wasn't all that interested. She was nice enough, but it was really strange contacting somebody Christian. I walked away feeling that that's what dendo in more Christian countries might be like.
I'm healthy and happy as of now, and I can't see any reason why that would change any time soon. Things are really going well. Thank you so much for your love and support.
Elder Kyle Hutchings