Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - Week 83

Mom and Dad,

It's crazy how fast things go!  I can't believe it's already been another week and that it's already the 11th of August!

We had a typhoon come through yesterday.  It's been windy and rainy the past few days, and we all figured a typhoon was coming, and then a member told us that there was a typhoon coming.  Due to the typhoon, yesterday the churches in this Stake were either cancelled or just had Sacrament Meeting.  We had Sacrament Meeting yesterday, and then were instructed to stay indoors and keep safe.  So we did.  I spent the whole day studying.  Being inside all day is strange.  I don't really like it.  I like being out and doing stuff.  The winds and rain were pretty nasty in the morning, but it quieted down by the evening.  Thanks to the typhoon temperatures have cooled down a good bit.

Papa, my nihongo is definitely not bad.  This last week we went to a Zone Training Meeting in a neighboring area.  I was asked to translate, so I did.  A large portion of the meeting was a big discussion about teaching by the Spirit and following in the Spirit in your work.  It's definitely challenging to translate a discussion.  In a discussion, the person talking changes every few minutes.  The topics that are being spoken about also change around and move.  When there's one person teaching for most of the meeting, it's a bit easier.  The pace of speaking, the cadence and rhythm of the talking, phrases and words that are used, and the topic are much more constant.  You're generally able to get a little bit used to that person's way of speaking and your mind isn't racing as much.  But when it's not like that in a big discussion, it's pretty hectic to be a translator.  Having Japanese companions and such has definitely helped a ton with my language abilities.  

I got the package!  Thank you so much!  I appreciate the goodies.  I'm healthy and doing well.  Miraculously, I've actually gained weight recently.  Last I checked I was 72kg rather than the 70 I've been almost all of the rest of my life and mission.  I love being a missionary!

Elder Kyle Hutchings