Friday, May 16, 2014

May 12, 2014

So last week on P-day, we got a Baptisimal Date! He is in the Japanese Military so he's super busy and can't actually give us his number, but he's way cool! He thinks really deeply about stuff so it's cool!
Tuesday we had another great DTM by K 長老 so that was good! He talked about How to Begin Teaching from PMG and it was really good! We also had Eikaiwa, and the other two elders were in Muroan so they couldn't come, but C 長老 and I had a lot of fun with it so it turned out well!
Other than that we've been having a ton of fun talking, finding amazing people to teach (sadly one is female so we'll have to pass her to the Sisters, but she has a ton of interest so it's cool to teach her! We had a good dinner with a member where we heard about her conversion story and we've been doing some good service for members as well, so it's been a good fun week!
I loved talking to everybody yesterday and I love you all so much! I am going to be finishing my 300th day on my mission this week, and I can't believe how fast it's all going! Life is fast, but a mission is a small fraction of a life so it's even faster. It's crazy to me that a year ago I was worried about school and graduation and just wanting to get out. And now not even a year after starting, I'm out talking to people in another language telling them that I want to share a message that will change their lives forever. Crazy how fast time flies...
But I love you all, And I hope your weeks go well! You're all in my thoughts and prayers! I'm kinda out of time, so I'll add some more details with a recording next week!

Elder Bickel

From his phone call…

They hardly had any investigators when he first got there, but they have been doing a lot of "housing" (going door to door) and have found lots of great people to teach.  His investigator from his last area is being baptized on June 8th so he's really happy about that. 

May 5, 2014

Hey everybody! 

Things have been going well here and we've been having a ton of fun and seeing some cool things happen! I did a voice recording this week with all of it in detail, but the computer is being weird today so I wasn't able to send it. I'm going to see if it'll go one more time, but I will probably have to send it next week. Suffice to say, things are going great, and I'm loving the work and the people! Language is coming well too so that's always nice! ;) 

Love you all lots, and I hope you all have a great week, and I'll try to get the two weeks to you next week! Talk to you soon! (like really soon. Mother's day in fact...) ;)

Elder Bickel

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April 28 ,2014

Stephen has been sending a recording to us the last couple of weeks, so I thought I'd give a little update on him...

Last week,  he was thinking that his area in Asahikawa was going to go from a two man apartment to a four man apartment, but unfortunately he was transferred  to Eniwa, which is about 20 minutes south of Sapporo.  He was made senior companion and his companion was made a senior as well so he is co-seniors with an elder who came into the mission at the same time that he did.  He says his companion is awesome and they are really having a great time.  He was sad to leave the members and investigators from Asahikawa.  They had some investigators that were really progressing well, but he says they have some great investigators they are working with in his new area.