Week 38 Mission Log Everything is going pretty well here. How are things back at home? I had a somewhat eventful week. Monday was Preparation Day. We just went and saw a cool old temple that I've seen before. I've been in Kyoto longer than most of the other missionaries. So, Ive already seen most of the places they want to go to. After that, we taught a lesson to a man named Fuji. It was good. On Tuesday we taught an investigator in the area from long time ago, named Yamashita. Around noon, we had an appointment with someone who didn't show up. And, at night we had dinner at a member`s house. It was delicious. They were very nice. Wednesday: We had district meeting in the morning. The district leader and his companion were really late though. After that, we went out to eat as a district (it`s a weekly tradition), at an all you can eat chicken place. After that got done, we had a companion exchange. Sometimes we switch companions for about twenty-four hours. My companion went to the neighboring area to work with the district leader, and the district leader`s companion came to my area to work with me. It was snowing all throughout the day. That night, I got an interesting phone call. It said, "The Sendai and Tokyo missions are closing. All of the missionaries from the Sendai mission are going to the Sapporo mission, and the missionaries from the Tokyo mission are getting divided up among the Nagoya, Kobe, and Fukuoka missions. Instead of the normal transfers in fours weeks, transfers will be on Friday morning. You`ll get a phone call tomorrow announcing whether or not you`re transferring." The call came from my companion. He said he was calling on behalf of the district leader because he was in the bathroom. At first I was way surprised. Upon thinking about it further, I started to wonder if it was actually just a joke. I wouldn't be surprised if my companion wanted to play a joke on me. Then we went to English class. In English class we made origami together, and I announced all of the instructions in English. It was really fun. I had to tell everyone that origami in English is just origami. We say the same word. Then, we went back to the apartment and went to bed. At this point I was about 66 percent sure that the phone call was just a joke. Thursday: In the morning I was about 83 percent sure that it was just a joke and the transfer call wasn't coming. I couldn't help but wonder about what would happen if it was real though. He said that forty new missionaries from Tokyo were coming. So, lots of areas would have four missionaries now instead of two. I figured we would get two more missionaries in the apartment if the transfer was real. My companion (Elder Bennion) had only been in Kyoto for about two weeks and didn't know anything about the area. Therefore, I have to stay there. I was in the process of trying to forget about those ideas all together because it was clearly a joke, when the phone rang. Elder McClaws, Assistant to the President, was on the line. He was calling to announce the transfers to us. He then says to me, "You`re going to be pretty surprised to hear this, but we are going to transfer you. We think that your skills are needed in Uwajima." I was completely shocked. He then asked me, "Do you know where Uwajima is?" "Yes," I responded. Everyone in the mission knows where Uwajima is. Uwajima is quite famous, or imfamous, in the Kobe mission. It`s the farthest area in the mission out on the island of Shikoku (not the main island). There are basically no people there. I packed my bags as quickly as I could and called the company to have my luggage and bike shipped to Uwajima. My companion and I went out to a final dinner together at a Korean style all-you-can-eat meat restaurant, I carved my yearly St. Patrick`s Day potato, and we went to bed. Friday: We leave in the morning and take the long (two hour) train ride to The mission home in Kobe. At the mission home I got to see a lot of missionaries that I haven`t seen in a long time, and I got to meet all forty of the new missionaries from Tokyo. It was really fun. I then boarded the even longer train (three hours) to go to Okayama. There I met up with my new companion, Elder Gardner, and we got on the bus to take a two and half hour bus ride to Matsuyama. It was cool because we got to go over a giant crazy looking bridge to get to the island. We spent the night in the apartment of the Elders who live in Matsuyama because it was too late at night to get to Uwajima. Saturday: We got up in the morning and took a two and a half hour bus ride to get to Uwajima. Because of all the weird transfers, my companion has only been in Uwajima for one week and he doesn't know very much about the area. When we got to the apartment, he told me everything that he knows about the area, the members, and the one investigator we had. We went around the city. There is no one here. Sunday: Before church we went and gave a blessing to a member of the branch that neither of us knew. After that, we went to church. Our investigator, Sister Misaki, came to church. They had met with her once before and explained what church is. We were able to teach her a lot at church and it went really well. She`s planning to get baptized on the third of April. I hope she can make it by that date. There were 20 people in church, including the two missionaries, an investigator, and someone from the district presidency. After church, we taught a class about missionary work to all of the church members who wanted to come. Our investigator came too, and it was a little awkward. After that we went out on the streets and tried to find more investigators, but there are no people here. We went to bed. Monday: We studied in the morning. Then, we cleaned the apartment for an hour. Now we are emailing in the city hall building. The building is closed and there is no one here. I don`t know if we`re supposed to be here, but the doors weren't locked. My companion is now named Elder Gardner. He is from Utah. He is only on his sixth transfer. I`m on my fifth. That means that we are both really young missionaries. We are co-senior companions. I knew him before because he worked in Kyoto for part of the time that I was there. I have to go now. I don`t know if we`re supposed to be here. I`ll write again next week. Bye.
-Elder Isaac Swift