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Monday, October 3, 2011

2 Oct (3 Oct in Japan) 2011 Wakayama Japan

Week 66
Mission Log
Things are going really well here in Wakayama, Japan.  How is everything going back in the United States?    Wakayama is a nice place.  It`s a much larger city than Imabari is.  It`s the biggest city in this prefecture, which happens to be called Wakayama Prefecture.  It`s not a super big city though.  It`s a pretty medium sized city.  There aren`t really any huge skyscrapers like you usually see in big cities in Japan, but there are tons of building that are like five or six stories.  Other cities will just have a small area of the town that is super super tall, but Wakayama is just kind of big all over the place.  The ward has about 75 to 80 members that come each week.  That`s the biggest ward that I`ve worked in so far.  There are a lot of young single adults here, and also a lot of children.  It`s a pretty good place. 
The weather is starting to cool off quite a bit.  I`m kind of glad, because soon we`ll have to start wearing our suit coats around all the time.  It rained quite a bit on Friday, but other than that it`s been mostly sunny. 
My new companion`s name is Elder Burhoe.  He`s from American Fork, Utah.  He`s blond and a little taller than me.  He likes sports and having fun.  We`re getting along great so far.  We wake up extra early in the morning so that we can study some, then run to a nearby park and play football.  We played frisbee on the first day, but it broke and we just have a football now.  There`s also a nearby tennis court.  So, we might go play there some mornings as well.  Sports are fun. 
For those of you who have already watched conference, don`t spoil the ending for me.  I haven`t seen it yet.  In Japan, everyone watches conference in the church one week later than when it actually happens in the United States.  If we tried to watch it live, we`d have to watch it in the middle of the night.  Instead, each ward gets it on a DVD and they just play it in church on the next weekend.  I`m really excited to see general conference this next weekend. 
I`d love to go through the Salt Lake temple some time.  It seems like it would be a great experience. 
Right now I`m emailing in like an international community center type place.  It`s for foreign people that live in Wakayama.  It has super nice computers.  I really like it.  Also, they`re free.  In some areas, you`ll have to pay money to go do your weekly emailing.  I`ve pretty much run out of things to say now.  I love you.  Talk to you later.  Bye. 
-Elder Isaac Swift

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