Hello amazing family! It was so awesome to hear from you all today, and I wanted to start off by saying happy birthday to the most awesome mom in the whole wide world!! Thanks so much for everything Mom, you're so awesome, and I'm so thankful for all that you do for me every day. :) We just finished having a seriously awesome two-zone P-day, and it went so great! I tried to revive my old first zone P-day, and it ended up going so great, and overall an awesome time! We had a special skills relay race, and it was a blast. :) And then the transfer calls came! Super crazy... I'm staying in Urawa though! Elder Mobley, my amazing companion, is heading to the other side of the stake in the other zone, and my old MTC Zone Leader is going to be my companion! His name is Elder Shumway, and he's so awesome! I'm so stoked to go forward into this next transfer! He's from Utah, and he's been working as the tech staff lately, and it's looking fun this coming transfer. Elder Dunbar, my old companion, is coming down to Urawa for his last transfer to white wash the new area in Urawa! It's going to be such a blast working with him again, and I'm excited for this next transfer. I'm so thankful for all of the incredible blessings Heavenly Father has given me in this short time as a missionary, and I can't believe I'm starting transfer 10 today! It seems like just yesterday Elder Burgin and Elder Hamada were picking me up from the mission home, and now boom! It's gone by so so so fast, but I'm so excited to keep working and going forward with faith. I know that if I trust in Heavenly Father, and continually give my whole heart this work, it's going to be so amazing!
It sounds like you're all doing so awesome! I was pretty sad not to hear from Whit today... But! I'm sure she's having a seriously awesome time with her photography friends, and I'm excited to hear from her next week! Love you Whit! :) And then it sounds like internet is a tough spot right now, but I just wanted to say thank you all so much for the constant love and kind words that bless and help me so much every day. I know that I was really so blessed to be a part of this awesome family, and it's so cool showing investigators and friends my family picture, and they all comment that Mom looks like she's in her early 30s, Dad looks like a super cool beach bum, and Whit, Alexa, and Tyler all look like Uniqlo models. Haha, pretty awesome! But in all honesty, I just wanted to say thank you all so much, I love you guys so much! I miss you like crazy, especially on Mom's birthday, but hey! I'll be home for the next one! I can't believe that we're already going into September, and I'm going to be 20 soon! No more childish things, I'm becoming a straight up man. A manly man. A handsome man. A majestic man. A frivolous man. A jolly man. A happy man. A skater... Man. A guitarist... Man. A coking man. A candy eating man. A MAN.
Man, I'm way excited! I'm so excited to take this incredible time to become more of who Heavenly Father wants me to be, and I'm so excited to just keep going forward with faith. I love being a missionary with all my heart, and I'm so excited to have my second birthday in Japan! Also! For the package... Anything would be so appreciated! I used about 40 dollars last week and bought a new set of scriptures from the temple! They're English, and I'm not planning to really use them until after my mission, but I thought it'd be way awesome to have a set of scriptures that were purchased in Tokyo, Japan at the temple. Other than that, the package would be so cool! Candy is always greatly appreciated, letters are so awesome, and anything else that you think I need for being 20 would be so awesome! Thank you so much for going to all this trouble to send me a package, I really appreciate it so much, it's definitely going to make my day!
But with the really big miracles this week, there is Brother Saito! He's scheduled to have his baptismal service this week, and we're really so excited for him! This past week he had a overnight shift going from Saturday evening at 7 to Sunday morning at 7, and he came all the way from work to church, just to have that chance to receive the sacrament. He had his baptismal interviews right after as well, and he's looking so great for this Sunday. Keep him in your prayers! He's a great 24 year old guy from Sapporo, and he's just awesome. He loves the Savior so much, and he's so excited to more fully follow Him at this time, and I feel really so blessed to be working with him, and being able to share this awesome message with him. Heavenly Father truly prepared him so much, and it's looking pretty great!
Again thank you so much for all you do, and know that I'm praying for you guys every day! I'm so thankful for all of the love and kindness you so openly share with me, and I'm so thankful for the wonderful examples you've shown me. Especially this week, alongside thinking about Mom a TON, I was thinking a lot about Tyler. I just wanted to say thanks so much for everything man, and for being such an awesome example to me. If I had to pick somebody that just goes with the Lord's will every time, I definitely think of you. You're really such a clutch player, and I've tried my absolute best to be more like you as a missionary. This week we're becoming a group of 10 missionaries in a single ward, which has never been done before, and it's definitely pretty high pressure! But I just think of you, and how you always just put that trust in the Lord, and roll with it. I really want to do the same, and I'm so thankful for the amazing example you always showed me. Love you man!!
And also there's Mom! Mom, I just want to say thanks so much for everything, I love you so so much. I'm so sad I can't be there with you today to celebrate your birthday, but I was thinking so much about you all day yesterday. I'm so tankful to have you as my Mamma, and I'm so thankful for you! You've blessed my life in so many amazing ways, and I'm just so thankful to be your son. I'm so sorry for those days I was pretty rough to deal with, and maybe those times of showing off my muscles during homework was pretty annoying, haha, but Mom you're just the best because you always had that true charity for all of those around you. Never have I seen someone so willing, and able, to drop everything to help the one. It's definitely an attribute I'm trying to apply in my life, and I'm just so thankful for the love and kindness you so happily share with all of those around you. Mom, you're a superhero, and you've totally shaped and changed my life, especially in this time of being a missionary. Your consistent follow up on my decision to serve has blessed me so much, and I just want to copy your quote and say you make my heart sing! Thank you so much for all you do, and I hope you have the most amazing birthday! See you at the next one, huh? ;) Haha, love you so much Mom, know I'm giving you the most gnarly air hug ever, because my muscles are so big, and I love you so much!
Have an amazing week!! The gospel is true, the book is blue, and God loves you!!!