On Saturday morning We went on a run and while we were coming home I went to grab the keys out of my pocket and they fell into a hole in the gutter. The gutter can’t be moved. It’s really heavy and the metal part is bolted in. So we couldn’t get our keys out so we couldn’t go into our house. we jumped on our bikes and rode over to the elders apartment because we didn’t have our phone! We got over there and used their phone to call and ask our branch president if he had an extra key. He said he didn’t and laughed at us because he thought we were hilarious. Haha he just didn’t know what to do! Then after calling him the elders had an idea. They unbent a metal hanger which actually made it really long and we all went over to our apartment where we had dropped the keys. We used a flashlight and tried to find them and stick the hanger in to grab them but we couldn’t see them. They must have fallen in the middle of one of those big cement blocks so we couldn’t see it from the side. So then the 4 crazy white people were just kneeling by this gutter staring into the gutter. Everyone probably thought we were insane. Haha then a lady walked past and asked us what we were doing. We told her what had happened and she wanted to help. She said lets ask the man in this house right here, maybe he will know something about the landlord. So we went and knocked on the door, the 4 americans and a japanese lady, and this little old man came and answered. She explained to him our situation and he said the landlord lived in Matsumoto but he was going to go try and find a locksmith number. So while he was looking we kept trying to get the keys out without any success. Then the lady was like just a minute I’ll be back so then she ran off.
We kept looking for the keys and sticking the hanger in the gutter hoping something would move then another man walked past and said what are you guys doing. We explained the situation to him and he said ok just a minute and ran off. We were all like okkkk wellllll…….. then the lady came back with her husband and the other man drove up in his van which had a bunch of metal tools! Then he and the husband pried the cement block off. Then the old man in the house called us in because he got the locksmith on the phone. So we went inside and explained to him what had happened. While this was all happening the elders had also called the main people in the mission office which had said they were going to try and figure out how we can get a new key. Then while we were talking on the phone to the locksmith the man who had brought the tools ran inside and said we found them! Then we basically said never mind to the locksmith and went outside.
they had found them!! The woman’s husband had crawled down into the gutter after they had pried off the cement, and using a flashlight found our keys! Then we thanked all the people that had helped us and ran inside to get ready. That had taken two hours to get the keys out and now we had 5 mins to get ready and rush to the train station. It was a crazy adventure! Then we called the people in the mission office back to tell them we had gotten the keys. They just laughed at us when we told them the whole story because of what had happened and how many people we needed to help us. Haha people here are so nice and i’m so grateful for all of them.
Then that night we had a lesson with akahane san. It went really well. We helped her with all of her english then we only had about 10 mins for a lesson. So we just said a little prayer and after the prayer she started crying because she had felt the spirit so much. she said that she was really happy because of meeting with us.
One of our other investigators, chiho san, has also really been progressing! She met with us Sunday night and asked lots of questions! She wanted to know how we were led to her, why, how we knew the gospel was true, why we were here in japan, what we always do, why we have the rules we have, about families, and about why she has felt so happy since meeting with us. We answered her questions and explained the spirit to her. She was a little confused but she said that she would pray this week. She is really awesome and God has really prepared her. I’m so excited to see where she is going to go 🙂
I’m out of time but this is my last p-day before transfer calls! We will get transfer calls on saturday morning and i will know if i am leaving or staying here in suwa!! AHHH!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!! I know this gospel is true and i love teaching the people in japan 🙂