It's junbi no hi again and I get to email you! Yes! This last week has been pretty great, especially with general conference, choir and the Japanese missionaries coming to the MTC! I have been talking with some of them and it's great knowing that I can actually talk to real people using what I've learned in the MTC! Some times my district feels like we're going to get to Japan and we'll all say "this isn't what they taught us in the MTC!" But it's working out! I finished my Japanese dictionary project were I wrote down all the words that are everyday use. Now I'm just committing the one's I don't know to memory! If you are curious, there are 1758 common use words, not including their different derivatives. Oh and funny story, i went back through to see if I missed any and I missed one, shijin i believe it is, which means earthquake. It also means self confidence randomly enough.
So anyways, what did everyone get out of conference? Who were your favorite speakers? I think that my favorite were Uchtdorf and how he talked about slowing down and focusing on the fundamentals. That and his talk about how humility isn't thinking less of yourself but less about yourself. I know it might be wrong to have favorites but Uchtdorf is definitely my favorite along with our Prophet Thomas S Monson. I'm going to have to go back and listen to their talks again before I leave them MTC.
Quick story. One of my japanese teachers here is really cool and his dad is a religion professor at BYU and UVU. So as his son, he has a ton of gospel knowledge and cool insight. We read from Ether where it talks about how the Brother of Jared chose to have the Lord touch the stones to provide light for there Jaredities journey across the sea. Then we discussed how he thought of that idea. He was a prophet, was he not? And he most likely had access to scriptures and such. Go to Genesis 6:16, read it, and then check the footnotes. Dad has been studying hebrew so he might have a better understanding. This is where Noah is building his ship and the Lord is telling him how to build it. So, the hebrew word for window or glass is something like "toshur" and historians think it means "shining stone". So Noah may have done the same thing with the Lord and the brother of Jared, being a prophet and having the scriptures, searched them and saw that Noah lit his ship with "shining stones" as well. Cool story.
Anyways, I've had a wonderful week. Singing in choir was an experience I will always remember and I'm glad I had that opportunity. I don't know how the apostles and general authorities do it. When I walked out and sat down, there was literally so much to see, it hurt my head. It was impressive. This last week I taught a Japanese woman in the TRC and I finally felt like the lesson went amazingly. My companion and I have been focusing on teaching the lesson, but this week, we better tailored it to her needs, and we were able to answer all of her questions. Sigh, sweet success!
I'm off to the temple! I love you all!