This week absolutely FLEW BY. It’s pretty amazing how fast seven days can go by. The beginning of the week was a little rough, but after I gave a training at zone meeting, I asked Pratt Chourou for a priesthood blessing and afterwards felt much better, just an overwhelming sense of peace and that I’m doing fine, that my best is enough. After that the week went much better!
We taught and contacted people from Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, The Philippines, Nepal, and India. I got to discuss perspectives and similarities and differences from our beliefs with Hinduism, Atheism and especially Jainism and karma. At one apartment, when the young woman said “I don’t speak Japanese”, I introduced myself in passable enough Chinese that she exclaimed “you speak Chinese!” And promptly let us in to share a message, only to find out that’s about all the Chinese I know. Oops. We also had a conversation in Nepalese via drawn pictures on the iPad and Google translate. It was a disaster, and hilarious. At one point to try and show her I had learned a little Nepali at an indocurry restaurant I said pani dinosu, and she promptly shut the door and came back with water….exactly what I had asked for. I felt so bad!
This week I also got the chance to practice my veeeeeery rusty baking skills. Some of you may remember the time I burned apple sauce. Somehow I found myself teaching one family how to make Finnish pancakes and another how to make pizza from scratch (and yes, I’ve never officially done that before). I was praying like crazy that I wouldn’t mess up and miracle of miracles it all worked out fine and deliciously!