Monday, November 16, 2015

November 15, 2015

This week has been a really crazy one.   First off I'll tell you about what my comp and I had to do yesterday.  We had to teach the primary class in church.  Idk how people handle that, but seriously those kids are nuts haha.  Well as soon as I stood up in the front of the room, all the kids in the class started to scream OKII or DEKAI  おきい でかい which means GIANT and HUGE,  at the top of their lungs. haha.  One thing about teaching primary, it's a lot of visual aids and stories and writing english on the board and then having all the kids say it in Japanese and English.  Another funny thing was that when I wrote the kanji for "I" and "God"  on the board all the kids said 漢字をかけるよ!!basically they were incredibly surprised that I knew kanji and blurted it out.  But the best part of it all was when we started to teach about the Savior, all the kids were quiet.  It was like we had calmed the storm and they were listening without breathing.

The other day my comp and I had planned to visit a less active member and recently we hadn't had much luck at all visiting him or any less active for that matter.  Also to add to the misfortune it was a complete down pour and we can't ride our bikes when it's raining.  We had to walk 5 miles in one direction in the rain.  I got lost on our way over there also so we decided to say a quick prayer for guidance.  We finished and headed down this road and wound up in front of his apartment building.  We go up and knock on his door and have to wait a little bit for him to answer but he finally answers and he had just woken up from a nap and we had a little door step lesson about family and I was able to explain the scripture in Japanese without stumbling over any of the words.  It really made the walk over worth it and I realized all God wants you to do is just try, just try your hardest.

They also had the primary program yesterday and it was the funniest thing and coolest thing.  I was really cool to see all the kids up there trying their hardest to testify while being really embarrassed or laughing so hard.   As usual there were the kids who went up to the mic grabbed it and shouted.  "I KNOW JESUS LOVES ME"  and "JOSEPH SMITH IS MY FAVORITE PROPHET".  It's a worldwide church, right!

I got to go Furukawa on splits this last week.  A whole lot of nothing happened there, we just fixed an elder's bike.  Also actually something was very cool that happened, we had a goal of handing out a Book of Mormon while we were there.  The Elder I was on spilts with decided to go to this shopping mall type place and it was totally deserted except for the arcade room where they were 3 kids playing mario kart.  I was nervous as can be and started to talk about the Book of Mormon to the kids and asked one if he was excited for Christmas and he said he was.  I explained that Jesus and Christmas were the same thing and I told him if he read this book he would be able to learn more about Jesus and Christmas as well.   He asked if it would be all right if he receive a book and his Japanese went right over my head but my comp said "He wants one, you can give it to him"  Oh, ok yea, here you go and I put it in his hand and his friend said that if we were giving them out, he wanted to have one to read.

I got to eat Indo Curry that was really good.  Yea that is it!  Sorry I forgot my journal so I can't really remember everything right now but I love you all.  Have a good week!!

Elder Halverson



Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015

Well, I'm going to try and remember all that happened in these last 5 days and get it in this email.  頑張っている。The last few days at the MTC were kind of a bitter sweet couple of days.  However, in the end it was just, I'm ready to get out of this place and move on to Japan.  The MTC is definitely only a 9 weeks experience and not a 12 week experience.  I was joking with Elder Brooks while I was at the MTC saying that I'll be in the MTC twice as long as he will be! Heaven forbidding that he breaks his foot or something. lol  Again the MTC was a really good/Strange experience but I kept feeling it was time to move on to Japan and bigger and better things.

The flights over were a little bit strange and a little bit awkward as well.  I had three flights, first SLC to LAX then from LAX to 成田 (Narita) in Tokyo then to 仙台 (Sendai).  I slept like a baby on the first flight, I couldn't stay awake even though I had plans to study some words on the plane.  It's probably from the fact that I had been up since 1o'clock in the morning running around the residence in the MTC trying to pack for when the bus left at 3:30.  But really the weirdest thing was the flight to Tokyo.  I board the plane trying to go to my seat and the only non 日本人 were all the missionaries boarding the plane.  I go over to sit in my seat and this lady stops me and starts trying to tell me in broken english that she doesn't want me to sit by her because her friend is coming down from the back of the plane.  So I have to switch with her and I go to the very back of the plane.   It was the most uncomfortable seat I have ever sat in in my life.  I don't know how I slept that plane ride cause it seems like it was going to last forever.  Never going to end!!

Really the funniest thing that happened was while I was in the Tokyo Airport.  I had become good friends with some of the missionaries going to Fukuoka and Kobe that were on my flight.  I was talking with a bunch of them in the Tokyo airport and a few of them are tall and especially one that is about 6'9".  We are talking and looking around and we notice that all of the Japanese people are looking at the two of us and the best thing was that this guy with a camera is trying to be discrete when we aren't looking he is taking pictures of us and when we look over at him he drops his camera and looks away.  It's the funniest thing.  He would just walk up, snap a quick picture, drop the camera, look away and then walk away.

About 85 attending members in the ward
I finally made it to the Sendai airport, where Pres. Smith and his wife greeted me and gave me tons of food and such.  We talked all the way back to the Honbu and I meet my trainer there.  His name is Elder MacNab.  He is from Payson Arizona.  He seriously is the coolest guy!  He is more than happy to help me with Japanese and such.  We both don't know much about cooking so we have had curry like 3 nights in a row.    I am serving in a place called Izumi.  It's a suburb of Sendai and I love it here.  It's really the coolest place and all the people here are amazing and so nice.  The ward that I am in is the biggest one in the Sendai mission for Japanese people.  There is another one in Misawa which is an American branch, also there is a military base there.  It's really cool.

Idk what else to write because its been a really busy couple days.

I have taken a lot of pictures but they are all on my camera and I don't have an adapter to the iPad.  If and when I can transfer them over I will send them home.

Remember I love you all and wish you a happy Thanksgiving.  I am loving Japan and the Japanese people.  I have been blessed to be sent here.

Elder Halverson
View of Izumi - out on our bikes on the way to the park much better than another bowl of curry.


Excited for the BHS Volleyball team...they won the State Championship over the weekend.
Disappointed for BHS Football that lost a close one on Friday night.  Great year though.
Spoke in Sacrament Meeting and introduced himself.  "I told everyone how tall I was and everyone went oooohhhh and aahhhh like wow."
Is he able to understand the language.  "I can understand every now and then and am able to piece together what a lot of people are saying and a lot of times my comp has to translate for me.  For example he had to during sacrament and the other meetings."
"Remind Mike that the Settebello stock is plummeting since I left the company."


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 4, 2015

Received a form letter from on 11/03/2015 Subject:  Arrived safely
3 November 2015 

                                                Marty Leroy Halverson |Pam  Halverson
                                                                                                                                1240 Westwood Rd
                                                                                                                                Bountiful, UT 84010
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Marty L Halverson  ;
Your son , Elder  Halverson , has safely arrived in the Japan Sendai Mission. We are thrilled to have him  with us. We are looking forward to working with Elder  Halverson . 
Please know that the Lord's richest blessings are in store for your son  as he  fully dedicates his  time to serving as a missionary. As Elder  Halverson  writes home each week, you will be blessed with a special spirit of missionary work. Your weekly letters should encourage and support your son 's efforts.
________________________________________President and Sister Smith
Then this morning, Nov 4th we received two emails with pictures.
This would either be his companion or an office guy. 
Either way, it's funny to remember how tall Mitch is.
Here is a photo with your son and President and Sister Smith taken at the Sendai airport last evening.
We’re happy to have him here in Sendai!
Sister Anderson
Japan Sendai Mission
Note:  Feeling blessed to see him and know he is in God's hands now.