Tuesday and Wednesday found us in Sendai (one and a half hours away) at Couples Conference. There are six couples in our mission: three from Japan and three from America. All of us connected immediately and we had a great time. Those Japanese couples are incredible! They bring with them so much enthusiasm and experience that it is hard not to learn from them. We arrived at the conference wondering what else we needed to be doing and if we had enough to do. We left the conference wondering if we had enough time to do everything .
Some of the things we talked about were: how we can find service opportunities in our communities, how to visit and help the less active people in our branch, how to work with and help the members of our branch, and how to help and fit in with the younger missionaries in our mission. We had such a strong spirit of what we are doing here and had fun at the same time. We went out to eat at a great Japanese restaurant and got to know our mission president and his wife better. PLUS it was great to stay in a real house (the mission home) and be served food without having to cook!
Here is a picture of us at the conference:
The above photo has a caption: WHERE'S THE BEEF? Notice that they have all-PORK hot dogs! This is not a complaint: just a cultural difference. It was great anyway. Plus one funny note is that the Japanese love their pickled veggies and sauerkraut is no exception. They had a big tub of sauerkraut with the other condiments and lots of people were just taking a scoop and eating it whether they had a hot dog or not.