Another great week in good ol' Beppu, Japan! Tons of incredible moments actually.
Notes/Stories from the Week
-The Four Chord Song: My sophomore year in college, I gave a mini "TedTalk" in one of my classes based off "The four Chord Song" (Look it up on YouTube)." The basis idea of the song is that the majority of all pop songs have the same four chords used over and over (I, V, vi, IV). If you have someone playing those base notes over and over on a piano (ex. C -> G -> A-> F), you can jam out to tons of songs. This past district meeting, I put type on those for notes and then had a missionary with no experience with piano, Elder Ricaldi, play those four notes over and over. I then had three of the district members take turns trying to make up their own melody while Elder Ricaldi kept playing the base. They all sounded great! I then explained them how tons of other songs also matched (see picture of the whiteboard).
The point of the lesson was that if 1) We have our foundation on Christ, any effort will give will be turned into a beautiful melody (Helaman 5:12), and 2) If we base our teaching on the Book of Mormon and rely on the Spirit, everything in lessons will work out. I think I was the one who enjoyed it the most, but thats okay :) Definitely one of my favorites trainings on the mission.
McDonalds with the LaxBros: This past week we went out to McDonalds with one of the freshman we met on the APU lacrosse team! We got to know him way well and introduce more of what we are doing. He had only seen us in sports clothes, so his first question when he saw us in our normal missionary clothes (shirt and tie) was, "Did you just come back from work?" We had fun explaining that one. Not an investigator quite yet, but he wants to learn about God and whether He is real or not!
Flood Clean Up: Many of you have probably seen on the news, but there was pretty terrible flooding recently in an area close to us. This past Saturday, Elder Sekine and I went with the Bishop of the ward and many other members to help clean up.The damage was pretty shocking actually. Our time was spend shoving out mud from two houses. See pictures below!
Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission
ケビン C. コルトン 長老