Mission Address

Japan Nagoya Mission
1-304 Itakadai, Meito-ku
Nagoya, Japan T465-0028

Sunday, August 20, 2017

weekly mission email

From down in Tsu: 

This week has got to be one of the best I've had in my Mission. 

So the Zone Leaders came up with a bunch of goals that change out every week in order for us to focus on the different parts of being a spiritual missionary. This week happened to be 'Boldness.' 

We made rough goals to talk to more people on the street, and set out that very night (Monday) to accomplish them. Just biking around working on our approaches, but by the end of the night we had found a pretty promising young college Japanese guy who showed interest in both a Gospel message and TOEIC English. Got a Set Next Event (SNE) and a phone number from him. The whole thing went so smoothly that I was second-guessing myself and scared that any of that was real. 

The next night we went out again, but it started raining. Nobody is really outside getting caught in the rain, so we tweaked the goal towards housing. Knocking on apartment doors, top floor we found two Philippinos who are in their 20s, came to Japan for work. We kinda wormed our way inside their apartment and ended up teaching them the whole Restoration lesson. Promised to come back with Tagalog BOMs on Thurs because they don't really understand any English. 

And so we had follow-up appointments with each of them on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. 
It also helps that we have a companionship goal to teach in unity, which equals 50/50 teaching time. It's hard to sit back and have Elder Reis lead discussions at times because he is so straightforward and blunt about everything, but everything was saved in the end and all the lessons turned out really spiritual. Some of the best lessons I've had since the MTC, actually. 

It all boils down to Sunday, where we had our second SNE within the week for each of them. The Phillipinos promised to come to church, and we would teach the Japanese guy later that night. 

Well, at all these lessons we worked towards teaching in the light of baptism, being straight with our purpose and promising blessings for an act of faith. Again, alongside the members we had incredibly powerful lessons, and particularly the Phillipino man felt impressed that he needed to follow this. It was such a testimony builder to see this in hindsight and the miracles God provided for us. 
They haven't committed to a date yet, but I feel that each of them have great potential. 

This whole week was like the Lord had held up on the blessings of the entire transfer and suddenly decided to shower our heads with them. Many miracles besides this story, and we can see leaps of progress in the Tsu situation as it continues in its quest towards becoming a ward. So glad to be a part of all this, I'm loving the work down here. 
Thanks for reading. 


Elder Cardon 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

weekly mission email

We had a lot of random moments this week..


Typhoon Noru: Our house is leaking. Ants are crawling in!

We went posting: big mistake. Ouch, sunburnt. Turned into three midday
hours. At least we finished the neighborhood.

Accidentally housed a new Eikaiwa student and got two referrals out of it.

I subbed in for our Beginner's Class Eikaiwa. Mid-aged women
eikaiwaaa--Round 2, cause I've subbed for them before when the sisters
are out and about with appointments. Basically I just ask them about
their mom lives and they love it.

Zone Conference: wow.
AP training was incredible.
Things learned/impressed: The story of Nephi going to get the plates.
They went 3X. Was that because they didn't have faith? No, there were
valuable lessons to be learned. Faith is a principle of Action and
Power. The Lord's way is to be loyal to what you know to be true, take
a step into the dark (take action), and power will FOLLOW. When we
pray, we can pray for our performance to be consecrated, instead of
praying for the strength to do something.
Got back super late, didn't even finish transferring contacts from the
phone, but I got pickles out of it!

All day in Matsusaka. There were some funny moments.
We had Studies in a park. "Uh.. elder, the library is closed." After
spending like an hour between OYM's finding it.
Those infernal kids! They stole my Conbini seat!
--after a long, difficult bike ride with multiple lost points-- "it
says, 'may have moved'"
(..Elder, that's the wrong pin.)
That guy is staring at us.. man, I wanted to take a photo shoot.
We're borrowing nice, large Kid MOUNTAIN BIKES provided by a member.
Matching yellow and I got the nice helmet.
It's late; Let's go home. --proceed to Immediately get separated and lost--
“Ok, meet me at McDonald's! ...Elder, where are you? At McDonald's?
But I'm..“ {you see, we had each found a different McDonald's}
(ok, where are you?) "Well, I'm at an intersection.." (that doesn't
help, elder..) "..next to a yakiniku restaurant.." --facepalm--
Coming home late and tired.

Finally Meeting with Branch Pres Ootani!! Man, that was so good. We
learned all about the Branch and exactly what we need to do to give it
the little push it needs to become a ward. Tsu literally is teetering
on the fence line for ward-ship and only needs that last little
stretch. All of our work has just become so much clearer, so much more
in focus.

I have a talk ...and, translation services?! So I was first called to
give a sacrament talk the day before, but then the translator lady was
on holiday, so right before the meeting began I was asked to do the
English translations. So I ended up giving my talk, pausing after each
line to give the subsequent translation, and then finishing the rest
of the session as well. It totally butchered the joke story I had been
going for. Oh, well.


Elder Cardon

food blog

I've never found a jar of pickles in Japan before, this is sweet.

That one day when I had straight mud for lunch 

Elder Reis and his cute aprons.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

those pics (treehouse shirt)

I'm a personal fan for the last one (Paul)

weekly mission email

Hey everybody, not much new and excited from Tsu right now.

District Training Meeting (DTM) was really good and I learned a lot
this time. Lots of good quotes shared. The theme was "Faith" and
specifically what faith means to missionaries, like what kinds of
things we should be doing and what qualifies as success. Just a couple
of my favorite ones:
"Faith...is an assurance of the Spirit." --Marcus B. Nash
"Faith...seeks the assurance and courage to move forward." --Elder Anderson
"信行の炎を輝く" (a play on the word 信仰 meaning 'faith')
Aand the new District Goal is to "ASK before [you] DO" or, in other
words, pray for assurance, guidance, confirmation and such before you
go about doing any work, even phone work. It's supposed to elevate our
reliance on God and increase our general spirituality.

There's also a typhoon coming in today called Nora or something. We
only caught a glimpse of it as we were headed to the church. The sea
was roiling! It was awesome.but also I got soaked in only a ten minute
bike ride.

愛しています! [I love you!]

Elder Cardon

Monday, July 31, 2017

weekly letter

Transfers down to Tsu 

Tsu! No way, it's a port town! Ah, I smell the ocean! Smells so good, I love it. 
No way, we have a mini house! It actually has an upstairs. 
This area just went from a two companionship area with three dying missionaries, to one poor Elder Reis who's only been here a transfer and me. ...Alright! The entire district is pretty much whitewash, actually. Elder Reis is the oldest guy around. 

This week in adventures: : closing the Suzuka area apartment. "2-3 hours," they said. "Costco muffins," they said. Well, it took a good 6 hours, a scrawny muffin, some heavy Tetris skills, and lots of junk, junk, junk to clear before it got there. But! We got the best of the best from it: a GUITAR, bath mats, wall clocks, and all the packaged food in the apartment. The real question is, what was the guitar doing in the apartment in the first place? We're allowed to keep said guitar as long as it stays at the church, we practice on P-Days, and use what we learn for FHE's and stuff. So, this is gonna be awesome! 

 Elder Reis, my new comp 
Brazilian, from a southern countryside place I don't know. He speaks with thick tongues: accent, slight lisp, nasally, and the mumbles. But it's great, he's really excited to teach me Portuguese. He's only a transfer below me. Nice guy, great intentions, maybe needs to draw out a little more umph; 元気を出す。
Hahaha he has this Cute little bib for messy meals; it surprised me when said that he wanted to lose weight, and then proceeded to pull out a huge bowl of dark, thick, rich triple chocolatey brownie batter gooeyness. Whoa. Even if it's Brazilian, it's not necessary classified as "healthy"; ; Elder Reis loves teaching, loves helping;  he's a military man of a year or so; he basically learned to speak English entirely on his mission, what a stellar guy. It's gotten pretty good.; absolutely loves music. Plays the piano, sings a mean belted, nasally, almost strained yet lively hymn, and adores my dad since the moment I mentioned that he plays organ for church. We're trying to sing hymns in Portuguese and it's not too bad. Oh, gotta love him. 


Elder Cardon 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

food blog

Check out this Brazilian food that our favorite RC [recent convert] made for us. Took
all of four hours of slow cooking. Craaazy good stuff. If you look
closely, you can see a bit of Pig Ear towards the top. The biggest,
fleshy looking one.

Craaaaaaaaaazy stuff we bought at this weird foreign meat import store. 

Yeah. That includes pig feet, tail, heart, entrails, etc. also, quarts of blood on the side. 
chicken feet. 
Also ...is that ...a whole pig head? 
Every part imaginable, they have it. 
I actually got to see a bit of the raw stuff as they pulled out a fresh one and started chopping it up into the parts right inside the store, on the other side of the counter in front of us. You think you liked Biology class heart dissections? Get a load of the whole rump. 

Yeah... so actually I heard afterwards that pig is some of the most unhealthy thing you can eat. One time thing, probably. It tasted fantastic, though, not gonna lie. The ear was only slightly chewy after four hours of slow-cook. 

weekly mission email (xfer and new companion)

This week in Inuyama was actually my last.

Exchanges: we went with the District Leader and his bean (new
missionary) to Nagoya Station (the biggest in the mission) in order to
advertise for a new English class that they'll be teaching.
But first, we had to prepare the flyers. You can hand out a lot of
flyers on a busy corner, but not when they have the wrong address!
So we spent a decent chunk of time cutting and glueing, cutting and
glueing ...like two hours . There were so many. But we went out with
six white males to advertise English, handed out all the stacks, and I
heard that they had great success with a new 15 or so students showing
up the next day! Good to hear, because I was dead tired after three
hours of handing the flyers out.

Transfers! The call came Friday night. I'm dipping out of Inuyama!
Really sad, actually. I love the people here more than anywhere else.
But I'm off on an adventure!
Tsu! I'm off back down towards Yokkaichi. It's another branch, with a
load of foreigner members. I heard there may even be more foreigner
members than Japanese ones. That's going to be interesting.
My new companion is Elder Reis! Pronounced Elder Hays. He's Brazilian.
Yeah, third Portuguese transfer in a row! Four, almost. Hahahaha maybe
I'm destined to pick up more than I've done so far. I don't even know
what to do for language study anymore.


Elder Cardon

Sunday, July 16, 2017

weekly email

This week was full of right people at the right time. 

We got to Eikaiwa class on Wednesday totally drained. We'd been out in some heavy rain, things weren't going so well, and we were just feeling tired. Elder Patey takes me aside before we start the class and tells me, "You know that we're gonna see a miracle tonight. That just how God works. He takes your worst time and hands you something great." 
Well, some 20 min late walks in two new students: a Korean man and his Japanese tech teacher. And the Korean man asked us to teach him about the church afterwards. What. 

The ward had another big BBQ, to which we've been inviting everyone for weeks, and a lot of fun people showed up. That includes several new faces, to whom we got talking, and they showed tons of interest! Lots of homestay stories in California with Mormon families. 

Before going out one night, we had a long sincere prayer asking for guidance and the Spirit. We're inspired to go to Kani, up by a RC's house, and take the train up a little later in the night. One thing leads to another, and we got lost finding apartments. It's late, but we press on and push a couple more doors, and the last one opens up and listens to our entire schpeal called The Restoration. This guy had been invited to church before back in Brazil, and ended up attending the LDS congregation for about 5 months before moving to Japan. He hasn't liked any other church since. Has a small family and wants to knows what's right for raising his cute little girl.

Also, our Ward Mission Leader's wife was fantastic and brought a friend ready for baptism to church on Sunday. 


Elder Cardon 

Monday, July 10, 2017

weekly mission email

Recently in Inuyama: 

So we got a referral from HQ a couple weeks ago, and were finally able to make contact with the referral just this last week. They actually live in this dirty, cobweb-filled cement block of a insane-asylum type apartment building, top floor.  The referrals turned out to be members, not investigators. They had moved recently from the Philippines and are recent converts into the church, but didn't know about our church building in Inuyama. So we committed them to a pick-up and off to church with us the next morning! It was great. 

As part of Public Affairs, we are volunteers to help fix translations for the quarterly City newsletter. A meeting was held this last week for that. I got a little lost during the talks, but the mingling afterwards went super well. One old guy, who is on the English translation squad, came up to me afterwards and requested that we come visit him sometime. His daughter had a homestay in Kansas with a Mormon family some years ago, and now they love us! Hahaha this is gonna be great. 

I'm plowing through right now working with my companion in some Brazilian family visits. My ears are fine-tuning and I can feel some clockwork adjusting going on, allowing me to understand at least the general flow of the conversations. Gift of tongues is real. This last visit was a first-timer, and I actually pulled off the impression that I totally understood Portuguese, but just had a hard time speaking it. Haha!! Elder Patey caught me up later and said that whenever the lady addressed me, she didn't hold anything back. Patey saved me from a couple pickles back there.. 

Cool miracle: on a late trip home we bumped into a teenage Philippine boy who has better English than Elder Patey. This boy moved to Japan about two weeks ago, is still working on friends and doesn't speak any Japanese. Bam! New bestie! Traded numbers and we'll be following up with him this week. 


Elder Cardon 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

food blog

Fried Cartilage, Broiled Sardine, Hawaiian Ham w/Avacado and Onion,
..., Conger Eel, and Diamond Squid Sushi

The equivalent of a hamburger in Japan. That's a raw egg on top of pineapple on top of processed cheese on top of saucey Hamburg, lettuce, rice. 

Mazesoba. Ramen that you mix yourself. 

Brazilian fried shell meat pastry.

weekly email

Elder Patey became an uncle this last week and he can't stop talking about it.
Also, his bike finally came after three weeks of waiting, but then it
got a flat after the first ride and we were stuck again until PDay.

One late night, we swung into a Brazilian restaurant with the intent
to get homie with the owners, and ended up talking to three families
and teaching one the entire Restoration lesson. We have follow up
appointments and phone numbers, connections, plus a new great place to
chill and meet all the foreigners who we've been missing for the last
couple transfers. It was great.

Another late night, we were headed home, already slightly past curfew,
and bumped into three foreigner ladies who asked us to help them
adjust their train tickets. Walking the same way, the conversation got
flowing and Elder Patey focused his conversation on the Chinese
graduate student while I got the two Thai undergrads. Well, the
Chinese graduate student turned out to be  golden (my ladies, not so
much). The former was all down for coming to church, learning about
Christ, participating in Eikaiwa, etc. She actually studied
Christianity or something before. She'll only be here for the next two
months, so we'll see what we can't do in that time.

We were having a lesson with a part Member family, teaching the
husband and getting to know him, when suddenly the wife mentions that
her job is to make scissors and then pulls out her extensive
(intriguing) collection. I didn't even know that most of those
scissors existed.

At church on Sunday, a Brazilian man walked through the door and
screamed miracles. He's new to Japan, an uber strong member, and wants
to help. We totally see him being one of the new Brazilian leaders
that this area needs. We need him to help reactivate a bunch of people


Elder Cardon

Sunday, June 25, 2017

weekly email

We had more activities than I have fingers this week, but here are
four short highlights:

Pizza Party Eikaiwa.
The sisters set up another Eikaiwa party, and it turned out really
well. They tried to set up a life sized Life, with English questions
on the squares, but the road turned too long and teams got too crowded
around the bends. We had to end the game early, but there was food so
that OK.
At least it would have been, if the kids weren't placed in charge of
making the pizzas. I'm sorry to say, but I'm not down to eat a pizza
that has both pineapple and potatoes on it, plus everything in between
and ketchup for sauce. It was just too much to ask.
We actually met a prior baptismal candidate at the party who had gone
off to college before his date, but may be down to take it up again.
That was sweet.

Elders Gubbay and Nelson came down that night from Matsumoto, as they
had the Mission Leadership Conference to attend and a special 70
Conference from Elder Yamashita the next morning to be at. Inuyama is
actually Elder Gubbay's bean area, so he used the chance to visit the
Recent Convert Maria Virginia. We had set up After Baptism lessons
with her earlier that day, actually. Elder Gubbay was a great help for
her motivation.
Since we had the opportunity to talk, we picked up a lot of old
contacts and information about the area from Elder Gubbay. He's a good
guy and a great missionary who loves those he serves.

LA Guitar
At another activity, a Less Active came who needed some love, and he
was able to find a bit by teaching me the guitar. Two birds with one
stone, I definitely want to pick this back up again. Just a sweet guy.


Carlos and Leticia
We were finally able to follow up with this Part Member family this
week. I absolutely love these guys. Carlos is a non-member, and
Leticia has already told him that she wants to be sealed with him in
the temple. They're working on the gospel together, along with their
seven kittens. It's great.
During the lesson, they told us that they'd be moving in the next week
or so due to work. That was a stab in the heart to hear, mostly
because I didn't understand when they first said it and wasn't caught
up until after we left. I hope that they'll find the lucky elders in
the next area. It's hard to find people as easy to love as Carlos and


Elder Cardon