Email November 27, 2017 – Elder Jackson Kenneth Burton
Things are going great here! It's definitely winter now. There's quite a bit of snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks now, and it's pretty cold. I'm staying warm enough though. This has been a pretty good week, although we have one investigator named Shouma-kun who told us he won't be able to meet until after Christmas because he's studying for a big test to get into high school and he's super stressed. He's a great kid and he could benefit from the gospel so much, so we're going to try and still pay him short visits once in a while.
I did splits this week with another elder in my district, Elder Harvey. He's definitely got a different style than my trainer, so it was good to learn kind of a different approach. I'm slowly improving with the language, one thing I've noticed is that I can usually understand a decent amount of what other missionaries are saying, but when natives speak it's so much harder to understand! They'll say a simple sentence to me using all words that I know, and I don't recognize any of it. But I'm working on it, I've just got to get used to the way they speak. Earlier this week, a Japanese missionary in my district who's a black belt in karate did a class for some of the kids in the ward. It was way fun. Until then I thought I was fairly flexible, but now I know I'm not at all :) Those kids are like rubber!