I am Elder Brett Moore, an LDS Missionary serving in the Japan Tokyo Mission from September 2015 - September 2017. I can be emailed while on the mission at: brett.moore@myldsmail.net

Elder Brett Moore

Elder Brett Moore

Friday, August 18, 2017

Week 98- 8/14/2017 ぎりぎり

Hello Everybody! Can you believe it? You only have to receive one more
email from me after this! Then we can talk whenever we want! I have
quite the week for you full of ups and downs so sit back with a cup of hot
chocolate (of course) and your reading glasses.

Of course we played basketball last week. I was on fire. Unfortunately
too on fire. I pulled a pretty good fake and my companion rolled his
ankle so that slowed us down this week. I've started the long process
of packing this week.

Tuesday was pretty busy and fun. We met the koiwa elders to meet a
referral they gave us. He only has one leg so we had to go on an
adventure to find a wheelchair somewhere. We ate curry and had a
wonderful lesson. We also helped out at the disability center and
unfortunately it was my last time there.

Wednesday was full of planning and stuff. We also had a lesson with
Keiichi and some of his concerns came up. We also taught Eikaiwa. We
had to do some preparation to run down to Koiwa the next day.

On Thursday I got to go on splits with my trainee, Elder McIlrath! Do
y'all remember him? It was just like old times except he speaks more
Japanese and I speak lots of Japanese. He's my zone leader now. We
found a guy on the street who met us and was like "did you come here
for me?" And all we could do was stare at him and say "yeah." But it
was really fun. Really long and tiring day but we had a good time. Sad
knowing that was my last exchange but at least it was with my own son!

Friday was a day of getting back to Urayasu and doing more stuff. I
gave my last District Meeting as District Leader and it was pretty
good I think. We all learned a lot. Then as per tradition we ate curry
as a group of Elders.

Saturday was a busy day. We worked out with our ward mission leader
and had a lunch appointment with a member I helped bring back to
activity and sort of a bye-bye thing. Had way tasty sushi. We also
were supposed to have a lesson with Keiichi but he didn't show. Turns
out he doesn't want to learn from us anymore so there goes our
baptismal date. Unfortunate really.

Sunday was spiritual. I had to bear my final testimony this week. I
told myself I wouldn't cry but I did it again. On the bright side lots
of other people cried as well so that's a win. I'm heading I tot he
final week of my mission! Let's hope it's a good one. Oh we also had
transfers. My replacement is an elder named Elder Price, so I get to
show him around for a week. He's my 14th companion.


This store has the same name as me!

Splits with my boy!

sushi bowl!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 97- 8/7/2017 Getting Real Close

It's quite the sobering fact knowing I not have to write like 2 more
of these emails.
This week was a busy and effective one. We were able to meet a lot of
our investigators and teach them. We set a baptismal date with Keiichi
for the 27th of August which means I won't be here for it but it
doesn't matter. I'm just glad he's progressing.

I'll spare you the details of last Monday. I'm pretty sure by now
you've all figured out I basically just do basketball on mondays.
Tuesday was a rainy day but that didn't stop me! We serve dat our
disability center place and it was fun as usual. They had a dance
party and the Japanese elders got dragged into so we laughed pretty
hard. I was also able to see Tomoki if any of you remember him. He
just walked into the restaurant we were eating at.

Wednesday was fun I guess. I don't really remember. We went to a place
in town and passed out English fliers. I'm the king at passing stuff
out. We also taught Keiichi. He's a good dude just a little weird.
Thursday was our adventure day. We went down to a place called toyosu
(the rich side of town) and did a lot of stuff. I'm sorry I just don't
have much motivation to write these. Just know we work hard.

Friday was meetings and lessons and Saturday was also lessons and
English classes. That's when we set our date with Keiichi. Then on
Sunday we had 4 people come to church WOAH that's my new record! The
ward was speechless. It was also my last fast Sunday so that's pretty
sad. Anyways I hope you have a good week. Not many pictures but I did
take a video of me interrogating a bag of rice. Enjoy!

Week 96- 7/31/2017 I'm Completely Out Of Witty Titles

Yep that time has come. I can't think of a good title. You already
know it's hot, and that I'm tired and all such so I'll spare you the
details.

We had a pretty good week. Got to teach some lessons and such. I like
teaching much more than I like finding, but in order to teach you have
to find.
Last Monday we just had a normal p day. Of course played some
basketball and stuff. Did that today as well. It's pretty much the
Elders p day tradition here but it's fun. I didn't really enjoy
basketball before my mission but I'm actually enjoy it now.

Tuesday was a day of appointments. We helped at the service center
place as usual. Played uno with some kids and got absolutely
destroyed. We also had a meal appointment with a member who was less
active when I was here last year. Key word was. He came back to church
since I've been away and he took us out to eat to thank me for all the
times we met him. It's those ripples. At first it doesn't seem like we
do much, but somebody along the way gets helped and that's all that
matters.

Wednesday was interviews. It was also raining way hard. It sounded
like somebody was banging thousands of tiny hammers on hour door and
balcony. So I got to talk to president Nagano. I only have one more
interview with him and I'm out of this joint. But really it was pretty
sobering. I got my "dying letter" this week with instructions on how
to go home with my flight itinerary. We then ate some large bowls of
meat and rice and taught Eikaiwa.

Thursday was splits. I was on split with Elder Ogawa, the other
Japanese elder in the apartment. We taught a lesson to our
investigator Keiichi and it didn't go too good. He was a little
confrontational and anytime we had to take time to think about
something he started to get on us and ask things like "cmon don't you
know? You call yourself Christian?" Pretty intense. Elder Ogawa did a
very good job at keeping his cool though

Goodness this email is long. Friday was pretty much weekly planning.
Saturday was softball and mission school. Sunday was church. Pretty
good week. We hug out today with a less active in a place called
ameyoko, which is pretty much stereotypical Asian street markets.
Pretty fun. Hope everybody has a good week!

Picture 1- 
Picture 2-
our sweet District picture

my sweaty face and the letter

Week 95- 7/24/2017 So Hot

I don't have much time today sorry but just know I'm good. We have a
whole bunch of investigators. Som of them a little TOO enthusiastic to
learn. We get calls frequently now and when we don't answer they call
the honbu which is super bad so I get yelled at by the mission office
but I'm just busy so I can't talk.

We are very busy. We have lots of things planned. I'm going to build
up this area if it kills me, which it just might. I nearly cut off my
finger while making food this week. But nope only about one fourth of
the tip. It's doing better. That's what you get when you brag about
being the only one who can sharpen knives. God works in mysterious
ways.

Anyways again I'm sorry it's short we just have a lot to do today. We
had Zone p day and basketball so I'm pretty burnt. I ate a way big
bowl of meat and rice this week as well on splits. It was good but
towards the end it was not good. I'll include a picture.

Anyways that's my life. Things are going great. This transfer is
officially half way done! It goes by so fast. See you next week.

Week 94- 7/17/2017 I Live In a Concrete Oven

Hello Everybody it's me again. As you may be assuming from my email
title, yes Tokyo is hot in the summer. Who knew?!
Everything is concrete so it just heats up more and more throughout
the day. Then you add humidity and the fact I'm pretty much always
exercising 24/7 into the I tire and BOOM laundry loads double in size.
You'd think being a coastal city would give us a good breeze. I'm
pretty much always melting, but at least I get to be a missionary!

This week besides being hot was pretty cool.
On Monday we balled and got haircuts. Pretty basic stuff.
Tuesday was filled with helping at the disability center and passing
out fliers down in Shin-Urayasu. I got shaved ice out of the service
opportunity, which was very well needed. The heats been getting up
into 30~33 degrees Celsius lately, which with 90% percent humidity is
quite the foe.
Wednesday was Member visits and Eikaiwa. Yet again a hot day. I don't
know why I'm makin sure to mention the heat so much. Maybe to just
drive my point home.
Thursday was weekly planning. We got a referral while we were
discussing how to get more referrals so that was awesome. He's a way
cool guy but I'll talk about him later. Then we went outside and
walked around to visit members. Not as hot because night time is nice.
Friday was pretty fun. We went and played soccer at the local college
and we were making pretty good friends with these guys but then the
security came and kicked us out. They made sure to escort us so we
don't accidentally baptize somebody against their will on the way. It
was pretty frustrating. Just trying to spread English.
Saturday was Zone Conference and mission school. You probably saw
pictures but I'll attach some. I taught a guitar class. Everybody had
a good time and they want it to continue so that's pretty cool! Our
referral came and he's so prepared. He kept asking me to teach him
about Christ in the middle of class. I asked him how he was and he
replied "I'm good because I'm encircled in the arms of Christ's love
and mercy." Pretty cool guy. His name is Keiichi
Sunday was full of meetings. You don't need to know about those.

Anyways thanks for tuning in! Here's some pictures and have a good week!


Met one of my sons at Zone Conference!

Zone Conference. Tokyo Zones

 I had to wear this stuff for a service project we did. We
cleaned a beach. You can see my nasty farmers tan!