Elders Vilchis & Page both now serving in Japan Kobe & Sapporo Hello everybody!
So I am in Japan!! I don't even know really where to start to be honest. It is all REALLY surreal and REALLY over my head. By the time we got to Sapporo I had gone on three flights traveling something like 36 hours! I am sure I am jetlagged somehow, but today I have just been going at it. It has been a little slow because we just sat through orientation stuff but it has still been great. I have my trainer and am assigned to my first area...his name Elder Clinton and he is from New Jersey. He is a convert to the church of just the past couple years. When President Daniels announced him as my companion he jumped out of his seat and yelled "Yay!l" as he ran to me. Haha He seems like a super nice guy and I don't think I will have any problems getting along with him. We already talked a bit and he is a really nice guy, and he is like six foot four so he makes me look tiny!!! We are assigned to Shiroishi, which is just an area inside o Sapporo itself. Both of my MTC comps Benson and Kendall are getting sent way far outside of Sapporo so I am the only Gaijin(foreigner) staying in Sapporo of the new missionaries. So much has happened and I don't even know where to start!! :) The weather here is super beautiful and when they say that Japan is super organized and clean, it is so true! It really doesn't look too different from the US other than the fact that everything is written in Japanese...and everybody is short and Asian...and they drive on the left side of the road...and everybody looks at you like you are a crazy white boy yelling "Konichiwa!" at them. :) Hahaha Daniels Kaicho teased me a little for ALWAYS just smiling at nothing. Today for lunch they took us to this Japanese restaurant and it was SOOOO good! I am definitely going to like (most) of this food! :) I really struggle with Chop sticks too. A lot of the Nihongin were laughing at me. But, they did say that by the end of the meal I had gotten so much better and that I learn fast. :) hmm, lets see, oh yeah, in my area right now there isn't an apartment! So the deal is for now that we are going to be living in the adjacent area and we will just commute to our area and work straight until it is time to come home. President and Sister Daniels really are amazing and I love them so much already, so you really have nothing to worry about mom, they will take care of me. :) Everything really is just going over my head honestly. From the sound of things it sounds like the Sapporo assignment won't be permanent and that the Sendai elders will be going back, but I am not sure obviously. Whatever the Lord wants, I am just geared to go!! President Daniels has a really awesome study program working here so I can't wait to dive into that. The Japanese is super crazy and I am POSITIVE that it will be a couple months full of headaches, but I can't wait! Well, I guess for now I will wrap it up. We have 30 minutes till dinner so I am going to go outside and do the Dendo(proselyte)!!!! I am super excited and I can't wait to talk to you in a few weeks. Tell Marissa to not worry, Now, she is the most beautiful girl I know on TWO continents! :oD I love you all and know that you are in all of my prayers and thoughts! Till next Monday!!
Love Your son, friend, and Z-Train,
Elder Zachary Taylor Page