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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Elder Page stays in Kamisugi

Hello Everybody!!
Sorry about the curve ball this week! It is transfers this week and I forgot to let you know about the switched P-Day last week. Well, like I said, transfers...and...........I am staying in Kamisugi!!! YEAH!!!!!!! I was so excited that I heard that I get to stay. I was pretty nervous that I was going to get transfered and we all thought they were going to fix last transfers mix up and bring in somebody older, but Kaicho said that there was nothing to fix. He said we are doing an excellent job as zone leaders even though I am young and so I won't be leaving and we are staying as the zone leaders. I was really relieved to get to stay in Kamisugi because if I got transfered I was going to miss Takeshi's baptism. Speaking of, he is getting baptized on Saturday and I have to tell you a couple of stories about him. The first, we were making plans for his baptism, like who he wanted to speak and what not, somebody asked him who he wanted to baptize him. He asked if it was his choice and we told him yes. He then got the biggest smile on his face and said, "Ok, then I want Page Choro to do it!" Mom, you have no idea how happy I was. I am not even going to try to describe how happy I am because I can do it! His baptism is Saturday at 6 and I am so excited. Even better, we met with him and his younger sister, who is 22, to tell her all about his baptism and stuff. We ended up teaching her lesson 1 and she wants to hear the message. She is coming to the baptism and to church on Sunday and it is just amazing! Things have been pretty hard recently with investigators not progressing and some even just disappearing, but hopefully everything goes right this weekend and I get to see my first Baptism!! I will for sure take pictures and let you know how it goes! Other than that, things with me have been pretty dang busy! We had our monthly zone leader council with Kaicho, then we had another meeting with us, the APs, Kaicho, and the Stake President. Oh, sorry, Kaicho means President if you didn't know. Then we have been busy working everything out for transfers tomorrow. The mission just doesn't slow down! I can hardly believe my 4th transfer is starting already! Mom, that is 1/4 of the transfers!
I have thought a lot about how Matt is coming home and how crazy that is! I was thinking, it has been so long since I have seen Matt! That is so exciting for everybody. So what do you think Mom, am I probably going to miss the next Page family Wedding? :oD I am glad to hear about you and Abby working out so well, I have to be honest, I am probably moving the opposite way as you. :oD I am trying to keep it together for Marissa's sake at least! I want Zach to come home to her not...The Santa Clause reference..."Stung by a bee? A big bee" Zach. :) Thanks for letting me know all about Tory and Soccer, I love hearing it! Hard realizing how I don't play but I love hearing about him! Kirby wrote me and told me that he is huge! He looks like he has gotten even bigger in all the pictures. By the way Mom, I have gotten all your letters and pictures, Marissa's too. Two things, one, Abby is too pretty for HER own good so she should just never talk to boys again. Two, Marissa sent me pictures and She is way to pretty for MY own good so she should never talk to boys again...unless they speak Japanese and are from North Carolina. :oD I have just felt a ton of gratitude for all of my girls these past couple of weeks! Mamma, Abbs, and MJ just blow my mind away! You guys are the greatest!
Oh, one more thing, I don't know if I am allowed to activate my new card because that would require me to call outside of the country. Could you guys just activate it for me? If not just let me know and I will ask about making that call. Thank you! :) One funny thing that happend this week. You remember how with Alcides, me and dad and Tory and him would always say, "Bons Velos Tempos." The good old times right? I figured out how to say that in Japanese this week! I used it and just laughed at myself! :) Tell tory that the way you say it in Japanese is just this, good luck saying it right, "Natsukashi!" That was a good happy thought of home and family this week.
I want you guys to know that I thought about you and Dad on Your anniversary! I hope it was great, and considering you both went off on eachother in your individual emails, I am guessing it was great and that you are deeply in love as usual. You never know, a couple of years from now, there could be another anniversary on August 13th. You never know!?!?! :oD
Well, that is about all I have for this week! I have seen miracles this week in the mission, just as I have seen every week. As the weeks go by I come to know more and more that this is God's work and his glory. We are working here not just to bring about good things and help people, we are "bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." This gospel is the road that leads to eternal life; eternal happiness. I know that to be true with all of my heart. My promise is that if you learn, study the Book of Mormon, ponder in your hearts the message that it contains, and then ask God, you can know that it is true and that this is God's Church. I love you all so much! Keep me in your prayers as I remember you.
Just to make everybody laugh, I am going to poke fun at Dad Mom. Get Tory to give Dad a good ole' spanking for me. Then, when Dad tells him to stop, tell him, "Dad, your the bishop you aren't the pope!" And then everyone will laugh as Dad reads this and says, "Hey, I don't know if I like that." :oD I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week and I will email you on Monday!!
Love always,
Elder Zachary Taylor Page

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