Sunday, January 25, 2015

Apartment Inspections

One of the things we get to do every six weeks is drive around our zone and visit the apartments of all of the missionaries.  There are eight apartments in our zone.  It takes us several days to see them all since five of the eight are an hour to two hours away.  We drive through some beautiful mountains to get to the most distant areas, so other than the stress of driving in Japan, it is enjoyable to see the countryside.  And the missionaries are awesome.  They are so focused and working so hard, come rain or shine, snow, sleet or hail, heat, or volcanic ash, they are out trying to find people with whom they can share the message of the gospel.  When we visit their apartments we try to see if there are things in their apartments that need replacing or broken, and encourage them to keep them well organized and clean.  You gotta love them!  We have had refrigerators go out, washers causing problems, and broken desk chairs and light switches, etc.  The missionaries do a wonderful job and they treat us so well when we come too.  We always try to bring them some kind of fruit or treat for doing a good job, but some have insisted on fixing a lunch for us.  Along the way we see some interesting things. 
Most missionaries sleep on the floor in futons. 

Their kitchens are fairly simple. 

A small washer is often in bathroom and shower area.

Some of them live in fairly tall five or six story buildings.
Cutting the sides of hills and mountains is so methodically and artistically done here. 

Sometimes the roads are foggy. 

One of the messages hanging in a missionary apartment to encourage them in their labors.

The ever present 7-11.  Actually has an ATM where we can withdraw money from home.

Some apartments are a little lower.  They are to air out their futons often by hanging them outside.

Yes, we also see missionaries on their bikes with their white helmets.
Yes mom, that is how wide the roads are that they are riding on! 

Road construction flag man.  Can you tell which is real and which is mechanical?



  1. Great post! I love seeing the daily things you see. Such a neat experience, I am happy my children can see all the amazing things you get to do.

  2. Very cool. I think my kids would enjoy those futon beds :) and I'm sure they would enjoy taking them out to air and whacking them lol. I'd be a very happy missionary having you two checking in on me.
    Also a silly question, does the 7-11 have slurpies and when I say slurpies I mean are there any flavors you wouldn't expect to get here in the USA?


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