Time for Interviews

7 Aug

Our second week of interviews began in Takamatsu.  We left early Tuesday morning in the rain for the three hour drive.  Little did we know that a typhoon was on it’s way.  (We hadn’t turned on the television.)  When we arrived at the branch building we found some very wet missionaries!

I enjoyed getting to know the missionaries better while they waited for their interviews with the President.  It was so much fun seeing pictures of their families!

I wasn’t able to get a picture of the church building because of the typhoon.   It was a beautiful building with a large chapel, cultural hall, stage with a curtain, pianos and an organ and many classrooms.   As I walked through the  building I could imagine many happy families and children gathering there.

The night proved to be eventful.  The typhoon had shut down the highways, the trains and the busses.  Our elders and sisters could not return home.  The elders all stuffed into the Zone Leaders apartment and we took the sisters to the hotel with us.

Our next stop was Matsuyama where we met with 10 missionaries.  One of our elders is missing from the picture because he is in for his interview.

We enjoyed some Round the World Ping Pong while waiting for their interviews.

The countryside was absolutely gorgeous.

This next picture is taken from our hotel room…a bit hazy because of the storm but still fun to see I hope.  The first picture is Matsuyama city and the second is a castle on a hilltop across the way.

Next stop for interviews…Okayama.  We went to a wonderful Japanese restaurant right across the street from the church for lunch.   Ask this elder what time it is.   He lost his watch but drew a new one where the old one used to be!

We love our missionaries!  While they waited for interviews we sang and sang and sang.  I wish you all could hear them just singing their hearts out!

The drive to Yonago was breathtaking!  I wasn’t able to get many pictures because of the clouds but here are a few…not the best but at least you can get a taste of the beauty!

We passed this huge candy store  built to look like a castle.

We arrived in Yonago.  It was beautiful and so is the chapel.

Notice that they make fabric covers for the hymn books.  They seem to do that almost everywhere here!

The missionaries seem to love the True Disciple Quilt.  We love the missionaries!

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5 Responses to “Time for Interviews”

  1. Mariellen August 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    The geography of Japan is really pretty. I love to learn about different cultures and it is interesting to see the architecture of the buildings and how they are different from places in the states. You and Rich look really happy in your pictures. What an amazing feeling to have all the time.

  2. Angie Batis August 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I look forward to your posts nearly as much a a letter from my missionary! I love seeing and reading about the country he is in and I guess hoping to get a glimpse of my boy! Keep up the good work and thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Jenny Mason August 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    It’s so fun to read about your experiences in Japan! Thanks so much for sharing all of this on your blog. It looks like you are having a great time and have settled in well. It also looks like you are very busy! Keep up the blog posts! We love to hear how you are doing.

    I think of you often!

    Jenny

  4. Masayo Bennion August 11, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    Sister Zinke, I enjoy your posts greatly! I read your joyful and enthusiastic comments and forget how hard your work and sacrifices must be. Thank you so much for your service and devotion. I know the missionaries just adore you.

  5. Debbie Smith August 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Dear
    Sister Zinke, Thank you so much for a glimpse of my son, Elder Kenneth Smith. He is in the photo of the Matsuyama Elders and is at the far end of the table playing ping pong. It made my whole day to see him smiling and loving what he is doing. Thank you so very much for sharing your blog and all these photos with us. Thank you for looking after our boys!! Thank you for the sacrifices you make everyday! Debbie Smith

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