We were blessed to have only rain and a few patches of snow on the mountain peaks for our trip.
The Elders in Beppu has a clean apartment and received a celestial rating so we treated them to lunch at an all you can eat in an hour barbecue. It was amazing all they would eat. We enjoyed their company and lunch together. We are so blessed to serve a long side the young men and women who have been called to be missionaries right now.
For the afternoon we enjoyed the aquariums at Monkey Hill in Bepp. There was a nice show staring walrus and seals going on as we arrived.
Marine life was beautifully displayed but whales were only found in the children's play area of the aquarium.
We enjoyed watching the display of small (pencil size) colorful eels. They would go under the sand and come out and wave in the water. They look a lot like grass if you did not look close at them.
We also enjoyed watching the Cleaner Wrasse at work.
The aquariums were amazing and one could look at fish at many (three I believe) different levels. This big fish was at the deepest level. It was a beautiful place that looked so like a real life home for the animals that were housed in the zoo.
The walrus, when not preforming, seemed to enjoy human company.
We enjoyed the Toyoka Inn breakfast Friday morning before checking the Oita Elders apartment.This week we have watched the fifth home on the taxi cab parking lot framed and receive a roof. It looks like there is one more lot to build on.
Sunday morning as we drove to church in Yatushiro we saw trees that looked like possible cherry tree starting to blossom. It will soon be cherry blossom time.
Picture of Kimpu Sunday evening at sunset. It was beautiful!
Monday was not preparation day and we had the opportunity to visit our new friend in the foothills. We arrived at dusk. The birds were really singing beautifully. We do not hear birds sing in Kumamoto on the eighth floor of our apartment building. It was a real treat.
She had fixed a meal for all five of us. The Sisters were in a threesome as one of the Nagamine Sisters had gone to the honbu for some training. The meal was wonderful. She then taught us about the Japanese way of serving a meal. It needs to be pleasing to the taste, beautiful to look at and pleasing to the heart. The meals are served on dishes appropriate to the season. Japanese homes have dishes for Spring(Hara), Summer(Natsu), Fall(Aki) and Winter(Fuyu). Our table had chopsticks make from cherry wood. Spring is cherry blossom time of year.
Scripture of the week:
Moroni 10:4-5 (Promise in the Book of Mormon)
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.