As desperately as I might have hoped to have a normal week this week, it didn't happen. I thought I might be healthy and be able to go to all of my classes, but a couple days after last Pday I started to get worse. So I decided it would probably be good for me to suck it up and go to the doctor. So I went and he gave me some antibiotics and told me to get some extra sleep. By today I'm feeling quite a bit better (Now that I've been sick for nearly two weeks). I actually got up at 6:30 and I've gone to everything that was scheduled today. It's kind of nice being a fully participating member of society. However, the mile record has not yet been broken, nor have I made another attempt at breaking it since the fiasco with the first attempt. I might think about trying again next week. We'll see.
I'm learning Japanese slowly but surely. I can understand quite a bit more than I can speak, but I guess that probably happens no matter what language you're trying to learn. I don't really have anything more to say about the language besides the fact that the phrase that my Uncle Neldon taught me has proved to be very useful even in my limited experience with Japanese. It was "long time no see" and my teachers say it all the time.
The only other thing I can think of to mention right now is the weather. For those that don't live in Utah, we've been getting quite a bit of snow lately. It's not quite cold enough for all of it to stay though, so it all melts pretty quick after it's done snowing.
I attached some pictures this week. The first two are what happened when I asked my companion to take a picture of me in the fantastic sweater that my mom sent me. The last one is me with one of my roommates from BYU. He's also going to Japan but he's in a different zone in the MTC so we've seen each other a couple of times. I had forgotten how tall he is in the four weeks since I last saw him at BYU.
I hope you're all doing well.
Mom: I did mention that you look really good in that sweater. Right?
Also, they must have given you a haircut since you got there,
because it's as short as it was when you left.
Ben: I don't think you did mention the good lookingness. You just have
really good taste in fashion I guess. :) And I did get a haircut last week.
They would only do a 2 and 5 though. I guess a 1 and 4 was too short for them.
Mom: You are probably the only Elder who is complaining about not going short enough.
All the other Elders complain that they cut it shorter than they wanted it.
Ben: Thanks Mom. You're the best. And yeah I do generally have unique complaints,
so it's a fairly reasonable possibility
Elder Larson and Elder Mitchell