Terms and Lingo

Since Elder Call (Call Choro) may be using a few gospel or church related terms and most definitely more Japanese words in his letters, this page will serve as a dictionary of sorts.

Ai shite imasu – “I love you”, in a casual (rather than romantic) sense.

AP – acronym for “Assistants to the President”. Typically 2 missionaries in a companionship who are asked to assist the Mission President.

Barabara – all over the place

Butsudan – Buddhist (household) altar

Choro – Elder; the title used for male missionaries. In Japanese, the person’s last name comes first followed by the title (ie. Call Choro)

Dendo – to proselyte

District – A group of missionary companionship’s who serve in the same area. Districts are assigned to meet together often to teach and learn from one another.

Doryo – Companion, as in mission companion. Missionaries are paired up with another missionary to teach and learn together. “…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)

Eikaiwa – english conversation

Futari – Two

Genkan – Intense cold

Hantai – against the LDS church

Investigator – a person who is meeting with the missionaries to learn about the gospel.

Kaicho – A title used for president, chairman, etc. In Japanese, the person’s last name comes first followed by the title (ie. Nakatsuka Kaicho)

Kinjin – “gold person”, a term that Japanese Missionaries use to refer to investigators who seem perfectly prepared to receive the gospel message they share.

Mina-san kon’nichiwa – Hello Everyone!

Mission President – A man assigned to serve as the leader over a mission area. Call Choro’s Mission President’s name is Nakatsuka Kaicho.

Mogi – imitation

MTC – Missionary Training Center. Located in Provo, UT where missionaries go to study the gospel, learn the missionary lessons, practice teaching and learn their mission language (in Call Choro’s case, Japanese).

Nihongo – English translation for “Japanese Language”.

Ousen – Accepting a challenge

P-day – Preparation Day. A designated day of the week that missionaries are permitted to have some down time – checking emails, going shopping, exploring the area (museums, hiking, etc.) and playing games/sports with other missionaries.

Sacrament Meeting – Also referred to as Communion in other religions. This meeting is where the sacrament is prepared and given to the members in the congregation. During this time, hymns are sung and speakers assigned to talk on specific topics (often following a theme).

Scripture Masteries – these are selected scriptures that high school students learn while attending seminary during high school (studying each book of scripture each year of high school). These scriptures portray basic principles of the gospel and help these students to become better future missionaries. Memorized scriptures are more easily recalled and used while teaching the gospel.

Shimai – Sister; also the title used for female missionaries. In Japanese, the person’s last name comes first followed by the title (ie. Johnson Shimai)

Splits – missionaries have some opportunities to “switch” companions for a day with other missionaries that are most often serving in the same area.

Sukiya – Japanese restaurant chain

Tomodachi – Friend

Transfer – A six week period of time. Every six weeks the missionaries have the chance to move to a different service area within their mission boundaries. The Mission President prays for inspiration to know where to move (or not move) missionaries each transfer.

TRC – Teaching Resource Center. Located on the MTC Campus, missionaries go here to practice teaching the gospel to volunteers in small rooms with a “home living room” setting.

Wakanai– I don’t know

Wakaranai – I don’t understand

Yakiniku Party – Serves Japanese dishes of grilled meat. Think BBQ gathering!

ZTM – Zone Training Meeting. Once every six weeks all missionaries within a large geographic area will come together for several hours to train on improving their missionary skills.


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