Monday, October 21, 2013

Kare was watashi no ai suru ko........

Konnichiwa Kazoku,

How are things back on the home front. Things are going well here in the middle of the Pacific. The weather is awesome! Its still very warm but the humidity is going way down! 

This week we helped Yuho get packed up and move :( We watched the Restoration DVD with her and felt the spirit even in Japanese! There is something very special in the specific words Joseph Smith used when describing the first vision. As missionaries we are encouraged to memorize it and use it when we teach. I first memorized it in English at the MTC and tried in Japanese but it was just so hard and long. But everyday this transfer Hawkins Shimai and I have been practicing it and I can finally say it is Japanese! You should all read it again so here it is!

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me....When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"
Isnt that beautiful! I testify that Joseph Smith really did see the Father and the Son. Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet. Through him the gospel was restored to the earth.
But anyways, Yuho did leave and we passed all her information to the Elders is Saga. :( 
During the last typhoon days we did a lot of area book work and found former investigators. We visited one this week who took the lessons 2 years ago. We committed her to come to church next Sunday for the primary program. I really love working with the Military branches. They are run so well and during branch council every one jumped at the opportunity to help this lady and her husband.
We had zone training meeting and for the first time ever in the Fukuoka Mission we are Sister Training Leaders who are paired together and do trainings and spilts with us. They came down to our training and gave us an incredible training! Its about time that we have sister leaders. All the young elders need the maturity and strength these seasoned sisters have. One of our training leaders is my mission mom (trainer) Black Shimai and the other is Latu Shimai who is an incredible missionary! I want to be like them when I grow up! I really love my sister zone leaders.
We had a miracle this week with our investigator. Her name is Mikiko. She has been investigating the church for 2 years and he daughter was baptized and is now at BYU Hawaii preparing to serve a mission. Mikiko is practically like a member. She goes to church almost every week and she reads her scriptures and prays daily. She has told us that she feels the church is true. This week we had an appointment with her. Hawkins Shimai and I had planned and prepared to commit her to be baptized, which had been tried before from other missionaries. But we went into the lesson with that plan. We were both prompted to simply start talking about baptism. As we were talking about baptism and her feelings about it she said to us, "I think I am ready to be baptized." We were both shocked! The spirit had touched her and testified to her heart! We tried to set a date but she needs to discuss her decision with her husband who is very against church. When their daughter was baptized he was totally against it, but slowly his heart is softening toward her. We pray for him everyday that he will let her be baptized. Please pray for Mikiko and especially her husband.
Thats all I have time for this week!! I love being a missionary! I love OKINAWA!!!! The church is true and it really does make you happy!


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