Monday, October 7, 2013

One Year Ago - October 7, 2013

What a wonderful week we have had in Kasukabe. Here are a couple of the highlights.
  1. This past Saturday, Yamazaki-san was able to go to a baptizimal service with us. Here's a picture for you! She has really warmed up to us over the past couple of weeks and we will continue to help her continue moving closer to Christ. She knows her next step is baptism and wants to follow Jesus Christ, but we haven't been able to commit her to a baptismal date yet.
  2. Last Wednesday, we were able to find an investigators house that we couldn't find for the longest time. Japanese addresses are way messed up. If you type an address in to Google maps, it sometimes gives you 5 different possible destinations. As we visited with her, she said we were an answer to her prayers. She is very religious. Her and her daughter, Karen, are Christian and her husband is Buddist. When we gave her a Book of Mormon, she was way excited and said she would read it with her daughter every day. Wow! What a tender mercy from the Lord. Right now, she seems to like a lot of different religions. We can't wait to teach her about the Restoration this upcoming week. Tomorrow, we are going out to eat with their family. I love them so much.
As the first session of General Conference started, memories flooded my mind. One year ago, a new gate was opened and I took it!! Missionary work is everything to me. I love it (exlamation point)! And I can think of no better place to serve the Lord than among the Japanese people. I absolutely loved S. Gillard Nelsen's General Conference talk this past weekend. He was so full of energy. Why? 1) He knows he is a son of a Heavenly Father. 2) He has caught the vision of missionary work and recognizes how truly incredible this work is. 3) I think he was so full of energy because he had 80,333 full-time missionaries rooting him on as he spoke. :) I encourage each family to make a missionary plan. In the Kasukabe ward, I have noticed that the children who want to serve a mission the most are those who's parents are full of dendo missionary fire. Regardless of our situation, let us all unite and continue to move forward in the gathering of God's precious souls. He lives...double EXCLAMATION POINT!! Therefore, shall we not go on in so great a cause?
山内姉妹 (Yamauchi Shimai)

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