Welcome to Yamauchi Shimai's weekly email. Are you feeling the joy of the holiday season? It's getting pretty chilly weather wise here in Saitama, but the dendo work is getting hot!
I've been thinking a lot about the word ,"remember" this week. It's probably one of the most important words in our vocabulary. As we have visited several oyasumikaiin (less-active members), investigators, and members, I have gained a greater appreciation for this word. Life is simple. The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. There's only 5 steps to being happy forever and ever (faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end). In church we learn the same things over and over again. As a missionary, we teach the same things over and over again. Why is that? Here's what I believe to be the best answer: The most important things in life don't need to be learned, they just need to be remembered. Before this life, we were taught all that we needed to help us through our mortal existence. Yet Satan tries to tell us that we need to know more. Oh that cunning plan of the evil one. Oh the vainness and frailty and foolishness of men. When they are learned they think they are wise. And they harken not unto the council of God for they set it aside supposing they know of themselves. Wherefore their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not and they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they harken unto the counsel of God.
Sorry, I don't have a lot more time to write. Thanks to each and every one of you for all the prayers in behalf of missionaries everywhere. We appreciate and love you for it. More important than us missionaries are our investigators. Please keep them in your prayers always. I wanted to provide you with a list of specific names of people who we will teach this week. I know that as we unite in prayer for those who are being taught, we will see miracles.
I really like this quote, "How can we know their heart when we don't even know their name."
We are working our best in Kasukabe to make this Christmas a WHITE one (with people in white entering the waters of baptism). I can think of no better gift to give to Christ this Christmas than a baptism!
Love you all the most!