These are the Senzokuike missionaries!! From right to left: Elder Day, Elder Loftgreen, Sister MacArthur, and Sister Yamauchi
Way cool view of Japan from the top of....actually...I don't know...
THE BIG RED MAN
So there are two really scary statues outside of the shrine. I think they are brothers and have some sort of symbolism, but I have no idea what....
These buildings are so incredibly elegant!
Mushu is in Japan!!
Dear People of the United States We have had a wonderful week here in Senzoku-Ike. We have been working with one of the ladies in our ward that is a less active. Her name is Kamino Shimai. We have met with her a few times to tell her how important it was to share the fruits of the gospel, just like Lehi wanted to share the fruit with his family. We got to meet with her 13 year old daughter a couple times this week. I cannot believe how much we have in common. She loves basketball, she loves pancakes, I won't go on with the list any more, but I am so thankful The Lord allowed me to meet her! It always strengthens my testimony that there is a reason they live here and I came here. There just isn't any coincidences in the Lords work. She accepted the baptismal commitment and we are so excited to continue to work with her and just love her to pieces. We have run into so many people this week who know about our church and several who have been to our church before! I know The Lord has so many prepared people. We just have to keep praying for the chance to meet them! We teach kids eikaiwa (English conversation class) here in Senzokuike as well. This last Saturday, we invited a boy by the name of Daiki-kun, who always comes alone to Eikaiwa, to come to church the next day. He asked if there would be games and things. We told him it is a ton of fun. He came with his mom about half way though church! We ended up getting the mothers name and number and she is planning on coming to church and church activities soon. All it took was us asking if he would come to church tomorrow and he came. We can't just assume that our friends aren't interested just because they don't walk up to us like kinjin (a golden person) and say the want to come to church or want to be baptized. Yes, those people exist, but The Lord is hastening his work and if we keep it up at that rate, we won't be doing what The Lord wants us to do. I love reading my mission certificate that we carry around with us everywhere (of course in Japanese). The last part says that I am authorized to invite all people. Pretty cool right?! I'm inviting everyone I can here in Japan, but each of you has got to invite everyone you can in your part of the world. The best way that we can help people is by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them! Give everyone you meet what I like to call the testimony punch. No one can reject your testimony! Have a wonderful week! Love a person in Japan 山内姉妹