"I am so thankful for the goodbyes because it was the hellos that made them possible." -Sister Yamauchi
Former bishop Abe and his wife.
Picture 1: this is Kiyora chan (the bishops daughter) helping Kurokawa san down the stairs after a lesson with her...it melted my heart. Picture 2: this is Kurokawa san getting ready to leave the church on her bike. It was raining and she had the cutest rain jacket ever. What a champion to bike an hour to see us. She told us she wouldn't do it if she didn't feel such a good feeling every time she met with us. She says it is well worth her time.
This is the churchhouse in Kasukabe.
I am really going to miss this place.
MARCH 3, 2014
After some morning study, transfer calls, tears on my part, and some biking, we made it to the church so that I can email you right now. President Budge called us for transfers this morning. Now that I've been through all the seasons in Kasukabe (7 months...starting with summer and ending with spring...yes, it's pretty much spring here), I suppose it's my season to leave it. I love Kasukabe with all of my heart. I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Charity is that feeling you can't describe that just fills your whole being with the best feeling in the world. Kasukabe will always be a huge piece of my heart and a place I will forever and always call home. The sisters are powerhouses in this mission. This transfer is the first time that sister training leaders are doubling up (just like zone leaders have been doubled up forever). I will be transferring to Senzokuike and am companions with Sister McArthur, who if you recall was in my same district at the MTC! She isn't in Senzokuike right now either, so we will both me starting anew! Just a very tiny glimpse at a few of the many miracles this week: Remember how I told you about Johnathan (Urrichkie Shimai William's friend). Well, we brought him a Book of Mormon in his own language the other day. He read the first couple of pages and then said, I think I've read this book before. He apparently met with missionaries several years ago, but because of work, he lost contact with them because he moved to a different work place. Now he can learn here! Also, in that same apartment, there are a couple other people living there. Last night, we felt the need to go visit Johnathan. Johnathan didn't end up being home, but we met a girl who was interested in hearing more about our message. She is really shy and has always been in another room when we come. What a blessing! We had a random man call us today and we talked to him for a little bit. He asked us what we were doing in Japan and we told him we are church volunteers. We asked him if he wanted to listen to our message and he said sure and I hope I'm a good student. I like to learn about religion! One of our new investigators come to church this week. Her name is Connie. She is a Filipino and is the cutest ever. I wish you could see her smile and hear her laugh...it is to die for. She said that she had a wonderful experience at church and felt so good. A major theme in all thee meetings during church yesterday was charity. I know that it is a real gift. I love The Lord. I love my Savior, I love the people of Japan, I love each and every companion...love. I love you all. Thank you for all you do as a representative of Christ. Out from Kasukabe. Talk to you all next week in Senzokuike. 山内姉妹より