This is Shiho san, one of the most beautiful women in the world. We walked around for about 10 minutes just talking and building our relationship and then had a lesson at the Senzokuike park. This was after that lesson. Please pray for her that she will be able to be baptized on June 28.
Twinners! We have the same Hawaiian skirts on, white shirt, name tag, same in purpose! Oh, yeah
This is Ryuuya kun! I love this boy so much. We have a super close relationship and I am so thankful for that. After our lesson on Friday, I told him I was going to take a picture and it ended up being a fun photo shoot. This will give you a little idea as to how funny and awesome he is. Wish you could meet him.
I'd love to say I'm not accident prone, but....
This one, right next to my ACL scar...
Beautiful! Looking out our balcony.
Here she is again...the hero of a lot of photos I send to you. She issuch a fantastic missionary. She knows her priorities and always putshelping God and the missionaries above everything else. I am reallygrateful for her. We saw her almost every day this week because shewould help us and then we would help her with her friends. Whenever we
see her, she always has food for us.
Good ole Hall Shimai.It was this girls birthday on Sunday. I love her so much. She has taught me so much. So thankful for her.
Thought you might be interested to see what a Japanese bathroom is like. These two pictures are in separate rooms, by the way. So in Japan, most people don't use soap,they just wash their hands with water from this spout after flushing. As for me...I'll still be using soap.May 26, 2014
I hope your week has been as fabulous as mine! Baptismal dates: We have three baptismal dates right now. Shiho sans baptismal date is set for June 28. We are praying that The Lord will help her understand that this church is the only true and living church. Ryuuya kuns is set for June 29. Sometimes his grandma and grandpa still have doubts. Ryuuya kun is completely ready. He knew his previous baptismal date by heart, but didn't realize he'd missed it. When we asked him this week if he remembered the new date, he said the old one. We told him that date had already passed. He asked us in the most sad voice, why didn't I get baptized? Although his grandparents are active members they see little urgency for the work right now. We are working on developing that urgency. Misaki chan's is set for July 5. We had a lesson with her mom and her Mom loved us. She says she wants Misaki chan to be just like us. I hold these baptismal dates very sacred. Our progressing investigator who doesn't have baptismal dates right now is Kay. However, we are very hopeful that we will be able to set a goal with him on Monday (this week). He seeks for the truth. He is very knowledgable, but yet very humble. He knows that there is a god and everything. I think that if he figures out that Jesus wasn't just a nice person, but is actually the Son of God, things will start clicking for him. Monday After P-Day ended, we had a few lesson. I think the thing that hit me most about was bring able to meet with Tess. She is from Utah, but has been in Japan for several years now. She has a lot of hard times and it sometimes feels very lonely here in Japan. It was so great for her to be able to speak in her own tongue. At the end she said, ah, that was a therapy session. It reminded me of hyena scripture that says everyone needs to hear the gospel in their own tongue. I testify of that. Tuesday I went on splits with Sister Orton this past week. The Lord guided us to a wonderful college that specializes in tourism and English. They are all at a great age to learn the gospel and are so excited to come to Eikaiwa. I know they will see a lot of success with that college. We taught a lady named Yuko who has been investigating the church since last year. She is doing super well and will hopefully be able to set a baptism date soon. Wednesday Met a less active who started the road to hard times when she stopped praying, reading the scripture, or going to church. Please, everyone...do these three things. It is soooo important! Also had eikaiwa and some lessons. Super great! Thursday Visited a lady who was interested in meeting us through another investigator. There names are Moma and Suzuki san. Suzuki san is very sick right now, but she loves that love is the center of our message. Friday So, sooo very busy. Tons of lessons and lots of help from The Lord. Taught Suzuki san, mamabeti, takatsuke shimai, and Ryuuya kun. Saturday This past Saturday had to have been one of the most miracle-filled days of my mission. Let me tell you a little bit about it. Elder Cook came to Japan and we had the 2 zone mission conference. That was very spiritual and I learned so much and was able to find the answers to my questions. Also, being able to sing in the choir for it was very touching for me. Then we went back to our area and had four lessons back to back to back and were able to set baptismal dates. There is much more detail that I could put into describing this day, but let me put it in short by saying, God is real. I know it. I love Him so much! Sunday The Tokyo stake was blessed to have Elder Cook come to speak to us. I got to hear from him twice...it was awesome! Ryuuya kun was able to go to stake conference. He was so happy to see a real apostle of The Lord. We also had several less actives come to stake conference, so that was wonderful. We also talked to Tess and she told us that The Lord must really love us. She happened to be talking with someone at work that said they are less active but would like to maybe go back. She also thanked us several times for a email that we sent her thanking her for all she does in our ward. She said she had a really hard week and it really helped her out. Today We did the normal shopping, cleaning, and study. We also had a lesson with Kay. He is soooo awesome. He seeks for truth. He had been reading in the scriptures and found a way awesome verse. 2 Nephi 9:42. He loves to completely understand things before going into them, so we've still got a lot more studying to do with him, but he has such a great desire to learn. Lastly, I'll share with you some spiritual thoughts of my week: Joseph Smith represents all investigators. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were the first missionary companionship!! Sweeeetttt!! Staying on purpose is so important. Missionaries are problem solvers. When I invite, I succeed as a missionary. I am the message. The thing I focus on the most is getting back to my Heavenly Father and bringing others with me. God should be your highest level of worship. We need to have balance in your lives. Every time I live a principle, I gain a testimony of that principle. Love you all!!