Monday, June 30, 2014

Eternal Friends - June 30, 2014

 ETERNAL FRIENDS
This is us with Ryuuya kun and his older sister, Marina. She is super
adorable and we are seriously the best of friends.
MicrophoneB is for Baptism, that's good enough from Bre. Multiple musical notes
 


Believe it or not, this is pretty common to see here in Senzokuike.
Above a flower shop here, they have a room full of monkeys and I'm not
sure how everything works' but I think people just take them for walks
and stuff. Speak-no-evil monkey
Last p-day, after I wrote you, our apartment went together to a shrine. It was super fun. Some of the things they do in the shrines just make me remember how spiritually in tune the Japanese people are. I love them so much. They are so humble and they need this gospel soooo bad.
I have had the opportunity to run into lots of different people from all over the world. Thought you would like it if you knew how to say I love you in Chinese and in Taiwanese. The first line is Taiwanese and the second like is Chinese.
 This is something I pass multiple times a day. I love it!

June 30, 2014 
This was the best week ever! I know I say that every week, but it
always is the best. I have so many fond memories this past week that
have really built my faith. I wanted to share some of those with you.
 
This week started off last week in weekly planning when I told Sister
MacArthur that we were going to hit every single standard of
excellence. We knew we had a baptism and confirmation coming up and I
wanted more than ever to hit every single standard. I shared that goal
and she agreed and from there, ewe got to work. It is so important to
share our goals with our companions!
 
Based off that goal, let me tell you about some of the miracles and
the things I learned.
 
Ryuuya kun was baptized. He has completely changed! It was fun to hear
our bishop talk about him after he was baptized. He said that when he
interviewed Ryuuya kun, it wasn't the Ryuuya kun that he knew. I am so
happy for him and his family. He was also confirmed and told me that
he feels really good. We called him later that night and I asked him
if he was still perfect. He said no he had made mistakes, but what a
tender teaching moment it was for him to know that if he remembers to
repent every day, he can stay clean. We also committed him to writing
his experience in a journal because it would be useful later. He
grandpa did his confirmation and it was so powerful to here him say
that he would go on a mission if he lived faithful. I am so excited to
hear about all the people that he brings closer to Christ throughout
his life.
 
We had a less active couple come back to church. Their name is
Nakahigashi. They hadn't been to church in 15 years. He was a
patriarch and pretty much everyone knew about them. They are by far
the cutest couple I have ever met in my life. They had no idea that
the Mormon kei wasn't around anymore and I wish you could have seen
brother Nakahigashi's face when we presented him with a new Book of
Mormon. He has cancer and doesn't get out that often, so he spends
pretty much every day comparing the Book of Mormon with the Mormon
kei. He loves the Book of Mormon!! We visited them twice this week and
had committed them to coming to church this week. I will forever
replay the tender moments in my mind as members realized that they had
come back to church. They went up to greet me smiling from ear to ear,
eyes wide open, and some almost in tears. Members were thanking us so
much for bringing them back. It was almost as if I literally saw the
face of Christ in every person as them talked to these two precious
souls. My feelings just can't describe the happiness I felt.
 
Saturday night we were looking for someone else that we could bring to
church. We tried mailing everyone we could. We tried calling everyone
we could. Nothing seemed to be working. But, we knew that The Lord
would help us. We had a shokujikai after church the we had actually
invited one of our new investigators and her daughter to it at
eikaiwa. We were about to leave the church after the shokujikai and we
see them! They said they couldn't come before, but they did! And then
they wanted to attend the English wards sacrament meeting. Mira, the
daughter, made new friends and she loved it so much. At one point
during the meeting she gave her mom a big hug and said that she was so
excited that she was here. Miwa san was asking me lots of questions
about the word of wisdom and the law of chastity. She says she has
been thinking about becoming a member and so has done lots of
research. It was amazing. The Lord baptized one and then on the same
day, gives us another one!
 
Sunday we visited a less active that no one seems to know about and
she lives pretty far away from the church. However, since we were in
the area, we decided to give it a shot for the second time. When we
got there, it didn't seem like anyone was home and so when I said the
prayer, I prayed hat before we left her house, we would be able to see
her. As we were going to leave, she showed up on her bike. What an
incredibly fast answer to my prayers!
 
Two of our new investigators from this week are from Taiwan. One of
them is going to head home for three weeks and then come back to Japan
and that is where Facebook comes in handy.
 
One of our investigators that we are in the process of handing off to
the English Sisters has already read about half of the Book of Mormon!
She loves it and she believes it to be true. It is often times hard to
meet with her and set up appointments, but she has a lot of faith and
I am looking forward to seeing her progress.
 
I love this area so much. I know that I have so much to do here and
accomplish and I am so excited for another week.
 
Love you,
山内姉妹
RANDOM THINGS I WANTED TO TELL YOU
 
1. We got news from church headquarters this week that now we have to
teach lesson 5 before baptism as well as after baptism from here on
out.
2. My legs look like I have chicken pox, the Misquotes here are way
weird. Unlike in America when you can see them bite you, you can't see
them here. Or I should say you can't see them bite you here. When you
do see them, they are huge. They are stripped too.
3. This week we finished Rolling out Facebook to the whole mission.
Weird not just to have leaders on it now. We are going to have to
really buckle down and check the missionaries Facebook pages often to
make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing.
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


We had a really fun eikaiwa party this past week. I posted this one on
Facebook of everyone smiling so you can go on Facebook and like it if
you want. I would send you the fun face one. Eikaiwa, just love
everyone so much. Sometimes I have to ask myself why in the world some
of them aren't members. Some of them spend more time in the church
every week than the members!

I went on splits this week in Shibuya, one of the biggest, busiest
places in the whole world. We taught Yuko. She is the cutiest. It
wasn't the first time I taught her, but cause I taught her last
transfer on splits as well. She has been an investigator since last
year. She likes to call all the missionaries by their shita no namae,
so that was a little weird at the start, but whatever floats her boat.
He is a wonderful studier and I know that when she finally makes the
commitment to be baptized, she will stick to it. I know she will
someday, it's just a matter of time. Love her sooo much.
 We had a wonderful Zone Conference this past week. One of my favorite things that President Budge talked about is this slide. It's so simple and yet so powerful. God has a treasure chest for each one of us. It is beyond the price of anything. However, there is a lock on it, which represents death, sin, and weaknesses. Everyone has a lock on their chest. The way that we open it, of course, is by using a key. That hey is the atonement and it was provided for us. Our job then, is to act by picking up the key and unlocking the lock. We do so by following Christ with faith in him, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I also got to teach at the conference about the importance of teaching prayer to those without Christian backgrounds. Sometimes is seems like a no brainer to us, but it is so important that they understand this principle. Prayer is power!

 Thank you all for your prayers, I am soooo grateful. Ryuuya kuns
baptism will be this coming Sunday at 7:30 in the morning. Sasuga
Nihon. They love getting up early. We are way excited. So thankful for
the members help. Missionaries really just can't do that much with
pout the members. And members can't do that much without he
missionaries.
 
June 23, 2014 
Hello all! I love you sooo much and hope you are enjoying every second of life as much as me. That might be hard to do, but maybe if you become a missionary, you will know what I mean. I don't have a whole lot of time, but I just wanted to tell you some of things that I have learned as a leader this week. 
A successful missionary culture is based off of four principles. 
OBEDIENCE
This is my favorite. I am a big fan of obedience. I even stress the importance of being over obedient. We should have a Zero Tolerance Policy for Disobedience. God has high expectations for us, expect more from your zone members. Do not be afraid of correcting! Teach these new missionaries the culture.
DILIGENCE
­ What does it mean to be diligent in the work of the Lord? Diligence isn't so much a demand for hours as it is for a realization of whose work this really is.

KNOWLEDGE/TEACHING
­In order to teach, you need the knowledge. ­Teaching to non­Christians is different.

­We should begin with “Who is God?”, not the restoration in most cases
­So that we can teach effectively, we must want to be constantly seeking to increase our knowledge.
ATTITUDE
­“Don’t walk as if you rule the world, walk as if you know who rules the world. That’s called attitude”
­Are you aware of whose work this is?
­“It’s your attitude, not your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.”
­Attitude reflects leadership.

­If you have attitude of faith, it will be reflected in the lives of those you are leading.

­The mission will NEVER rise above the leaders
This is something that Elder Manes told President Budge that I really like. The best you can hope for the mission to achieve is the highest the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders are achieving.
That's all the time I have for today folks. Love you all the most!


Love,
Sister Yamauchi

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!! To our Heavenly Father.‏ - June 16, 2014

The smallest Nutella bottle known to man. It is literally a one time use and be done type of thing. Sasuga Nihon. Crossed flags

FHE at Suzuki Shimai's house.‏

Yes, eyeballs are so yummy. It was so hilarious because before
Takahashi Shimai grabbed one with her chopsticks, she said, えびさん.
Maybe you are the only one who will get this dad. But they even add
san to things that they are about to eat. Funny.
June 16, 2014 
Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. Thank you for being who
you are! I'm sure many of you might have seen this before, but it has
always been a favorite of mine. Enjoy:

Men on earth have the opportunity to become fathers and experience
some of the same joys that our Heavenly Father feels for us.
Fatherhood is a divine responsibility to be cherished.
 
http://www.lds.org/video/mormon-messages/earthly-father-heavenly-father
 
Now, let me tell you about some of the miracles/lessons I learned this week.
 
First if all, I've been thinking about the small and simple things.
That's really all this gospel is and my mission has really
strengthened my testimony of that. I wanted to share with you a talk
that has always hit me strong. Maybe one of you, maybe more needs this
in your life right. I pray that is the case. It is called A Matter of
a Few Degrees.
 
"In 1979 a large passenger jet with 257 people on board left New
Zealand for a sightseeing flight to Antarctica and back. Unknown to
the pilots, however, someone had modified the flight coordinates by a
mere two degrees. This error placed the aircraft 28 miles (45 km) to
the east of where the pilots assumed they were. As they approached
Antarctica, the pilots descended to a lower altitude to give the
passengers a better look at the landscape. Although both were
experienced pilots, neither had made this particular flight before,
and they had no way of knowing that the incorrect coordinates had
placed them directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano
that rises from the frozen landscape to a height of more than 12,000
feet (3,700 m).
 
As the pilots flew onward, the white of the snow and ice covering the
volcano blended with the white of the clouds above, making it appear
as though they were flying over flat ground. By the time the
instruments sounded the warning that the ground was rising fast toward
them, it was too late. The airplane crashed into the side of the
volcano, killing everyone on board.
 
It was a terrible tragedy brought on by a minor error--a matter of
only a few degrees.1
 
Through years of serving the Lord and in countless interviews, I have
learned that the difference between happiness and misery in
individuals, in marriages, and families often comes down to an error
of only a few degrees.
 
Is There a Lesson for Our Lives in These Examples?
 
Small errors and minor drifts away from the doctrine of the gospel of
Jesus Christ can bring sorrowful consequences into our lives. It is
therefore of critical importance that we become self-disciplined
enough to make early and decisive corrections to get back on the right
track and not wait or hope that errors will somehow correct
themselves.
 
The longer we delay corrective action, the larger the needed changes
become, and the longer it takes to get back on the correct
course--even to the point where a disaster might be looming.
 
You men of the priesthood have been entrusted with a great
responsibility. Just think of it: our Heavenly Father trusts you young
deacons, teachers, and priests with the “key of the ministering of
angels and the preparatory gospel.”13 You men of the Melchizedek
Priesthood have received an oath and a covenant in which you have been
promised all the Father has if you magnify your priesthood.14
 
The Lord reminds us that “unto whom much is given much is required.”15
Those who bear the priesthood of God have a great responsibility to be
examples of goodness to the world. We live up to these expectations
when we quickly recognize the dangers and influences that tempt us to
drift from the Lord’s way and when we courageously follow the
promptings of the Holy Ghost to make decisive corrections that will
bring us back on course.
 
This conference is being translated into 92 languages and broadcast to
96 countries by the miracle of modern technology. Many of you brethren
attend general conference by means of the Internet. New technologies
such as this make it possible for the gospel message to be spread
throughout the world. The Church Web sites are good examples of how
you can use this technology as a wonderful resource of inspiration,
help, and learning. They can be a blessing for you priesthood holders,
your families, and the Church.
 
But be cautious. These same technologies can allow evil influences to
cross the threshold of your homes. These dangerous traps are only a
mouse click away. Pornography, violence, intolerance, and ungodliness
destroy families, marriages, and individual lives. These dangers are
distributed through many media, including magazines, books,
television, movies, and music, as well as the Internet. The Lord will
help you to recognize and avoid those evils. It is the early
recognition of danger and a clear course correction that will keep you
in the light of the gospel. Minor decisions can lead to major
consequences.
 
Entering a strange and risky chat room on the Internet could lead you
into the center of a raging storm. Putting a computer in a private
room that the rest of the family cannot access could be the starting
point for a deceitful and dangerous journey.
 
But the Lord requires not only outward acts but also your inner
thoughts and feelings to be close to the spirit of the law.16 God
“require[s] the heart and a willing mind.”17
 
We, the priesthood of God, have the responsibility and the power of
self-direction: “It is not meet that I should command in all things,”
saith the Lord. “Men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and
do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much
righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto
themselves.”18
 
Our Heavenly Father knew before we came to this mortal existence that
negative forces would tempt us to drift from our course, “for all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”19 That is why He prepared
a way for us to make corrections. Through the merciful process of true
repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our sins can be forgiven
and we will “not perish, but have everlasting life.”20
 
Our willingness to repent shows our gratitude for God’s gift and for
the Savior’s love and sacrifice on our behalf. Commandments and
priesthood covenants provide a test of faith, obedience, and love for
God and Jesus Christ, but even more importantly, they offer an
opportunity to experience love from God and to receive a full measure
of joy both in this life and in the life to come.
 
These commandments and covenants of God are like navigational
instructions from celestial heights and will lead us safely to our
eternal destination. It is one of beauty and glory beyond
understanding. It is worth the effort. It is worth making decisive
corrections now and then staying on course.
 
Remember: the heavens will not be filled with those who never made
mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and
who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth.
 
The more we treasure the words of the prophets and apply them, the
better we will recognize when we are drifting off course--even if only
by a matter of a few degrees.
 
What If We Have Drifted Far off Course?
 
Now, brethren, there are those who have neglected to make appropriate
course corrections and now believe that they are too far from the
Lord’s way to ever make it back. To them we proclaim the good news
that is the gospel of redemption and salvation. No matter how terribly
off course you are, no matter how far you have strayed, the way back
is certain and clear. Come, learn of the Father; offer up a sacrifice
of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Have faith, and believe in
the cleansing power of the infinite Atonement of Jesus the Christ. If
we confess and repent of our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.21 “Though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be [made] as white as snow.”22
 
It may not be an easy path, and it requires self-discipline and
determination, but its end is glorious beyond description. You are not
doomed to a tragic end. Many are eager to assist you--your family,
bishops and stake presidents, your quorum leaders, and home teachers.
Of course, your greatest friend is the all-powerful Creator of the
universe. It is His priesthood you bear. He understands your sorrow.
He knows your grief. He and our Father in Heaven will bless, comfort,
and strengthen you; They will walk beside you and carry you as you
strive to right your course.
 
My dear brethren, you are truly choice and precious sons of Heavenly
Father. He has entrusted you with the sacred power of the priesthood.
Please do not drift off course, not even a few degrees."
 
I testify that this is so true!
 
Next miracle/lesson. Sakai Shimai is a less active. Her records aren't
even actually in our ward records. She was baptized in Yokohama and
moved here. We found her in the area book. We don't even know how the
previous missionaries knew about her. It seemed from the records that
she wasn't getting anywhere. We called her up and she kept telling us
that we shouldn't waste our time on her. She was sick and hadn't been
to church in years. At times, during our phone conversations the last
couple of weeks, she has been hysterical telling us that she still
prays, but sometimes she prays that she will just die. No matter how
many times she told us that she couldn't meet, we didn't give up.
Because we didn't have her records, we had now way of knowing where
she lives. We called again, and simply asked for 5 minutes to take to
her by an eki she told us she lives close to. Before she arrived, we
did kubarikai. She saw us trying our hardest to find new people to
teach and however short our first visit might have been, we
established a relationship of trust. She didn't think anyone cared
about her. We looked back at the records in the area book and found a
member who knew her. We set up a dinner appointment with the member
and her at the church. It was pouring rain that day, and she still
came. Getting her into the church without actually having church was a
really good way to ease her into coming to church this week. She has
totally changed in this short time. She is happy and the members were
so good to her telling her they need her and are glad she is back. I
love this story. It was and still is super faith promoting for me.
Never give up on anyone.
 
Another never give up story is actually about someone in Kasukabe that
me and Sister Miyaki found. Her name is Bibiche. She is actually a
referral of Blanche, if you remember her. Natsukashi ne. Oh, wait, I
need to tell you about Blanche a little more. I didn't feel like I
should tell you back then, but I feel like now is okay. While she was
taking the lessons and had a baptismal date, she asked us a strange
question. She asked if those who are pregnant can be baptized. Me and
Sister Miyaki thought it was sort of strange and then she told us she
might be pregnant. Not something we really wanted to deal with,
but.... Well this one day we just felt really prompted to ask her
about plans with if she was pregnant. To make a long story short, had
we not asked that question and talked about it, she would not be
having babies. When I say babies, I mean babies. It turns out that she
is having twins and she is about ready to pop so I hear. Wow, what a
miracle. Talk about saving lives. I knew missionaries help save
spiritually, but that day, we saved physically as well. Anyway, back
to Bibiche. We got her number and she was supper friendly and we tried
setting up appointment after appointment, after appointment with her.
There were times when we would just wonder if we could teach her just
once. Well, she has a baptismal date and I hope to be going to
Kasukabe when it happens. I love and miss my area sooo much. I was
talking to Sister Miyaki this past week and she said that when I left,
all the sisters the next transfer agreed that sometime soon I would
come back. I hope so.
 
Nomura san is a referral from an excommunicated person. It is the
excommunicated persons mom. Kind of strange, but...we go with it. She
is so sweet. She is progressing little by little. She lives close to
our apartment, she we can just drop things in her post every once in a
while and she loves it. She needs to feel love. Don't we all?
 
Nakahigashi fuufu wants to return to church. We are currently working
hard with the members to make this happen by next month.
 
Ryuuya kun had his interview for baptism on Sunday and everything is
looking good for Sunday 29. He is doing so well and the change has
been unbelievable. Thank you all so much for the prayers in his
behalf. I know they are working. The whole Kawamura family struggles.
Lots of inactivity and such. He Grandma brought Rakuto kun to church
for the first time since we've been here and it was so good to see
him. He is the most adorable boy you will ever met though he sure does
have a little bit to much energy. He gave me a hug when he saw me at
church and I about melted. Cute! Ryuuya kun gives me hugs too. Love
it!Ok hand sign
 
Okada Rika san also came to church yesterday. She is one of our less
active members niece. She is so sweet and is going through so many
hard times right now. She just needed to remember who she was. I cried
as I realized how important we are as daughters of god. We overlook it
all too often. She is listening to the lessons. Love her sooooooooo
much.
 
And I love you all so much too! Have an incredible week!
 
Love,
山内姉妹
 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Feasting Daily - June 9, 2014

 Love these two so much. Sister Gates went back home and Sister Hall is
still here. Sister Hall's new companions is Sister Ipson, who was also
in my district in the MTC. We are all coming back together!!
 
Also, every morning this transfer me and Sister Hall go running
outside, which I love!! The other two like to stay in.
  One of the amazing things about our church is knowing that we are all
one big family. I am so thankful for that.
 
On the left is Sister Kuwahara. She just got back recently from a trip
to Guam. Her parents live in the Kasukabe ward boundaries and I love
them so much.
On the right is Sister Sasaki. She is friends with a lady in my
Kasukabe ward named Morita Shimai.
 
I am so grateful for the bond we share...because we are one in purpose!
 This is where you can buy meat and make what we call shabu shabu.It is super yummy!
Thank you for all who take the time to read my letters. I hope what I
have to say helps you as much as it has helped me.
 
First of all, thank you for praying for Ryuuya. He has changed so much
from the start. It has been such a joy to see him grow. The light of
Christ in his countenance is more and more clear every time we see
him. Keep praying for him. We've almost made it to his big day...June
29th!
 
I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again...missionary work
is not missionary's work. It's gods. Do your best, and He will
certainly do the rest. Let me share three examples of the many that
prove my point.
 
We have a new family we are teaching. Name is Izumiya( it's a mom and
daughter). They came for Relief Society last week and yesterday came
for Sunday School. We'll get them to Sacrament Meeting soon. We also
met up with them and a few members after church because they had lots
of questions for us. They are an incredible family. They want to know
everything and are very willing to learn. Thank you Heavenly Father.
What a cool gift!
 
We were finding in the park and started talking to this lady named
Kuji sanwho said she has attended lots of different churches and she
might give ours a try. Also, she said she would love to listen to what
we have to say. Sweeeetttttt!
 
We were also trying to find a less actives yesterday and this man
named Fukui san came up to us and started trying to speak English.
Once he found out we spoke Japanese, he asked if we were Christian. We
said yes and he said he had interest in learning. He set up his own
appointment and everything. Again, thank you Heavenly Father.
 
We have so many progressing investigators right now. It has been
incredible to see the number of our progressing investigators increase
every week. The Lord is doing it all!
 
We have really been working with the less actives. It's one thing that
Elder Cook and President Budge have really been stressing of late.
It's so sad, but there are sooo many. It has been incredible to see
them come back and see how happy the ward is to see them. The two less
active families that are really working really close with right now is
the Terasaka family and the Nakahigashi family. We will continue to
give them the love they need to get back. Please pray for them.
 
I've got this new thing going on that I like to call "spiritual
shots." Sometimes we are only able to meet with our investigators once
a week; however, just as we need daily physical sustenance, the need
for daily spiritual sustenance is just as strong. Obviously we can
remember Jesus Christ every day as we pray, read the scriptures, and
meditate. However, I've been racking my brain as to how to make it
more fun. I've got it! Obviously the plan changes a little bit from
investigator to investigator depending on their needs, but the general
principle applies. Every time we meet, we give them different things
to open up on all the days of the week until we meet again. These
things can include anything from a Book of Mormon to a fun object with
a way it relates to the gospel to pictures. Really anything, they just
need their daily feasting.
 
We sometimes hear the complaint, “I haven’t time.” But we all have
time to read and study which is our solemn duty. Can we not arrange to
find at least fifteen minutes in each day to devote to systematic
reading and reflection? This would be but a trifling amount of time,
yet it would be one hour and forty-five minutes in a week; seven and
one-half hours in a month of thirty days, and ninety-one hours and a
quarter in the year. Make time for God. I testify that he consecrates
ours if we will do the small and simple things he asks us to do.
 
Also, one last thing, any weather is good weather for a missionary! It
dumped rain for three days straight, however, I loved biking in the
rain. The best thing about it is that we knew our investigators would
be home!! We were able to follow up totsuzen and they are all doing so
well. Things always work out for the best.
 
I'm excited for this next week. It is going to be super busy. We have
our once a month leadership meeting and our zone meeting in the same
week. Bring it on!Flexed bicepsSmiling face with smiling eyes
 
Love you so much,
山内姉妹

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BOOOOOOOMM - June 2, 2014

 
 My mission has done many of things for me. One is an absolute love for
Filipinos. They are the best. This is Harold on the left and Henrie on
the right. Cute, right? Love these two and their Mom so much. They are
so pure. 
We had a lesson with them and Iwanami Yayoi Shimai this past week.
Bought them ice cream and they loved it. Soft ice cream I love children!
 Japan rocks at these two flavors. I crave them all the time. Peach
water is my favorite and then grape jello is incredible!
In Kasukabe I did the same thing that I do with my wall now. I love to decorate it with quotes information on investigators, or really just anything. Kelsey, you made my wall! Smiling face with smiling eyes. Love your graduation announcement. You sure are quite model. Kiss markLove it!
      Thought you might like to see the typical Nihon Konbini‏
Welcome to my email, where you will hear so many wonderful things. I
am so excited to share with you that which is dearest to my heart.
 
I need everyone's help. I really believe in the power of uniting
prayers. Please pray for these investigators to be baptized on the
dates that we have set for them: Shiho san, Ryuuya kun, Misaki chan,
Henrie, ryuichi Shibata kun, and Shibata san. Thank you everyone!
 
Church was awesome this week. Ryuuya kun attended a different ward
with his family, so that was good. Joe (excommunicated member) came at
our invite. He is quite the character. He had previously been
attending he English ward, but he is wanting to try out the Japanese
ward again. Shiho san came for relief society only. We also had a
family of three by the name of Izumiya. They were invited to Eikaiwa
and there I talked to them and invited them to church. They said they
would come in June and sure enough, they did. I talked with them and a
member after church and they are incredible. They love Christianity
and were asking all sorts of questions about how baptism works in our
church and what they need to do if they become members. Incredible
miracle. We also had about 3 less actives in attendance that we have
been working with for the past couple of months (Taki Shimai,
Kobayashi Shimai, and Ikeda Shimai). Less actives have a very special
place in my heart. Since we have been here, lots have returned to
activity!
 
Our only progressing investigator that doesn't have a baptismal date
is Kay. We tried to set one with him this week, but he is really
insistent that we go very slow. He wants to know everything before he
commits to something as of now. Hopefully that desire will change over
time.
 
I had one of the coolest experiences this week. Before my mission, I
did lots of mission preparation. All I wanted to do was serve a
mission. One of the things I learned in preparation for my mission is
what I like to call four by fouring. (4*4ing). It is this: If you go
to an appointment or a certain house that you we're told to visit and
no one is home, you go four by fouring, or housing four houses to the
front, back right,and left of where you were directed to go. I believe
this is so crucial because God sends us to areas for specific reasons,
not necessarily a specific house. I have had times on mission when my
companion says there is no point and we should just go back, but I
always have believed in this technique and I always want to do it.
Well, this past Sunday, we went to visit a referral given to us by the
English ward. It was probably a 40 minute bike ride. She wasn't home,
and so I expressed my desire to do 4*4ing. We saw a HUGE miracle from
it. We visited an apartment complex and started housing. About seven
doors later, a lady answered the door with her cute daughter and I
could just tell something was lit within her. It was incredible. Right
when I saw her, I knew she was the one The Lord sent us to find. She
belongs to another faith, but was willing to set up an appointment. We
met with her and talked about the Book of Mormon and she loved it. She
is so prepared! We will be meeting her again tomorrow and I am so
excited!
 
The Lord has blessed and is blessing our area so much. I love the
Senzokuike area with all my heart and I know The Lord does too. I will
always be willing to give everything to help The Lord in this great
cause. He is  truly all-mighty, all-powerful, and all-loving.
 
Love,
山内姉妹