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