You just can't do missionary work without the members!! This is sugawara shimai, higuchi shimai, and Sakata shimai. In the background is our dendou shunin (ward mission leader), Kaneda genki kyoudai. These Sisters are soooo special to me.
Me, Mina, Smile (yes, that's his real name...the best, right?), and Masaki kun (he was a great member missionary for Smile.
After zone meeting, I found this cute girl. Don't know her name or anything, but she is so cute and I am so thankful I met her.
Shichijo Masami shimai, Allen Airi shimai, Nash shimai, Mina, and me
August 18, 2014
Hello all. I figured my first email out ought to be about transfer calls this morning. I am going to Koga. It is in the Kiryu zone and very inaka (country). I will be a sister training leader again. This is the first time that I will be going to an area that might have some investigators to start with. My first area, Kasukabe, was a new area that me and Sister Lowry opened together and then Senzokuike was a white wash, meaning they bring in two new sisters and take out the other ones. The other sisters had no one to teach. Sister Nash will be staying here. Needless to say, I am very sad to be leaving this wonderful ward and all the investigators who I have spent soooo much time on. The Senzokuike area is booooommmmmiiinnnggggg right now. Sooo many people getting baptized soon. Although I will be far away from them, they will always be in my heart.️
We had an awesome lesson with Izumiya san on Sunday. She is the epitome of the bomb dot come. We felt the spirit so much. We had three members present as well!! Everyone wants to talk to Izumiya san because her desire to find the truth is so pure and refreshing. One of our members is someone that she really admires a lot. He teaches the Old Testament class in Sunday School and she really likes the bible. At the end, he told about his conversion story. It was so incredibly powerful. I still don't have a picture with her. I will get one this week before I leave. We have also been working with one of our eikaiwa students who has been coming to eikaiwa for forever. She is super sweet. We have a ton of trust in our relationship and this past eikaiwa, I was able to ask her why she wasn't a member. She said she would tell me because she trusts me. She and her husband tried to have a child for a good nine years and finally, their wish was granted. However, she ended up losing the baby in pregnancy and she says that any time she talks about our religion or anything like that, it reminds her of those memories and it early hurts her. I testified to her that she would see her baby again if she would embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also were able to meet up with her just before hanabi (fireworks) and give her a lesson. The lesson ended when everyone started counting down for the fireworks to start. Then the famous song off of the movie "Spirit" began to play. She then said, why don't you stay. I said, i won't stay because there is something better than fireworks that I have to share with the world and I want everyone that I can possibly talk to to know about it. I don't know if it was the music in the background that made it so powerful or what it was, but as I left, it was one of the moments when I said to myself, I am more free than anyone here (mind you there were thousands upon thousands of people there). I am so thankful for that powerful witness from the spirit that I am in the right place. I am where I belong! ️Love you all️ 山内姉妹