This is my darling Fuyumi chan. I have sent you pictures of her before. She is awesome and I love her tons. We taught her the word of wisdom on Sunday and she found out that tea is bad for you, but you can drink mugicha, so she had her mother go buy some at the store on Monday morning. She also told her mother that she wants to eat more fruits and vegetables. Her mother is so thankful that she is learning what she is learning from us. Her dad seems okay, although we haven't met him yet. He isn't a big religion fan, but we are praying that we will be able to get her permission to be baptized. We think it is definitely possible, but will appreciate your prayers in her families behalf. Oh, man, I love this girl so much. What an incredible example of pure desire to do what is right. Every time we have a lesson, she says, I want to go to heaven, or I want to be happy, or I want to be baptized. She even cried when she didn't get to go to church a couple weeks ago.
Nakajima shimai had a rough day on Wednesday and when we went to visit her. She talked to us about a few things that had happened over the past couple of days and then just cried. We talked for a about 10 minutes. I then felt prompted to ask her, "Nakajima shimai, who is god?" She answered that "he is Heavenly Father." I then asked her, "who are you?" To which she said, "I am a child of god." After a few silent moments for her to think about what she had just said, she prayed. What an incredibly, tear jerking experience. How important it is for us to remember our relationship with God. He loves us so much. In those hard times when you don't feel like praying, that is when you need to pray the most.
Brother and Sister Suzuki
Can I just tell you that our ward mission leader and his wife rock! I love them both sooooo much. My trip to the temple today was a little bit unusual. All in all, it ended up being an 11 hour deal. I woke up at 3:45 and then the sweet mission leader and his wife (the suzukis) picked us up to go to the temple at 4:30 a.m. It is a three hour trip by car from our apartment to the temple.
This is where the emperor of Japan lives!
On splits we always see sooo many miracles. I thought I would share some of them with you. Recap of this split with sister Yasui We were going from the Oyama church to the Oyama eki and met Natsumi chan. She seemed a little sad, but was very willing to listen to us and make friends. We were able to teach her about prayer. We were then able to set up an appointment for the very next day before splits end so that she can meet the Oyama sisters. She doesn't have a job. Seems to have a little bit of a rough life. Wants to know how to be happy and thought about joining our church already! Met Satou san on the train ride to Utsunomiya. She is very nice. Gave her a Book of Mormon (recommended the introduction) and got her contact information. She says she will read it. We went to visit 井上 shimai. She was doing good today and she actually stopped going to church for a little while even though she is a new convert. She said the closing prayer and in the middle of it, she said that she knows she needs to work harder and get to church. Met Miho and her other two friends. Were able to set up another appointment to learn about Joseph Smith (while eating gyoza). Also talked about the Book of Mormon with them and invited them to read. We met keiko san (both of us for the first time). She was busy then, but it was lucky that we even found where she lives and saw her face. Met kaeo san. She was very nice and we were able to set up a return appointment. Went to seminary. Great way to build a relationship with the youth. We learned about the sealing power of the priesthood. How thankful I am that my family has been sealed in the temple!
Check out this food that I ordered in Oyama at the end of our splits with the Utsunomiya sisters. Oh, how I love Gyoza!
I love the word obedience. It is so important. I wants to share one of my favorite scriptures in Doctrine and Covenants. 20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated-- 21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. D&C 130:20-21 I have a super strong testimony of the importance of obedience. I know it is because of obedience that we see miracles. God helps those who are obedient. I love being obedient! Love, Sister Yamauchi
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