Ueda Shimai was baptized. The service was wonderful. Everyone mentioned how much change there was in her after she got baptized. It was like she was a completely different person. The power of the atonement is so real. This is the Horie family. The parents are the same age as ueda shimai and have been the worlds best fellowshippers for her from the beginning to the end. I love that family so much. Horie kyoudai preformed the baptism and I will never for get how jyouzu he performed it. One of our investigators, Tashiro Hiroko san, was able to come to church and the baptismal service and she loved it. She has a date to get baptized next month and is so excited. I will have to get you a picture of Tashiro san next week. :)
This morning we went with Nakajima shimai to her friends that live close to us. She had given them a Book of Mormon and wanted us to talk with them. When we got to their house (Kimura family) and saw the man, he said, I am not going to enter into any church. Did that stop Nakajima shimai? No way!! She kept talking and making small talk with the man and talked about how traditional Japanese think, there is only one god, not many. And there is only one right religion. By the end, the man said he would continue to read the Book of Mormon that she had given him. Nakajima shimai is probably the best missionary there is in the whole world. We told the man that we lived pretty close to him and he asked us if we were the ones that were always running close to his house and doing "taiso" we told him yes. He thought it was funny and way cool that we exercise. This morning we actually went to ueda Shimai's to remind her about having FHE at Nakajima Shimai's house tonight. Sister cortes rode her bike and I ran. It's about a 8 minute run to her house. Way nice. And there was more fog than I have ever seen in my life. Did you know when it is foggy, you can see spider webs super easily. It looked super halloweeny.
Here she is. I think you receive a picture of sister Nakajima literally every week from me. Boy do I love her so much. She is quite the lady.
We played the mummy game where you wrap one person in toilet paper. Our team one second. Woot! The mummy is Komichi ke's daughter. She brought two friends with her. What a cute, good missionary.
The Ayabe family wanted to come to the baptismal service,but they had something going on, so they couldn't. They have such a wonderful funiki (um, in English that would be like their air/The feeling they put off...kana). They came to the ward Halloween party and all the members just loved the family. They will be a great addition to the ward. We really hope they continue to progress and are especially praying that they will be baptized before Christmas. This is two of the children.
This is Airi chan. She is the one that me and Sister Day met on splits the day before this Halloween party! We invited both her a her friend, but Airi chan ended up coming...alone. What a trooper!! She lives close to the church. Love her so much. Ward activities are the best tools in the world for missionaries. I take every ward activity very seriously because it's such an awesome opportunity for our investigators. We really invited as many people as we could to come to the activity. Pretty much every person that wasn't a member that came was one of our investigators. I tried to count. We ended up having around 15 people come. We had to get all the other 6 missionaries who are in our area to help us so that all our investigators had friends to talk to. It was such an amazing sight. If a ward wants a successful missionary program as far as activities goes, a ward ought to have a big activity for everyone to come to at least once a month with flyers that the missionaries can give out to everyone.
Companion exchanges with Sister Day
We have been teaching a lady named Joyce. She is for the Phillipeans. I think I told you about finding her in last weeks email. We went shopping on pray and I saw this lady I felt like I really needed to talk to. Within this week, we have been able to teach her a could of times, commit her to a baptismal date, and also she voluntarily took us over to her friends house (2 referrals)! Wy have been able to teach that family a couple times too! They live pretty close to the church and believe in God. What a miracle!
This is Japan for you. A premade peanut butter and honey sandwich without crust.
Time flies! Went into Daiso today (Japan version of dollar store, only Daiso is better than the dollar store). Crazy to walk in and see Christmas stuff. Yikes! Halloween hasnt even happened yet!
|Thais and Hannah chan. This dog is the cutest. The kids play around with it so much that it is pretty much like playing with a doll and you pick it up like a person. I think I forgot to tell you this story, but about a month ago, we went into their house and then we go to leave and I put my shoes on and notice the straps of my shoes are missing. The dog had ate them off. I ended up getting them fixed but my shoes are quite hammered.|