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This is so Japan. Everything super small. Opposite of America that's for sure.
|Baptism in Koga!|
I love my planner. Before my mission, I really didn't use one. But now I can't live without one.
Today was transfer calls. Me and Sister Cortes weren't really too
worried, and we were spot on. We aren't moving at all. Everything is
still the same as last transfer. Also, our zone leaders are the same
too. That will be nice. I feel like we work together well. Yeah! There
are some new changes in Koga, however. Elder Burt is leaving. He is
going to Chiba. We will miss him. Elder Myers is our new district
leader and he will also be training a missionary fresh from the
states! Also, it won't just be me and Sister Cortes is the apartment
now. Sister Miyaki and Sister Requilman will be coming here too. I am
soooooooo excited to have Sister Miyaki in the apartment again. I will
miss having just two people in her apartment. We have so much going on
that here recently that they really had no choice but to put more
sisters here to keep up with the work! The same thing happened to me
in Kasukabe. Koga's on fire!!
Please keep Megumi chan in your prayers. She needs all the help she
can get. Her and her father have also been a little sick, so we were
able to go to their house this past Sunday and give them both
priesthood blessings. The father was the first one to receive the
blessing. After the blessing, Megumi touched her heart and said, oh, I
feel so warm. How thankful I am for the spirit. It is real!!
One night we were planning and we wanted to do some finding, but I
just didn't feel like our finding methods that we were used to doing
were working. Mainly because there just isn't really people anywhere
here. So I suggested doing shopping dendou. There's a first time for
everything. We spent just a little time in the parking lot of a
grocery store and found a P.I. and a new investigator! The new
investigator lives close to the church too! I know that as we do all
we can to put ourselves in places where lots of prepared people are
just waiting to meet us.
Ueda Shimai is doing wonderful and we have been able to get almost all
of the ward members to be her friend and know her by name and face.
This Sunday we had church, a baptismal service, and a ward dinner
right in a row. She stayed for all of it and had a blast. Her
baptismal date is set for October 26. It's still not often easy when
we have no way to contact her unless we are face to face. Often times
she is not home so we leave passages of PMG lessons in her post for
her to read when she does get home and then the next time we see her
we talk about it and commit her to whatever it is that she needs. I
think she is really starting to desire to do what is right in the
sight of god. She is wonderful at keeping her promises. I love her so
much. When I am around her, I am reminded of how easy it is to share
our love with others. It doesn't take anything big. You just have to
do the small things right. I remember in my letter home last week, I
asked everyone to keep her in your prayers. I have really felt the
power of those prayers, so thank you so much. Please continue to pray
for her. We can do this together!! After all, we're all in this
Let me share some of the things that I have learned/have been thinking
about this week.
1. I've been thinking a lot about football lately, especially as a
leader. Some leaders have the tendency to think that they are the
quarterback. But that's not true. All leaders are actually receivers.
For most of you that know missionary work, you get calls from the
district leader every night to check and make sure you are safe and
follow up on your day. We have now made a change in the mission. Now
the missionaries call the district leaders. Let me give you an example
of how you could probably improve in your positions in the church
right now. How many of you get calls from your home teaching
coordinator or visiting teaching coordinator every month asking if you
have done your visits. I bet almost every one of you. This is totally
wrong. They are responsibly to RECEIVE an accounting from you. So,
please be proactive and account for yourself. That's what it's all
about right. We go through our day to day cycle and at the end of
every day, we go back home and report to The Lord.
2. When you know it's not your work, but the Lord's, you always use
your time wisely because it's not even your time.
3. The only way to say "no" is to have a more powerful "yes."
4. We had our mission leadership council this past week and I had one
of the coolest experiences. We have been talking as a council a lot
about our Christmas miracle. Or goal last year was to see one baptism
in every single area from October to December. Where got together, we
discussed how we felt it is just the same goal we had last year and
we've got to get better. The definition of insanity is doing the same
things over and over again and expecting the same results. We felt
that the number 100 was perfect and that in our mission between
October and Christmas, we could see 100 baptisms. This is a very high
goal, but something we really thought about. Whenever we make a big
decision, we always consult The Lord first. So, we got down on our
knees as a leadership council and petitioned with our Heavenly Father.
It was a sincere prayer and we all put our hearts into it. It was such
a humbling experience to look up after the prayer ended and see every
leader in our mission on knees, thinking hard. Something that will
forever be painted in my memory. We know that The Lord is behind us on
this and we can see this HUGE miracle. On October 1 at 8 a.m. Japan
time, the plan is that all of the missionaries in our mission will be
on our knees pleading for us to see this miracle. Also, have you
bought our origami paper to make your cranes family? We are going to
have to do lots of folding is Christmas season for our Savior!!
5. I am a disciple of Christ. I fear no man. Preaching the gospel is
all I desire to do.
Keep doing missionary work everyone. I testify that it makes you so
happy and so good!!
I love this area! I love the people. I love the work. I love The Lord.
That never changes. Ever!! Can't wait for this week. I am looking
forward to going on a blitz with the sisters in our zone to Oyama to
help them find more investigators. Their area is struggling a little
bit. Also looking forward to zone meeting this week.
Hugs and loves,