|Oh, Christmas Tree!|
Well, the tree is up in the mission home and boy is it beautiful. It is now waiting for the many paper cranes to go on it's branches and presents to go under the tree to give to Christ this Christmas. It's so much fun being a missionary and being able to think about Christmas time so soon every year. I know that Christmas time is a special time of year. It is bound to bring several miracle. Bound to bring 100 people closer to Christ through baptism and the laying on of hands before Christmas in our mission!! What kind of gift do you want to give to Christ this Christmas. Start now! Boy am I grateful that Christ as born. I am so thankful that my Savior atoned for my sins. Without him, none of us would be able to return to live with Him someday.
yummy. I love sushi. As I think of my experience I had with these two this past week, I think of Elder Bednars talk from several years ago (I think). The church isn't build by the masses. It is build one by one. I love that. Our job as members is not to get the masses, but to get the one and raise the one in a way that he will get one and then he will get another one. That is exactly what Kakuhata kyoudai did. The message was sweet to him and he went and shared it. In this past General Conference, I love that Elder Bednar said that true disciples of Christ are missionaries. Well, everyone. How is your misisonary work going. You better have a teaching pool. I will always have one. I want the to be a witness of Christ that Christ can be proud of. Kakuhata kyoudai
This last Wednesday, we had an eclipse. It was so incredibly beautiful. I am so thankful that my mission is a biking mission. I have learned more and more to appreciate the beauty in the world all around me. I love the song, consider the lilies of the field. I know that under the direction of God, Jesus Christ and Michael created our world...our universe. I am so thankful to live here at this time in this place. I know that God loves me when I look at nature. Sorry, the pictures don't do it justice at all.
I remember when I first came to Japan thinking that the sweets here aren't sweets because they aren't sweet at all...at least in comparison to America. Our friends in the ward that went to America for conference brought us back some candy. I ate one and puckered up big time. No wonder American people are obese. That stuff is super sugary. I definitely got used to Japan! Woot!
One of the families in our ward have be trying to figure out how to share the gospel with the Ayabe family. Well, thanks to our family English program (30 minutes of English and then 30 minutes of gospel discussion) we have been able to do so once every week for the past little while. They now have a baptismal date and we are so excited for them. Love these two cuties. This is Saki chan.
October 13, 2014
We have had an absolutely wonderful week...as always. This week, I wanted to focus on telling you how my faith was strengthened through the experiences that I had. We have had some incredible lessons with a family of 14. They are Filipinos and of the baptist faith. Although they all have the same faith, their thoughts on religion are so different from each other. When I am with them, there is not one slight doubt in my heart that God lives. If I was on the earth when Christ was here, I would walk with him and listen to his words. But I have the scriptures and as I read, if I listen carefully, I hear the Saviors voice. I have prophets to listen to that say what The Lord would say if he were here. If I listen carefully, I can hear the Saviors voice. The spirit helps me feel the Saviors voice. We don't need to see God to know He is there. I know he loves me. Each of us....so much. He knows my name. He knows the people I am trying to help bring closer to him. He knows their hearts. He knows. I am so thankful for their spirit. We are excited to teach them this week about the foundation needed for a church to be Christ's church. Megumi chan came to general conference! Boy, was I excited to see her. Lots of prayers went into her coming to church this week. I'll tell you what, I have the strongest testimony ever of prayer. I couldn't do it without you guys. Thanks for everything you do for us in Japan. Lastly, I want to tell you about one of the most sacred experiences of mine from this week with Ueda san (thanks to your prayers). We went to
breakfast together at a members house on her day off this past Wednesday. After we finished the meal, we then started our lesson. We had given her the service section out of pmg to read in advance so we could talk about is principle in our lesson. However, before we started, she said that she had one thing she wanted to tell us. She won't be able to get baptized on the 26th of this month. We all remained quiet as she told us some of the things that had popped up in the last couple of days. She told her boss that she was studying with the Mormons and the boss wasn't very happy and didn't treat her very well. The man that she really likes right now told her to keep her schedule open for the 26th because he had something special planned for the two of them. Her children aren't the best of children and have made a lot of mistakes recently. Even though she is not to be blamed for the mistakes, the people around her are always saying that she is the mother of bad children. Tears rolled down her face as she told us. Although she had kept in tears for a long, long, time, she couldn't hold one tear in that day. She asked if we could lengthen her date until she got all of her personal problems taken care of. I was praying like crazy in my heart. Something told me that the date we set was inspired and she needed to be baptized on that date. We started talking about Joseph Smith and how before one of the greatest events in history (the first vision), he received much temptation from Satan trying to get him to stop praying. I asked her if she had asked God if she should be baptized. She said she hadn't. I was then able to explain the experience I had at mlc with pray. I suggested that I offer the prayer to ask god what he wanted ueda shimai to do. Tears rolled down my checks as I prayed. I felt one of the most wonderful feelings I have ever felt. The spirit was so incredibly strong. After finishing the prayer and what seemed like an eternity of silence, she said, I guess I should be baptized, huh. The Spirit is so incredibly indescribable. This is an experience I will forever remember and hold sacred. Have a wonderful week, 山内姉妹 P.S. It's so weird that my Bishop (Bishop Hegemann) and my Stake President (President Hart) have changed. A big thanks to both of you. I really admire you two and the example you have been to me.