Tuesday We got another referral from Nakajma Shimai. She is such a trooper. My cute mother!! Wednesday My last district meeting. Lasts are just not fun. But I am so thankful for my district. It is so important to be united with our district. We had lunch together with Ueda shimai and Nakajima shimai. Ueda shimai needs lots of support still. Pray for her hard this week. Mari san. Told her about the word of wisdom this week. She smokes. She really wants to stop, though. One of our big goals for this next week is to get tons of people to come to church. I won't tell you the goal by number, but it is going to be big. Pray hard for that for us please! Thursday My last MLC was today. Oh, it is so sad to me. I love mission leadership council that we hold every single month. It always gives me so much spiritual stamina. I included what I could in an email our mission song. Every time I sing it, I get goosebumps like crazy. I love my mission. I have the best mission ever...hands down. We learned a ton of I just wanted to share two things that I learned with you that really hit me. Joy is contagious. It is so important that we share our joys with everyone. I love joy. We have so much to be joyful for. At the end, President Budge had everyone stand up that this would be their last MLC. I did not want to stand at all. But...I did. He said to everyone. Never doubt that this is the lord's work. Never doubt that The Lord is with you. It's a privilege to be a part of this. You that are leaving, I hate to say this, but you will miss it so much. Enjoy every last minute you have with the call. Because it will go away soon and won't come again. Talk about a complete heartbreaker. But I am so thankful for the spirit I felt when he said that. I know it is Gods work! Then we started exchanges this night. I go to Utsunomiya! Utsunomiya is famous for gyoza. I love gyoza. :) second time going here. First time was on exchanges with Yasui shimai a couple transfers ago. Friday Inoue shimai is a new convert eh they have in their ward who is struggling. When we first asked her if she would come to church, she said that she wouldn't because she doesn't have the yaruki (I forgot what this is in English) to do it. But then we talked about Christmas and how Christ gave us the most important gift ever. We must give our gift to Christ as well. Showed her the talk in this months liahona about going to church and giving that to Christ for Christmas. Her heart was changed over the lesson and we once again asked if she would come and she said she would. Sometimes we mistakenly think that if we are rejected once, that's it. But it's not true. You just gotta keep trying. Think about all your friends you have tried but they kind of rejected you. Well, you ought to try again. That's what I would recommend. Ikuine san is probably one of the most charitable persons I have ever met. She just wanted to do everything she could for us. If she could do anything for us it would be to just listen to our message. So we were leaving Ikuine sans and I see this lady riding a bike. Keep in mind that we are at the bottom of a hill. So she is coming pretty fast and I just call out, hey to her and she stopped. Her name is Alexia and she has been in Japan for just about 6 months and feels pretty lonely. She was on her way to the hospital due to internal problems and she had been praying that God would help her. She started crying and said, I knew that God would answer my prayer. He sent you! It was incredible!! God is hastening his work for sure. She will hopefully be coming to church and we also have lots of contact info for her and she has lds library and everything. Woot! I went on my last exchange with Sister Nelson. She is such a sweet missionary. We dendoued in Utsunomiya. We saw some incredible miracles. She is also probably the most humble missionary I have ever met. She seeks always for feedback on how she can do better. If we use the saying, feedback is the breakfast of champions, then she is the champion. I am so thankful for what I learn from my Sisters. Love them like crazy. Remember the Nakamura family that I have talked to you about before. Well, on our way back to splits we norikaied at Oyama eki and all of a sudden I see Ayumi chan. I am so thankful for Gods plan. There are just no accidents in his plan. Her testimony was strengthened as well.
I am starting on my Christmas presents for all my friends here in Japan. You ought to see my room...it is covered in Christmas gifts I am preparing. Oh, I love Christmas. It's best spent in the service of others.
I kind of cheated and gave Okada hisako shimai her gift earlier because it is a journal and I wanted her to write in it because today they went to the temple for the first time. Her and kakuhata kyoudai and Nakajima shimai. Soooooo pumped. And Nakajima shimai got to be baptized for her husband. Man, when you baptize one, you baptism tons of people!! Sunday This was probably one of the most incredible days ever. So first off, I stayed at the church from 8:50 in the morning until 6:30 at night. Yes, that is true. Tsukahara san is doing well. I am amazed at those who have obstacles in life and how well they face their challenges. Last Sunday we were teaching him about the resurrection and he is sooooo excited for that day to come. Until then, however, he knows he needs to follow Christ. He has been coming to church every week faithfully this past month.
God, a miracle is nothing but normal! :) For those of you who don't know, I just wanted to explain a little bit of English and Japanese. In English we do subject, verb, object right. Well, in Japanese, it's reverse. The subject comes first, then the object, and then the verb. I love this because I know that it's not how we start things that counts in the end. It matters how you finish, how you act, that makes the sentence good. I always think about what kind of a legacy will I leave. I will finish strong for sure!! Everyone keep doing fabulous. Take the thoughts of finishing step by step. First, finish this year out strong. Next, finish out next year strong by thinking what kind of goals you will make for next year. Then think about finishing phases of your life out strong. And then we get to finishing our lives strong. Live it like it is your last day. It changes a lot. I love my life and I want to live with my beloved Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever. It does matter how you finish. Love you! 山内姉妹