Dear Family and Friends,
Hey, it's been a while since I've had a full hour and a half for email
time. I made sure we're doing it first today. So, transfer emails
came. And, I'm transferring. But my next area is going to be a way
hard culture shock.
Next transfer, I've been called to serve in Yokosuka. My companion and
I will be over the Military Ward and the Japanese Branch. Well, it's
way interesting. Because that means I'll be attending church in
English and then going to church in Japanese. Five hours of church
every week, and at least three member meals and tons of American
people.... Sighhhhh. I love the Japanese people. But I also love
America people. So I guess that is why my companion will be Sister
Ogawa! We are going to rock it! I am so excited. President Wada asked
what I thought about it, and I told him I was comfortable with it. The
Spirit helped me feel that it's where I need to go. It'll be great, I
I am learning so much about faith right now. Our faith has the power
to change the course of events. And I have been lacking in faith
I am sad to be leaving Shonan Ward. I've been here for three
transfers, and it has been picking up recently. The work will continue
to move forward, and it's because of the members.
So, there's a downside to riding bikes everywhere. You end up
swallowing bugs. >.< on at least three different occasions these last
two weeks, I accidentally swallowed bugs while riding my bicycle.
Haha. It's what I get for breathing through my mouth.
Well, lots of crazy things happened. First! Last week on Tuesday I
was able to participate in a wondeful training on three new pamphlets
that were made specifically for people without a Christian background!
I am excited to use them!
But the best thing about the training was who taught us. When I was at
the MTC, I attended a meeting that was for the missionaries going to
Japan, and he challenged us to speak only Japanese for our last two
weeks, and not speak English. Well, it changed my mission. And not to
mention increased my faith. It was him who taught us about using the
pamphlets. I was surprised and delighted to see him there. He didn't
remember it (it was a whole year or so ago, after all) but he was
humble, and said that if anything good came out of it, we know where
that came from, pointing upwards. He is pretty amazing at Japanese
himself. His name is Brother Mills.
So, Happy Father's Day! And this week is Independence Day. I bet in my
hometown it already is going off everywhere. Be safe, ok? ^.^ around
September is when the fireworks go off here. Everyone's celebrating
the end of Summer while they can before school starts. And then you
hear cannons go off everywhe.... Oh wait, hold on, I'm spending Fourth
of July on a base......... Just when you think you're in Japan.
Well, I think that's all for today.
I testified yesterday at church, because it was my last Sunday in
Shonan. President Wada was there on a special visit. And I testified
about how Jesus, in His last moments with His disciples didn't focus
on how He was leaving, but His main focus was to strengthen them. He
was indeed the perfect example. I love Shonan Ward.
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."