Dear Family and Friends,
This last couple of days have been interesting! I completely forgot about transfer calls, but they actually were coming to us through email! Hooray for transfer emails!
Well, on that note, I better announce what's going down! I am.... Moving to Shonan! Which is right next to the ocean! I'll finally get to see the ocean for the second time in my whole life! Hooray! (The first time was when we were all on the bus from the airport to the Mission Home, and the Elder who was AP at the time, Elder Call, pointed out the Tokyo Bay. )
Well, I should talk about the whole week. We had a lot of things going on, like Companion Exchanges, and transfer calls, preparing for Elder McCarty's last Sunday! He's going home! He's been my zone leader for practically my whole mission, except for my second transfer, and then this last transfer, he was a traveling Assistant with Elder Rockwood. It will be sad to see him go home. Him and Sister Clark, and Elder Fernelius! I've now worked with all of them. But the others I haven't worked with, but I know are Sister Feist(I read her blog to help me prepare for missionary work in Japan!), and Sister Jones, who is my current Companion's trainer way back when we first came.
My new companion will be the first missionary I ever met at the MTC! She was the one who picked me up at the curb where I was dropped off. :) it was cool to learn that she was going to Japan Tōkyō South mission too!
Lastly, I want to talk about the amazing conference we had in Nakano this last week. Actually, it was yesterday! I felt like I was learning at the feet of the Savior. I'm so grateful that I could go. The conference was a special conference, and Elder Ballard came to Japan, with Bishop Gary E Stevenson, Elder Ringwood, Elder Aoyagi, and Elder Whiting. It was so beautiful. You could feel so deeply his love for each and every one of us, and we got to shake his hand at the very end, even though there were over four hundred of us! I hope I may never forget the days I have the privilege of shaking hands with a special leader called by the Savior to help direct and guide us.
I hope you all know that the Savior lives and died for us. Do you understand that? If you do, then join the ranks, and be a missionary. As long as you understand that, you are a missionary, whether or not you are called to be a full time missionary. This is God's work. Have you prayed to know whether the missionaries are true messengers from God? If not, get on your knees and ask. That's all it takes. Get on your knees, and pray from your heart to know if we are true messengers. This work goes on, with or without us, but it is up to us to grab the tools, and join in the work, because the harvest is great, and it brings great happiness and joy! I love this work!
And I love you, all of you!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."