(Life has its ups and downs)
Dear Family and Friends,
We're now waiting for the temple time to come. We got on a bus to get
here, and got here really early. ^.^
We've done a lot this last week. We cleaned and got things ready, and
finally, the day came. Our friend had come a long way, to be baptized.
It was a really spiritual experience for all of us. As we sang the
song I'll Find you There My Friend, there were many members who sang
with us, or who really felt the Spirit. We really sang well, despite
how many of them had never heard the song before the last week.
Well, today, we went to the temple, and despite all the long bus
rides, and the traveling through the largest station in the world, we
made it to the temple, and the day was full of surprises!
Well, I'm really grateful for all of you. There was so much I wanted
to write about today, but let it suffice that today was full of so
many wonderful surprises that it took up a lot of the day.
I'll let you go with one experience!
We met two ladies today. They saw us and we said good morning. They
found out we were missionaries, and then went away. Later, they came
back, and one of them asked if we had Sunday School! What!? So we were
like, yeah! We do! And we gave her a card with the website for "He is
the Gift" and a English class flyer to find the church which was
closest. Then her friend came over and taught us a good lesson. When
you give something to someone, you HAVE to give it to those around
them too! Otherwise the people will be upset, and say, well they
didn't give one to me, so, I don't care!" Hahaha. It was great. Then
we practiced it on her, saying, "and another for you, and this too,"
etc. we then invited them to church, and seems like they will go. Yay!
Dear family and friends,
Have a Merry Christmas!
We had a blast at English Class last week, doing the caroling!it was so fun! We taught Jingle Bells and Merry Christmas to you in the advanced class. No one had heard the last one before at all! I was surprised!
I think this week will be so fun! We are having the Christmas Party on Saturday! And guess what! Our friend is getting baptized the next day! She is so amazing, and we are so excited for her and her son, who is a member. He will actually be performing the baptism, and we are all so excited for it. We asked the members she knows to participate in the program, and then, they all can do it! They will all be there next week after church for the service! I am so excited!
Phew, what a week! We went to Hachioji twice this week, two days in a row! We got up at 4:30 in the morning,caught the 5:30 train to Hachiojj and made a quick switch with the Hachioji sisters so that Sister Clark (my companion who is sister training leader) and sister Reeves (who is also Sister training leader) could continue on the train to Kichijoji for Mission Leadership Council. It was so good to spend the day with Sister Brown! Fun! Then we switched back, and got home that night. The next night, we had to stay the night over at their apartment, because the next morning at 7:30,there was another meeting in Machida that the sister training leaders needed to go to. ;) lots of hours on a train. All in all.. Eight hours? ^.^
Well, my time is way short today, but I'm glad for God's help. Here's something from my journal this week.
I know that Jesus Christ lives. How I know is that I have felt Him. He speaks clear to my heart, and it brings me joy. I can pray to God, and He will always answer my prayers, in His time, in His way, who his best for me.
Yesterday, as I was getting ready to study the lessons of Preach My Gospel, I felt in despair. How did I know it was even true? I was left, and thought alone, and pondered. I know it's true, but I needed to ask God again: is the Book of Mormon true?
I kneeled in earnest prayer, knowing God would answer. I got an answer just then, and the answer came to me, and gave me these instructions: Open your Book of Mormon. Open it to anywhere, and read the words. Then think about them, if they be true. And I did. I opened the Book of Mormon to the place where my bookmark was. When I began reading, I knew once again that I do indeed believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I know it is true, and that it is here to bless our lives.
By sharing this experience,I hope that all of you know that anyone can know. Anyone can receive an answer from God. We are His children. He loves us. All of us, whether we make mistake or not. Lastly, I leave you with an assignment, one that s really come through to me this last week.theres a video on YouTube, from the mormon channel, called "Your Potential, Your Privilege". I want you to watch this with your family. And after that, talk about what Christ has done for all of us.
Today was short. I'm sorry for that! Enjoy your week! Longer letters to come!
Dear Family and Friends,
Dear Family and Friends,
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."