Dear Family and Friends,
Aloooha! Jkjk. My companion right now went to BYU-Hawaii for one year,
and whenever she talks in church, she always starts this way. It's fun
to see the expressions on people's faces!
So, lots of weather phenomenons huh. Last week, a volcano. This week,
a typhoon. But through all that, God knows what exactly we need. For
example, the volcano last week filled the air with ash, and we weren't
able to see the mountains by clearly all week, but today, as soon as
the storm cleared, I couldn't believe how clearly I could see them!
So, onto other miracles!
We have a recent convert, who was baptized in March. She lives about a
half hour drive from the church, and lives up on a mountain. :> well
let me tell you. We biked all the way there. It was for a good cause!
We wanted to surprise her on her birthday! And it worked! Boy, was she
surprised. And so was her mother, when two people she's never met from
the church her daughter goes to show up at her door after dark (we got
a little lost, and left a little late) saying they have a present for
her daughter's birthday!
That was one of the longest, hardest bike rides I have done on my
mission! As my companion tells everyone, it seemed like I would die.
But the whole time, I just kept telling myself, "don't give up! You're
almost there! This isn't for you, this is for her!"
Even though it was sudden, and she didn't know us very well, the
mother insisted that we let her drive us home. We conceded. I don't
think I would have survived the bike ride home.
So, this week's Read, Ponder, Liken, and Apply! Some of you may
already know it, but I want to focus on Ether 12:27.
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I
give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is
sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they
humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make
weak things become strong unto them.
What does it mean to come unto Christ?
What do I struggle with right now?
How can becoming humble strengthen me?
Do I trust in the Lord when I can't do something?
What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ?
When we have frustration and hardships, we feel sometimes like we
can't go on, like there is no hope, but what if those weaknesses were
given to us so we could see how much we need Jesus Christ?
Love you all!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."