Dear family and friends,
We received the privilege of beginning using Facebook, but in our
training, the technology elder came and helped train us on the proper
use of Facebook, and he started with a parable that I consider very
appropriate. He told us a story of his own past, of when he was in
high school. He was working on a wood project, and had to sand down
all the rough edges, which took a long time. Instead of using a piece
of sandpaper, he decided to use the automatic sander in the school's
woodshop. It was, after all, a much faster and more time effective
tool. But he let the piece of wood slip, and his hand hit the sander.
He told us that it hurt. A lot. But then he explained to us that just
as The Lord is hastening His work, and using this tool- Facebook- to
do it, if we don't know how to use it, it's a very dangerous tool.
With great tools comes great responsibility.
I love it when it rains here! We were in a park today, and we saw a
woman looking over the bridge at the river, overflowing with the water
that came from the last two days (rain straight for 2 days, nonstop)
and we stopped to talk with her. I love nature, and it seemed like a
good place to just sit and think about life, and told her that. She
had actually been thinking about life at the time we came over and
began talking to her. She was really nice, and really great. Rain
began falling in large drops, and I asked if she hated rain, but she
said she likes it. Me too! Luckily, she had an umbrella, but my
companion and I didn't have umbrellas or rain jackets, so we got
entirely soaked, but because we were all having fun in the rain, it
was a really fun experience. Ex had a lot of fun laughing with her in
the rain, and such.
I love rain, but most of all, I love rainbows. When it rains, there's
always a chance that there's a rainbow. Just the same way, through
hard times come the blessings. We can't have one without the other.
We had an art night last week! That was really fun! There were only
nine people who came, but we created something really awesome! And we
got to share an inspiration message at the end, because our theme was
nature. We shared the message that all things we have come from God,
and because He loves us, He created us, and everything around us, and
takes care of us.
Many people who we talk to, when I introduce myself, they may ask
where I'm from. They get people from all over the world, so I could be
from Australia for all they know. But I am from America, which is a
place many of them have been, on homestays or otherwise. I forget
sometimes that I look different, and just think I'm a normal Japanese
person. But I can't think that way and actually be aware of --- hey,
an earthquake just happened! (If you wanted to know) only five seconds
long. Just ended.
The fact is, that when people stare at you, it means they want to talk
to you. I get to talk to a lot of people.
I'll just end this email here. I love everyone! Thanks for all the
support and prayers!
Today, I just pondered the words from the hymn "called to serve". "God
our strength will be!" The reality of that statement is such an
amazing thing to me. Remember where you stand with God. He loves us,
each one of us, so deeply. That I testify of in the name of Jesus
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."