Dear Family and Friends,
This week, I felt like I was going crazy out of my mind! Wow, what a busy week, and yet it was full of miracles! I am not sure which ones to focus on, and which ones to leave out, and I just want to be so grateful for my companion. and for the wonderful days here in Japan.
Just today, my companion and I were walking on our way to the church, and we call out "hello" (in Japanese) to this cute old couple and they said hello back, and then the man said to his wife "Wow, their Japanese is so good!" Hahaha..
There are so many Americans here in Yokosuka, because of the military base. It has been fun to just experience that. I don't get a ton of weird stares because I'm not Japanese, at least, no until I start speaking! Then they are really confused, because they know many Americans, but there are so few who can actually speak the language. Then they ask why, and we tell them, we're church volunteers. Will you come to church to see what it's like?
I realize how kind and soft the people of Japan are. Just the other day, I was on a train, and I watched a Japanese lady give up her seat so that a man could sit with his wife. He kept saying "no, please, please," motioning for her to take her seat again, but she was kind, and he was able to sit with his wife. I am so astonished at the kindness that is so embedded in the hearts of the men and women and children in Japan.
I want to share an experience we had with an investigator this week. She has been taking lessons since January, and is slowly learning. She is so full of light. I was in Yamate on Companion Exchanges, but I told my companion to call her and tell her that I really want her to go to a baptismal service being held in Kamiooka. She called, and relayed the information, she did her best! Sister Watanabe helped out, and then the investigator asked when we should meet! Hooray! On Saturday we went with her, telling her that it was a field trip. I promised her we would teach about repentance that week, and Baptism is a great opportunity to use! The Sister who received baptism was so ready. and so amazing, that our investigator was incredibly touched. We talked after ward, and she really is happy she could go.
And I went on companion exchanges with Sister Smiley, who read my blog before coming out here. ^.^ And that was really fun. They have a few investigators themselves who are progressing. The zone is seeing a ton of progress and miracles. I am happy to be here.
In my moments of craziness and braindeadness, I reflect on what I need to do. I just go back to the basics. Oh, and this last week, a really great thing was that we had Zone Conference! Hooray! It was a wonderful one. It was very much about repentance. I love repentance now! Alma 36. Ether 12:27.
My last testimony. Wow. I had no idea what to say, so I testified of the things I learned from the bottom of my heart. I will be sad to leave the mission. Especially saying goodbye to President and Sister Wada.
Yesterday at church, President Wada came. He introduced himself as the Elders' dad! Haha!
Love you all!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."