"Nailed it!" ^^;; that actually doesn't work in Japan, but we enjoy saying it here. Kugi is a nail. and shimashita is "did".. Hard to explain really, but it translates to "Nailed it"
Well, I'm quite often reminded that God loves me. Here's a story from yesterday, as written in my journal. (I didn't avctually finish the journal entry, but I'll finish it in the email.
"Ok, during hosting today, I hosted thje Nihonjin, and then, when I went back to the curb, and saw a big white van with a large family there. As I surveyed the scene, I noticed that they were all pretty dressed up. I was trying to figure out who the missionary was: Elder or Sister? Because the host there was an Elder. If [the new missionary] was a sister, I claimed her. Then, I figured it was, so I approached. "Tiffany?" I heard my name from behind me, quickly turned around to see faces I knew: THE ENTIRE PACE FAMILY! Right there! I hugged Sister Pace! ^.^ She's the one who said my name. Then I jump-hugged (attacked, really) Sarah Pace! I screamed (literally)."
So it turns out that Sarah entered the MTC yesterday! And I got to host her! She lives one floor below mine in the residence, and I briefly visited her last night. ^^ Best thing ever. (I really should've recognized the van.... )
Well, I cannot fully describe in detail the entire week, because of the amazing things that have happened therein. Easter was amazing. We had a giant, entire MTC together, sacrament meeting. President Uchtdorf presided at the meeting. It was realy amazing to be partaking of the sacrament: First, with over a thousand other people; Second, With one of the Frist Presidency. He spoke to us about being fearless. He alked about a missionary whose parents had begged him no to serve a mission, but he chose to, because he loved God. In every situation, he was a fearless, bold missionary, talking to every single person he could. With his companions, he was patient. He never served in a leadership position on his mission. But he did serve as senior companion for several new missionaries. Every morning, he would look in the mirror, and say, "I fear no man."
The definition of overbearance is boldness without love. If you truly love, there is no such thing as too bold.
Then, on Tuesday, Elder Dallin H Oaks was here, and spoke at the Devotional. He and his sweet wife. He spokeabout missionary work as missionaries. We have these three main challenges:-To change. We need to break free of prior patterns. -To achieve. To achieve some specific skills or to qualify for particular responsibilities. -Last of all, and perhaps the most important: To become. In order to become, we must have something happen within us. We must become converted. To Jesus Christ. We must have a change of heart.
He gave these points of advice:1. Physical Health. We are precious possessions of the Lord. Get good nutrition and exercise. Take the medicines prescribed to you: The Lord helps those who help themselves. 2. Instruments in His Hands. Alma 17.3. Prepare yourselves to act in His service.4. Remember who you are5. Work to establish the church-finding, teaching, retaining, and reactivating 6. Teach and Testify.7. Get commitments. This mission isn't about your teaching. It is about the investigators' learning.8. Nurture. They need continuing help.
Lastly, conversion is no and event that precedes baptism, but that follow baptism, and continues until the end.
Well, I should be sending out more emails wih pictures atached, hopefully. We'll see.
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."