Dear Family and friends,
I have been caused to reflect on the opportunities I have been given
as a missionary, in this time, in the mission I am serving. For
example, I can email my friends and family every week, without having
to wait three weeks for a letter to come, for which my family would
wait another three weeks to read my reply. I do not have to use a type
writer to write my letters, and I can read my emails on any given day
of the week, as long as I adhere to the mission rules regarding email.
I have a loving mission president, who trusts his missionaries, and
allows us as much agency as we could possibly hold. We have been given
the advantage of using Facebook to send uplifting messages and posts,
which can not only be seen by those in our areas in which we are
serving, but by those who live across the world! What a gift!
There's a primary song that says, "The Lord has blessed me in many
ways" and I love to count the blessings. As a missionary, life is
rough, but at the same time, The Lord has promised us great joy, if we
will thrust in our sickle without might. These people need what we
have. The time has come for members and missionaries to work together.
The missionaries, though called of God, cannot do it alone.
So, there is a period between the time your transferring companion
gets on a train, and the time your new companion arrives. Usually, you
need to wait with a missionary of your same gender, but if you live in
Kofu... You are so far away, that it cannot be done reasonably. So,
President Wada advises those kinds of situations to be dealt with in
his way: have a member stay with you until your companion arrives. So,
Akamatsu Shimai and I searched for a member who wouldn't be busy in
the middle of the day. And we found Mochitsuki Shimai! She came and we
saw Sister Akamatsu leave on her train for her new area, and then, we
talked about what we were going to do for the hour and a half until my
companion arrived. I had intended to pass out English Class flyers at
the station, and though I thought I would be doing it alone, since
that's missionary work, and she was doing enough by just being there,
she offered to help. We passed out flyers for nearly the entire hour
and a half, until we completely ran out, and had to wait for the
Elders to come to the station. It was so much fun, and we passed out
all the flyers I had! Never underestimate something as simple as just
going and being with a missionary. We need you, so much.
Another blessing that has recently come is this: when I first came to
Kofu, I wanted to clean up the apartment! And now, the bathroom floor
has been fixed, and our tatami was replaced! Wow! It's a totally new
apartment! I can't believe it!
So next week, we get to go to the temple! I'm excited, because next
week is also Zone Conference! やった！
Lots of friends in Kofu! Love this place. The grapes here are the best
in the world! Literally. If I could send some home, I would.
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."