Wow! So, hello dear friends and family!
How's it going? I'm hearing a lot from you, and I can't wait to
receive your emails every week! So this week has been one of
unspeakable joy, for sure. God gives us many many miracles! Every
I suppose I'll quote from my journal:
November 6, 2014 Thursday
"We did service today! We worked at the Osada's Rice field!
Apparently, my skin is allergic to stalks of rice. There's a rash all
on my forearms. But thanks to my beloved Sister Clark's hydrocortisone
cream, it's all gotten better!
Today made me want to live in Fuefuki (this is the city they live in),
own an old house, and a field, and just hop into the Totoro story for
the rest of... And then my arms got rashes ^.^ Well, you know what
they say about staying focused on your missions!"
It didn't take very long for me to refocus that day, for sure. Almost
all the time, as I talk to people here in Japan, they ask me what I
think of Japan. My response is, "I love it! I have always wanted to
come here!" Then they ask me how long I've been here, and I say, six
months. No matter how long you've been here, people are always
So, I know that I haven't mentioned this yet(?)-- there are
convenience stores everywhere! And one of the best convenience stores,
and most popular, is 7-eleven! But, there are not many gas stations
around, at least definitely not so much as there are convenience
stores! And guess what they sell at these convenience stores! Onigiri,
all different sorts of bread treats, and bento. It is so nice! And
they are much healthier! (The reason I brought this up is because I
also wrote in my journal how surprised I'll be when I go back to
America, and there are no more rice balls at convenience stores)
Elder Whiting of the Seventy visited Kofu Ward yesterday! He and his
wife are so amazing! I still remember when he and his wife spoke at
the MTC while I was there. Both of them served missions in the Japan
Tokyo North Mission! So it was so nice for the ward members to be able
to hear the General Authority who came speak in their own language!
They were happy!
Ok, so for the title of this email, I suppose it deserves an
explanation. This last week, around the beginning of November, the
Stake Presidency here in the Machida Stake sent out an email, entitled
The Forty Day Fast. And that is, that we all, as a stake, are taking
turns on certain days to fast for missionary work to progress, and the
work of salvation to continue on. Ours has not come yet. But they are
collecting the miracles that each person sees as they fast, and
sending them out to everyone. And one of the wonderful counsellors in
the Stake presidency includes bits of English for the missionaries.
Recently, he collected from the missionaries all the people who have
agreed to be baptized on a specific day, so that the members could
pray for them. And up until last night, we did not have anyone. Last
night was a very special lesson, with a very special woman, at a very
special member couple's home. The Spirit was definitely there the
whole time, and we were able to talk about everything for her. Her
son, who is a member, was there, and it was very touching.
Well, I will leave you on this note. There is no better thing than to
serve the Lord, our Master.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."