Dear Family and Friends,
Today isn't as cold as it has been, but it's been getting colder for
sure! Well, that means bundling up!
But this week has been awesome. A lot of finding, deep soul searching,
and seeking the will or the Lord as we go through everyday his week.
I've also started watching parts of the District again (it's a series
of videos brought out by the church in order to help learn our purpose
as missionaries). It has been really helpful to watch those again. I
learn so much every day from being a missionary. I love the mission,
and I love the people here. It seems like it hasn't been long since I
got here, but truthfully, I'm already almost halfway done. It's short.
I also can't believe I've been in Kofu for almost five months! What?!
I love the Ward here. It seems like they all like me too, but I'm
trying hard to be a good missionary. Sometimes when you're in a Ward
for a long time, you have to try extra harder, because you want to
keep improving, whether or not your circumstances are changing.
I think this last week has been a good example of what I would like to
have for the rest of my mission.
This last Tuesday, the Elders took us to show us where a referral
lives. Well, they found these people housing, and we wanted to meet
them, especially before the elders who knew them all transferred. So
we did it on Tuesday. It was the first day that the cold had set in,
and for some reason we decided to walk the whole way. It was quite the
We walked for about... Fifteen kilometers. I'm not sure what that adds
up to in miles, but it took a while. Then the sun set. Hahaha. It was
sooo cold! I wasn't wearing my coat, and I forgot to bring my gloves.
So at that, I would love to express my gratitude for a few things.
First, I am grateful for vending machines in Japan. If nothing else,
they have vending machines all around, even in the middle of the
country sides, or on the mountains (which is where we were at the
time), and secondly, I would like to express my gratitude for my
ancestors and other saints who crossed America without heaters and
often without shoes, in the middle of winter, and summer, and for as
long as it took.
Thinking of all this, I would rush to the vending machines, and order
hot chocolate from it. The first time I did, I just opened it (was in
a can, like soda) really quick, and then drank it, but then I
realized, by the example of the other missionaries, that I could keep
them in my pockets as hand warmers! So the next time, I bought two and
held them in my pockets. It kept us alive until we got home. Yep. And
we ate a conbini dinner (basically we ate a dinner of food bought from
the convenience store: tuna mayonnaise onigiri is my favorite! And
pizza bun. Been wanting to try a meat bun)
Well, we got back in time for Spanish Class taught by our friend Brother Ramos!
That was really good! Lately, a less active member has been coming
with her nonmember friend. It's good to see them. But it looks like
the class is going to have a break from Christmas until the end of
Well, this month for Eikaiwa (English Class) we have so much planned!
Last week we began class by singing Silent Night in English. We'll be
doing fun activities every week tied to Christmas. This next time will
be caroling, the time after that will be making Christmas decorations,
and the time after that will be the Eikaiwa Chirstmas Party! And after
that week, we have the Graduation Party! (Every six months, the
textbook ends, and we start over, so usually we hold a party of some
kind for the students)
Ok, so on Thursday, we did planning. And we went to another far place
in our area! Kobuchizawa! It was cold there, too. But apparently they
had it snow that morning! None of it stuck, so it was already gone by
the time we got there. We met with Natori Shimai. She fed us, and we
got share our favorite scriptures all together.
We got back to Kofu eki, and started walking home, but we saw a lady,
and talked to her. She talked with us, and almost immediately asked if
we were Mormons! I asked how she knew, and she stated that she had
interest in religion, but that she was 無宗教(literally means no
religion). We talked for a bit, and she told us how she's been having
a lot of hard times with her family, and with her health, and I was
able to testify about how I knew by my own experience how this could
help her. When I asked her if she wants to learn more,she said that
yes, she did! But she's very busy, and her schedule changes every
week. We'll meet! I know we will!
Well, I should probably end this email, but I just want to say that I
know that all missionaries never can regret their mission. Never,
ever. It is too good. It helps too much. There is no substitute for
it. I love it.
And God knows our needs. He will give us the answers, if we only ask
Him in the name of His Son. I testify of the power of the Holy Ghost,
and I can testify that standing before God with a pure heart is
possible, if repentance is done in His appointed way, and if we will
align our will, our hearts, our whole beings to God, He will make of
us what we want to become, whether or not we know that that's what we
desire to become. God loves us so much that He lets us choose whether
or not to receive these blessings. Sometimes, that means that others'
choices affect our lives. But God knows everything. He will give you
what you need to succeed.
Of this I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dear Family and Friends,
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."