Dear friends and family,
Sorry for the hiccup last week. :)
This week has been pretty good. We had a lesson with a recent convert, and we hiked up the mountain to make it to her house. There's a tunnel there that has chairs in it (pretty random) and so we sometimes sit there to take a break. This time, we were talking to a wonderful lady the whole way up the mountain. We were walking the same direction, striked up a conversation and were talking the whole way up.
I really enjoyed the lesson, though sometimes I still have no idea what's going on. ^.^
The next day was temple Pday〜hooray! It felt like it had been forever since I'd been to the temple. Wow. Loved it. Got to meet a sister from the Ward I had been in last year, in Kofu. We talked a while and encouraged each other.
Then I met up with a couple other sisters I knew. I had a good day. That day was awesome.
The next day, we were in the middle of weekly planning when we get a call from a sister in the Ward, saying she signed up for a meal with us on the missionary meal calendar being passed around, but we hadn't contacted her, so she just wanted to call and see if we had received it. Ahaha.. We hadn't! So, we had a surprise change in plans, and rushed over to their house. I'm borrowing an elder's bike right now because mine still hasn't made it here from Shonan area. ^.^ that had been another adventure, an lots of calls to the missiona office, Shonan sisters, and just all over the place. It's not lost, just the bag is too small for my bike and it just wouldn't go in this time around, so they're sending a bigger bike bag.
Well, then on Thursday , we were both way under the weather. Ended up having to rest the whole day! >.< but we went to English class. Brother Lewis, who is absolutely fluent in Japanese taught our class for us. Phew. He is a great teacher! Whoa! I was surprised. It made me want to work on my teaching skills. Yeah!
Friday- Pioneer Day. We had a celebration near the base. What an experience, and I mean it. There were Japanese Eikaiwa students and also a ton on American children. :) we heard a great pioneer story from Elder Thunell, who's wife I love so much. They're the senior couple here on the base. They don't live on the base, but they teach member families and such. They do a lot for us. Yesterday, they fed us lasagna. It was so good. And messy! Haha.
On Saturday, we had a zone blitz. We all got together and dendo-ed ! (Dendo is the word for proselyte but is also means just missionary work, too. Yeah. Well, it sounds cooler in Japanese.) Lots of miracles. We met a man who was not going to talk very long. We approached him, saying, "we're church volunteer missionaries of the church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints," and he immediately rejected us, saying that he was Buddhist. But he was a kind man, so we got to talk to him for a little while longer about family history. He has actually done some researching on his family, which I think is quite rare. He made it seem like it wasn't, but anyhow, we talked to him for a while, and then we handed him a "I'm a Mormon" flyer with the church address on it. And he saw that and asked us, "Are you Mormon?!" (we had actually been talking to him for quite a few minutes by this time, but) He seemed pretty surprised! Then he told us of how he had been to Utah, and temple square, and just all that stuff. I don't know how God works, but I do know that He loves us. Wow.
So my companion met a man, too (for some reason when we stopped couples, the men seemed to be more talkative about religion..) and then he came to church he very next day, had a great experience, and even posted about it on Facebook, about how he cried. I gave a talk yesterday, on the first principle of the gospel. Which is faith. I honestly wasn't prepared, but I figured that even if I spent a ton of time on it, I would probably change what I wanted to say anyway... And I did, a little. I got up, and started tripping over all my words. Nothing was coming out right. And then I shoved the Book of Mormon I was holding out so everyone could see, and began testifying about how this book helped my life. The Spirit was really amazing, and took right over.
Today, we went all around the end of the peninsula, and saw a ton of ocean. Whoa!
Love you all!Sister Blake
1 and 2- today's adventure
3- temple Pday
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."