Dear Family and Friends,
Today, I just want to say--there were many miracles. I don't think
I'll get to write them all in this short time, but I'll just do my
Well, we're trying to start this thing called Nemawashi which
basically means digging around the roots. You might ask, "what on
earth does gardening have to do with missionary work?" Well, my
friend, just ponder this for a second. The scriptures says that "all
things denote there is a God" and that is definitely applicable here.
Well, actually, the Japanese use this word to mean coordinating with
people before a meeting, so that when you get to the meeting, you only
have to talk about the most important details, because you've already
talked about all the small stuff beforehand. So, we've been trying to
get a Nemawashi email sent to the ward council by Wednesday each week.
With pictures. But the time we remember to ask our investigators or
the ones we visit if we can take a picture together, were already out
the door, on our bikes, about to take off to go somewhere else.
Well, also this week, we experienced a lot of trials, as rejections
seemed to be common, especially with those we invited before, but then
they didn't want to meet. But then, we had many other interesting
things happen. We met three missionaries of a different religion on
the corner.they were passing out flyers or something... But when we
said hello to them, they immediately approached us. And began to try
to teach us. But as we talked, my companion and I got to explain what
we believe and the Book of Mormon, and we invited them to read and
pray about it. They all walked away with their own copy of the Book of
That is not the best miracle we've had this week. I think one of my
dearest experiences I have had on the street talking to people
happened just two days ago. We met a beautiful woman who when she saw
us, she glanced at our Book of Mormon that we had in our hands.when we
began to talk, she opened up that she once had been given a copy of
the Book of Mormon by two Elders some time ago when she lived in
England. Wow! She had read some of it, but it didn't really make too
much of an impact on her. However, as we talked, I felt the Spirit
testify so strongly through me to her that I know how true this book
is,and that it has the word of God written in it. We truly can become
closer to God as we read, ponder, and apply what the prophets of old
have written in the Book of Mormon.
I loved that experience. It was sweet to see how God had guided us that day.
Just know that God loves us, and we need not fear. I received this
week in an email my release date letter. So, I will be a missionary
until the 25th of September. It is so short, but I know that I can do
my very best until the very end. Those who do their best in the last
six months of their mission will go home with their heads held high,
knowing that they have done their very best. I thought about it, and
it's right, not only about missionary work, but this is about life,
too. Unlike my release date, we have no idea when we will be called to
the other side of the veil. We must be always doing our very best so
that when we go to the Spirit World, we can walk with our heads held
high knowing that we did our very best, to help ourselves and our
friends and family return back to Heaven.
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."