October 31, 2016
Hello Loved Ones!
How are you? Happy Halloween! Tomorrow you have Halloween, how fun! Mom I'm sure bought the king size candy bars and the kids have cute costumes. Can't wait to see! Hope it was a good week and everyone is well and happy.
Well this week was so busy it was insane ha as you could tell Monday we had zero time and then Tuesday we had our Halloween Party which was a blast. Monday we had a lesson with Kim, a women from Korea who I've talked about once before. It was a deep lesson, she has so many questions and just wants to know but it's been a little difficult to have her just have faith and trust in god. She wants to see proof. But the spirit led us so much in that lesson and I felt the confirmation of God being our father so many times in my heart as I testified of knowing he lives. So we will continue to meet with her and hope her faith grows and she can trust in god.
At the Halloween Party actually a referral we received from a member, Kyoko San, I talked about her last week and she came to the party. It was so great. And her member friend didn't even come, so that was like a huge miracle. But we had about a total of 90 people at our party so yeah it was crazy but what a good experience it was and the members were so awesome and helped a lot.
We also had interviews this week. Those are the best but I only have more with the amazing President Welch, how sad that is.
Friday was Rei Kun, (a less actives grandson I've talked about before I think) birthday. He turned 8 so now we are really pushing to teach him more and more because he loves missionaries, church, praying etc. so we hope we can teach him more. We always teach him and his neighbors . 30 minutes English and 30 minutes of a message. It's been going well. We just teach little by little and all of the kids are really loving the message time and always volunteer to pray and want to come to church etc.
we had the talent show. It was so busy and so much fun. The first part was like showing things you made, blankets, clothes, paintings, etc. Well while that was going on we had a missionary room that introduced us and what we do and how church works etc. It was great. We had a few members bring some friends as well and we were able to explain about our gospel and it went so good. Then to the performing part, and well I'll just say me and my companion rocked it ha we did the cup song from pitch perfect but to I am a child of God and I hope they call me on a mission. It was actually decently good haha
we saw some great miracles. The referral that came to the Halloween party, Kyoko San, came to church! And stayed the whole time, it was great. The ward was awesome with fellow shipping and did all they could to help her it was awesome. During third hour we had a lesson with her and our relief society president because it was combined and they were talking about Christmas and other things and we wanted to start from the beginning with her so. It went so well. She asked so many questions and was even saying I just have interest and want to know. It was so great. Our relief society president share such a strong testimony and related to her so well and she kept talking about how meeting her friend and now coming here has been a huge blessing and she thinks it's fate.
We also finally met a less active we have been trying to meet since I got here. Nitta Shimai is her name and her dad just passed away so we wanted to go show her some love and be able to talk a little about the blessing of the Plan of Salvation. Then she said she was in the middle of cleaning up so we asked if we could help and literally we have been wanting to do service all week and she agreed. Yes! As we cleaned we talked more about her testimony, experiences, etc and she has such strong faith, we are so excited to try and work with her more and get her to church.
Yes I have time to do the thought of the week. It's from the October Liahona and it's from an article that a member shared with our investigator and so I went home and read it after and loved this paragraph. Especially today I've been thinking about loved ones at home who are going through hard times right now with hard things.
"Let us realize that we all need to rely completely on the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement as we seek to do our part. In that humble recognition, let us seek to understand our families and neighbors in distress, reach out to them in love, and cultivate together greater faith and trust in the Savior, who will return and “wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain."
I know as we rely on the Saviors Atonement we can overcome any hardship whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Christ is the only person who knows how we feel and when we truly rely on that one person who understands more clearly then anyone else then we will find the way out of that hardship.
I love my Savior and I'm grateful for his sacrifice for me. He is the reason life is possible and joyful as we live it. I love Him. I love you all and miss you. I know God is watching over you and he loves you. Thanks for all you do. #RELY #SACRAFICE
"Thanks Aus and Devs family"
"You know what I like"
"Just another beautiful Japan sky"
"Our investigator birthday"
"Main eikaiwa party"
"Halloween Party time"
"Cute little one"
"Nice ones though"
"Best member ever haha"
"Oh thanks Aus!"
"More visiting teaching"