Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Day!! Endo Family Baptism

   Ok so basically this week has been the most hectic, most crazy, most busy, most special, most rewarding and most amazing week ever!!! But I have to start from the beginning. :)
   Monday: P-day. We had a normal day just getting everything ready for the week. Going shopping, emailing. Then we went to lunch with our entire district. We went to a place called Matsuria. It's a really nice sushi place and aparently it has some of the best sushi on Hokkaido. And it was super, super good, but it was also really expensive. I think I spent a total of $12 on 4 small plates of sushi. Like I said it was good, but I probably won't be going back. :) Then that night we had FHE with President and Sister Evans. They hold it once a month for missionaries and their investigators. So we got to go with the Endo family. The mom works close to where the Evans live (in the middle of Sapporo). So we had to pick up the 3 girls and get them to FHE. We took 1 bus and 2 subways to get there. It must have been a pretty interesting sight seeing these 2 American girls running around Sapporo with 3 little girls. :) It was really fun though! 
        *Also that day we had the most amazing miracle happen. We took a bus back out to Shinoro from Sapporo. And sometimes the bus can be a little confusing since we can't read any of the stops or anything. But we took this bus thinking it would take us close to our apartment. But we were wrong and the final stop was still way far from out apartment (at this point it was almost 10pm) So it was dark and we had to walk back to our apartment (about 30 min. away). We were freaking out a little bit because it was so dark, and late, plus we live out in the country so there are no lights on the streets. So Vielstich Shimai says that we need to say a prayer to make it back home safely. So we stop say a pray and literally 1 minute later we see a taxi!!! I have never seen a taxi on this road before! And the crazy thing was that the driver said that he normally doesn't take this road, but decided to tonight. Crazy miracle and I know that the Lord really does watch over us where ever we are!
   Tuesday: Nothing really speacial today except for the fact that we had Eikaiwa (English Class). All three of the Endo girls came and it was really fun.
   Wednesday: In the morning we had a special meeting with all the Missionaries on Hokkaido because Elder Christofferson came to visit our mission!!! It was so cool having all the missionaries from the mission together in one place and having the opportunity to hear an Apostle of God come and talk to us!!! It was really a wondrful experience that I will never forget. He talked about lots of different things, but what I really liked was what he said about becoming more Christlike. He said that it's great for all of us to strive to be more faithful, more patient, more charitable etc. But if we just love everyone the way that God does, seeing everyone for what they are truly worth, then we won't need to work as hard to love and serve others. It will just come naturally. Isn't that great?!?! I just love that perspective of how we can better serve all of our brothers and sisters!
       Then that night there was another big fireside for all the members here on Hokkaido. And the Endo family was able to come!!!!! Which made us soooooo happy!!! We went over to their house to make dinner with the girls (good old American Mac and Cheese  - I swear no matter where you live every little kid loves it!! :) Then one of the members from the ward was nice enough to pick us up and take us to the fireside. I got to sit up on the stand and sing with the choir during the fireside (I don't know why people here have this idea that I can sing, but.....) it was really great to be able to sit so close to Elder Christoffereson. At the fireside he talked about the importance of the temple (since the temple in Sapporo will hopefully be done within the next year or two) and how everyone should be preparing for the special day when the people of Hokkaido will have their own temple. It was a really great talk! And we were so so so happy the Endo family could come!
   Thursday: Today we practiced with the Endo family for their baptismal interview. It went really good and we just cleared up some final details for the baptismon Saturday.
   Friday: Interview day!! They all passed with flying colors! Yay!
   Saturday: In the morning we went to Undo Kai. Basically it's a school event where all the kids have races and relays and things and all the parents come to watch and cheer their kids on. It was so fun and also really warm! It's finally summer!! Then that night we had the baptism for all 4 Endo girls! And the great thing was that President Evans (the mission president) was able to come! It was a really special experience. We had so many people show up and we really couldn't have pulled it off without the wards help! The spirit was so strong and we all just could not stop smiling the whole night!
   Sunday: At church they were officially confirmed members of the church. They are so wonderful and we are so excited for them! 
   Thanks for all of the prayers that were said in their behalf! I know every single one of them helped!! 
   Hope you all have a great week!! Much love!!!
Morrison Shimai

1 comment:

  1. We were so happy to see you, Sister Jazmyne Morrison!!