Sunday, July 13, 2014
Well we had transfers this last week and yep I am still in Hakodate. But my beloved companion Yabutani Shimai returned home to Osaka. It was so sad to say goodbye to her, she was a great companion, and I will really miss her a lot! But I'm excited for this next transfer with my new companion, Holt Shimai. She is from Herriman, Utah. Her and I had the same trainer and our first area was Obihiro, so it's been fun reminiscing about all the members and investigators there. :)
This week we found the most wonderful PI (potential investigator). Her name is Watanabe San. She is a young mom with the most adorable twin girls! They are only 2 years old. So we found her when we were housing on Friday. At first she told us that she wasn't interested, and usually when people do that we always tell them about the free English Classes that we teach every week. So we told her about it and she got so excited and said that she wanted to come. So right now she says that she doesn't have interest in the gospel, but hopefully once she come to our English class she will become interested. There are so many people here in Japan who were first introduced to the church through English class, It's a really great way to meet people and get to be their friend! So I will let you know if she comes to English class next week!
This week we also had a ward BBQ (and no, not because it was the 4th of July :)). There was a really good turn out from the ward! We don't always have a ton of opportunities to interact with all the ward members outside of church because they all live so far away. But when we do have ward activities they are always so fun and welcoming.
I'm excited for the opportunity to continue to be working in Hakodate!! I know we are going to have a wonderful transfer full of miracles and new investigators! Thanks for all your support and love! This is the Lord's work and he is guiding it. He will not let us fail.
Love you all! Thanks so much!! Have a great week!
Squid What?? This girl has changed!
With Chise San
Monday, July 7, 2014
So this week I realized there is truly power in being a foreigner in another country. I mean, I've noticed it before. People staring at me. Asking if they can touch my hair. The usual. But last Monday we decided to get up early and go and exercise at one of the famous parks here in Hakodate. It's a huge park with a lake and trees and flowers. Absolutely beautiful. Well atevery morning there is a group of grandmas and grandpas that get together and do "taiso". It's like an organized stretching routine that everyone knows in Japan. So we decided to join them. And one by one they all started coming up to me and Yabutani Shimai. They asked her where I was from and then I answered and said that I was from America, they were so shocked that I could speak Japanese. So they were just talking and talking with us and it was really so cute! And we even got chocolate from one of the grandmas because she said I was so happy and deserved a treat! haha. :) It makes missionary work so much more interesting when people come up to you and ask, "so why are you here"? And then I just think, "well let me tell you a little bit about our church...". Definitely the easiest way to find people to teach! :)
Then President Nakatsuka talked about Obedience. It was so good! The topic of obedience is something that I have really been thinking and studying about recently. I have been studying about what it means to truly be 100% obedient or to always be exactly obedient. He talked about how there was one major difference between the Law of Moses and Jesus Christ's higher law. The people who followed the Law of Moses, did it mainly because they had to. But it was the people who followed Christ who were willing to obey the law. So we can be following the rules and commandment because we feel that we have to OR we can follow them because we are willing to do so. If we willingly follow rules and commandment then we will be blessed and have more joy. It was really great and I really learned about the true meaning of obedience. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of His children and gave us rules in order to help us and protect us. I know that if we willingly follow Him, he will guide us and lead us along the path so that we will not stray!
I love you all! Thanks so much for all your love and support! Have a wonderful week!
Fun at the beach in Hakodate
with Yabutani Shimai
Burial of Yabutani Shimai - She goes home this week!
Squid are famous in Hakodate