Happy Thanksgiving!! So this week was good! We were able to meet quite a few people this week! We met with Oota San and taught her about the importance of Relief Society and the Priesthood. She is so wonderful and she is basically like a member. She comes to church every week. She reads the Book of Mormon everyday and prays everyday. Plus she has a subscription to the Liahona and reads it every month! We are so grateful for her and her wonderful example. This week we had our lesson with a member. Noto Shimai. And being the sweet lady that she is, she was talking to Oota San about baptism. She currently has a baptismal date for January 31st, but us, as well as all the members, feel that she is ready for baptism! So Noto Shimai tried to convince Oota San that she should move up the date, so that I would be able to see it before I go home. But Oota San is kind of stubborn and set in her ways so she just politely says, 'No that's ok, I think January will be a good time to have a baptism.' It was super cute and sweet! :)
Then we were also able to meet Yoshida San this week! We haven't been able to meet her recently because her health hasn't been very good, so she has been going to the hospital a lot. The last time we met her we were able to give her a Book of Mormon. And since then she has read the whole beginning part and some of 1 Nephi!! We were so happy and excited to hear that. She says that it's really hard to understand because there is so many different names and she doesn't know who all the people are. But she said that she really wanted to keep reading. In our lesson we talked more about Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith. She was really interested in Joseph Smith and the whole time she just kept saying how it all makes sense. And she kept saying that his story sounded familiar to her before. At first I was thinking, has she met the missionaries before and heard this lesson? But she has never heard of our church before, and she's told us that she has never met any missionaries before. In PMG (Preach My Gospel), there is a section that says that when people hear our message it will sound familiar to them. I've only had that happen one other time on my mission, but I think it is so true. Everyone has heard the gospel before. They just don't remember. But when they hear it, if their heart is open then it will make sense to them. So it's up to us to help them find the truth that they have just forgotten.
In church yesterday, one of the counselors in the Bishopric gave a talk on the Conference talk by President Uchtdorf from Priesthood session. If you haven't read it please do!! It's called 'Lord, Is It I?' I started reading through it as the counselor was giving his talk and just could not stop the tears as I read the words. I'll let you read it for yourselves, but I really learned a lot from it. There are no perfect people in this world. We know that, but often we forget that we too are imperfect. Let us not point fingers at other, but rather look inside ourselves and try to fix ourselves, before we try to fix other people. I know it's hard, but I know that through the Savior we can all receive healing for the parts that need fixing.
I love you all! Thanks for everything!
Link to President Uchtdorf's talk: https://www.lds.org/general-
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