Sorry I didn’t write last week, we were gone the entire day up to the mountains! We saw Mt. Aso, a volcano, a gorge, and lots and lots of pretty views! It felt so good to be in the mountains again! I took lots of pics, I will maybe send them in a couple of weeks when I have some more time.
First off: Mel and Walt…CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Wow, Phoebe Sage, cute! How big was she? When exactly was she born? Do you have anymore pictures. Thank you Pap for the one you sent!! Oh, and Walt, good luck in the Bishopbric! That is awesome. You will do a great job.
Rachel and Walt: Happy Birthday yesterday! I hope you have lots of fun. Eat lots of cake, and don’t burn the house down with all of the candles!
OK, these last couple of weeks have been very, very busy! The stake president was changed last week, so we had Elder Evans visit. He is amazing! We were able to participate in the Saturday Evening session where he spoke directly to the YSA. He gave great advice about praying, making choices, etc. He was such a powerful, humble speaker. You could almost cut the spirit with a knife.
We are teaching the “Catholic” lady, she still won’t take the BOM, but we got her to commit to praying. She is really fascinated with the fact we have a living prophet. So are next lesson will get her to commit to read the BOM and pray about it.
Eri’s baptism is this Saturday! Yeah! She turns 20, so she won’t need parents permission. She really loves the church. She reads the BOM daily. Her faith is amazing. I am so excited that I get to see her baptism….I’ve been able to be with her through the whole process!
The next transfer is the 13. I have a feeling I might be leaving Kumamoto, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see!
Oh yeah, I was able to go Trick-or-Treating! One of our investigators teaches a little kid English class, so she had a party and we went to several stores where the kids “trick or treated” and received candy that had already been passed out. They really had no idea what they were doing, but it was a blast!
We had a big Halloween party for the four wards here that was a big hit. It was like a mini festival! Games, candy, pumpkin pie, the whole lot! Most of the people were non-members and everyone had a family picture taken, and we as missionaries now have the chance to take it to their homes and try to also deliver a little spiritual message. Whoohoo! New investigators!
I have to say that something I have been studying a lot lately is the Holy Ghost. It is essential to the work! I know I can’t do any of this on my own. As I read the scriptures or study PMG I really focus on what I feel in my heart. It is amazing what the difference is. I can say that my testimony is strengthening every day. I can’t wait to get out and tell people the joyful news of the gospel! Everyone…it is TRUE! I don’t think I ever really grasped it before my mission. Now I am only beginning to. But I feel as Lehi did when he ate the fruit from the tree of life: it is the sweetest above all and I want everyone to eat of it. Please read your scriptures daily. Please read the ensign. What good is a living prophet if we don’t feast on his words!??? I have realized that a testimony comes one step at a time, and we must continually climb.
One last interesting little thing from last week. We visited one of our Eikaiwa students who loves American movies (she is in her late 60’s , but loves all the old movies and new movies) I was embarrassed when I had to explain to her that everyone in America doesn’t think of sex as a game. Everyone doesn’t drink all the time. How annoying that the movie industry is shaping our image! And it is not a very good one! No wonder people
think we are a corrupt society. How very sad. At least I was able to straighten out one persons view.
Good luck voting! Let me know how things go! Oh, Ode, thanks for the pics! Wow, you and Jess, married! That is the first picture I have seen of you as husband and wife! Glad you had fun in Sanfran. I hope halloween was fun. Please send some pics! Mom and Pap (and Dave and Marsha) how goes the cruise??? I’ll let you know that before I even got your email, I was praying that you could find people. Thank you for always setting a missionary example, everywhere you go!!!
Oh, and for some reason a lot of the emails from the 20 didn’t come through until today. Thank you Chum for you voting advice (actually me and the Prisbey’s are sending them out today, special mail), and sorry Kimbob, I didn’t get yours either. How are your munchkins????
Everyone, I love you lots and lots. Have a great week! Let me know any cool news about the elections. Thanks!