Wednesday, September 28, 2016

16 May 2015 - Ohayogozaimsu Kazoku (Good Morning Family) - Last P-Day

Ohayogozaimasu kazoku,

Sorry we didn't have time to email yesterday. We had some stuff we had to do for the Ward.

Well this week was good. We mostly just did transfers. Elder Nelson down from Okinawa came up to be the new AP. He's just a way good man.  I'm super excited for he and Elder Hoskins and what they will be able to accomplish. 

One of the investigators we are teaching right now has been super prepared in his life. He told us about numerous experiences he's had that led him to know there is a God and told us he feels like there is a reason he has had these experiences and has been searching for God for a good part of his life. He's the kind of investigator that every time you ask a question he just gives the perfect answer. Has always wanted to find what is correct in life. He wants God's guidance in his life. He felt warmth and peace when he read the Book of Mormon the first time... His name is Kasamura san keep him in your prayers!

Well its weird to think today is my last p day. I've definitely learned tons over the past two years. Here are some of the things my mission has taught me.

1. Don't complain. Complaining comes from your pride and your lack of faith to carry out a certain task. In everything you do, you can think of it like 1 Nephi 3:5 ( And now, behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord).or 1 Nephi 3:7 ( And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.).

2. Before I came out here on my mission,  I thought about my future and I had set 1 goal for myself. That was to be able to better understand the feelings of the Spirit and when God is communicating to me. I know without a doubt God is trying to reach out to each and everyone of us, it just takes time to recognize these feelings. I now know how to recognize promptings and what we must first do to recognize it. 

3. Unconditional service is the key to lasting happiness. Forget about yourself if you want to be happy.

4. Emailing is a lazy man's way of communication. If you want to get something done, call them and talk to them. Don't text.
5. God doesn't necessarily care about the things that we are doing, he cares about our heart. The commandments we live, the things we do, it is all simply ways the Lord has provided so we can better live with peace in our heart. On the other hand we can be keeping the commandments, going to church every Sunday, etc. and not feeling a remission of our sins if our heart is not in the right place, recognizing why we are here doing these things. Our actions must reflect our heart, not the other way around. 

6. Heavenly Father has a loving relationship we will never be able to fully comprehend. 

7. The biggest thing I learned - The results that come from relying on the Lord and receiving blessings from the Atonement. I have seen my weaknesses become strengths by the enabling power of the Atonement, simply by desire. Trying to do everything yourself is prideful and you won't accomplish much. Rely on the Lord and everything falls into place. 

There are still tons of things I don't know, things I don't understand, even things about the church that still might not make sense to me, but I know the gospel has been restored through Joseph Smith and we have been provided with life's answers to happiness, peace, and the help we need to succeed. If you don't believe in God, believe there is no way God and Christ could appear to a 14 year old boy, talk to the missionaries. I never expected the experiences I have had over the last 2 years. God and Christ have worked through me, a simple 19, 20 year old who can't even speak Japanese, to solve 20, 30, 40 and 70 year old peoples' struggles, concerns. I have no clue how to help these people, I have no clue what they have experienced in their life, but we meet them everyday. We can feel the Spirit working through us and we see their burdens being lifted off. We ask people to stop smoking, come to church every Sunday, quit work to make it happen, start reading and praying everyday, start paying some of the little money they have to a 10% tithing, break up with your girlfriend and move out. Any 19 or 20 year old that asked you to do this, you would tell them to get lost. It is impossible. But God communicates with these people, and they give everything for this feeling they have never felt before. God wants to help you, he loves you, Christ is the way. 

Much love,

Elder Bloomfield 
Baseball Game in Fukuoka

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8 May 2015 - Completed Training's

Well this week we just carried out the rest of the training's. It was super fun, we trained on planning, contacting people in finding, and then went out with everyone and dendoed near the church for about an hour and a half to apply the training. I think in the last week I worked with about 8 different missionaries. It was super good. 

Also I lost my phone on one of the buses in Fukuoka.  When I finally got it just a couple days later I had 9 missed calls and 14 emails.   Woops!   Sometimes I forget how often we make phone calls. 

Well we need to take some of the reports to the Stake Presidents so we are off but I hope everyone is doing well! Happy haha, No "hi" to all. I will send a couple of the pics from Okinawa. 

Elder Bloomfield
Flying to Okinawa





Flying to Okinawa


"Hitting it hard"

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Monday, September 26, 2016

2 May 2015 - Ipad Training, Essentials for life

Hey fam, 

We finished the iPad training this week. In the training's we mainly just set them all up, trained on in what ways to use it effectively in the work and such, but the most important part was the safeguards part that Kaicho trained on. Most people probably don’t know one of the main reasons we are receiving the iPads, it is not just for the convenience in the work, but more for building the missionaries. One of the number one problems we have in the world right now is the technology we are using. People can't communicate, they just stare at the phones all the time, communicate by words on a screen, have social problems because they never leave their home, have different addictions to the internet.   Kaicho trained on how to build and learn now on our mission to provide a blessing for the rest of our life. We will be more apt to what the Spirit feels like, and what the feelings of the adversary are. When we have problems down the road in life, we can look back on the training's and spiritual help we got for our technology on our mission, to help solve our problems. When our children have problems with technology, addictions to things in the internet, we will be prepared and know how to help them. If you were wondering, that is the blessings that will reach far beyond being able to share a video with an investigator or keep your area book digitally.

The work is moving along and things are super good! Next week one of the Zone Leaders and I will go to 4 other zones to carry out a different training. 

Never ends right! 

Hope everyone is doing awesome! Alma 26: 27-28; 37. ( 27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.
 28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world—not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God.
 37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of everypeople, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.)

Times may get tough but God is watching over you so there's no reason to complain! 

Challenge for all of you, go an entire 24 hours without complaining once! You may realize your life is filled with much more ups than downs. 

Ganbatte!

Elder Bloomfield 





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Monday, April 27, 2015

25 April 2015 - If You Simply Reach Out to Him, He Will Help You.

Hey,

This week was interesting.  We had the iPad trainings in Kagoshima, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.  Fun facts of the week.  #1. We found an $80 flight to Okinawa.  That rickety old airplane barely made it there.  #2. We barely even made it on the $80 flight because Elder Hoskins and I were almost arrested at the airport.  That was fun!!  Not!!  Elder Hoskins forgot he had his knife in the pocket of his backpack, and lucky for us it was a good 8 cm one which apparently is illegal to even carry around in Japan.   Hah   They ran the backpack through the scanner about 3 or 4x and kept asking us do you have a knife?  And we just kept telling them of course not why would we have a knife.  But,  haha  then Elder Hoskins remembered he had the knife from fishing still in there and the next thing we knew, there were about 5 security guards around us.  Luckily, after explaining we were just gaijin missionaries, and then being complimented on our Japanese, they let us go 5 mins. before our plane took off.   Lucky for us, President had already gone through security and went to his gate so he didn't see any of it :)   But the trainings went well.   Got to see Sasaki choro again one last time.   He sure is a good man!

We worked with the Ginowan and Naha Zone Leaders a little bit while down in Okinawa. Funny/cool prayer experience we had.  One of the other companionships was having a baptism at 1pm so we only had an hour 12-1pm to go finding with them, but we set a goal to find someone to bring to the baptism.  We prayed and felt like we should work towards a specific traffic light, so we prayed again and planned with God to work in the direction of the traffic light and be there at about 12:50pm and prayed that person would be put in our path.  So, we tried talking to everyone we could, and close to the traffic light just after 12:50 we heard someone yell "hey are you the Mormons??  I'm Judy from Taiwan!"   We talked with Judy who is most likely one of the most entertaining/genki persons I've met in a while.  We were pretty surprised when we first met her, she told us she went to the English class missionaries taught in Taiwan and she recently came to Okinawa and had actually been praying to find the Mormon church again.   We asked her if she wanted to go check out the church and she just started jumping up and down in excitement.  Then as we were walking to the church I explained there was going to be a baptism, and how she would be able to feel peace during the baptism and she just told us "today is the best day ever!"  She was super funny and said many hilarious things as we brought her to the church and talked about the gospel.   More evidence that God is listening and watching you always.   If you simply reach out to Him, He will help you.

Hope everyone is doing well and genki!

Elder Bloomfield

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 I told my "new" friend Judy I had to leave to catch a flight and she thought I mean't I was going home to America, so she got all excited and wanted to take a picture with me.

I didn't have time to spit, I had to brush on the go.
This is the last picture with Sasaki choro.  It was taken just before leaving Okinawa. 
 
The following are some pictures that were taken by Uchida shimai that she sent me.








 
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17 April 2015 - Our Mission Has Joined the Digital Age.

Well this week we officially started off the digital age in our mission. At MLC we trained all the Zone and Sister Training Leaders about the iPads and such.

Also this week Elder Hoskins went to take his drivers test.  All went well until he ended up driving on the right side of the road.   Ha ha.   He ended up passing the second time. 
 
The DMV always brings great opportunities though.   You sit there for 4 hours with all the other people waiting to take your drivers test, so there is no where for them to go.   It works out great every time.   Please pray for Taka san, Kawachi san,  Yudonho,   Takehara and his friends, and Kasamura. Please pray for them that they will be able to come to church tomorrow! 
 
Well I hope everyone is doing well!   This week we will start the specialized trainings and go to each Zones for the next few weeks.   We've got some errands to run but I hope everyone is doing well!

Elder Bloomfield
 
 
 
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

11 April 2015 - "Give a Lil Service This Week and Your Problems Will Go Away."

Hey all,
So not much time. We were watching General Conference on the projector here in the office but we heard some members doing yard work outside of the temple and I got so excited!   So we paused General Conference to go and help clean the temple grounds and I got to do some yard work again.   It has been so long, it was awesome! 

Anyways not much time because we need to head out soon but this last week was basically just transfer stuff (training the Trainers, new missionary orientation, returning missionary stuff, etc.) Elder Saski was transferred to Okinawa for the last 2 transfers of his mission.  We are no longer companions.  Elder Hoskins from St. George, Utah is my new companion.

Last Sunday the mission was blessed with many Easter miracles.  We had some mission goals of helping investigators with baptismal dates as well as member friends and other non members to come to church on Easter to learn about the relevance of Easter!  At all of the churches in the mission we had a special Sunday School to teach about the Atonement and Resurrection, and show everyone the 'He Lives' video.   In addition, Saturday night all the missionaries in the mission all said a special prayer that the spirit would guide people in need of this gospel to come to church on Sunday, and on Sunday there were so many people throughout the mission that "met the missionaries a long time ago..." and "just decided" to come to church that day!   It was so amazing to see the Lord do His work.   On Easter Sunday as a mission the Sacrament Meeting attendance for non members as well as baptisms was more than 3 or 4x the average of most other weeks!  We were truly blessed and I know many people and hearts were comforted as they learned of the hope and blessings the gospel brings. 
General Conference has been awesome so far.  Hope everyone is doing well!  Give a lil service this week and your problems will go away.

Elder Bloomfield
 
Watching General Conference in the office with the projector.
 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

3 April 2015 - God Answers Prayers and This Gosple Blesses Lives.

Hey fam, 

This week was good.   Basically we just did transfer prep and such.   I attached a picture that Kaicho took of us.   I will share a quick story about it. 
 
We don't have a lot of our own dendo time as assistants, so we are always praying specifically that the Lord will put in our path people who are at a time in their life where they really need the gospel. Lately we have been blessed with various experiences of the Lord guiding these kinds of specific people into our path.   We were taking a quick break from all our transfer prep and so we went to the top of the hill (behind the temple) to take pictures of Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) before they all end and we ended up meeting this man.   I won't share everything we talked about because it was kind of personal but after talking to this man for a bit he ended up sharing with us that all of his children have passed away recently from sudden events and it has left him in a very difficult spot.   My heart really hurt for him as we talked to him and he explained his troubles in life and the pain he feels.   But he recognized the hope and truth from the blessings we promised to him and we saw him light up as he told us he has been searching for help and will come to church next week.   It is sometimes surprising to me that God trusts us teenagers/young adults to comfort those who are in need but I am so thankful!   It is interesting to think about sometimes that there are 40 or 50 or even 80 year old people who come to 20 year old boys and girls for answers to help with things they have been struggling with for years.   The truth is in the message we share and for all people!   We didn't know but apparently Kaicho went on a quick walk to get some exercise and found us and took these pictures as we were talking to him.  
 
God answers prayers and this gospel blesses lives.   There is no feeling greater than seeing the hope and peace people feel as they trust in the Lord and receive the blessings of the gospel no matter how difficult their life may be.   Alma 26:37!  ( 37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen).  I just don't get how God is so smart sometimes!   So genious!
 
Love you all and stay genki!

Elder Bloomfield
 
Pictures Kaicho took of Travis and Elder Sasaki visiting with the gentleman in the Park.

 
Not quite as big as the tree!!

Beautiful Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

People in Japan love Sakura season.  They all take picnics to the park and sit under the Sakura Trees.


Close Up

Not sure why his hand is on his head.

The Fukuoka LDS Temple, Sakura and Elder Bloomfield.  Three of Gods Awesome creations!!!
 
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