It seems every week when I begin my letters I just assume, this week I had more miracles than I will have in any other week in my entire mission, yet time and time again we are proven wrong here in Saijo. The Lord`s hand is truly in the work we are doing here and I am ever grateful for it. One miracle, our investigator Sho is getting close to baptism but feels that commandments take away his agency, specifically tea. He refuses to accept this commandment because to him it has no purpose because he believes tea is healthy. He says he will get baptized once he finds that `reason` which he doesn't have in his life right now, but that when he does get baptized, even though he will have to give up tea and his other things in life, he will have that new thing instead. Gods help and other things such as eternal salvation were discussed but not precisely his exact need at this point in his life, he is truly an interesting man. So we decided to fast for him to find his own reason and I am not sure if he found his reason or not but told us after a very difficult lesson that he doesn't need tea anymore and wants to be baptized. We had a lesson for about an hour and a half (way lame my apologies, too long of a lesson) about the blessings we receive when we are obedient to all commandments but at that time he wouldn't accept any of it, so we committed him to pray about it. Then after the lesson Son kyodai, another Chinese member spoke to him for about half an hour about the worries he expressed in our lesson, and despite his complaints about how Son kyodai talked to him too long, he randomly told us while walking back to the eki that he doesn't think tea would be a problem anymore and that he wants to get baptized and once again fully committed to his baptism in the first week of December! I was completely shocked and didn't understand his sudden change of heart but I'm thankful for the power of church attendance and the love of members in the ward.
That same member, has a close enough relationship with our other investigator Gary, that when Gary unfortunately got in a car accident this week, Son kyodai was the first person he called, despite only meeting him once which was actually about 2 months ago. Gary wants to get baptized as well, but his wife still will not allow him to come to church, so we are hoping to plan an activity soon with Gary and his wife and the Son kazoku.
Other miracles that happened this week was the news of our building here in Saijo. Thank you for your work you put forth to make this happen. I know this will help Saijo to literally explode when we are able to start meeting here. While praying this week on the vision of Saijo the thought came to me to do much of the same thing George McGlaughlin did in the power of everyday missionaries with watching the intro dvd every week except in Saijo we will have 1 member and 1 companionship to have the responsibility of bringing someone each week to this event and from this we will be able to help Saijo to explode. I have faith this will work and can't wait to implement it once we are able to start using the building. Thank you for your leadership. I love Saijo and know exciting things are to come. Thank you for the opportunity to work here.