First I will update on the progression of our investigator, Sho. He is just a couple of weeks away from his baptismal date. He is worried about having to keep all of the commandments and because of that our lesson on Monday was a bit rough. We were not teaching how we should have been, we were more focused on him keeping commitments to follow all of the commandments for baptism rather than teaching to all of his needs and teaching to help him personally to grow. As a result, the beginning of our lesson on Saturday he said he feels he wants to stop taking the lessons. He said he wants to be baptized one day, but maybe after he is married when it will be easier to keep all of the commandments. We listened to all of his concerns and basically taught in a completely different way and by the end of the lesson he had committed to follow the law of chastity and word of wisdom despite his concern to stop the lessons. I have most definitely learned my lesson that it is not all about marking off the lessons to progress them towards baptism but it is truly just all about listening to their concerns and letting them know you care. "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." I feel this last week was a real turning point in my mission.
I had a good friend who was in the Leyte, Philippines mission who was hit very bad by the typhoon. Her experience she shared with me was very sad and really struck me with the thoughts of "what if my mission had to end right now as well, would I be satisfied?" Have I truly done everything I possibly could? I have been working hard and I do strive to be as obedient as possible but I know there is always room to improve, and I want to make that improvement and give everything I have to my Heavenly Father. I have set goals for myself and will do my best to give all I have to Heavenly Father every day.
This week I also started the 40 day spiritual fast that I'm sure you have heard of before. In order to become a better person and a better missionary I fasted and decided on 12 things I want to stop doing and I will fast from those things for 40 days. I have planned it out so that it will last me all the way until the start of next transfer. I am excited for this experience of having to depend on my Heavenly Father to relieve me of my burdens.
The work in Saijo is moving along and I want to be the best missionary I can to give Saijo what it deserves. Elder Wynn seems super cool and I am super excited to learn more from him. Thank you for the work you did in getting the building! Miracles everyday!!!
Back to letter to family:
I'm pretty sure it is Sapporo here cause it is just freezing here these days. Quite fun! It seems I get the best of both worlds from sweating the wrinkles out of my shirt everyday during the summer to struggling to get any flyer's out of my pocket because I can't move my fingers because they are frozen. As long as I have a prayer in my heart the spirit will keep me warm though, right?
Stay safe and don't catch a cold!