Monday, April 14, 2014

13 April 2014 - Christlike Attributes

Well I don't have much time so here is some of what I sent to Kaicho that you can check out:

The work this week was great. It's always great. It's the Lords work.  As far as investigators go, this week seemed to have been our trial of faith.  We had 6 set up various appointments in which our investigators did not come and did not answer the phone when we called.  We were able to meet with our investigator, Kusatsu San and she opened up a lot to us.  She explained how she thought in order to come to church she had to stop smoking first, and has been praying to stop smoking but felt she couldn't come to church until after she stopped. There was a lot of love in the lesson and she progressed a lot.  She still has a problem where she is taking medicine to overcome a shoulder problem but the side effects is it causes her to sleep all day except for breakfast and dinner.  Hopefully it will finish in the next two weeks.  

As far as less active work goes we had a cool miracle.  We saw a less active member on one of the trolleys so we ran to catch up to the trolley and rode it with him to talk to him.   We set up an appointment and at that appointment committed him to come to General Conference.  Sunday morning came and when the fufu walked out of their apartment to drive to church they found him in front of their apartment.   He apparently had gotten lost and conveniently was placed right in front of their apartment as they were leaving to church and were able to give him a ride.   Coincidence?   Miracle!!  Our plan is to prepare him to be worthy to go to the temple and we will work with him to do that. 

The zone is working hard and genki.   Last week as part of our `Believing is Seeing` program, we focused on faith and obedience, and the challenge was to focus on baptismal invites.   As a result of the many baptismal invites there were so many cool miracles and many new investigators who already know of their goal for baptism in the zone last week!   I think as a result the zone has realized how effective baptismal invites are the companionship's that really focused on them, saw the results and want to do them more. 

Other than that everyone is working hard and seeing miracles.   The zone is currently working up and hopefully all of the new investigators will begin to turn into member presents, sacrament meeting's, and baptismal dates.   We will do all we can to help this to happen.   I love the work and will continue to do all I can for the area. 

Thank you for all you do.
(Now back to the letter to family and friends)
Yeah so this week the zone had around 100 baptismal invites (inviting someone to be baptized) and it was wayyy cool to see all of the miracles that came from it.   This week we also went on junkai (splits) with the Taniyama Edlers.   As we were teaching a woman while housing about eternal families and how we will one day be resurrected she began to cry.   We came to find out that she had cancer a couple of years ago and also that her children had just left her.   We testified of eternal families and Resurrection and she just wiped her tears and showed us pictures of her family and stuff.   She was a real cute woman. hah   She was like, "I can really be resurrected with them? when?  after I read this pamphlet will I be resurrected?   I want to believe, I want to believe!"    So that was a cool miracle from junkai.
Well I'm out of time for now.   I have some things I need to go do. but I will be back later most likely after you go to sleep ;)   So sweet dreams and much love to you all!
Elder Bloomfield

Well I'm back with a bit more time now.   Other things that happened this week... hmmm. Well one day we were fasting but accidentally didn't eat until about 9:30 at night because we were too busy and didn't have time for dinner.   Then another day, when I was trying to make dinner really fast so we could get out the door and go work I was moving to quick and accidentally stubbed my toe and ripped my pinky toe nail off a bit, so that was a bummer.   She used to be such a nice pinky toe nail.

I got to watch a few of the Saturday Session talks and then the Sunday Session talks of General Conference. Elder Holland almost ripped off the pulpit he was so excited. I love that man.  I'm counting my blessings, they don't really have mashed potatoes here in Japan so no worries there for me (Elder Holland told a story in his talk about a sister missionary who got mashed potatoes thrown at her by a "Hater".  Travis figured he is safe (put I think he better watch out for the rice balls - sometimes they are loaded))

Ohhhyeahhhhh. I already talked about it a bit in the other letter but this week the zone focused on baptismal invites and saw a lot of way cool miracles this week.   I don't know if I ever told you this but this zone in the past has kind of struggled a bit.   The ZLs and an entire District was actually white washed a few transfers ago, but it seems it is finally building up.   So far this month the zone has found an average of like 3 or 4 new investigators each day and there have just been so many cool stories.   We are focusing a lot on trying to make sure there is a lot of Christlike attributes and love within each companionship, because that is where it all starts, and from the companionship there can be a lot of success from it.   I think this can be compared to everyone whether you are a missionary, married, or not married.   If you are not expressing your best effort to be Christlike especially as a missionary how can we expect success in HIS work.   As a married couple if we are not trying to apply Christlike attributes every single day then we are not giving the married relationship the full potential it could have and if you're not married you still have the Holy Ghost as a companion and even your little groups of friends at school. just ask Lauren Bloomfield, she and the dozen know all about it. Deshooo!!   But I challenge everyone to pick a couple of Christlike attributes each week and just focus on just 2 each week.  Then next week choose a different two.   I promise more success in every part of your life whether it has to do with the gospel or not. In Corinthians we are told if we have not charity, we are nothing... So let that settle a bit. 

Well I hope all is well! 

Love ya!
Elder Bloomfield
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