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Friday, May 9, 2014
Hey hey hey! Happy kodomo no hi! (Children's Day)
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So last week was a good time. This morning has been fun. We woke up at 4:30am to bike out to attend seminary this morning, only to find out it is still Golden Week (Japans Spring Break) and there is no seminary. haha I got a pretty good laugh out of it. We also found out the place where we usually email, is closed because of Golden Week, so we had to climb the mountain to the church and us 4 missionaries are sharing this one computer. haha. So I also got a pretty good laugh from this one. One of the other Elders is a lil upset at how our day has gone so far, but needless to say, I don't have much time today.
This week we met a guy named Watanabe san. It is cool because lately President has been talking about how much our church is becoming known and lately many many people are meeting missionaries time and time again which was not very common before now. So we streeted into Watanabe san and found out he received a Book of Mormon about a year ago. He never met with the missionaries again so we assumed he never really read much of it. During our lesson later in the week we asked him about it and he said he read the entire Book of Mormon and later in the lesson when we wanted to share with him how he can come to know of its truthfulness he told us, "oh I pretty much have a lot of the same thoughts of the Book of Mormon. I think it's true already. We were like what! Hey hey there buddy there ya go! He was way cool and that was a cool miracle from the week.
Similar to that we met with a woman named Irisa san. Similar to Watanabe san, 3 years ago when her husband was near death in the hospital the missionaries randomly called her and taught her about prayer. Then she said she didn't have contact with them again but through prayer she was able to overcome that challenge and her husband was able to become healthy again despite his sickness in the hospital and has a way strong testimony of prayer and prays everyday for the most part. Now we come and find her and are able to teach her even more and help her to progress to her loving Heavenly Father. It just goes to show that no effort goes unwaisted. Seeds are planted and peoples lives are changed when much of the time we have no idea. God knows what he is doing, we must trust him.
Today is transfers and I am kind of bummed. The zone saw so many cool miracles this transfer and I don't want people to transfer out. April was a pretty dang cool month for the zone. Alot of the areas are building up and making way solid growth. The zone was actually able to find 4x as many investigators last month compared to January. It just keeps building up each month, it is way cool to see the growth every week.
Well much love to all. I should prolly let the other Elder email now but see ya next Monday! on MOTHERS DAY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY ERIN!
Hangin with the Primary
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Hey whats up fam.?
So this week was interesting. First off we went to Naze for splits from Monday to Wednesday. In the space of maybe like 40 hours, I had 25 hours worth of boat riding. I'll send you a picture of what we slept on. It was basically just a big room with a bunch of futons. It was pretty fun. On the way to Naze I slept near an old man who judging by the amount of times he farted, I would say he was having stomach problems.
When we were in Naze we streeted into a German friend named Albert. We found out he was going to be riding the same boat as us to go back to Kagoshima and after we got on the boat he happened to be sleeping right next to papa. So we got to talk to him quite a bit and talk with him in the morning as well as we hung out on top of the boat just looking at the water. He is a doctor here in Japan for a science something meeting and never new the `Mormon community sends out their young all across the world.` he was a way cool guy. We gave him a Book of Mormon and hope to see him again someday.
Last week Uda san was pretty golden but this week it seems Satan had other plans. They said they wanted to find the truth and be baptized on theSunday we told them sorry but we will not be back in Kagoshima until Wednesday, they told us well then you are coming over on Wednesday and we want to cook for you! When we called on Wednesday, Uda san told us from here on please do not visit anymore and don't tell us about Christianity. We were very confused on how the attitude and their feelings could change so fast. We were able to set up an appointment to visit them on Saturday and we found out while we were in Naze one of the members visited her and said some things that she should not have. We know the member had good intentions but because of some of the doctrine the member was trying to preach and a sickness Uda san has caught lately, they came to the conclusion that they must stick with their Buddhism roots, they hate Christianity, and don't want to hear us speak about it again. It was very unfortunate and we will continue to pray her heart can be softened.
Our other investigator with a baptismal date named Yumata san became difficult as well. He has sincere interest in the truth of our message but also is in a difficult financial situation and was hoping for help from us. When we explained to him with a member the policies of the church and how we would love to buy food for him and help him in what ways we can, but that we can not just give him money, he became surprisingly very angry and told us he doesn't want our help anymore. We will try and visit him again and see if we can come to an understanding with him but it seems his pride is keeping him from accepting the help the church has to offer and not just giving him money.
So, that was pretty wild. Sometimes we wonder why Satan has to be so strong in missionary work but it is eternal life I suppose. The atonement was never easy, so the missionary work shouldn't be either. It's a dang good thing it is fun though deshouuuu!! I find vast amounts of joy and happiness in the days where we have too much to do we can't even eat dinner and we come home exhausted and spent. There is no other work in the world where the more you work, the more you give up, the happier you are. Pretty neato aye?
The zone is genki (happy) and doing well. This week the challenge in our 6 week program was to focus on member present lessons and reaching Kaichos (Mission President) standards. Once again in those areas we saw ridiculous amazing miracles and the zone`s member present lessons this week doubled compared to the previous weeks averages.
Apparently for the rest of the summer the ash from the volcano is going to be wayyyy bad and I thought I understood when I walked out of the apartment and couldn't even see the concrete floor because it was filled with gray ash it was bad, but then this guy told us, "oh yeah today there wasn't much ash, it will get much much worse." So naturally, I'm way excited. It should be a good times wearing protective goggles for a few months.
Good bud, Albert the German
The water (ocean) on the way to Naze
Another picture of the ocean
Deep in thought observing the scenery.
Room where everyone sleeps on the Ferry
Testing out his skills on the boat.
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
So this week was pretty wild and there is so much to tell so I will see what I can do.
Miracle 1- We were on splits in Miyakonojo and we showed up to an appointment to meet this dude at his apartment only to find his two buddies outside his apartment door. They said they were also waiting for him so we taught them about the gospel for a solid 30 mins. gave them Books of Mormons, and they told us they wanted to meet again next week. They still live with their parents so they wanted to just meet in front of their friends apartment again. haha It was pretty funny. When we left they were both reading the Book of Mormon in their car.
Miracle 2- We meet a girl named Naoko every week and this week we focused on the atonement. She expressed her nervousness about her upcoming trip to Australia and was so happy to know that Christ suffered for everyone, and understands all of our trials whether we are Christian or not, and she can receive help from God and Christ when she goes to Australia. She came to church Sunday and loved it.
Miracle 3- President set a goal for the mission 3 weeks ago that everyone could be able to give the Gift of Christ with a baptismal date before Easter. Last week we had 6 appointments fall through and at the beginning of the week we didn't really have anyone we could set a date with. I was kinda worried because I knew we need to set the example for the zone, and we were expected to set the example for the zone. We didn't have much dendo (proselyting)time on Monday, we were on splits Tuesday, we had to do Kaicho`s (Mission President) interviews on Friday, and we still don't have Elder Sasaki`s bike so we have to walk everywhere... which didn't leave us with much time left. We fasted and prayed that God could prepare the way that we could find a new investigator prepared to progress towards baptism this week. On Wednesday after we got home from Miyakonojo Jukai, we received a call about a man who said he has `worries` in his life and wanted to meet the missionaries. He told us he is having financial problems and has no money but has a 3 month old baby and a wife he needs to care for. He told us he wants to know how to receive help from God in situations where he can't do it himself. We were able to meet him a few times last week and he expressed his desire to know if this church is true and we set a date for M for him to work towards to be baptized.
Miracle 4- This next one there is so much to tell. A few weeks ago a crazy lady kissed Elder Mukaitani and my hand on the street. Do you remember that? Well we saw her walking so we decided to help her carry her groceries home. She invited us in and talked about her grandson who passed away recently and she didn't understand why because he was so young. We taught her about how she will see him again one day and she was way happy. We taught her how to pray and (haha) when we prayed at the end it was pretty hilarious. We taught her everything, She was way excited, Elder Sasaki said a prayer and then she just didn't move and kept her eyes closed and arms folded (she is 80 years old by the way). Elder Sasaki was like umm maam, uda san, maam we finished the prayer. Uda san we finished. and she didn't move. So then I yelled AMEN! and she looks up, oh! its over? Okay! haha It was way funny. Saturday we met her again and when we prayed, it was just as good as the first one. haha Sasaki was saying the prayer again and in the middle of the prayer out of no where Uda san (the wife) just yells AMEN! haha I think she tried to anticipate this one and missed it a bit, and then after the prayer actually finished, her husband did the same thing as she had done before and didn't move and so the wife punched him and was like hey its over! and he was just like oh oh! I must have fallen asleep! Sunday we met with them after church and as we were teaching the restoration and we were like `God and Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith, we know of its truth...` and taught about that and then about 4 minutes later Uda san (the way funny wife) looks at the picture of the Restoration that we already explained and was like wow! This is Joseph Smith!? He is so young! and who is that above him? Is that some married couple? haha Never mind the beard and long hair they have, not to mention we had JUST explained it was God and Jesus Christ, but apparently they look like a married couple haha. After she said that her husband punched her and was like are you baka?? That's Christ and God! They are wayyy funny and so cute. They really want to know if it is true as well. They told us they have never heard of something like this before and want to know if it is true and we were able to set a baptismal goal with both of them as well for M. Oh and also when she prayed at the end she was way excited to pray and then just straight up read the pamphlet hahah `Address Heavenly Father... Express thanks...` I felt bad, I broke a little laugh in the middle of her prayer. haha Luckily she can't hear anything unless you are basically yelling at them. They love Elder Sasaki and I a lot and asked us to visit them everyday. Daily contact will not be a problem, However each lesson we have with them, the wife smokes at least 4 cigarettes which is quite the problem, which she even expressed concern about for her baptism but it is an obstacle she says she wants to overcome.
Miracle 5 - The zone challenge this week in our `Believing is Seeing Program` was to work on Hope and Humility as well as invite as many people to sacrament as possible. As a result we were able to see many miracles this week and the number of investigators at sacrament meetings in the zone this week was almost double the average of the last few weeks. It seems whatever challenge we have for that week the key indicator related for that challenge, always has a lot of success, so obviously that success is possible. I just want to know how we can be having that success in every key indicator every week, and not just the one we are focusing on for that week. Everyone is working very hard and want to see success, We will prayerfully seek and study how we can best be having that success in every area every week.
Miracle 6- I love the Easter thing (I sent him a Easter package that has scriptures and stories relating to the last week of Christ's life) and being able to read about what Christ did and more about him everyday until his resurrection. It was way cool and I learned a lot so thanks mom.
We have a 40 day program I have done before in the mission life. Basically you look at things that are keeping you from having the spirit with you all day long, you fast for 24 hours to know what things you need to stop in order to have the spirit more with you, then for 40 days you don't do those things. The result is you will have more success as a missionary, be better able to testify with more conviction, and be better led by the spirit and such. These 40 day fast things do wonders aye!?
Yesterday was Easter and Christ was resurrected for all of us, our families, our happiness, our successes, our pains... I have become so lost in the work and life is just so good. There were a lot more miracles this week too but this letter is too long. but once again I was reminded about how anything is possible and this really is the Lords work. As we stay close to him we actually do HIS work. I am so blessed everyday and all I can say is old grandmas are the best.
Elder Dolbin at Presidents Interviews in Fukuoka
Little Friend that came to the Easter Party at the Park. They decorated Eater Eggs and had a Easter Egg Hunt.
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