This Blog is being updated by Travis's Mom with pictures and weekly emails received as he serves a 2 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fukuoka, Japan from May 2013-May 2015.
Travis would love to hear from you. Letters and packages should be mailed to him via USPS only. His address in Fukuoka, Japan is (each comma represents a new line):
Elder Travis J. Bloomfield,
Japan Fukuoka Mission,
Monday, March 16, 2015
26 January 2015 - Interview Training All Week
Well this week was basically just interview trainings all week. We drove to Nagasaki and Yamaguchi because there are no Shinkansens that goes there. So we wake up early, leave about 7:30 in the morning, then train and do interviews from like 10:00am til around 6:00pm and then drive home and arrive about 9:00pm. and then prepare for the next day and do the same thing. So that has been this week.
We also went to Hiroshima and did both of the zones there.
Cool miracle, there was a member that helped Elder Dolbin and I a lot when we were beans, because being in Saijo, 45 mins away from everyone we didn't get much help but she was always supportive, so I hoped to visit and share a quick scripture, but we were going to teach some lessons and work with the ZL's after interviews ended, so there wasn't much time. But luckily Kaicho's interviews went a bit long, so we finished our training and still had about 30 mins to spare. So we ran over to the member's family's apartment in the time we had and just as we got there the member was pulling up in her car. She told us that she had worked today but because it looked like it was going to rain, her boss told her she could go home early, so we were able to share a scripture with her and thank her for her help! Perfect timing!
We have been training on working with the spirit more. One thing we have been training on was helping everyone to plan specific (3 ne 12:37 But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh of more than these is evil. D&C 9:7Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.). For example when you are planning, pray for guidance and choose an exact street or place at an exact time you will be there. Basically the appointments with God thing. We have been amazed as we hear of all the crazy miracles that have happened, that as missionaries have done this, God is able to trust them, he will know exactly where they will be and at what time, and can prepare and put those they are praying for in their path. Through faith miracles are brought to pass right! Like random people just showing up at church more, promising God you will be at a certain time, certain place, and prepared to teach a lesson about certain topic. Then the person at the door you knock on at that prayed about time lets you in and you find out her father died just last week, or praying to find a High School student prepared for the Book of Mormon and the door you open at that time happens to be a high schooler who wants to learn about Christianity... so many cool stories! My testimony has definitely been strengthened this week at the power God has to work through us when he can trust us. This work is true!