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,
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
3 April 2015 - God Answers Prayers and This Gospel Blesses Lives.
This week was good. Basically we just did transfer prep and such. I attached a picture that Kaicho took of us. I will share a quick story about it.
We don't have a lot of our own dendo time as assistants, so we are always praying specifically that the Lord will put in our path people who are at a time in their life where they really need the gospel. Lately we have been blessed with various experiences of the Lord guiding these kinds of specific people into our path. We were taking a quick break from all our transfer prep and so we went to the top of the hill (behind the temple) to take pictures of Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) before they all end and we ended up meeting this man. I won't share everything we talked about because it was kind of personal but after talking to this man for a bit he ended up sharing with us that all of his children have passed away recently from sudden events and it has left him in a very difficult spot. My heart really hurt for him as we talked to him and he explained his troubles in life and the pain he feels. But he recognized the hope and truth from the blessings we promised to him and we saw him light up as he told us he has been searching for help and will come to church next week. It is sometimes surprising to me that God trusts us teenagers/young adults to comfort those who are in need but I am so thankful! It is interesting to think about sometimes that there are 40 or 50 or even 80 year old people who come to 20 year old boys and girls for answers to help with things they have been struggling with for years. The truth is in the message we share and for all people! We didn't know but apparently Kaicho went on a quick walk to get some exercise and found us and took these pictures as we were talking to him.
God answers prayers and this gospel blesses lives. There is no feeling greater than seeing the hope and peace people feel as they trust in the Lord and receive the blessings of the gospel no matter how difficult their life may be. Alma 26:37! ( 37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen). I just don't get how God is so smart sometimes! So genious!
Love you all and stay genki!
Pictures Kaicho took of Travis and Elder Sasaki visiting with the gentleman in the Park.
Not quite as big as the tree!!
Beautiful Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
People in Japan love Sakura season. They all take picnics to the park and sit under the Sakura Trees.
Not sure why his hand is on his head.
The Fukuoka LDS Temple, Sakura and Elder Bloomfield. Three of Gods Awesome creations!!!