This week was REALLY GOOD! Things feel like they are starting to pick up!! We had tons of appointments this week and our investigators are awesome!
So to start off the week we went out to dinner with Rachel, the American Member, and her friend Linda! We ate Mexican Food!!!!!! It was sooo good. I really miss Mexican food. Haha. We just talked about life and then Linda asked us about our church. She told us that she had gone to a Christian church when she was younger but hasn’t been recently. She said she loved the feeling she had when she went to church. She told us that she believed in God and we asked why. She told us some stories about when she was younger, she said that even though life was kind of hard she felt God’s love. She asked so many questions! She’s also been in a Mormon Church before! She said it was a crazy “coincidence”. Apparently her brother was not doing so well on his grades, so their mom got mad and said that she is taking them to a church. She didn’t care what church just any church. She took them to the first church she saw which just happened to be a Mormon Church. (Linda is from North Carolina, the church was 3 blocks away from her house. Haha) They went inside but the meeting had already ended but a church member gave them a Book of Mormon and invited them to play church ball! Haha isn’t that crazy?!? We are meeting her again tomorrow and we are soo excited! We gave her a Book of Mormon and she told us that she’s going to read it!
On Friday we went to しゃべりば (Shaberiba). It’s a class where you go and speak Japanese with everyone! It’s pretty fun! It’s meant for people that are from other countries to come and practice their Japanese! After the class we were talking to the teacher, Tomoe San, and found out that she has been to Utah before! She did a homestay in Orem, UT and the family she stayed with were LDS. She told us that she has been to church before and she really liked it! She wants to hear more about the church so we are going out to lunch next week! SO EXCITED! She is soo soo nice.
Saturday we went to the Yoshida’s house for dinner. They are a family in our ward. They are sooo awesome. Their faith is soo strong. Everything they do is literally for the gospel. They are basically angels.
Sunday was a great crazy day! Haha! Mikami San and Tokuyama San came to church, they are both investigators. During second hour we taught Mikami San a lesson about the apostasy and Joseph Smith. She is the sweetest little old lady. She told us that she thinks Joseph Smith’s story is true. She also told us all about the love she has felt from the church members and from Heavenly Father. She said she is excited to come back to church again next week because everyone is so warm and nice. She loves to talk haha! During young women’s class we went on splits. Knowles Shimai went to give a talk in primary and I stayed in Young Women’s to translate for Rachel since she was teaching the lesson. I know that Heavenly Father really does help and guide us when we need it as long as we trust in him. Translating was really hard but with Heavenly Father’s help the young women were able to understand the lesson through my far from perfect Japanese. That was a really big faith builder for me.
After church a lady came into the church and wanted to talk to us about Taiwan. Haha ok? We grabbed Brother Yoshida so he could help with the lesson. Apparently this lady wanted to talk about Taiwan because of a certain religion that’s over there. We told her about our church and testified a lot. She loves to talk but at the end of the lesson she told us that she is coming to church next Sunday to see what it’s like. YAY! She has had a really hard life and needs some good friends so we are really excited for her to come next Sunday!
This week has been great. We met lots of old investigators, lots of new investigators, and lots of members! I’m grateful that I get to be here in Fukui. The longer I’m here in Japan, the more I love the people. I can’t even imagine my life without these eternal friendships I’ve made throughout my mission with investigators, companions, and members. I love my mission. I don’t know what I would do without it. I know that Jesus Christ loves all of us and that we all matter. I love all of you and I’m thankful for all of you. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share the gospel everyday with the wonderful Japanese people. I hope you all have an amazing week!!!