I hope that everyone had a great week!!!!!
This week was great, crazy, fun, full of miracles! Sorry, this email is gonna be all over the place!
Sooo it is officially a new transfer! We are excited to work super hard and make it the best transfer ever! Haha! Monday night we helped an Eikaiwa student with their kids Eikaiwa class! There were about 15 kids and they were soo cute! We taught some English and then played games with them!
Tuesday we went to visit Nilza Shimai, a Brazilian member, and give Paulo, her son, some cookies for his birthday! We showed up, gave them the cookies and a note, then Nilza shimai asked us to go with them to eat Yakiniku for Paulo’s birthday. We went with their family and ate sooo much meat………. we were stuffed. After that, we rushed to the eki to catch a train! We just BARELY made it on the train! It was crazy! When we got to Meiden-Nagasawa (a train station) we met a really cute girl named Seika! We were talking as we put money on our train cards and found out we were walking the same way, so she told us to wait outside and she will catch up with us so we can walk together. We waited for a few minutes then it looked like she was having problems wither her money so she stuck her head out and said to walk ahead because she needed to talk to someone. We exchanged phone numbers and she said that she would run to catch up to us. We were like ok and started walking. We didn’t really think she would actually run to catch up with us, we thought that she was just being nice but after about 5 mins we heard the sound of someone in heels running. We turned around and it was Seika! She caught up to us and we started talking about why we were in Japan. We explained that we were missionaries and she said that she was Christian! She told us that she wants to hear more about our message so we made a next appointment and gave her a pamphlet! We are meeting her tomorrow! Super excited for her!!!!!!!
Wednesday we started our 40 day fast! I did the 40 day fast as a young missionary and now I’m doing it again for my last transfer. We are super excited to see even more miracles through fasting! We visited a former investigator, Kobayashi Sachiko San, and asked if she wanted to hear the lessons again. She said yes and we set a next appointment! That night we went to meet another former investigator, Pascal, and asked if he wanted to take lessons again. He also said yes and we made a next appointment! So excited for all of these new people that we are meeting!!Thursday was the day of eating. We ate so much food. First, we visited some members (the Nakajima family) and ate tons of sushi. Then we visited one of our investigators and she gave us snacks. Then we met with Megumi (another former investigator) and ate pizza and pasta with her. Then we went to the Taniguchi’s house and ate more pasta and pudding. Our stomachs hurt soo bad. But aside from all the eating, the lessons went really good!! With the Nakajima family we talked about courage and faith. They have so much faith and they are always trying to be missionaries. They are amazing. Then we taught Yoriko, an investigator, about Jesus Christ and his atonement. She told us that she understands it in her head but doesn’t quite get how it applies to her. We bore a lot of testimony and told her that if she sincerely prays about it, she will get an answer. She told us that she truly wants to know so she will sincerely pray about it. Please pray for her to be able to get her answer. After Yoriko, we met with Megumi! It has been a long time since we met with her because she has been really busy with nursing school. We met with her when I was very first in Toyohashi a few times and then after that she got busy and we have been trying to meet but it just never worked out. On Thursday we texted her and asked when she could meet and she texted back and asked to meet today at 5! We were like ok sure! Haha! She wanted to go out to eat so, even though we were very full, we went out to eat with her. Going out to eat is like one of the only normal activities you can do with investigators as a missionary so they always want to go out and eat. Haha. As we were eating we talked about missionaries again. She told us that she still wanted to hear about the church! She prayed with us and told us she feels really good when she prays. We set a next appointment! We are meeting her tonight! Super excited!!! 🙂 that night we went to the Taniguchi’s. We made pudding with Yuri chan and shared the Because of Him video. We bore our testimony of the Savior. Thursday was a great day! There were so many miracles!
Thursday night we were riding home super fast because we were going to be late. As we were riding something got caught in my front wheel and all the sudden I flipped over the front of my bike. Heavenly Father was definitely protecting me. It happened so fast. All the sudden I was face down on the ground with a bike on top of me. I had some bumps and bruises and the wind was knocked out of me but miraculously the only thing that was bleeding was my hands. It seemed like I should have gotten a lot more beat up from the crash so it was really a miracle that only my hands were scratched up. I know that Heavenly Father is really watching over us and his Angels are protecting us. After the crash, we walked our bikes home the rest of the way and cleaned up the cuts on my hand. They are doing a lot better now and are healing pretty fast! I’m grateful for all your prayers! I’m thankful for our Heavenly Father! I know he is always thinking about us and protecting us.
Friday we met with our investigator Watanabe Koyuki San. It was a really good lesson. She is finally starting to understand the lessons. It’s kind of hard because her first language is Chinese so we have to try and teach in broken Chinese, Japanese and English to help her understand! Haha! But I know that the Spirit is teaching her because she’s getting it! She said that she will pray this week!
That night we had TOEIC class. After TOEIC we stayed behind to talk with one of the older students. He works with Black Thunder which is a very famous Japanese chocolate. They are trying to release Black Thunder in America so he wanted to get our American opinions on the products. Then he gave us special chocolate bars that haven’t even been released to the public yet. We felt really special. Haha.
Saturday morning we went with a member to watch her daughter swim across a river. Her daughter is in 6th grade and at her school they do an event every year where all the 6th graders swim across a 300 meter river!!! All the kids made it safely across the river. It was awesome to watch! On the way home from Nakata Shimai’s house, the member, we talked to an older lady named Tajima San. She was very friendly and wanted to know what we were doing in Japan. We explained that we were missionaries and then she got excited and asked if we have a church. We said yes and explained where it was! Then we started to exchange numbers. She told us that it was much too hot outside and that we need to sit in her car to exchange numbers. Haha! So we sat in her car, exchanged numbers, gave her a Plan of Salvation Pamphlet, and invited her to church the next day. She said that she will come and that she’s excited haha! It was really funny! Later, we had a Sports night with the ward! It was a blast!
Sunday night at 5 we had an event called Amigo Kai (Friend meeting). It was mostly for Brazilian members that live around Toyohashi but everyone was invited so a lot of people came! They had a very long testimony meeting then ate food! Haha! It was really cool to hear all the Portuguese and Japanese testimonies! One of the families that came to Amigo Kai was from Toyota. After the meeting one of their daughters went missing so we spent the rest of the night looking for her. Everyone was praying constantly. We looked until the Zone leaders told us that we had to go home. About a half hour after we had been home, we got a text saying they found her! It was a huge miracle!!! I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers! I am so grateful for a Heavenly Father that loves us unconditionally and is always mindful of us!
This week was great!! This email is kind of long and might not make a lot of sense but I do know that this church is true! I know that Heavenly Father loves us and is always thinking of us! I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that the power of prayer is real! I absolutely love being a missionary. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.
I love you all! Thank you for all the prayers, love and support!!! I hope everyone has a great week!