I hope everyone had a great week!! I just want to start by saying thank you for all the support! I’m grateful for each and every one of you! I love being a missionary!!!
This week was great! Sorry, this email is going to be crazy. Last week we went to a festival with a member and her mother who is not a member. It was lots of fun! We got free raffle tickets because we are American. We won lots of yogurt, tissues and dish soap. We aren’t complaining haha! We needed more dish soap.
That night we had a lesson with Megumi! She is awesome!!! We ate quesadillas, she loves tortillas, then gave her a church tour. She thought the church was really cool. We showed her the baptismal font and ended up asking her to get baptized. She said she wants to but wouldn’t pick a date because she is so busy with nursing school! She said that she does want to keep learning and will pray about a date for baptism. She is amazing!! Please pray for her!
We met with a cute girl named Rika that we had met on the street a week ago. We went out for sushi and talked about what missionaries do. We taught her about God and prayer. She really liked the idea of prayer and told us that she was going to pray this week!
We met with Lina, Eliza and Yamada San! Lina and Eliza are two Brazilians that we met through Japanese class, Yamada San is the teacher for Japanese class. We all went to Lina’s house and she made us amazing Brazilian food. We ate pastel, coxinha, and cocada! I have no idea if I’m spelling those right, there are probably accents but it was sooo good!!!!!! We ended up talking about the Word of Wisdom because they were confused that we didn’t drink tea or coffee. Haha. At the end we showed them the “Because of Him” video and gave them each a marked up Book of Mormon! They said they will read the Book of Mormon! Lina was super excited that we gave her a Book of Mormon in Portuguese! We also testified in the little Portuguese that we know. The Spirit was very strong. We are excited for them!
Yesterday we went to the Sugiura family’s house and performed music for them! They are members but don’t come to church very often. They are super nice! They love music so we put together a mini concert for them! It was a lot of fun! That night we also went to a festival with one of our investigators, Koyuki San. At the festival they danced in a circle around drums. It was awesome! We were also able to dance a little bit. It was a lot of fun!
We called some people from our phone to see if I they want to meet with missionaries again. A lady named Maria answered and started telling us her life story. She wants to meet again but next Sunday because she had plans at the time we called her. Everyone always thinks we want to meet RIGHT at the moment we call them. Haha. She went on to tell us that she met the missionaries a year ago and that a lot of people in her family are Mormon. Then she asked us if we wanted to go to the Philippines, because if we do she will call her family so we have a place to stay. Haha. Then she asked if we wanted to go to California, because if so then she will call her cousin so we can have a place to stay haha! She is hilarious! We have an appointment for next Sunday and she is coming to church! Super excited!
We also had a zone conference all about faith. At one point, we talked about the Savior and the Atonement. As soon as we started talking about the Atonement, the Spirit in the room changed. It became more reverent. I am so grateful for the Savior and the sacrifice that he made for us, the Atonement.
“I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!”
I know that Jesus Christ loves us always. I know that He performed the Atonement personally for each and every one of us. I’m so grateful for the Savior.
I love Japan and I love being a missionary! I love these people. They will always have a piece of my heart. I hope that everyone has a great week! Please remember that you are loved! You are important and you are needed! 🙂 Talk to you next week!