This was a crazy miracle filled week!
|The college where I used my Spanish|
Another example of this was on Wednesday when we had a mogi lesson with the Relief Society President, Yoshihashi Shimai. We decided that we wanted to mogi the Plan of Salvation. As we were teaching, the Spirit just became so strong. Yoshihashi Shimai started crying and testifying and we were just feeling the Spirit testify through us. That lesson was probably one of the most powerful moments of my mission. I really felt the Spirit speaking through us to Yoshihashi Shimai's heart and helping her to feel the truth of our message. Our Japanese is by no means amazing, but the Spirit doesn't need us to be fluent in order to speak to the hearts of others. It was such an amazing lesson!
|View from our apartment|
Thursday we texted Nemoto san and asked her if there was anything we could do for her. It was kind of a random text since we were going to visit her that night anyways, but she said that she really needed some help with a costume she was sewing for her son's Peter Pan play. Perfect! We called Yoshihashi Shimai (who we now had a super strong connection with after the mogi the day before) and quickly found someone in the ward who could help. This is one of the things I love about being a member. There is a huge family of people with all sorts of skills and backgrounds that are always there to love you and welcome you and help you. No matter where you go, members of the church will welcome you with open arms, even if you can't speak the same language. It really is one huge worldwide family and I love it!
|District Lunch with Tsukushi and indo curry|
On Thursday we also watched a Worldwide Missionary Broadcast that many of you might have heard about. The missionary schedule is now a lot more flexible where we get to pick when we study based on what fits our schedule best. This allows us the flexibility to dendo more in the mornings if that is more effective, and study in the afternoons when it is harder to visit people. It is definitely and adjustment from what I have been living up to this point, but it is inspired. This new schedule also gives us a little bit more time at night to get ready for bed and write in my journal!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSS!!!!! I am finally staying up to date on my journal, a goal I have had since day 1. It really helps me to clear my head before going to sleep and focus more on the people I want to help here.
Friday we helped Yamamoto Shimai, a member, make miso soup base. We boiled soybeans, mashed them up, then mixed in a ton of salt and fermented moldy rice. We got to roll it up then throw it in a bin and it was way fun. Japan is such a cool place :)
|Cleaning the beach|
Then after the super fun beach clean up, we all headed to the church for the mochitsuki!!!! We got to pound rice into mochi and eat it! It was so fun and there were so many new people there that we got to talk to. We ate so much mochi too, it was delicious!!!! I decided that from now on I can spend Christmas in America and then came to Japan for shogatsu (New Year's) and eat all the mochi ^^
Sunday was the miracle of all days. At church the Bishop presented his ward vision for the year and I had the chance to translate for Bernadette. It was really hard because I didn't know a lot of the words, but I felt like it went pretty well and she seemed to really like it. She is starting school today and I hope she likes it and does well! Ah!
We ended the day with a great member mogi with the Enomotos and we were finally able to get in contact with Liu-san!!!! We set an appointment to call her again next week and I am so excited. I have missed her a lot and I hope that we will be able to help her come closer to Christ!
This really was an amazing week. Today we went to Odaiba and went to the Takoyaki museum. It wasn't really anything special, just a bunch of takoyaki that you could buy, but it was relaxing and nice. We also had the chance to eat with the Shibata family and their son is the cutest thing! He is 3 and has so much energy and he loves the missionaries so much. We had so much fun! I love this ward so much!!!!
Thank you all for your love and support! See you next week! Also, this week is my Grandma's birthday so Happy Birthday Grandma Black! I love you!
|At the Takoyaki Museum|