This week has gone by way too fast! I really can't believe it. I remember hearing something in the MTC about how weeks feel like days here, and it is so true.
We saw some amazing miracles this week though!
We only had a little bit of finding time this week, but during that time I was really trying to be in tune with the Spirit. At even the slightest poke or thought, I would change directions and it led us to this one house where we were able to talk to a girl in Junior High. It was so amazing though because she used to play basketball at the basketball court we have in the parking lot, so she totally recognized what church we were from and she was very friendly. It was a nice little miracle for that short finding time that we had.
We were also able to meet with a Less Active. She is so sweet! She has a hard time reading small font, so she has this journal where she writes thoughts and scriptures and it was so organized and beautiful. She has such a strong testimony and it was so amazing to get to talk to her and learn from her.
Another miracle less active that we met this week was a Sister from Chile. Her husband is from Brazil. We went with a member who used to have a lot of contact with her a few years ago, and it was amazing. She really opened up to me (in Spanish) about some of the problems and struggles she had been having recently. She really wants her sons to come to Primary and learn about God and Jesus Christ and we really want to help her and her family! At the end of the lesson, I was prompted to share a scripture with her. We brought a Spanish Book of Mormon with us just in case and I was so thankful that we did because her Book of Mormon was packed away. We shared Mormon 9:21 with her and it says:
"Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth."
|Taking pictures while bowling|
I was so so thankful for the opportunity to visit her. It really was a miracle that we were able to find and visit her. About 3 week ago, we were asking all the Spanish members in the ward about what they knew about her, but no one really had any information. Then we went to Koike Shimai's house for lunch one day and she brought up this sister to us! It was amazing! We were able to organize a time to go with her and that led to this amazing experience. I am so grateful for all the guidance we received from Heavenly Father to find her!
So flashback to District Meeting 2 weeks ago. We had a training on listening while finding and Elder Kooyman (who was giving the training) gave us all situations to do role plays with. Well, our person was a girl who lived near a church, had never gone, but always wondered what church was like. It was a good role play and we got some good tips on how to improve.
Now back to Nodoka-chan. We were able to really BRT with her and talk about some of the things we do as missionaries, and then she told us she LIVED NEAR A CHURCH!!!!! AND HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE WHAT CHURCH WAS LIKE!!!! As soon as she told us that, my mind went straight to the role play and the tips we had received. We were able to invite her to church and she is going to come next week! She is so excited and we are so excited for her!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! We were honestly in so much shock after that lesson because she was just so prepared. Yay for prepared people!
Lastly, as always Sunday was crazy. Since we are in charge of the Japanese and the Portuguese ward, our Sundays are always booked. Well in the Portuguese ward, the two sisters who were giving talks actually spoke Spanish and I was shocked that I understood so much of what they said compared to normal. (Although Spanish and Portuguese are very similar, they are just different enough to make Portuguese much harder to understand for me). It was such a blessing to be able to hear the talks in a language that I know very well. It was funny because one of the members who gave a talk is from Peru, and she always tells everyone that I speak really good Spanish and that I understand more Spanish than Portuguese. Then she started her talk by saying "I could try to translate this into Portuguese for all of you, but for the sake of Hermana Teresa [the other Spanish member] and Sister Black, I will speak in Spanish. They will understand me." I DIED!!!!!!!!!! I almost lost it right there, I was trying so hard not to laugh. But I did understand and that was such a blessing to me.
|"We" - a new character I learned|
|And here it is on a sign|
The scripture that we shared with Tabe Shimai, I know that that scripture is true. No matter who we are, or what situation we are in, if we pray to Heavenly Father without any doubts, he will help us.
I am so grateful to be a missionary here in Japan.
I love you all!