Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Japan week #50

Hey everyone!!
   This week has been such a rewarding week! Hard work and sticking it out to the end REALLY pay off, that I know. :) And I love seeing it happen time and time again on my mission. This week we've seen some really cool things. The investigator that the sisters passed to us has been doing REALLY well. He's on course for his baptismal date on the second of august, and he's loving it. He hasn't missed church for 4 weeks, and he loves it every week. And just yesterday he stayed after church for almost another hour hanging out with members while we were in ward council, so that's WAY sick that he's  making friends and relationships with the good people in this ward. :) We're planning on meeting him tomorrow to teach the Law of Chastity, so I'm hoping that that goes well! 
  So our biggest days this week were Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we had a family home evening at the church, and we ran the show (us and the sisters). It was like a mini talent show, with a game and then a message and refreshments. And it was a rousing success. :) We got to the church at 3:30 to practice some of the songs we were planning on singing, and then we got started at about fiveish. I ended up conducting it, which I didn't want to do, but I had a BLAST doing! I got to go up in between acts and talk, and introduce the next act, and all that jazz, and I had a blast being back up in front of people again at an event like that. ;) Haha!! But we had two way amazing miracles that happened because of that fhe. One of the members that came, invited his parents, who aren't members, to come. And since that member's kids were going to be playing piano and what not, the grandparents came. And at one point during the program this member comes up to me, and told me that his parents, in particular his dad, was WAY impressed with my conducting. I was like, umm, ok, that's great! What does that mean? :P So I talked to them afterwards, and the dad was telling me about how he never liked the church, never liked missionaries, and that he had never approved of his son joining this church. But that after seeing me tonight, and seeing me interact with people, (and I think feel the spirit that was there ;)) really touched his heart, and he said that if there are really good people like me in this church, then it can't be a bad thing!! O.O HOW AMAZING IS THAT!! :D :D And the Mom said that she'd like to start reading the Book of Mormon, since her grandkids had testified to her about it, and that after this event she felt the desire to try and read it. :D :D Who would've ever thought that a flipping simple thing like conducting a ward fhe combined with the spirit, can bring about a miracle like that. :) Really and truly through small and VERY simple things, are great things brought to pass. :) They live in my area, and they would love to see us again sometime. :) Way excited!
   And also during the fhe, a deaf man came in and sat down. I talked to him, with the aid of a lady in our ward who knows sign language, and he's from Nagoya, moved to Sapporo about two weeks ago, and wants to resume taking the lessons. Turns out that he was taking the lessons, and was on track for baptism, but couldn't because he had to move because of his work. He owns a sushi chain. And so when he got here, he found out the church's info, and came! And then he came again to church yesterday, and was the flipping COOLEST GUY EVER! :) So we're planning on meeting with him this week, and are INCREDIBLY excited to work with him.
   And then yesterday after church, we had  a sweet experience finding. We met this lady in her twenties, that talked to us lots, and we had an opportunity to bear testimony to her about the Book of Mormon, and gave her one. After we had set up a return appointment, she told us that the reason she stopped to talk to us, was because that when she was about 12 years old, she got hit by a car, and two white guys, wearing white shirts and ties, black pants, and name tags, ran to her, helped her, and played a part in saving her life. And so because of that, she listened to us. :D :D 
    And we also finally got to meet an old investigator named M San, and we taught him a really strong lesson, and he was really touched. So from here on out we're way excited to work with him. :)
 Love you all, and thanks for all your prayers!
 Love, Mike
P.S. So I'm crazy excited to be with my comp for one more transfer. He's a WEIRD guy, but I've REALLY grown to love him, and we have so much fun everyday. It's been a really special experience getting to work with him. :) He'll definitely be leaving this transfer so, I'm going to be making the best of the next 5 weeks or so that we have together.  
  And being DL has been, busy. :P I have endless numbers and info about investigators to report to zls every night, and I have workshops to plan and prepare and teach, and lots of things to talk to people about, and splits to do to train's flipping crazy, but it's been way fun so far. The best thing about it is that I have a lot of opportunities to be an example now, and I think more than anything else I can do, is being an example, so it's been great. :)
   And the ward LOVES ME! :D :D I've been working really hard there, and they all love talking to me and being around the elders, which is really cool. Plus seeing our investigators at church lets them know that we're working, and that always helps! :)

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