Sunday, February 22, 2015

Japan week #80

Hey everybody!! 
    This has been a fantastic week! We were able to work hard, and saw lots of really cool miracles! We have really been blessed, and it's super cool to see how this area has come from nothing, to having lots of good happening with the ward, investigators, and others. It's been fantastic.
    I'm not sure if you remember O San or not, but Elder Kojima and I found him, and he came to church yesterday for the first time! :D And had a great time! It was epic! And another one of our investigators is really close to accepting a baptismal invitation, and she also really wants to come to church! :D And we met a SUPER COOL lady this week. I went into a store to go buy some ice cream (since I'm CRAZY) and when I was buying it, the lady working the register was just staring at my name tag. Super obviously, and super intently. So I said hi, and she said hi, and then she asked me if we were Christians. So naturally, I hold up the line behind me, talking to her. End up giving her a flyer, my phone number, and ask her to please contact us. It sucked that I couldn't get her number or anything, seeing as how she was at work, but I had faith! And as soon as work was over, she called us! And said that she drove to the church to look at it, and that she is SUUUUPER interested! :D HUZZAH for buying ice cream in the middle of Hokkaido winter! :D
    And so we're looking forward to getting to work with her.  And that was our week! We have a zone activity today, so that'll be way stinking fun!
 Love you all! 

 Love, Mike 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Japan week #79

Hey, boy has it been a crazy week! We had a big zone conference with the health specialists from Tokyo, and then a zone training meeting the day after that, and then the snow festival, and then splits, and we've been BUSY. We've had almost NO time to work, which is lame, but it's been an effective week none the less. 
   Our ztm was crazy epic. I had a really cool experience. We originally had two workshops planned, but then we ended up only doing one for the whole three hours. I twas going so goood, and everyone was really feeling the Spirit, and Both Elder Dobashi and I were feeling the Spirit, and just knew that we didn't need the other workshop, and that that one was what our zone needed. It was so dang cool. I love being a leader. It's so amazing getting to see all the individual missionaries, and getting to see them in a way that Lord does through the Spirit, it's incredible. I was looking at each person's face, and I could just feel so much love for each one of my zone members, and could feel how much the Lord loves them. It was a very special experience. :) LOVE THE MISSION!
    And the snow festival was a blast as always! :D Got to troll around with some of my old buddies, Elder Numano, Elder Nielsen, Elder Kojima, Elder Yamada, it was epic! :D 
 And that was really the bulk of this week. Other than that, not much to report! The picture is of me and elder Dobashi! We are having SO MUCH FUN. I really do love him a lot, and we're going to wreck this area before we're done! :D
 I love you all so much, and I can't wait to hear from you all again! 

 Love, Mike 

Pictures from October-December 2014

Monday, February 9, 2015

Japan week #78

This has been one crazy week. Transfers happened, and my beloved brother Elder Strachan transferred! :( It was incredibly unexpected, and we were both very very sad. He didn't want to transfer at all, and I didn't want him to transfer alt all. It was rough. But, such is life. 
  My new companion is Elder Dobashi, from Saitama Japan. He is a WAY dang cool guy, and he and I are having a lot of fun already. Get along just great. :) He is way into cars, and is a huge basketball guy. He's one transfer ahead of me, which means that he ends his mission at the same time as me, so still with doki members! ;) HAHA! 
  Because of the transfers and mission leader meetings and what not, nothing really happened this week. Next week is a big zone conference, zone training meeting, and lots of other we're going to be BUSY!! Love you all, and thanks for your support!

 Love, Mike 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Japan week #77

Hey everyone! This has a fast week, and a fun one to end the transfer on. We had lots of splits, and not a ton of opportunities to see our investigators this week, so dendo was a bit slower. Just one fun story this week.
 Two years ago, with Elder Lee, we had a surprise man party with the priesthood at the church on Saturday evening. This week, we got randomly invited to a sister's house for a lunch appointment, and we were excited to go, but weren't sure what to expect. So we go, and it turns out, that it's a relief society party! And we were the main guests! HAHA!! We hung out with all the grandmothers in the ward, the ten or so of them, and ate AMAZING food, while just having a blast. :P It was the greatest! Elder Strachan and I were like, that was EPIC! Gotta love them surprise obaachan relief society parties! ;) HAHA!

 Love you all, have a great week!
 Love, Mike