I'm tired and sore, but would you like to listen to a message of happiness?
That's what I feel like my life is like sometimes. With this whole push-up competition and then proselytizing, man it's enough to make you sleep all day. But hey, there is no rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need any. Right?! Anyways, lots of fun things coming your way from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Monday ~ So we had a lesson in the morning and it went really well. It was a way fun hangout time with our investigator. From there we did all of the necessary things like cleaning groceries and such. But then towards the end of the day Elder Adams didn't feel so good, so we ended up staying home and I did more cleaning.
Tuesday ~ We did the normal morning routine and all was good and then we headed out to an appointment and she happened to not be home, so we rushed over to our service appointment. We were a bit late, but it was all good. From there we went to the church to be picked up by a member for a youth BBQ. So I had made my good old chicken marinade and everyone loved it. I brought a kilo (2.2 pounds) and it all got eaten. But the BBQ pretty much took all of our day, as it was quite a ways away. Still during the activity I almost found a new investigator. I talked to him and he eventually came over and ate with us, it was way good. But it turned out to be just a fun time and he said he would call us if he would like to meet, so maybe in the future.
Wednesday ~ So we had a mougi, role play, with a member and when we showed up they had their granddaughter over and she is not a member. The grandma invited us in and we started doing the lesson with the granddaughter. Thankfully we had planned doing the first lesson, even though we had done part of it before. So we just jumped right into the lesson and the kid seemed to like it and said that the next time we come over she would be there. So it was pretty cool. Since they lived pretty far away and a member had requested we open the church for them that evening we hurried our way back to the church. Where we prepped Eikaiwa (English Class) and this member practiced piano. Eikaiwa was fun and we all played a fun game at the end, and it got pretty competitive, which is really funny to watch.
Thursday ~ We had an exchange and I went with Elder Takara a brand new Japanese missionary, who does not speak much English, but he's working on it. It was way fun to be with him. So with Elder Takara we had a lesson with one of our investigators that is prepping for baptism and then after that we went out in search of less actives and past investigators. It eventually just turned into housing and we found two really solid potential investigators. It should be interesting to see what happens. From there we went to a Japanese learning center, where I still haven't really learned anything useful or helpful. But hey it's a good place to go meet people. But that was it for the day.
Friday ~ Well, after the end of the exchange we headed home and did planning for the week, so nothing interesting really coming out of that. Then we had game night at the church. It was a fun time and I finally beat someone in ping pong, but it was short lived, as I got destroyed in the next round.
Saturday ~ So we had all day training in Yokkaichi. It was a long day, but it was followed up by a performance of the missions musical group. So it was pretty good. But we ended up getting home with just enough time to get to our dinner appointment with a recent convert. After dinner and talking with him we went home and called it a day.
Sunday ~ Like always is crazy. We had church and then talked with people at church. After all of that we returned home where I contacted pretty much everyone we haven't seen in a while and set up appointments with them. From there we had leftovers for dinner and then headed out to meet an investigator.
So here is where I'm going to give my spiritual thought for the week. It's about the power of prayer. So when we went to meet this investigator we knocked really hard on his door and called his name but nothing. We proceeded to leave, but I didn't feel settled as we haven't seen him in a while. So I convince Elder Adams to turn around and go back up the four flights of stairs. Once there I knocked again and nothing. Finally I got the impression to pray. And it was more like a "Hey you realize that you haven't asked for help” feeling, so I asked Elder Adams to pray and he was really reluctant and even refused because he didn't see the point. I insisted and even said the prayer myself. After I closed the prayer I knocked normally, not pounding or anything but just a nice set of raps on the door and called his name nicely once, and all of the sudden I hear movement in the house, and then the door OPENS. He happened to be a bit sick at the time and told us to come back on Tuesday. But after he closed the door there stood Elder Adams in awe, kind of dumb struck at what had just happened. First, we had practically beat down his door with nothing, and then after a prayer and a few quick knocks he opens. Elder Adams just wanted to head out and come back later, but I knew that we needed to see this man that day. God does answer prayers and does open doors. It specifically says "Ask and ye shall receive. Knock and it shall be opened unto you." So that's the message on the power of prayer. From there we visited some other investigators and got them to setup a family home evening night. It is going to be a fun night. But that was it for us.
So that was the week. The moral of the story for the week is prayer is powerful. Sometimes the answers come quickly and others come slowly, but the answers always, without fail, come.
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