Hello everybody and welcome to another weekly report.
To start off, I know I'm in Japan but it was still welcome news to hear that my team the Broncos won the Super Bowl. I hope all of you enjoyed it and the time spent with family and friends. Any ways let's begin.
Monday ~ We headed out to do some housing which was "successful". We found people that wouldn't mind us coming back, but a lot of them spoke little to no Japanese. We even housed into a preacher who used his daughter to translate between us and it was way interesting. He's probably the only guy worth revisiting, as he asked about what we believe about God and realized that our beliefs were similar to his and because of that we could come back and talk religion again. But other than that, everybody else was pretty bimio (sketchy) on whether they actually wanted to meet or not.
Tuesday ~ So there was some miscommunication between us and an investigator, Shane, and we missed the appointment, but it was all good. We actually still got him to commit to come to church so it seemed like it turned out ok. It will definitely be interesting to teach him as he is from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and we have nothing in Burmese. Like zero, zip, zilch, nada. Wish us luck. After that we had our good friend Hayashi and he was way awesome. Still trying to come to church but he can't get work off yet. After that we went to institute to meet an investigator, but the investigator had a last minute "thing" and was unable to come. But institute was fun anyways and it was a mission prep class so the teacher was totally cool with having us there to help because you know, I do full time, what they’re learning in class. After that we were pretty much done for the day.
Wednesday ~ So my comp still hadn't unpacked so once he did that we headed to a college and dendoed (tracted) there. It was way cold so no one was really there, but we did end up talking to this way cool guy who was interested in English at first and then we explained what other stuff we do. By the time we were done talking he left with a BoM (Book of Mormon), English class flyer, and probably a Mormon.org card. After that we went to meet with Fabian as he called that morning saying he wanted to meet. So we went and we taught about WoW (Word of Wisdom) and committed him to live it. He said the only thing that would be hard was coffee, but other than that he was cool. So we told him we would come back the next day and take all of his coffee and replace it with mugi cha, wheat tea, and hot coco. From there we rushed back to teach Eikaiwa (English Conversation Class). At Eikaiwa we have been talking about doing an American cooking class and the students are way excited. So we finally got permission and we told them we would start it up on the 19th. They were way excited and are planning on bringing their friends. Other than that, it was a normal Eikaiwa night.
Thursday ~ We went back to Fabians and this time taught Law of Chastity and replaced all of his coffee. He said he would have no problems keeping the commandments including Law of Chastity and we were way proud. After that we went to the church and did weekly planning and dinner at home by that time we had to prepare for DCS and that was the day.
Friday ~ We had DTM (District Training Meeting) and we were also kokaning (splits). So me and Elder Porter, an elder I know from the MTC were together. We talked to some way cool people, but nothing that turned into anything. I also took him to Kyūban Danchi (Nine super big apartment buildings all together) where he bought himself a Root Beer and a Coxinha, a delicious Brazilian food. And I bought him a Guarrana, delicious Brazilian drink. After trying to contact some people we had met before we decided to head home for dinner where I made Mexican food and Elder Porter was extremely happy. That night we decided to give indoor soccer one more try and it was way worth it, as we have people coming to Eikaiwa, and now that we are known and a part of the group, people like us and are a bit friendlier. Plus Elder Porter is a big soccer player/fan and he was dying to play. Any ways it was a way good night.
Saturday ~ Kokan (splits) ended so it was me and Mihara Choro again and we headed to meet Fabian as he called and requested another visit. While headed there we met a way cool guy who has had Mormon friends and thinks their good people and wouldn't mind learning about their beliefs. So we will be meeting with him next week. Then while at Fabian's we are just finishing up all the lessons and he agreed to move up his baptismal date and he will now be baptized on the 28th of this month. He is way excited. And he is fulfilling all of the requirements for baptism. After that we headed out to visit some LA's (less actives) while it was pouring rain. Anyways this had some bad consequences for my comp the next day.
Sunday ~ We had two people at church, Shane and Fabian. Both stayed the whole three hours and had a good time. They both will probably come back next week. Other than that not much else happened as I mentioned we spent a ton of time in the rain and my comp went down with a fever after church and was way lethargic so that was the end of our day.
Now this is something new for me, but here's a small little thought. Since I have been out here and studied the atonement I've learned a lot. I used to think that whatever I did had a specific price that Christ had to pay and that he paid for all of whatever I had done and will do. Like I was an item that's salvation had to be bought. But I have recently learned differently from reading the Book of Mormon, specifically Alma 34 where Amulek's sermon is contained. In there he says in verses 15-16, “And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption." Christ sacrifice didn't just get the price exactly for everyone. He went above and beyond, and brought forth so much mercy not only does it pay for our sins but wipes out the demands of justice. He didn't just meet the demands he took justice's scale and over loaded it with so much mercy that no matter the price it has been paid. I've seen it work with investigators as they change their lives around. It is incredible. "Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me".
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..