It’s the Fourth of July
To start this email off let’s just say Go America! Land of the Free and Home of the Brave! I would like to recognize all the men that took upon themselves to fight for our freedoms, and no matter how bad the odds were they continued on. They took on, at the time, the world’s largest army and they fought for Liberty. Those men that braved many battles and were forged in the furnace of affliction, like the winter at Valley Forge, brought about a religious freedom that brought about the ability for this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to be restored in America. So once again, Go America! Anyways, let’s get started with the week.
Monday ~ It was a prep day but we got to go to the Nagoya City Aquarium. We went there with an investigator that we found and the sisters. We had a good time at the aquarium. While there, we watched a dolphin show and some other cool stuff. All in all, the aquarium was a way good time. After that we had some errands to run. This was a crazy start to the week. Then we went to an appointment with an investigator who brought a friend to the appointment and it was way fun.
Tuesday ~ So we had some appointments with people, but no one showed or wasn't home. So we spent the day housing and trying to find potential investigators, but we had this feeling like there was something that we needed to do. Eventually we decided to go visit a less active family, but they weren't home either. As we were riding away, one of the daughters stopped us and we proceeded to talk her for about an hour. Her family situation has put a lot of stress on her. Her parents were recently divorced and her whole world is still kind of in free fall. She's not sure if the church’s teaching about Eternal Families even applies to her anymore, but we got her going a bit and she promised to come to church. That was the end of our night. We went home feeling like we accomplished what God wanted done that day even though we really didn't find anyone new or meet with any of our investigators. We just knew that God wanted us to talk to that young women and help and that's what he needed done that day.
Wednesday ~ So we studied like normal and then hit the streets. We went out and went towards the missions largest train station to the institute house to pick up some materials for a less active. We were still on a bad streak, but it was all good. Later, we had a lesson with an investigator and then we went to Eikaiwa, English class. All in all, it turned out to be a good night.
Thursday ~ Started with a very long planning session and then after we ran around trying to talk to people, but we just kept getting rejected. So we visited an investigator and that was good. We had a good visit with them. One of them will be baptized this coming Sunday and he's really looking forward to it.
Friday ~ We had DTM (district training meeting) and we had a good time there. We then did more contacting to no avail; it's kind of the theme for this week. Lots and lots of rejection but we’re still good. We then went to seminary in our ward and waited after that for an investigator to come, but he never showed, again story of my life. But all is good for now.
Saturday ~ We went and had a lesson with our Filipino friends. It was a good lesson and got them all to promise to come to the upcoming baptism. After that awesome time, they decided they wanted to still hang out with us so we went to dinner with them. After that we rushed home changed clothes and went to basketball for probably my last time in this area. I killed it and was scoring ridiculous amounts of points. Pretty much anything I shot went straight through the hoop. It was a way good feeling. We then rushed home to end the night.
Sunday ~ We had meetings before church. And then in the middle of our meeting a member comes in and informs us that there is an American family upstairs. So we take off to go and help. We get there and we set up all the translating equipment and get them all squared away. We then helped the family throughout church in all their different classes. Also this week was fast and testimony meeting, so I translated a lot of testimonies even my companion bore his and I also had to go up and translate from English to Japanese for one of our recent convert's testimony, which was way cool. Also that girl that was from the less active family actually came to church with her sister and her dad. That was a cool miracle. Anyway, after church the American family took us to ramen we helped get them on their way. After all of that we went to visit the Filipinos and give another lesson as one of them is prepping for baptism. After that we went home and that was the week.
Thanks for all the love and support.
Called to Serve in the Japan Nagoya Mission..