Date

September 11, 2017

Area

Tama, Japan

Companion

Harmon Shimai

Transfer 5 Here We Go!

Happy Late BAPTISM Day to Mckay! So proud of you for making this decision buddy. Now you've gotten started and get to keep going strong! Also Congrats to my AWESOME sister and SOON TO BE BROTHER IN LAW JAMES! Yay I get an older brother!!:) 
But wow I appreciate my mom on a whole new level after this week. 

First off, had to say bye to my favorite Harmon Shimai this week. May have cried a few times after she left me. We also half-heartedly took pictures to count down her days..

Thursday was the day of days. I found out who my new companion was! (daughter/beanchan) SISTER HANCOCK from Payson, UT. She's the cutest thing ever and its been the greatest time getting to know her and dendou together these past few days. 
On Friday we got Sister Hancock her bike. Proud mama moments right here when she hopped on that bike and was ready to go. The grin on her face was the best thing! We put that bike to work real quick. On Sunday we had plans to visit 2 potential investigators and 3 less actives. We were both so excited that it made biking the hills fun. Sadly, one after the other either weren't home, had moved, or didn't answer the door. There was a point where we weren't sure if we should go visit a potential investigator on our list or house in the area we were in. Pulled over and prayed. Got the best feeling about going to the potential investigator. We got going again and visited the potential investigator...who wasn't home. Honestly I was so confused about it all and was questioning the prompting we had gotten. I was thinking about it all last night and a story from the Riccardi letter popped into my head. 

"Elder Humphrey, I am here. I know who you are.  I sent you to those neighborhoods, the very ones where you experienced nothing but rejection.  I prompted your changes in direction to even more difficult neighborhoods.  I know where each of the elect in your area resides.  I know their names.  I could send you to those addresses only, and save you the time and sacrifice looking for them.  BUT ELDER HUMPHREY, WHAT GOOD WOULD THAT SERVE YOU?  The mission experience is to do what you are told, when you are told, to go where you are asked, and know that the blessing comes from enduring what I ask of you.  This is not about you; it is about opening your mouth at all times in all places.  Doing my will without thought to the end result or consequence… this is what serving a mission is."
So this is what serving a mission is! Doing what you're told even if you don't understand the whole reason why. Trust is the name of the game on the mission and throughout the rest of our lives! If we knew everything beforehand, what good would it serve us? The key is trusting in whatever the Lord has in store for us! 

Pictures:
1. Saying bye to Harmon Shimai
2. Our thoughts about her leaving
3-5. housing views, pretty parks, train selfies
6-8. Harmon Shimai's last district meeting
9. Sister Hancock!
Benson 姉妹




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