September 16, 2018


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Woaaaaahhhhhhh We're halfway there

Transfer 1 week 6
I'm half done with my training! Spooky! They call the trainees "bean chan" so I love the way one of my friends put it in her email (shoutout Villa-Gomez 姉妹), I'm a half baked bean hahahaha 
This week has been ok. No super crazy experiences or people that I met. We started teaching a new person and then he dropped us a day after our second lesson (all this week). That was kind of a bummer. We also had another person we teach lose his girlfriend and his job in the same day, and can no longer live in Osaka. He sold his phone and who knows if well ever hear from him again. He struggled a little with depression, so pray for Tachi! I'm worried about him.
It was way rainy this week. I got very wet. There's no worse feeling than standing on the train and watching water drip from you and create a massive puddle of water grow around you. Sorry Nihonjin I wasn't as prepared for the weather as I thought!
We also had interviews with our mission president this week, and boy do I love that man. I didn't really need to say anything and he was able to say the perfect things to help me feel better. What an awesome dude. Long live President Smoot hahaha
Cool experience:We started teaching a man named Hamai last week, and he really wants to learn English but has zero knowledge of it. No grammar knowledge, vocabulary, anything. So we taught him last night, and it went super well! We taught some English and the plan of salvation, and he just thanked me. He said he's never met a white person fluent in Japanese until he met me. Lol so I guess I straight up fooled this dude because I am defintiely not fluent, but I also wasn't struggling as much as I normally do. I guess God really wants this dude to be taught because I have never been so comfortable in Japanese in my life! Bless up 異言の賜物! (gift of tongues)
Spiritual thought:Mosiah 3:13And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them

I know I always thought ,"I should live like today is my last day," or," is the second coming was tomorrow, how would I live?" But this week I've been trying to live like Christ had come again already. That's been so different. I've had no fear, and I've been able to love others so much more. It's also helped me truly see what it's like to walk with Him, instead of constantly standing behind him, following. Live life like the savior came yesterday, not like he's coming tomorrow. You'll see so many blessings, I promise.
Love all you guys so much!オリバー長老
1- the beautiful city of Osaka! Part of it hahaha this is actually one of the smaller and less urban parts of my area. Wild.2- the weekly pictures and lunch with Nagaoka kyoudai hahaha he even made a little collage thing this week 😂 bless his heart 3- some dope dudes we met while doing sign dendou. They asked us for the picture this time hahaha


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