January 8, 2018


Osaka, Sekime Ward



Week 21: Hello, is anybody there? (my testimony of the Book of Mormon )

This week was kinda boring. Not a lot happened. The first day of oshougatsu was a pretty good indication of how every day this week was going to go--nobody was around. There was nobody on the streets where we normally go finding and not many people were home when we went housing. We weren't able to meet with and teach any of our current investigators, but we did still find a few new people to teach later on in the month. So, that's pretty good! We had the opportunity to spend more time with a few of the Sekime Ward members, and they were as wonderful as ever. I had some of the best Japanese food ever, and got to build a better relationship with the members! So, definitely still a great week, just not as eventful as usual.

On Thursday I started the Book of Mormon again, and I'm now in the middle of Mosiah. As I've been reading these past couple of days, I was just astonished at how amazing the Book of Mormon is! Every single question that I have had on my mission so far as been answered almost immediately by opening it up and reading. On the more difficult days, when I feel overwhelmed by my own mortal weaknesses, I have been comforted. My personal stormy seas have been calmed; I have been uplifted, encouraged, strengthened, and I have been guided by the hand of God. The Book of Mormon is true. If it were not, then it could not radiate so profoundly with the love of God. If it were not , then it would not contain the answer to all of life's questions, both expansive and intimate, general and personal. If it were not true, then it could not contain the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, it is, and it does. I challenge all of you to read the Book of Mormon every day. Just a little at a time. Pray that as you read it you will feel God's immense love for you. If you do, I promise that you will have Joy. Your life will be filled with more purpose, and you will find peace in times of trouble. These are promises that I make to people every day here. I can promise you this now, because God promised it first. It is true regardless of your circumstances--if you just act on it.

I know this email is pretty short, but that's all I have to say. I love you all. Until next week.

God bless. All the best.
Ttyl, in a bit!

With best regards,


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