March 19, 2018


Tanabe, Tanabe Branch



Week 31: 4... ummm 5? I guess 5 is the magic number.

Got a possibly busy day ahead of me, so I'm going to keep this one short.
Time for the highlights:
-We had 3 baptismal dates fall through this week. That makes 4 planned baptisms in Tanabe that have not gone through in the last month(ish). Five is the magic number, I suppose.
-we have been building a pretty awesome relationship with the branch. They're awesome!
-Despite not having any investigator's with a baptismal date anymore, we still cleaned the font on Saturday to show God that we have faith in the promises we've received from the area presidency. They told us that we would be able to see a baptism before May 15th, and I still have full faith in that promise.

Immediately after we cleaned the baptismal font we saw some pretty amazing miracles:
1. We suddenly felt like we needed to go to a sushi restaurant on the other side of Tanabe, despite the fact that there was a sushi place a minute away from where we were. So, we biked 20 minutes to the Kurazushi and surprisingly ran into a less active member that we had been working with. We talked to him and found out that he has a blood clot in his brain that he just learned about. He will be going to a brain specialist now to hopefully get the issue resolved. We offered to give him a priesthood blessing right there, and we did. I can testify that the spirit guided us there. We were sent to give him a blessing for a problem we didn't even know he had yet. We didn't even end up eating sushi after that. God works in mysterious ways.
2. We went housing and ran into a man who knew about the church and wanted to learn more. He's studied about Jesus and Christianity a lot over the years, and was very interested in learning more. Pretty excited to meet with him again.

-I've gotten so many compliments recently on my Japanese that I'm almost starting to believe that I'm not terrible at the language.
-I've gotten some pretty muscular quads from the frequent biking up mountains!

There was a lot more that happened this week, but I think I'll leave it at that for now. God guides this work, even if it is through imperfect vessels like you and me. He somehow is able to use us and all our imperfections to bless the lives of others and help them come to a knowledge of the Truth. I think that is probably one of the greatest miracles I've recognized on my mission so far. Everyone can be an instrument in the hands of the Lord, we just need to have a desire.
Anyway, love you all! Until next P-day.

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

With best regards,

Bayless choro

Also, I forgot to say that my companion got hit by a car this week. We were walking home after Eikaiwa, and he got hit while we were crossing the crosswalk right in front of our apartment. The driver didn't see him, so he didn't hit the brakes until after he hit my companion. Kurogi choro literally flew 5 feet. I don't know what's up with my mission, but there seems to be a lot of accidents. Kurogi choro is fine, and we even got a few new investigators out of the situation. So, all's well that ends well, I guess.


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