May 28, 2018


Tanabe, Tanabe Branch



Week 40: It’s all about Jesus

This P-day was spent cleaning and shopping. We cleaned our apartment literally all day and got other various things in order that we haven't had any time to do during the week, because Sakuma choro is a dendou(missionary work) machine. I'm just along for the ride!

This week we've been working crazy hard and are just completely exhausted by the time we get home at the end of the day. We read a chapter out of the Book of Mormon (him in English me in Japanese), and then both pass out on our futons at 9:30pm. I've never felt so exhausted before. It’s such a good feeling, because we know that our efforts are qualifying us to see a lot of blessings from the Lord.

One of the greatest things that has happened is that over the span of a week and two days, we have handed out a total of 37 copies of the Book of Mormon. We have received contact information from most of the people, which means that in the last week-ish we have found over 30 Potential Investigators. Some have already become new investigators, because we've already been able to have follow-up lessons with them. That's crazy! And, it's all thanks to the power of the Book of Mormon.

じゃあ(Well then), because we've been busy, I don't have a lot of time left. I'm going to give you the brief highlights of one of the craziest jam-packed weeks of my mission:

-we bought Japanese flutes from a man carving them out of bamboo on the side of the road. They're super cool but way hard to play.

-we had a wonderful dinner at a member's house. They're two of the strongest members I've ever met, and I love them so much. They're amazing.

-Sakuma choro and I played an ocarina duet in sacrament meeting of Nearer my God to Thee. It was amazing! The Spirit filled the room, and I swear there were more than just the two of us playing. It was probably just overtones—-but man was it cool!

-We went to the Shirahama Airport and got to see a man we met a week ago with his airplane. He really wanted to give us a free ride in his plane, but sadly we couldn't. It's written in the white handbook, so ぜったいダメ. But we did get to sit in it and take pictures! Whoot!

-Sakuma choro painted my Ukulele, and it looks amazing! He's a wonderful artist.

- we keep on accidentally finding people that already have a copy of the Book of Mormon but aren't in the area book. So far, all of them have agreed to meet with us again and to allow us to teach a lesson.

- had a discussion about aliens, parallel worlds, doppelgangers, and whether or not there were ancient civilizations that were as technological advanced as we are today but with all evidence of their technology wiped out by nuclear war thousands of years ago. All in Japanese, of course. Definitely one of the weirdest conversations I've ever been a part of as a missionary, but we were somehow able to bring it back to a gospel principle and hand out two copies of the Book of Mormon by the end of the conversation.

-did I mention that Sakuma choro is the man? Because he is. He's the man!

Well, I'm out of time for today, but I just want to let you all know how much I love this Gospel. I'm so grateful for the Book of Mormon. It truly is evidence that the true church of God has been restored to the earth. It is evidence of God's love for all of us, his children. It is evidence of the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the holy calling of our current Prophet, Russell M. Nelson. I know that if we read the Book of Mormon with the intention to know for ourselves if it is true, we will receive confirmation from our Heavenly Father that it is, indeed, true. It may come quickly, or it may come after a time of diligently reading and studying, but it will come. I promise that after you receive that confirming witness, you can continue to receive it again and again as you study it every day.

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!

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

With best regards,
Bayless choro


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