Date

June 18, 2018

Area

Tanabe, Tanabe Branch

Companion

Sakuma-choro

Week 43: Zone Conference, stake conference, and an earthquake

This week we were pretty busy. We traveled all over the place and had some close encounters with some unfriendly people, but we had a blast and have now broken 100 copies of the Book of Mormon handed out! Dreams really do come true!

Here's the run down of the week:

-We found four new investigators and a bunch of potential investigators

-We had Zone Conference in Sakai. It was combined with Osaka zone as well, so I got to see a lot of wonderful missionaries! It was a great time

-I had my interview with President Smoot and I get the feeling that there is a chance that I might be transferring, because he said there is a chance that I might be transferring. And, if I am to take him at his word, that means that there is a chance that I might be transferring.

-We had a wonderful stake conference where we watched a broadcast with Elder Rasband, Elder Gong, Sister Eubank, and Elder Whiting. It was really amazing.

-We were teaching a lesson to progressing investigator, and a man with a large pointy metal stick came over and tried to literally drag my companion out of the lesson. He didn't seem too happy with us for some reason, but we asked him why he was upset and he wouldn't tell us. I tried to give him a copy of the Book of Mormon, but he didn't seem too receptive.

- I think we've hit the point where we've contacted most of the city of Tanabe. We've had to start biking into the mountains to find people. Sometimes the animals seem a lot more receptive to the Gospel than the people. Although I did meet one grumpy dog (I think he was a shiba) who wanted nothing to do with the gospel or the Book of Mormon. He did however accept an invitation to our English class, but I'm not sure he'll attend.

-I've begun studying the Old testament along with one of the Student manuals that they have in the Gospel Library, and I've learned so much already. The Old testament is difficult and sometimes confusing, but it's still all about Jesus. And, it is filled with some crazy stories. Gotta love the Old Testament!

Let me just say how grateful I am for modern revelation. It can clarify some of the confusion that arises if you read from the Bible alone. A lot of people come away from a reading of the Old testament with the image of a vengeful and angry God, but that's really not the case. I think that one of the "plain and precious truths" that was removed from the Old Testamant was the reality of a kind and compassionate God. A God that loves all of his children, and wants what is best for them.

One of my favorite scenes in scripture is an exchange in the Book of Moses chapter 7 between Enoch and God. Elder Holland paraphrases this scene best:
"There, in the midst of a grand vision of humankind which heaven opened to his view, Enoch, observing both the blessings and challenges of mortality, turns his gaze toward the Father and is stunned to see Him weeping. He says in wonder and amazement to this most powerful Being in the universe: 'How is it that thou canst weep? … Thou art just [and] merciful and kind forever; … Peace … is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?'
Looking out on the events of almost any day, God replies:' Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands. … I gave unto them … [a] commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood. … Wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?'"

I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the loving, compassionate, empathetic Father of all creation. He weeps at our suffering. He sent his son to suffer, die, and rise again so that we might be able to overcome the pains, sicknesses, and temptations inherent in this fallen world. I love this gospel, and I love my Father because I know he loves me. I know that through reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, we can all feel God's immeasurable love for us.

That's about it for this week. Look forward to the many exciting adventures to come in the service of the Lord.

Love you all!

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


With best regards,
Bayless choro
ベイレス長老


P.S.
忘れた!we had an earthquake this morning and apparently there might be a bigger one latter today. Pretty interesting




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