Date

January 21, 2019

Area

Shimogamo, Kyoto

Companion

Sato choro

Week 73: Haircuts, pants, and my new favorite scripture.

Hey everyone! How's it going? It's been a while since I actually told you what's going on, so I'll give you a brief run down of the nitty-gritty before we get into the fun stuff 😉

- Had a koukan with the my old MTC buddy Elder Holman. It was a few weeks ago, and it was a blast! He's the best. We set a goal to hand out 6 copies of the Book of Mormon on koukan, and we did it! Yay for accomplishing goals!!! There was only a few minutes before the companion exchange ended and Elder Holman and his companion went back to Joyo, and we had only handed out 5 so far. So, as were walking back to the apartment to grab their stuff, Elder Holman practically jumped in front of a dude speeding past on a bicycle, and we handed out the last copy to reach our goal. Elder Holman is the man.

- I had a companion exchange with the indomitable, indescribable, incredible Elder Kurita. It was kind of incredible. I've never had so many people we stopped on the street say the words, " I actually have a lot of interest in your message". However, almost every person that we stopped on the street said those exact words! We also visited a member. After sharing a message about inviting friends to learn about the gospel, Elder Kurita stopped talking for a full 30 seconds and then asked her "are you feeling pretty worn out?" --which was a rather random question given the previous 25 min long conversation that we had just had. He suddenly started testifying about how much the Lord loves her and appreciates the work she's doing as a mother, and she just started bawling. It was one of the most incredibly spirit-driven conversations I've ever witnessed. Elder Kurita is the man.

- Had interviews with President Smoot, but before that Elder Sato choro and I got to go to Kinkakuji with Sister Smoot and a member that President Smoot baptized many years ago who came down from Tokyo to visit. We got to be their chauffeur, because my companion has a Japanese driver's license. It was really fun! During interviews I got to talk about the Book of Mormon with President Smoot. One of my favorite subjects with one of my favorite people. We also talked quite a bit about the Spirit World. Definitely learned a lot. One of the most spiritually deep interviews I've had in my mission.

- we fed a homeless man some home-made peanut butter sandwiches and gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. We shared Alma 5:34 and testified that Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life. We told him that our spirits need nourishment in much the same way as our bodies, and that through Jesus Christ our souls are fed. We also explained a little about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and told him that the Book of Mormon is the word of God given to man so that we might know the Truth. This man had not eaten in 3 days, but at that moment he was more interested in the Book of Mormon than he was in the food we had brought him. It truly is an amazing book that fills our spiritual hunger by bringing us to the bread of life.

- I have become a missionary hairstylist.

- Sister missionaries can wear pants now, but the only thing I can think of is the counsel give in Deuteronomy: "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God." 🙊

- That last one was a joke. Do not take it seriously in the least. However, I have been wondering if Elder missionaries in Scotland will ever be allowed to wear kilts. Now that the pants rule has changed I think its time to give it some consideration 🙃

- My companion was sick and was taking a bit of a nap. While he was in his futon, I was reading scriptures and pondering the finer points of life. I decided to seek the Lord’s counsel on what to do with my companion. Whether I should let him sleep a little longer or wake him up. I randomly opened up the Book of Mormon and found an unexpected answer in 1 Nephi Chapter 4:12 "Slay him, for the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands"

We're going to be going to kiyomizudera with some other missionaries in the Zone and a member from Oregon who used to be a professional gamer. He was number 3 in the world in the game Overwatch for a bit. He's a cool cat. Anyway, were going to be doing that today, so ta-ta for now.

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


With best regards,
ベイレス長老




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