April 8, 2019


Shimogamo, Kyoto


Kaleb Scott Hoopes

Week 84: ...still just another week in the wonderful city of Kyoto

Just another week in the wonderful city of Kyoto. Here's a few of the things that have happened over the last couple weeks.

- We had a companion exchange with the missionaries in Katsura, and I was with Elder Dillon. He's a great missionary, and we had a lot of fun.

-On companion exchange Elder Dillon and I talked to a man from Brazil that was in Shimogamo for travel. We were able to introduce the Book of Mormon to him and teach about the Restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ. He had a lot of interest in what we were talking about, and we helped him download the Book of Mormon app right there. It was a really great conversation, and he was an awesome guy.

-it's cherry blossom season here in Kyoto, and people are coming from all over the world to see the beautiful trees in Kyoto. We have lots of opportunities to talk with people from all different parts of the world.

- We went onto a nearby college campus for our studies. It was during orientation, so there were a ton of people. I got recruited to be in the Glee club, the Tennis club, and the Taekwondo club, which I thought was really funny!

- We had interviews with President Smoot. He's definitely the best mission president I've ever had. 😁 I love him! He's an amazing man. We talked a little bit about what could happen next transfer. I got the feeling that I might stay in Shimogamo for a bit.

- we went out with a few other members of the ward to hand out English flyers to try to help our English conversation class grow. I went on splits with one of our members who is a recently returned missionary from Sapporo. It was a really fun time, and together we got the contact information for around 5 people in about an hour. It was amazing!

This week I was reading in the Book of Mormon and found a sentence that really impacted me. It was a phrase in one of Nephi's prayers. He said, " Give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound." As I thought about his prayer, I realized that we all have times in our lives when we are "bound". Sometimes they are physical limitations, and often they are spiritual or emotional limitations. But, no matter what bands we have that are limiting us Jesus Christ has the power to free us. As we turn to Him in prayer, He will give us the strength to overcome our limitations.

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

With best regards,


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