So as you might be able to tell, I finally figured out how to get 日本語 input on this keyboard! Hurray!!!! This means that I might have a little bit of Kanji in each of my emails, but I'll try to make sure that it is always intelligible for those of you that don't read the celestial language.
Anyway, this week was great in all the same ways that last week and my first week were great! So, I guess I could just end the email here...
But I wont...
What's been going on in my life? Well, I smelled a tree that smells like cream soda. I've also been practicing my sight-reading, and have been improving dramatically. I've been eating an unhealthy amount of food, due to the fact that one of the 長老たち in my room has received a box of food from his family every day,. Pictures will be included.
Japanese is the celestial language. You should all learn it, but not really because it's incredibly difficult, and you won't ever use it in America. The MTC is definitely the place to be guys. Life is wonderful!
We had a devotional yesterday where Elder Oaks came and talked to us. It was rather incredible! I took four pages of notes in my notebook, which is unheard of for me. There were so many great things that he talked about, but there are a couple that I'd like to focus on. First of all, Elder Oaks talked about the the resurrection and that the reality of Jesus Christ's death, burial, and resurrection is the foundational belief of our church. He said that all other beliefs stem from that alone. At that moment it really hit me that our God lives. HE LIVES! Isn't that incredible!?
Jesus Christ didn't just die for our past mistakes, He lives so that we might have an eternal future! In Him, death is swallowed up for us due to his glorious triumph over it, and because of that our perspective on mortality can change! Our God is a living God and is a God of miracles!
Secondly, but kinda similar to the first, is that conversion to Jesus Christ and His Gospel must precede conversion to this church. Church offices and programs are led by man, and therefore mistakes are made due to the imperfections of man. However, Jesus Christ is perfect. His Gospel is perfect. If we base our conversion on that, then there is no way that we will fall away.
Lastly, Elder Oaks posed a question that I thought was very interesting. "Do we know about repentance enough to teach it?" He then wen't on to describe repentance based on the definitions given in Preach My Gospel. The highlights being: Repentance is turning from things that are wrong, and striving to do things that are right. It is the process by which we stay on the narrow way (see 2 Nephi 31). Daily repentance brings joy.
He also said that through repentance we may feel Godly Sorrow. I remember thinking to myself, "What is Godly Sorrow?". However, this question was not answered in this devotional . So, I'd like to leave you with that question: What is Godly Sorrow, and what is it's role in the repentance process? I will be studying to answer to this question over the next few days. If you guys want to send me your answers to this question, that'd be wonderful!