Date

September 13, 2017

Area

Provo MTC

Companion

Eddington-choro

Week 4: Reiteki

こんにちはみんなさん

A month in the MTC and I'm feeling great! There haven't been a lot of crazy stand-out experiences, けど every day in here is a blessing. Last Wednesday we got a new batch of Japanese missionaries in our zone. They are all going to the northern 日本 missions (i.e. Sapporo, Sendai, and Tokyo); so I won't really see any of them after we leave the MTC, but they're all fantastic! We should be getting a new batch of Kobe Missionaries in about two weeks, since that's the transfer cycle. I am so excited to meet those missionaries! It's just a 少し strange though, because all the new missionaries think we're so much more experienced than them. I mean, they call us senpai, but we've only been here three weeks longer than they have. It's also weird to think that 2-3 batches of English speaking missionaries have come into the MTC, been trained, and been sent out into the field since I entered the MTC, yet I still have 5 weeks left here. Guess they just really want us Japanese missionaries to be prepared when we enter 日本!

Eddington 長老 and I are starting to feel more and more comfortable teaching lessons in Japanese. We no longer need to write down specific phrases that we want to use during our lesson planning sessions and can just compile the scriptures and doctrine we want to use during the lesson. I'm so excited about this, because it allows us to be able to have a ton of flexibility in our actual lessons. It allows us to teach to the investigators needs much more effectively! Also, our companionship gospel study is actually the greatest time of the day. We have such amazing doctrinal discussions! I absolutely love my companion!!!

Kinda funny experience that I had/overheard a bit ago. So, a week or so ago we had a language assessment test, where we had to answer ten different open ended questions/prompts in 日本語. The questions are things like this: "You have been teaching the Yamamoto family about the restoration, and Mr. Yamamoto asks why the priesthood was taken from the earth during the Great Apostasy. Please explain and bear testimony of the doctrine." or "please describe your classroom experience here at the MTC and explain how it differs from your classroom and lecture experiences in high school". So, kind of difficult questions to answer with our limited 日本語. Anyway, I was doing my assessment, and I over heard someone attempting to answer the second example sentence I provided you. He was trying to say The MTC teachers are very spiritual, (MTCの先生はとてもれいてきです) but he forgot how to say the word reiteki which means spiritual. He thought about it for a second and then said seiteki, which seems really close and makes a lot of sense given what we study here in the MTC. You see, rei on its own means spirit, and sei on its own can mean holy much of the time. A completely understandable confusion, but sadly in the word seiteki it is not the same sei that means holy. Seiteki actually means sexual. So, this elder accidentally said that the difference between his highschool classroom experience and the MTC classroom experience is that the MTC teachers are very sexual! Unfotunately, this is a super common mistake since the words are so similar, but its still hilarious every time I hear it!

Anyway, it's been a busy P-day so far. Just want to let you all know that the Gospel is true. Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is perfect, and He has provided a way for us to be perfected in him. This way is difficult. We will face a lot of trials and opposition. However, He can strengthen you in your trials if you let him. This week in the MTC choir we sang Nearer My God to Thee, and the words of the first verse and the last verse really hit me:

Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me.
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

Then with my waking thoughts
Bright with thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

Even if I be raised on a cross, throughout my toughest trials and darkest moments, I can be nearer to my God. In fact, through and by my woes I will be nearer to God. God will always be with us no matter the difficulties, so let all our songs be "Nearer, my God, to thee", and we will be able to feel comfort and joy through it all. We thrive in opposition. We are strengthened after we are broken. The point of this life is to become perfect, even as Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven are perfect. I promise you that they didn't reach perfection without shedding a few tears. Keep that in mind in all your struggles, and don't let trials no matter how difficult turn you away from God.

Love you all,

Bayless長老




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