May 10, 2015


Kurayoshi, Japan


Hatch Shimai


Haha no hi omedetou gozaimasu! Happy Mother's Day! Shout out to all of
the awesome mom's who read this email: thank you for all that you do!
We wouldn't be here without you!

This week started off with a soccer activity that got rained out and
turned into a 4 hour long barbeque instead, and that was pretty much
the theme of this week- food. Lots and lots of food.

On Tuesday we received a text that said all of the records in the area
book had to be put into the iPad by Friday- that probably doesn't mean
anything to most of you, but missionaries keep records of the people
they meet with and have lessons with, so that future missionaries can
know where this person is at with their knowledge of the gospel. This
person's progress in the gospel is recorded on a piece of paper and
put into a big binder called the area book. We have 2 area books, with
records back to 2002. There's a lot of papers. Needless to say, when
we found out we had to finish by Friday, it was a little bit of an "oh
no" moment. So a good chunk of this week was spent reading through old
records, re-typing everything that was talked about, and other fun
clerical work. And while we worked, we ate conbini food. Lots and lots
of conbini food. A conbini is like a gas station store (like 7/11 or
QT), minus being able to get gas there. So it's just gas station food,
and it is so. Good. Lunch and dinner and everything in between was
from the conbini right down the road from our church, and I can't even
say that I'm mad about it because I love it so much. Japan gas station
food is top notch. 10/10 would reccommend. I may have gained a few
kilos from doing nothing but sitting and eating for five days, but it
was totally worth it becauseeeeee:


This week, in order to find new investigators, we will be contacting
lots of people who we would have never known about without doing area
book work. Although it seemed a bit uneffective at the time, this is
the Lord's work, and I think he's making sure that these people who
stopped taking lessons for one reason or another have the opportunity
to come closer to Him once again. For example, Hatch Shimai and I have
only contacted one person so far; we couldn't find her house, so we
ended up having to call. Usually phone calls = no thank you, not
interested, who are you?... but she said she would meet with us again!
I think that will happen a lot more this week. We're planning on
working reallyyyy hard to see lots of miracles!

This is the lord's work, and he has a perfect plan for every one of
his children! I know that to be 100% true. He has promised us so many
blessings, and so much help in this life if we are obedient to the
commandments he gives us. That is something I am learning every day,
and improving upon every day. Obedience isn't always easy, but it IS
always worth it.

Minasan, aishiteimasu!Smiling face (black and white)️

1. New friend we met at the barbeque. (Also, happy Star Wars day last Monday!)
2. Good old Okayama zone
3. No matter what time of year, this place is gorgeous.


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