Sorry, last week was a little crazy. Saying goodbye to Rowe Shimai was no fun, but luckily my new companion is a blast. She's from Hokkaido (northern Japan), hilarious, such a good missionary, and everyone she meets loves her! Lucky me! Also, Japanese 24/7 is so. Fun. I'm learning so much every day, and maybe one day I'll be able to speak this language! Maybe.
Life is good here in Hashimoto! I'm back to the inaka (countryside) and it's a blast. It's ridiculously gorgeous here. the view from our very tall, spacious apartment includes a beautiful river with some waterfalls, and fields for days! Lots of mountains+ lots of hills=lots of fun on a bike. It's also fun having no idea where anything is- we didn't even know how to get to our apartment when we first got off the train! But we're figuring things out. It's an adventure for sure.
Our branch is so fun! There's about 30ish people, plus 6 of us missionaries! Two more elders were added this past week, making a total of 5 new missionaries who came to hashimoto last week- we're so ready to work hard and fill this chapel with the amazing people we're finding every day. There are so many young people, so many fun families- I love it here already.:)
We came in to an area with no investigators, but as a mission we have a goal to teach 20 lessons per week, have two new faces at church every week, and see one baptism per transfer (every 6 weeks). As leaders, we are expected to set the example for all of the girls that we are over. As I thought about these standards that have been given to us by the Lord through our mission president, a particular scripture came to mind from the Book of Mormon.
"50 If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done.
51 And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should [reach mission standards]?"
For some people, the goal of teaching 20 lessons, bringing 2 people to church, and seeing a baptism is realllyyyy hard to reach. However, I know with all my heart that if God wants us to make those goals, all we need to do is have faith, have the right attitude, and work! And He will provide a way. He can do anything he wants, and he works lots of miracles! After however many weeks of miracle boards, I know that's true:) This past week, we got 20 lessons. Miracle! now to keep building up from there.:) tanoshimi! (So pumped!)
These upcoming 4ish weeks are going to be really busy- lots of meetings, lots of exchanges, lots of teaching and finding and miracles. Can't wait, especially for this week- mission leader conference, zone training meeting, and best of all; General conference!