November 9, 2015


Nishiwaki, Hyogo


Bean Shimai

O Herro!...

Hey all, I'm coming to you live from the belly button of Japan! (Literally, I'm in the geographical center of this country. #funfacts) Transfer calls came last Monday: I'm one and done with Hashimoto, and on to another middle-of-the country place called Nishiwaki!

So- the past 6 weeks with Nakamura Shimai were all kinds of crazy what with getting used to a new area, new positions, new members.... and we were able to see lots of really good things. I don't have time to write about them all- I honestly haven't really had time for anything the past month and a half. It has been busy. I've never had so many phone calls to make, trains to catch, lessons to teach, emails to catch up on (SO sorry, I appreciate emails more than you know! I want to reply to all of them, and I promise I will get to it!) I'll send some pictures today, and I'm going to start fresh on reporting what happens from week to week starting next week. Stay tuned:)

For today, just a quick scripture from the Book of Mormon that I've been thinking about a lot lately:)

Jacob 4:10 Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works.

Lately I've been learning a lot about how doing things the way prescribed by the Lord via my leaders brings a lot more blessings/happiness than doing things my way.
We humans sure do like to think we're all smart and wise, and we know how things should be done! I'll admit, I get into that way of thinking quite a bit. But, I'm learning lately that the Lord knows a lot more than I do! (Go figure) He calls people to convey the way He would have us work.

Our mission president has been really encouraging us to work together with members in our branch, and I'll admit- I was a bit hesitant. Everyone is so ridiculously busy, and I felt bad taking any more of their time for us. I caught myself trying to counsel the Lord with my very limited logic, rather than trusting that he had a reason for telling us to work with members. So in a bit of an unwilling spirit, Nakamura Shimai and I decided to go on splits (she went with one member, and I went with another and we split up) after church on Sunday. We only had about 45 minutes, but during that 45 minutes we were able to teach 4 people, and one of them became a new investigator. It was the most effective 45 minutes of my life! And even better- it was SO fun. Everyone was happy at the end of that short time. Small experience, but it taught me an important lesson- just trust the Lord and do what your leaders tell you to! You'll be blessed! I love my Mission president, and I know that he is called of God. I love the leaders that guide and direct us, because they want to do what the Lord wants. And we all know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have nothing but the best for us in their plans:) I know that as we seek counsel from the Lord, he'll answer- and it will be exactly what we need.

Life`s good! I`ll send some pics this week. Stay solid!
Allen Shimai


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