こんにちは! Happy Thanksgiving!
Hello everyone! I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving! Now is a perfect time to ponder what we are thankful for and see all of the amazing blessings in our lives that God has given us. I'm definitely thankful for a lot of things! I'm thankful for this opportunity to be here in Japan serving the Lord and His children. I'm grateful for my parents, family, and friends. I'm so grateful for this gospel. So many things to be grateful for!
Anyways, this week we got to meet with a lot of our investigators! We had a lesson with our investigator Nikki. She's been an investigator for a long time but recently was picked back up and we are teaching her the lessons from the beginning. She knows so much about the church but has a lot of doubts about the Book of Mormon and also concerns about her family and the church. We had an awesome lesson teaching the Restoration and especially teaching the First Vision, the Spirit was so strong. We had Sister Millard from the Military branch come with us and she was an awesome addition. Nikki committed to reading the Book of Mormon and then asked that once she find out if is true, then what? She expressed some concerns about her family and about baptism and then I didn't know how to answer her. I felt the Spirit helping me say what I needed to say and said, "These questions are something you need to ask you Heavenly Father about, I can't answer them perfectly for you. However, God knows what you need to do." The Spirit was so strong and she committed to asking Heavenly Father about it. Such an amazing experience because I know that I couldn't had taught that lesson without the help of the Holy Ghost.
We also met with our other investigator Atsuko. She still is having trouble with coffee but we are continuing to work with her. I told her about how my grandmother (on my mom's side) was from Sweden and she loved coffee so much before she was baptized but she was able to give up coffee because of her faith in Jesus Christ. We testified to her promising that Heavenly Father can help her overcome her addiction. Hopefully she can gain the faith enough to conquer her addiction soon!
We have also been meeting more with the Miyagi family. They are a part-member family that has 5 kids, a mom and a dad. The dad is a non-member and 3 of the kids are over 9 and are not baptized. We have been teaching the lessons for a while now but have not been able to teach the entire family yet but this week we did! We had an awesome lesson about the Restoration and we gave all the kids a copy of the Book of Mormon and they were all so excited to read it. They were fighting with each other saying who could finish reading it the fastest haha. It was a great lesson and I'm really excited for their progression in the gospel.
As for fun experience this week: We have a meal calender here in Futenma and sometimes we have the American military church members sign up for dinner. Last week on Friday we biked really far out to an area to proselyte in and right when we parked our bikes, we got a phone call from one of the members in the branch asking "are we still on for tonight?" and I was like "what?" and she was like "I signed you and the elders up on the dinner calendar right? so we'll see you at 5?" and we were like "ummm... sure!" and so we kinda panicked after hanging up the phone and we got right back on our bikes and booked it as fast as our feet could pedal all the way back to the base the family was living on. It was kinda insane but it was so fun and Sister Sato kept saying "しまった! しまった!" (shimatta!) which means "dang it!" all the way back and I was laughing my head off. The mission is definitely an adventure that never ends and you never know what is down each corner that you turn!
Anyways, Futenma is great! 皆さんを愛しています! 普天間は素晴らしいです! この伝道機会にかんしゃしています!