Well, it's crazy to think that it's been a year since I've come to Japan! There's a Japanese saying that goes "time flies like an arrow" and that is completely accurate. I have loved this past year so much and I have learned so much and had so many amazing experiences and it's been difficult but it has been so rewarding and amazing at the same time. Literally, there isn't anything like a mission.
Me and my new missionary Sister Armstrong literally have been working so hard recently. We were able to talk to over 200 people this week and we saw so many miracles every single day. I feel like a lot of random things happened this week like roadblocks came at us but we were just able to dodge everything and enjoy the ride. One day I got a puncture in my bike tire but we still made it out alive and enjoyed dinner sitting by a river surrounded by flowers. Literally, the day can go from 100 to 0 and back to 100 in a matter of hours. It's just so amazing to see how one can bounce back and just enjoy the road that life takes you on.
We met this really cool lady this week who when we stopped, she started to talk to us in English and we had a great conversation and she literally told us "where is your church, I want to go!" Which like literally never happens and we were able to get her contact information and shes like "I will be at your church at this time, please be there" Literally, we didn't even make the appointment, SHE did! Haha, it was a cool miracle!!
We also knocked into this lady who was actually a piano teacher and she had a huge grand piano in this tiny apartment and she told us to come in and allowed me to play on her piano. I played "Clair De Lune" and it was a long time since I've sat down on a big piano to play a full piece. Sister Armstrong got to play too and it was just a cool little experience.
This week we were definitely led by the Spirit. I have learned so much recently how important it is to rely on the Spirit instead of relying on yourself. We need to trust in God and rely on His guidance instead of thinking "I can do this myself." This isn't my church and my work this is His work. I have learned a lot recently about the importance of trusting in God and allowing Him to lead your life. God will always led you in the right direction and He knows all things so why not allow Him to guide us? Sometimes it is hard to have humility but when we are humble and rely on Him, things just work out better and we can really see the tender mercies each and every moment.
My investigators back in my last area in Okinawa, the Miyagi family, were baptized this past weekend and having them be baptized made me feel this joy that I hadn't experienced before. I feel as the scripture says in D&C 18:15, "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!" I remember when we first started to meet with the Miyagi family and teach them and now seeing them get baptized has strengthened my testimony so much. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to teach them. It's amazing to see their growth in the gospel and now the Miyagi's are working towards being an eternal family. I love them so much! I'm so grateful that I got to meet them and help them to learn of the Savior and this gospel and help them experience the joy that I experience. I love this gospel and I am grateful for my mission.