Hello everyone! How are you all? 元気？We had a pretty eventful week but also my companion got pretty sick so unfortunately we had to stay in for a few days. However, I got to call some people on the phone which was good because we haven't done phone proselyting here in Naha for a while. I actually talked to a lot of interested people and one even said they could come to church next week! Also another girl was from Okinawa and she's going to BYU-Provo in the fall and has a lot of interest in the church! I thought, wow it would be so cool if she could meet the missionaries in Provo and especially while I'll be there! She also had a lot of questions about Provo as well as about the church. It was way cool!
Nakasone is doing great! She is ACUTALLY being baptized on the 11th! She's almost finished with her lessons and this upcoming Friday she will be having her baptismal interview. She is honestly the most prepared investigators that I've ever had. I have learned so much from teaching her. She is so amazing and has so much faith and really just wants to follow God. We taught her this week the Law of Chastity, the Word of Wisdom, and Tithing. She said at the lesson where we taught the Word of Wisdom that she really liked coffee but from here on out she was going to stop. And she hasn't had coffee ever since! She told us she really wanted to follow God. When we talked about tithing she was a little worried and thought it would be hard at first because she is working two jobs trying to support her relatives but after we testified of the blessings, she said that she will try her best with tithing. I can see how the spirit is changing her heart and she is wanting more to follow God. I can just see how she has been blessed in her life by trying to exercise her faith and follow the commandments.
We also had a lesson with our investigator Sarii. We taught her the 10 Commandments and we have always had a problem with her coming to church and keeping the Sabbath day holy but when we taught her about the 10 Commandments, we shared a scripture that simply says "Keep the Sabbath Day Holy." I don't know what happened but from that she all of the sudden exclaimed "I understand now! I understand why we need to keep the Sabbath day holy! It is God's day and he rested that day so we must rest. I can see why we need to rest. I have been doing it wrong my whole life but from now on I will do Sunday right." We were so shocked by what she said we didn't even say anything but we were just like "はい!" or "yes!" Haha. It was pretty awesome.
This week we also went to a stake Relief Society activity that was in Futenma. For those who don't know, Futenma is more in northern Okinawa and it was my second area! It was the best going back and seeing everyone from Futenma, a lot of old faces I haven't seen in a long time. We did a Natsu Matsuri which means "summer festival" and everyone came in their yukatas and we had food like yakisoba and curry and shaved ice called kakigori! おいしかった！ It was so fun! Me and Sister Curtis wore yukatas too and all of the members loved it so much. We also did some traditional Japanese dancing and it was sooo much fun. I probably was way bad at it but whatever. 🤣
Anyways, life is good down here in Okinawa. I just wanted to close with a quote about missionary work from Thomas S. Monson that can be found in the new updated Preach My Gospel. “Remember that this work is not yours and mine alone. It is the Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that the Lord will shape the back to bear the burden placed upon it.” I love how it talks about how when we choose to serve the Lord, focus on HIM instead of what we want or what we need, we can receive the Lord's help. It's when we turn 180° and look to Christ and choose to follow Him and walk in His path that we receive those blessings; we receive the help that we need to carry on in this life. I also love that it talks about how the Lord is helping us everyday to become better people and to help strengthen our faith. I have learned so much about the Savior on my mission and I will always be grateful for the times that the Lord has helped me bear the burdens placed upon me.
Anyways, love you all so much!!