This week was so great!! We have had craaaazy rain this past week and we have had some warnings of flooding. Luckily, there have been no floods in our area but all the water has made it a little difficult. However, we are still doing amazing work here!! We actually had a typhoon on the 4th of July!! It was a weak typhoon, it just downpoured all day and there was crazy wind. Nothing too crazy. But it was still cool. Sister Steed was sick that day so we stayed inside anyways and I went through our crazy area books. I organized them and it was a bunch of fun.
This week we met a lot of amazing people and biked to the top of mountains. We also got to go to Saga for interviews with the mission president which is always fun. Me and Sister Steed can see how talking to everyone around us has brought us so much miracles. I absolutely love talking to so many different people and hearing a little bit about their stories. I also love testifying about Jesus Christ to every single random person that I meet. Even if sometimes it's the first time they've ever heard His name before. The fact that I get to be a representative of Jesus Christ and ride my bike around Nagasaki bringing this simple message of happiness, it brings me so much joy. It's crazy how happy you get when you do missionary work!!
Anyways, my focus this past week has been losing myself in the service of others. I read a chapter from The Teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley and it talks about how important it is to serve God's children. By losing ourselves in the service of others, we can find the purest joy. All kinds of stress, discomfort, sadness, anger, loneliness, selfishness are gone the minute we turn away from being inward looking (focusing on ourselves) to outward looking (focusing on others). My mission has not been the easiest but I have found that the second I stop thinking about myself and my hardships and focus on those around me and look for ways to better serve them, I feel so much happier and all my hard times get so much easier. This mission has been such a blessing to my life and I'm so grateful for the wonderful opportunities of service that I've gotten.
Also, quick explanation of the picture, an Eikaiwa (English) student named Ken (he's this crazy old Japanese man) drew a picture of me and he framed it and gave it to me. Definitely going up in my house someday:)