Monday, September 29, 2014

Baputesuma! / Week #18

Konnichiwa minasan!

So I'll start with the big news I guess. Not that it's a surprise or anything. Karla was baptized on Saturday! It went really well. There were lots of people who came to support her. And her husband also came. I'm still not sure how he feels about everything but I'm thankful that he's not opposed to it. I think now we're going to try and work on having families invite Karla and her husband over for dinner so that he is involved too.

Things with Sam and Jonathan are going really well too. We taught them Lesson 3 on Thursday with the Evans. As always the lesson went really well and they had lots of questions. They also came to a baptism on Sunday for two eight year olds and Sam told us that she wants to be baptized in two weeks. Wow! She's totally ready for it but our only dilemma is Jonathan. He's not quite ready yet but we really want them to be baptized together. So I guess we need to talk to them and figure out what they want to do. We're praying that he will be ready in two weeks and then they can just be baptized together.  It's tricky, but they are both doing great and really progressing. They are awesome!

Tamiko san is doing good too. We took a member over to her house for the lesson which is a definite improvement. We read from the Book of Mormon together and talked about the history of the Jewish and Christian religions. We invited her to read that chapter again or to read the next chapter before our next visit. She really does have a love for the Book of Mormon and knows it's true. Now we just need to extend that knowledge to other things.

Sunday was interesting because we didn't have Sam and Jonathan show up or Yuliya so we were thinking that we wouldn't have any investigators at Church this week but in the Japanese ward Minami and Zukeyama san showed up! It was definitely a miracle. We also had a member bring his girlfriend and so we gave her a quick tour of the church during the second hour and then went with her to Gospel Principles and Relief Society.

Random notes-

I've been in Japan for almost two months now and I had sushi for the first time on Friday! It was pretty good. Much better than Utah's sushi. It was on one of those conveyor belts too where you just grab it as it comes around and then the plate it's on tells you how much it is.

I love mac and cheese. Yes I'm five.

It's so hard to not be able to hold people's babies. Why is this a rule?!

Thanks for everyone who wrote me! You are all celestial! Those of you who didn't write me are...probably still celestial. I hope everyone has a good week!

Love you!

Malone Shimai

                                                      Karla's Baptism - Sept. 27, 2014

View from a tall building in Okinawa

Satomi san (investigator) let me try on this cool cultural hat

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