Monday, October 6, 2014

Konnichiwa! / Week #19


So to answer everyone's question. We haven't seen General Conference yet! So don't spoil it! We see it a week later. But I'm so excited! All I've heard so far is that no new temples were announced.

And yes supposedly there is supposed to be a typhoon but I think it's missing us. It's just been really windy the past few days. I believe it's actually cooling off a little bit. The breeze is pretty nice. 

This week was good. We had a special training this week in Naha. The only thing is we thought it was here until the night before when we got a call saying it's actually in Naha... So all of us were scrambling to find out bus times. We couldn't find out a time so we went to the bus stop the next morning at 7:30 and looked at the map and then waited for the right bus to come. It was actually kind of fun. I like public transportation. Is that weird?

The training was awesome! Kaicho talked about helping our investigators have personal religious experiences so that they know for themselves what repentance, the Holy Ghost, etc, feels like. They also gave us a CD of awesome mormon messages we can show our investigators. One of them is the Because of Him video. It's so powerful! 
Also there's this cool one about this bishop who lives in London. He's originally from Jamaica and he reads parts of the Book of Mormon in the coolest accent ever. Not that that's the point...I don't know what it's called but you should try to find it and watch it!

Also we found out the next day that Elder Wynn, one of our zone leaders, has chicken pox. What?! How does that happen? And it was the day we all went to Naha with like 30 other missionaries so if anybody hasn't had it...they might get it now.

So a lot of our appointments didn't work out this week, but we met a few times with Sam and Jonathan. They are doing really good. We're trying to finish up the lessons with them to prepare for Sam's baptism on Sunday. She got up on Sunday in fast and testimony meeting and bore her testimony in front of everyone! It was amazing. She spoke about how everyone keeps saying they have the truth, they know the truth. The first time she came she didn't understand, but as she has been learning and reading she understands now. I couldn't stop smiling. She is definitely ready for this.

Jonathan is also doing well. We teach Sam and Jonathan the same things and give them the same commitments and he does all of them. Even with the commandments he has had no problem so far. He's reading the Book of Mormon and he's up to Chapter 7. He just wants to be sure of himself, which is good. He told us he's planning on being baptized in a month. Yay!

We also met with Emi this week. We read from the Book of Mormon again together. Then we actually started talking about fasting and why we do it. She had been taught it once before but I think she had forgotten a lot. So we've decided we're going to start teaching her the commandments. Who doesn't love commandments?

We've been busy planning the lu'au this week. I don't know if I've talked about it before. We're having an open house, followed by a 
lu'au. There will be delicious kalua pork and entertainment! We're in charge of decorations so we've been meeting with sisters who have far more artistic talent than we do. They are seriously so awesome. They made this tiki pole things and painted them all colorful. A lot of the work will be done on Friday when we set up everything but the members have been so helpful. It's going to be great! Hopefully all the members bring their friends!

Sorry this one is so long. There's just a lot going on, which is a good thing I guess. I hope everyone is enjoying conference! We are so blessed to have prophets and apostles to guide us!  
Aishiteimasu yo!

Malone Shimai

Lemongrass footsoak at a member's house

My doki, Cox Shimai (we came to Japan in the same group)

                                           Kirakira Beach on P-day

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