Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween! Also it`s November! When did this happen?! / Week #23

So it sounds like everyone had a fun Halloween. Much colder than ours. The weather here is finally starting to cool down a little. But then I`ve said that before and it goes back to being hot. But I think this time it is real. We might be having another typhoon this weekend. We`ll see. I never believe it until I see it because people are always saying there`s a typhoon coming.

So we had a trunk or treat on Halloween and it was combined so there were a TON of people there. There were some awesome costumes too. Unfortunately I was too busy talking to people to think to take pictures of them. Bummer. We were really excited too because one of our potential investigators, Vanessa, said she was going to come but then she had to go into work at the last minute. We were so disappointed because we have been trying to meet with her for a while now and we thought it was finally going to happen. I guess we need to learn more patience still.

We went out so see a less active, Nakasone shimai this week. She said she was busy but her daughter let us in. She`s a former investigator I guess. She said she still prays and she remembered the last time Pinzon shimai was there. So it was a blessing in disguise. We may not have been able to see the less active, but we taught a lesson to her daughter. 

We met with Karla this week and I`m really glad we did because she was having a hard time again. Her husband looked up a lot of stuff online about the church and has been questioning everything and I think it was starting to plant some doubts in her mind. But Sister Nielsen, our joint, did a really good job of encouraging her and telling her to keep doing things like praying, reading, and attending church to spiritually strengthen herself.  By the end she was feeling a lot better. She also came to church on Sunday! She hadn`t been in a few weeks because her son was sick.

We also had Sam and Jonathan be joints for Emi`s lesson this week and it went really well! We taught about keeping the Sabbath day holy and Sam and Jonathan shared what they do on Sundays but then it just turned into them sharing their testimonies about the church and Heavenly Father and prayer and baptism. It was amazing. I felt the Spirit so strong. I`m sure Emi must have felt it too. She had a big smile on her face when they were testifying. They have what we call dendo fire!

Random points:

This week was Wells shimai`s birthday. We have had so much cake this week. Once people find out it`s your birthday they all want to give you cake. I never want to eat cake again! Or at least for like 3 weeks.

Crosby Shimai made the cutest snacks for our Eikaiwa Halloween activity. I will try to get pictures to you of them.

We had Bulgarian food last night. In the Japanese ward there`s a member who is half Okinawan, half Bulgarian and she invited us to her place and grilled a lot of meat Bulgarian style. 

Also all my notes have to do with food I`ve noticed.

Lastly, Happy Birthday to Megan! You`re now the big 23! Sorry it`s two days late, or I guess with the time zone difference it`s only one day late! 

I hope everyone has an awesome week and just know it is now okay to sing Christmas songs since it is after Halloween. That`s our policy here at least. It`s never too soon to start talking about Jesus Christ`s birth! Love you all!

Malone Shimai

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