Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Konnichiwa!! / Week #51

Konnichiwa minasan! Man I really need to get a new opening line. I just can`t think of anything else to say though. 

So last week I skyped my family right? And it was really great right? And then I got on the computer to send some pictures real quick and discovered to my uttermost dismay that my SD card was not in my camera. And I hadn`t used it that week at all so the last time it was used was when I sent pictures the week before. So I looked around the computer room and I looked back at the apartment. But I still haven`t found it. So it was a little hard for me to think that I just lost the last year`s worth of pictures and video. Luckily, I had sent most of the pictures home, but any videos I took are gone. But a part of me still wants to hope that I will find it someday, or somebody will find it and look at the pictures and figure out its mine and send it to me. Maybe this will be like years later though...

Anyways, other than that my week was really good! We are continuing to teach Yuri chan and she is doing so good! We taught about tithing and fasting this week so we decided to fast with Yuri chan that her family will be more understanding of her decision to be baptized. And it was so cool because she usually only comes for Sunday school and sacrament meeting, but this Sunday she showed up for all 3 meetings, without us even asking her. Everything she has been doing lately has shown her desire to prepare to be baptized! So please keep praying for her and her family.

We also met with Koko san this week for the first time. We mainly talked more about her religious background and got to know her a little better. She has a lot of faith in God. She has been through some hard experiences, but she has always recognized His hand in her life. She`s way cool! However, she is super busy so we`re not quite sure when we will be able to meet with her again yet. 

Also cool story of the week, we were streeting as missionaries tend to do, and we stopped this woman and her daughter and began to talk about eternal families. Well as Japanese people tend to do, she said I`m Buddhist and started talking about some things that I didn`t quite understand. So I thought she was kekkoing us. Or in other words, saying no thanks. But then she finished talking and she was still standing there smiling at us. So I figured I should at least hand her a chirashi (flyer) and tell her if she wanted to learn more we teach about these things. But then I realized our phone number wasn`t written on it so I told her that and then she pulled out her card with her name and number and email on it and gave it to me. I was so surprised. This doesn`t usually happen. Nihonjin don`t generally give out their information to people, especially strange Americans. But she did and we contacted her and we are going to meet with her this week to share a short message! How cool is that?

It`s moments like that when I know for sure this is Heavenly Fathers work. Because all I did was stop this mother to talk to her. And then the rest just happened. Good thing I`m not in charge of this work!

Last note- This week for Eikaiwa we had a talent show. And the Elders decided to do a dance number. Let`s just say it changed my life forever. Ok, not really, but it was pretty hilarious. If I can I will try to send the video. 

Have a great week!

Malone Shimai

This is what we look like in the rain!

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