Man so many things happened this week I don't even know where to start! No wait, I do. So last night we woke up because there was a small earthquake that was shaking our apartment and one or two things fell. But then we all went back to sleep. Yeah that is how we respond to emergencies. Then this morning turns out there is a typhoon coming through so it's raining and really windy. But we still walked to the church so that we could email. I promise we value our lives. Anyways, on to more important things!
On Tuesday we had a lesson with the Sakamotos and we knew at the end we wanted to invite them to church. So our plan was to talk about the importance of prayer, scripture study, and coming to church. Well it didn't go quite as planned and we ended up all over the place. I think we talked about the Ten Commandments and about the Plan of Salvation a little, yeah it was confusing. But at the end we invited them to church and they said "Yeah sure we've got time." Miracle! So they came to church on Sunday, all the way to Yanai. I think they had a good time. I'm not sure they understood everything, but I think most importantly they felt the love of the members. Everyone was coming up and shaking hands with them and introducing themselves. It was great!
That day we were also hoping to teach Mitchell but he wasn't sure what day he was leaving yet so we just planned the lesson anyways as if we were going to meet him that day. And then Sister Carter called and said he was leaving Thursday so he could meet that night. Miracle! So we went and taught Mitchell about the Plan of Salvation. And as usual the lesson was awesome. He had super good questions about Adam and Eve, The Law of Moses, and even the importance of Jesus Christ in the Plan. It kept me and Sister Stevenson on our toes. Especially since our English fails us sometimes and we sound weird now. But the Carters are awesome joints and they testified their hearts out. Unfortunately Mitchell left on Friday and won't be back for like a month and a half. But we committed him to read and pray every day while he's gone.
This week we also had the opportunity to go to Yamaguchi and meet our new mission president, Egan Kaicho, and Egan Shimai of course. They are so wonderful! They have a lot on their shoulders taking on this responsibility but they are already doing great. Kaicho encouraged us to work hard, work smart, be obedient, and have fun! So we are trying to do just that!
Honestly most of this weekend was taken up by us preparing for our American cooking class. It's been in the works for over a month now and finally the day came. We had practiced making the BBQ chicken, potato salad, green beans, and cookies beforehand but of course the day of things always get interesting. We had a little fiasco with the first batch of chicken so we had to go run and by some more last minute. But we had a good sized group come and I think everyone had a fun time. We are all a little relieved it's over but we will probably try another one sometime next month.
There are many other miracles that happened this week and I can't even list them all. I'm so grateful I get to be a part of this work and we hope to see many more this coming week!
Is it Jello? Is it Soda? Turns out it's both!
The wonders of Japan right here!!
Everyone enjoying the food we made for our cooking class
The long awaited pic of The Carter Family! And Mitchell!!
He's the one who looks like a Marine! :)
Me & Stevenson Shimai with Morikawa san
Me & Stevenson Shimai with Chapman Shimai & Parmley Shimai
Enjoying lunch after interviews with our new Mission President!!