|The one and only SHIHO!!|
OH MAN. Where to even begin this week. Sooooo much happened and there's not much more I can say besides, this is God's work. I have a testimony of that! Here's a few of the miracles of the week.
First things first. Remember the man, Mark, who walked up to me a few weeks ago and told me he had been talking with missionaries online and wanted to learn again? Welllllll..... Mark has been meeting with the elders almost every day, is speaking with both us and the elders in a group message 24/7, came to church yesterday, and IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON SUNDAY! I KNOW RIGHT?? The other day I received a message from him thanking me for finding him that day in Nishi Kasai a few weeks ago. He said that he was touched by studying with the Elders and felt God calling him to be baptized into the restored church. I read it, FREAKED OUT, called the elders, and then they told me to go look at our group message with him... I did, and saw the following message.
"I decided after prayer to go thru repentance and be Baptize. Today while studying i felt a very deep calling in heart. Hope Devin (Elder Smith's first name lol) can schedule it. Thanks to God and also to Mod."
My district has began using that phrase ever since.... "Thanks to God and also to Mod." Lol too good. But being serious, over the past 1 1/2 years I really have learned that it's not us who deserve the credit in the slightest. I am not the one to thank at all, but I am grateful that God was able to guide me to be in the spot that I was that day. Mark is very special to me and honestly I consider him as one of my own investigators. I am sooooo excited for him and soooo happy that I get to be here for his baptism! God is good.
Speaking of being at the right place at the right time, this week I had exchanges in Nakano. It was the definition of a miracle-filled day. We were able to find 3 new investigators, so many people wanted to stop and talk, and we were feeling the Christmas Spirit. WELL. Just as I thought the day couldn't get better, a girl literally jumped out in front of me and said, "ARE YOU MORMON!?" I said yes and she began to scream, jump up and down, cry, all the works. I WAS IN SHOCK. THAT IS SOOOO NOT JAPANESE. Lol.
|Shiho with the missionaries. :)|
I felt so honored to be at the train station where we were at that specific time. Truly a miracle. Being real with you all, I have been getting nervous about coming home and when I met Shiho and invited her to learn, I realized that I probably would never be able to teach her. It broke my heart a little bit, but then Shiho told me the family she stayed with lived in Cottonwood Heights, literally 20 minutes from where I live. She told me that she wanted me to go meet them, and so even when I return home we are planning on doing a lesson through Skype where I will translate for the host family. I AM SOOOO EXCITED. Shiho is definitely another eternal friend, and I'm so grateful for A. That family for making such an impact on her life, and B. The opportunity I will have to continue to teach her.
SO YA. SORRY THAT WAS WAY LONG BUT THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH TO SAY AND TOO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR.
Here's to the last week..... 頑張りましょう。
|Risa and Keiko, my bff Eikaiwa students.|
|Party at Illya's|
|After death interviews (their last interviews with their mission president)|
with Sister Anderson (we went on an exchange this week and it was so fun!
|When your recent convert's little sister becomes an investigator (!!!)|
|Sakamoto 姉妹 aka my second mom|