Hello everyone! This has been one busy week! I think that one of the best things that happened was that two of our investigators were able to come to general conference! I had been looking forward so much to seeing conference, and it made me so happy that even though none of investigators have been coming to church lately, two of them were finally able to make it to hear the prophet`s voice! I think I have mentioned this before, but it just seems that every time I watch conference, particularly since coming on my mission, I just get a bigger and bigger boost from it. Every time I watch it I get a stronger confirmation that each and every one of those men and women who speak, have been called of God to deliver his messages and guidance for us. I thought that Elder Carl B. Cook`s talk was incredibly apt in describing the way that prophets guide us...I feel like there are so many times that I slip into staring down, but then I read or listen to the prophet`s words, to their guidance, and it redirects my gaze towards our Heavenly Father, towards the joy of the gospel. I feel so so grateful for having that guidance again this past weekend...it`s helped me a lot to recognize things that were making my gaze maybe slip a little lately.
I feel things have gone pretty well with investigators this week! We had the two investigators come to General Conference as I mentioned before, Nakatou and Otsuki, and we were able to meet with others throughout the week. Due to Yoshiya being out of town, we weren`t able to meet with him...but we have kept steady contact with him on the phone, and he has read up to chapter 12 of the book of mormon! We asked him a little bit about what he has learned so far, and he seems to be loving it! He was describing back to us the experiences that the family of were having, and seems excited to talk about it at our next appointment ! He is awesome!
Abe still seems to be having a hard time finding something that makes him really WANT to put in the effort for gaining an answer, but I felt the spirit there during our lesson with him, and Elder Numakura and I are looking forward to seeing what happens this next week.
Kind of on a different topic, but kind of related...we have had an awesome success with one of the members on the "To The Rescue" list! He is fourteen years old, and has been in-active for majority of the time since he was baptized last year. We had called him a weeks ago with no answer, but then before Eikaiwa, we were surprise housed by him! He just knocked on our door, and asked if we could come to church and talk! We of course went with him, and ending up talking and playing ping pong with him until Eikaiwa started. He participated in that too, and then we all went home...thinking that we would get in touch with him again soon. Well, we did...but it was all through him again! The shimai ran into him on the street the very next day, and called us, saying that he wanted to meet with us again. He had actually left his bag at the church the night before, so we picked that up and then went over to his apartment. We were able to have a great lesson with him about "For The Strength of Youth" and he prayed at the end of the lesson! He wants to meet again this . He is written in our area book as being the fellowshipper for probably about a half dozen former investigators, and so are really hoping to talk with him about that as well and see if they can become investigators again :) We have really been trying to work a lot with the less-actives (as have the shimai) and I think we are really starting to make progress. Four of our less-actives were able to come to conference yesterday, which really made us happy :)
It has been an awesome experience to have the Matsuhashi couple in our district so far! They are a ton of fun, and probably two of the kindest people ever. We have been doing our best to help them in any way that we can, and are excited to work with them more! It was kind of an intense district meeting this past Friday...while preparing I kind of felt like there couldn`t possibly be anything I could teach them because they have so much more experience than I, but I tried my best and I think the lesson turned out well.
I actually totally forgot to mention it last week, but we had a really neat experience visiting a PI as well! About a month or so ago, we ran into a filipino lady, who said it would be okay if we came back and shared a message with her, right? Well, over the past weeks we have gone many times, but they have never been home...until finally the week before last, we dropped by and they were there! She was there with her boyfriend, and invited us to come as soon as she opened the door! (That is something I haven`t experienced in awhile!) They invited us into their living room, and said "we`re so sorry that we haven`t been able to meet lately, please share your message!" Kind of on a random side note, while we were getting to know them, we found out that her friend had been in scouts when he was a kid! Something that he had in common with me and Elder Numakura...we had a fun time talking about that :) Anyway though, we had a lesson mainly centered around Heavenly Father and us being his children, and invited them to read from the book of mormon and pray. The filipino lady already firmly believes in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and said that she really wants her friend to be able to gain that belief as well...it`s going to be great to teach them more!
This transfer is just slipping away way too fast, but I`m determined to make the most of it! I`d better get going here pretty quick, but thank you as always for your wonderful examples and for all that you do for me, I love you all so much! The gospel is true!