Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekly Abukuzeni Mail

Went up to Fukuoka for a sweet conference with Elder Whiting of the Seventy, and it gave me a boost in where to go and what to do at this time as a missionary. 

I also met Elder Vance and Elder Rogers who I served with in my first area, Ishigaki, again but this time it was special, because it was exactly a year since I first met them, the only difference is that instead of them being blazing fluent and me not being able to say anything in Japanese is that.. wait no that's the same. Elder Bradley, that missionary who got his last name from the first name store back in the MTC days, featured too. I like him also.

At this weeks District Meeting in Kita Kyushu we had okono miyaki (google it!) made by Elder Willeitner, featuring MLG Legit octopus. 

We had quite a bit of time yesterday planned for housing, so the night before we prayed and decided on an area to go to. When we got there we had another decision to make in which way to go, so we did again and begun. The first lady we talked to was a 50 year old lady named Saori who met missionaries 10 years ago so she knew a little about us, and had expectations about the sort of things we like sharing with people. Kekkyoku, we testified to her on things like Heavenly Father's existence and love. The Spirit was strong (we were just standing there at her door stop), and she was really grateful, saying when she saw us out her window she felt a calm feeling, but also excited. She is always in the hospital for dementia and cancer, if I understood correctly, and she was just released that day. She is going back shortly, and she said she would love for us to visit her again but she is in the hospital so much that she can't say when she will be home. She said that she believes God is there and loves her, which keeps her going, and before we left we asked to have a prayer with her. Elder Malaska said a beautiful prayer and she was crying after, thanking us for coming and sharing this with her and lifting her spirits and helping her feel God's love, but I know it wasn't us that did that and I know that we were led there for that specific reason. We left feeling so happy, and accomplished that that was where the Lord wanted us to be at that time.

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