maandag 22 september 2014

Personal Improvement

Did you know? 今日は(konnichiwa) literally means: "As for this day". Now imagine everyone saying that to each other all the time. Yeah. Japan is crazy. It's crazy and I love it.

AS FOR THIS DAY, EVERYBODY!

I hope your week has been great, because mine sure has! So... let's eat this pie, shall we?
FIRST OFF! We've had some wonderful きかい to help some 教会員 this week. One of them is a very kind おじいちゃん who now lives in a hospital owned apartment. He's very さびしい, so we decided to drop by and read with him in the Book of Mormon. It was a nice experience and he really seemed happy afterwards! Ah... there's nothing like happy old people. Yosh!

THEN! We had another one of those lovely こうかん with the zoneleaders. Crook長老 is an amazing missionary. He has given me a great example of BOLDNESS and PERSISTENCE. Those two are essential to be a successful missionary. This is what I learned:

When contacting strangers, you shouldn't be afraid to open your mouth, even if it's in 日本語. Dodgeball, remember? You have the ridiculously skilled kid on your team. You can do this, as long as there's teamwork. If you aren't willing to pass the ball to him, you won't be pummeling the other team. Make sure the other team gets a good pummeling. With a side of scrumptious defeat. おいしい!
Don't forget.

But that's not all! Crook長老 also helped me overcome some inner trials I've been wrestling with for a decent amount of time... I have received answers and help for personal improvement and I'm really grateful for that!

ALSO! We had a greater focus on visiting less-active 教会員 this week. We have been able to speak with them, get to know them better... and invite them to pray once again and dust off the good ol' Book of Mormon and give it a read. All of the people who we're teaching and who are investigating the church seem to have made progress in one way or another. It's been a very productive week and I'm glad our hard work is paying off. It's thanks to that and, of course, our Heavenly Father, who has been listening patiently to my prayers and answering them in different ways.

(We also got some sweet Japanese flutes called しゃくはち from one of the less-actives. He made them himself. He had a few he needed to get rid of, so we got them as a gift! SWEET! Our neighbors are gonna be so happy!)

That's it for today. I hope you all are doing great!
See you next time!

愛しているよ!
~サントス長老





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