Monday, September 23, 2013

Baptisms in Miyako!

Hello from the strange land of Miyako! Where you can never tell when it is going to start to rain, or stop.

Seriously that has been one of the biggest annoyances here. It starts to rain so we pull off somewhere and put our rain gear on and then it stops raining. Then we are wet and hot inside our rain gear. (Which by the way, I still don't have because I can't buy any around here!) (As a mom, I am tormented with the desire to fix this problem for my boy. BUT, I kinda' think he can get a Japanese rain suit much easier than I can!)

I never cook because the Asian here is a master cook. He won't let anyone else cook.

Gandy and the Asians and I play ping pong. We are actually extremely good and it gets pretty serious.

So to be completely honest, this week has sucked. A lot. Like none of our investigators pulled through. We made about 60 percent on our goal to contact. We didn'st have any sudden lessons or really found any new investigators (besides ones that became new investigators that we found from other weeks.) We had almost everyone reject us. Haha one case though, we ran into this old man and he said he didn't want our religion but he thought we were so handsome. His words were "why are you two so handsome:" And one investigator asked us if were married (the statement before that was that we were so handsome) and I'm not sure if she meant to each other or not. And Gandy thought the same thing. So he said we weren't married and that we only work together and that he has some girl at home. Then he said that I had choices and one of which looks like she might become a girlfriend after the mission. Then she asked us what our ages were. He said 20, I said 19 and she was like "ehhhhhh wakai desu yo!" And she had us guess her age. Gandy guessed 29. I guessed 33. She was 40 with a 16 year old daughter.

But now its time to be serious. Do you remember that woman I talked about a couple of weeks ago? She asked us to come back on the 19th? Well, we came back. And it was as Gandy said "one of the most spiritual experiences on his mission." As soon as we talked about how God was our Heavenly Father, she started crying. Then we continued throughout the whole first lesson. (Which is interesting thing. Gandy and I were going to teach the second lesson because of her dead son she told us about. But that morning we both agreed that we felt the first lesson and the restoration was what we needed to talk to her about.) She had this bible that she bedazzeled, which I thought was cute. But cool fact. The bible we use in Japanese is not the same one we use for English. For copyright problems, we couldn't use the King James version. And the bible the church uses in Japanese is the one she had so it made things easier. But anyways, we went through the lesson and everything was great. I got to testify of the Book of Mormon and how if it was true then God truly restored His church in these days. I said we can know if it is true through prayer. So we gave her a Book of Mormon and asked her to pray.

On Sunday she showed up to church. We didn't even ask her to come. She came with the Book of Mormon wrapped up in very fine cloth to protect it. We taught her the second lesson during second hour. When we explained Adam and Eve, she said she loved that way of how it is explained. And when we got to the 3 kingdoms, she exclaimed how that's how she thought it was. God`s kingdom is the glory of the sun. Later she said how she thought her dead son was leading her to the correct church.

So even though Miyako has been dry for 2 years, we had a baptism for boys of church members who went to Youth conference. These boys are 14 and when they came back they wanted to be baptized. Not only that, the other companionship got 3 new people with baptism dates. I forgot to mention how if S came to know if the Book of Mormon was true, if she would be baptized. She said yes. So we have a baptism date for the 26th of October!

This is all I have time for. I love you guys and stay strong. the lord will provide for those who are patient.

Jameson 長老

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