Monday, February 2, 2015

He is aware of His children

One thing I could use your help in is prayer for my investigators. It always seems like we can set baptismal dates well but they fall through. It has happened enough on my mission that it is something that I wish to stop happening. Granted some people will fall through, just how can we limit that more? Please pray so that Elder Olsen and I can figure out how to help people apply the gospel in their lives. (I asked Jarom how we could direct our prayers in his behalf. Please join us in praying!)

So this week, wow! We didn't have much time to dendo. The numbers do not reflect what happened this week. We had a bunch of stuff come up and not only that, interviews and Stake Conference took a huge blow out of our time for the week.

Tuesday we actually had some time to go out...... but!!!!! We stopped by K to give her bananas since she was sick. It is a week day and usually D is not home. We got there and saw his car and Elder Olsen said "Oh no. This might be interesting." We talked to D and showed him some videos from Mormon channel. The poor man is so emotional. He cried after the video "The Savior (lord) wants to forgive." Then K came out and we showed some things in Japanese for her. The first video she picked out was a video about strengthening marriages. D is just not very smart with what he says. Doesn't ever watch his words around K and makes her mad. After she got mad he got really scared. He begged us to stay home until his son came home so that they wouldn't fight. So we tried to calm the situation and then the son came home and told them not to fight. Isn't that crazy? An 8 year old boy telling his parents not to fight. D is scheduled to go to America on February 7th. Maybe this might be good for K? We don't know. Only God knows what will happen to their story.

Wednesday, We had a lesson with W. She swore she would never have a spiritual  experience reading the scriptures. As the lesson went on we felt prompted to share something and she read it and she said "I really like this scripture.Ii think this scripture is right." Then had this look of "oh stink. Did that just happen. I just liked this." It was the best. She is slow but she is coming to like the message more and more as we explain it.

Then sitting in the church talking about the lesson, this man walked up to the church and started talking to us. He was saying how there was something going on in his church, so he decided to start coming to ours and be baptized. He has free time every day so we can meet him and teach him. We set another appointment for Friday. His name is K.

We met C for the first time in a while. She is progressing soooooooo much. She has been praying everyday. Her sister that had cancer is going to work now. She says that she thinks that God is there and that He is answering her prayers. We taught the plan of salvation to her and she said she wanted an eternal family with perfect bodies. One of her sons is severely handicapped so she loves the idea of resurrection. I love this lady so much. I wish we could meet with her more.

Thursday, interviews! Kaicho! I'm so thankful for him! We came back then taught eikaiwa. Its going super good. It keeps growing and more and more young people are coming. We have about 4 high school students regularly coming. We sometimes for asaundo play basketball with them.

Fiday we met with K and set a baptismal date for the 21st. He has been to church in the past and has been a Christian for over 20 years. We do need permission to have him baptized on that date since the time he came to church was about 8 months ago. But he really wants to be baptized and willing to do anything to join our church since his church basically disowned him.

Then we had to do weekly planning after that. We had a little bit of time to dendo so we did that.

Saturday was crazy. We first went out a dendoed a little bit but then had 2 appointments with people to go down to the sakura matsuri. At the end of one, we invited our friend to listen to the lessons. He said yes! He said he would try his best to meet often. Right after we left him, we started to head to the church but this American stopped us. (At the matsuri, about half the people were from the bases. there were so many Americans) He started talking about the church and how he used to be in it. He was totally less active. He told us why he was less active and how is was hard to come back. We were walking together and then we found a spot and stopped and talked more. He talked about how he was feeling so guilty about his past mistakes. We told him that he can get rid of that guilt and be able to feel that same joy he felt when going to church. (He said he liked it as a kid.) He talked about the articles of faith and said how he liked the 13th. He tried to recite it. he couldn't do it but he talked about the principles in it. He said how much he like it.

Right at that moment the woman standing right next to us the whole time pulled up her phone and showed it to him. The guy freaked out. The couple standing right next to us the whole time were members. We stopped right in front of church members and they heard the whole thing. She pulled up the articles of faith and showed it to the less active. Wow! Crazy timing. The members testified of how the :ord is always watching out for us and that He loves us so much. Later we got his name and gave it to the Elders who live near him. He said "man it has been such a long time since I have talked about this, but there have been times where I still sing primary songs to myself when I'm sad. I don't know why I'm talking to you guys but there is something that makes me want to talk to you."

This experience really testifies to me that the Lord is so completely aware of all His children. He places them where they need to be in order to come closer to Him.

Later we met that less active K that we found on the street about 2 months ago. He is doing super good. We are going to try to help him find a job on base so he can live closer to us or other missionaries.

Then T and his friend came with us to eat. The friend totally has interest in the gospel. He asked me questions about what heaven was. I explained what it was and I said I wanted to go there. He said "Yeah that sounds great. I want to go too. How do you get there?" I said, "Well that's why we are here, to teach people how the can go to heaven." He said he wanted to go to church if he had time. T's baptism date dropped because he couldn't get to church but on Wednesday he came to the church when K there. They introduced themselves and K thought T was a member. He said, "No I'm not but I have been thinking about becoming one." Then K said he wanted to as well. As a missionary that is awesome.

Sunday was spent in Okinawa and dendo for about 2 hours or so. The numbers are really low this week but there were so many cool things that happened.

Elder J

No comments:

Post a Comment