Monday, June 25, 2012

No Sympathy for the Devil

G'day mates.

I made it through the typhoon fine. I got wet, but it was fun. Apparently it came up from Okinawa, but it wasn't terrible in Kasugai. Anyway this week was good. We found a new investigator named Furuya-san. She has the cutest two-year-old daughter named Itsuki-chan. She wasn't home when we tried to visit her again, but we are gonna keep visiting this week. We met with our two yakusoku-shas (people to be baptized) this week. We meet with Hiromi-chan every week at least twice. We have her baptism scheduled for this week, but we need to bump it back a week because we have to much to teach her still. It goes a little slower with her because she is only nine years old. She is super smart and way spiritual though.

We also met with Naomi-san this week. We need to schedule her baptism. She reads the Book of Mormon and prays daily though. She has also begun to recognize answers to her prayers. Good stuff. Every Friday, we have an FHE at Matt Kyodai's house. He always makes amazing food and desserts and then we share a message. Last week we had twelve people there. Awesome. Two were investigators, Ito Megumi-san and Maejima-san. They have been investigators for a while, but getting involved with other members and building those relationships will help them make that step to baptism.

This week I learned that I like to cook. It fun because you get to control how good your food tastes. It gets me really excited to eat the meal too. I always help Matt cook at the FHE and tonight I'm cooking up some burgers. Exciting! I like changing up things too. Like making a bowl of ramen freakin' fantastic with an egg and some veggies in it. MMMMM!!! We made cookies this week too. They were good. We gave some to a recent convert when we visited him. His name is Tan, and he is from China. He ate the cookies with some chopsticks. It was interesting.

So last week Mom told me about Brother Empey's talk at Seth's farewell. He told a story about going to get ribs and meeting someone who needed the missionaries. He related it to how the Lord knows us and puts things in our way to make his purposes come to pass. That exact thing happened to me on Saturday. I received revelation from my stomach, I guess. We went to a place called Chateraise to get an eclair. While we were in the parking lot eating eclairs an investigator and her daughter parked by us! She has been a little distanced lately, but it was funny to see the Lord make our paths cross. She said that she will come to Eikaiwa (English Class) next week. Cool stuff.

Yesterday (Sunday), we had Stake Conference. It was a broadcast to all of Japan. Sister Wixom, the Primary General President, Elder Yun Huan Che, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke. They spoke about the church in Japan and encouraged the members to "relight the fire of personal conversion." They spoke about strengthening the church around them and helping reactivate members and fulfilling responsibilities. It was cool to listen to from a missionary's perspective.

On Saturday, we dendo'd almost non-stop. It was awesome. I fell asleep that night in about two seconds.

That's pretty much it for this week. Love you guys. Thanks for the emails and support.


Elder Sanderson

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