Mission Purpose



Favorite Scripture

Alma 29:9

I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some sould to repentance; and this is my joy.

Monday, March 4, 2013


 You are all probably asleep, but its like 4:30 pm here. So, time differences are killer. Today, Waterbury長老 and I have been working hard. We cleaned our apartment, and then we went to an awesome place for lunch. We had katsumeshi. It was like, breaded meat over rice with sauce on it. I couldn't decide which sauce to use, so I got all three. haha it was really good. These students that were eating there were talking about us in Japanese. Well, they were mostly talking about how big Waterbury長老 is. (I'll be honest, he's big. He's way tall. he hits his head on the door frames all the time. haha) It was funny, because he understood all of it. One day I'll be that good at Japanese. Gotta keep working on it. We've actually been waking up at 5 am so that we have extra study time in the morning. Its hard focusing that early, but I'm working on that.

So, we've seen some miracles this past week. We went and visited a family's house. The dad is from Nigeria, and he speaks English very well. Also french, Japanese, and whatever they speak in Nigeria. He said the name but I cant remember. His daughters only speak Japanese. The dad is the only member, so we want to teach his wife and his daughters. We went and visited him, and he said that he was coming to church and that he was bringing 2 of his friends! And they did come. It was way cool. They said that "God willing, we'll come back next week." It was way cool. We also taught an 82 year old man. He came to church last week and we taught him, and then he came back this week. Our lesson went way too long, and I understood maybe 3 words, but in the end it turned out really good. Our member we had with us really saved us because he was really able to connect with the man.

On Wednesday, we were able to teach two of our investigators. One of them, we taught in a park. We were really worried that it would be noisy or something. We normally only teach in the investigators home or the church, but he insisted on the park. We were surprised. there was no one there and it was really quiet. I was able to tell him about Joseph Smith, and ask him to be baptized. He said that he would be baptized, but we weren't able to set up a specific date. The other one we taught in the evening after a guitar class that one of the members puts on at the church that some less active members and our investigator sometimes go to. It was nice because the less active member that was there joined us for our lesson, and I think it really helped him. he ended up coming to church yesterday!

On Saturday, we had a mission-wide taikai (大会) where Elder Tad R Callister (A seventy) and Elder Aoyogi (I think that's right) came and spoke, along with their wives and also President Zinke and his wife. It was way crazy. All the missionaries were there. It was only like an hour and a half trip for us, but some people were traveling for 5-6 hours by train and bus. But it was way awesome! Definitely learned a lot!

Ah! Bean goes into the MTC on the 6th?!?! That's crazy! I'm excited for him. Have fun man! I'll try and write you or something! I don't have a whole ton of time to write people though. Lots of stuff to do on Preparation day in the field. Mandarin will be fun! Don't get discouraged. Its not worth it. It doesn't do anything for you. Just work hard, and pray hard. I know that you can do it. Don't let the pressure get to you. There will be pressure, by the way. And when you think that you cant do it, you're right. But you will have God on your side, and with His help, you can do anything. So, don't give up. :D

But if Bean is leaving, that means that Michael is going to be lonely now. So hey, Michael! Cheer up! I wrote you a letter (among other people) but I haven't sent it yet. But let me share a little thing that's in there, because its kind of time sensitive. I'm sure that sometime soon, you'll put your mission papers in and be awaiting a call. This is what you need to do. Have all your family and friends there. Open the call. Start reading it. Read "you have been called to serve in the..." and then stop. Calmly set the letter aside, pull out your iPod or laptop, and type the mission into an email that is addressed to me, along with the date of entry and all that fun stuff. When the email is sent, pick up your letter and say "sorry, about that.", "excuse me", "My best friend. I'm sure you understand", Or some like really witty line. And then continue reading your letter. Trust me, theres some major reward for doing this. Its all in my letter that I'll (hopefully) send tomorrow.

Well, Japan is awesome. My Japanese is coming.

Well, I love you all! But I've got to go shopping for some food! I don't know what you can send me. But one thing you can is more pictures that are actually printed out, especially of our family throughout the years. We use that for when we are meeting with members, or sometimes even investigators, to kind of introduce ourselves and such. But other than that, feel free to send whatever. I'll try and get a letter off to you soon, but I've got a lot of other stuff to do right now. Well. love you all!!!! :):):):):):):D:D:D:D:D:D:D \(・-・)/ (YAY I got six cakes from Lauren!)

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