Happy Easter!!! Easter really isn't a thing here. But, we are having a party for the branch tonight! I'll send pictures next week.
Weeks are getting busier and busier, but life is getting better and better. There is simply not much more fulfilling than spending 24/7 trying to do something good for the world. Is it always easy? No, but Sherrill Choro always makes things fun. He's similar to my Australian MTC companion in the sense that he finds joy in the small things in life. We had a blast this week (see pictures below).
Notes/Stories from the Week
- Kodama San: While simply living in Japan is a blast and enjoying life is obviously important, our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ. We are currently working with an incredible man named Kodama San (See last week's, "well that was awkward" story). He was found by the sister missionaries about a month ago, and was then passed over to us soon after. He is a 65 or so man who had no background with Christ or God before he met the missionaries. He has loved learning about and experiencing the influence and help he can receive from God in his life. He came to church for the first time yesterday and loved it!!! He has a desire to be baptized and should be in the next month or so. He's simply incredible. One of the lessons this week was with no joints (just me and my companion) and it actually went way well. My companion and I have a total of 1 year of Japanese experience between us. Luckily for us, the Spirit transcends all language barriers. Quite the miracle actually.
- NATTO!!!!!!: For anyone who has ever been to Japan for a long period of time, you know what Natto is. For those who don't, it is fermented soybeans and has a very,very strong taste. I had it for the first time about 3 months ago and absolutely hated it. I almost threw it up actually. Well, this past week I tried it again while I we were visiting one of the older members of the congregation and actually enjoyed it!!! Japan is beginning to wear off on me!
- Lunch in English with Toan: While streeting this past week (talking to everyone in the streets), we ran into a stud named Toan. He is originally from Vietnam and moved to America when he was 6. He went to college in Virginia, and has been working here in Japan for two years. He actually invited us out to lunch and said he had some Mormon friends. Long story short, he's a stud. He wasn't too interested in our message but we had a great talk about life and doing things worth value. He recently started a company called EEZZ (check it out on Google) and is planning on devoting pretty much the rest of his life to helping build schools and what not in Vietnam. Super cool, interesting guy.
Video and Invitation for the Week
Still Easter season so the invitation is the same as last week. Please visit the website below, explore, and send the link to a friend!!
Pictures for the Week.
-Lunch with some of our college friends at a delicious Okonomiyaki place!!!
-Visiting Yoriyoka kyoudai from the branch! He was the one who wanted to see our reactions with Natto.
-Visiting and getting to know one of the families in the congregation. Single mother with two children with disabilities. Pretty incredible mother.
-Our egg decorating contests!!! To learn more about who those people are, go on LDS.org and type in apostle.
Japan Fukuoka Mission
ケビン C. コルトン 長老