Monday, July 4, 2016

A Cello and 0600 Seminary


(Before I begin, the "smile and wave, boys" philosophy I shared last week goes to one of my previous companions, Elder Sherrill. That was the transfer where we had about a year in Japan between the two of us. That motto saved us haha Gomen for not giving you the credit, man!)

Anyways, great week! The mission is kind of like a mini life. You are born in the MTC and forced to learn a new language; are raised by missionaries older than you that you are forced to trust in; make a fool of yourself while you are trying to figure out how to be like the older kids; mess up and learn from it all the time; eventually become one of those old missionaries that younger ones have to trust in; and it's all over and you "die." That could be made much more poetic, but yeah, it's a 2 year mini life. It rocks!

Notes/Stories from the Week
  • The music concert!
    • On Tuesday a return missionary who served in Kumamoto a few years ago came back and put on a cello concert!! She and one of the best pianists I've ever heard put on a 45 or so minute concert at the church! Overall about 40 members, missionaries, investigators, and less-actives came! I gained a new respect for the cello! I love the mission, but am excited to listen to any music I want to post mission! 
  • Seminary
    • My companion and I decided recently to start going to early morning seminary! It is a scripture study class every weekday at 0600 for all the high school students. This year is the Old Testament! For my four years of high school it was in my basement and my wonderful mother was the teacher (about 20 came each week). As a punk high school, I regrettably feel asleep pretty often due to it being so early, so this is my time to make up for it :) We are going twice a week and trying to help all the high school punks stay awake!

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
I've learned on the mission that service is one of the best ways to gain someone's trust and open their heart! This past Friday during companion exchanges with Mizoguchi Choro, one of the incredible district leaders in the zone, we were housing in pouring rain in an area where the majority of the roofs were covered in giant tarps due to damage from the earthquake. Amongst the downfall, we saw a lady desperately trying to fix her roof to block out the water. We asked if she needed help, and she said she was having a friend come over in 30 minutes, but that we could come back then and help. We enthusiastically agreed.

We went back and ended up staying for about 2 hours helping cover her roof with giant tarps and sand bags. Throughout this time, we talked (she actually asked most the questions for a change) about God and the help we can get from "Kamisama." She has a rather traditional, Japanese view of Kamisama, but was interested in learning more. We are meeting with her again tonight! Pray for her!

Video and Invitation for the Week
While the lady we helped fix her roof had no real concept of Jesus Christ, another lady we found last night is a strong Christian and feels she receives help from Christ everyday! Sadly, many people in this world have no real concept of Jesus Christ, and if they do, don't realize the help they can receive from Him. Thus, please visit he website below to explore more about the life of Jesus Christ. Find one you like, and then look up the corresponding scripture in the Bible!

Pictures for the Week.
1- A bad picture of the concert!

2- Meal with some of the members in the ward (hair got messed up from rain :( )
3-4- Companion exchanges with two of the Elders in the zone!!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老

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