Overall fantastic week. Being surrounded by people who rock certainly helps makes life enjoyable. My New Zealand companion, Elder Metekingi, is a stud! Certainly a pro at enjoying the small things in life. My new zone leader companion, Elder Bunker, is a chill, hardworking stud from a tiny town in Colorado. Wayyyy easy and fun to plan and work with.
This week will be a bit short! Gomen!
Notes/Stories from the Week
- The Japanese culture is rather against accepting service from others for free. Thus, service activities for us are very limited. This past week, however, we were able to spend a few hours helping one of the ward members move. The four Elders in our apartment and 12 or so members of the ward had a blast doing it. Her apartment was pretty destroyed from the earthquake and had been marked red, meaning dangerous and unlivable.
The miracle for this week was a rather sketch lesson in a park. We met Toshikata San last week at the same park and taught him the basics about God and Jesus Christ. We then set up a return appointment to meet him the next week at the same time. Thus, last night at 2030 we had a lesson with him while squatting down at a park with him and his awesome dog. Between my companion and I, one of us would teach while the other petted the dog to keep him quiet. We taught the basics of the Plan of Salvation.
Our missionary study book explains it well, "The plan of salvation teaches us where we came from, why we are here on earth, and where we will go after this life. It maps our eternal journey through premortality, mortal life, death, resurrection, and to our life in the eternities. The plan also explains what our loving Father in Heaven does to help us make this journey successfully so that we can return to His presence and become like Him. The plan focuses on the mission and Atonement of Jesus Christ in overcoming the effects of the Fall and making eternal life possible for us." Visit LDS.org for more information, or ask my Mom if you have any questions.
Video and Invitation for the Week
Because God is our loving Heavenly Father, He wants to hear from us just like any other loving father would. Thus, He gives us prayer as a way to communicate with Him. I use it everyday! Please watch the video and try it!
Pictures for the Week.
1-2- elder hanleys birthday celebrations
3- Elder Whitmer Choros goodbye at eikaiwa
4- a picture of the congregation I served at taken before I got there
Japan Fukuoka Mission
ケビン C. コルトン 長老