Monday, October 24, 2016

An Unexpected Hospital Visit

こんにちは!!

Zone Pday today so not much time. This will be short. I will try to send pictures after zone Pday!

Notes/Stories from the Week 
  • An unexpected hospital visit 
    • Missionary life always brings crazy stories! After a lesson on Wednesday, we got a frantic call from the sister missionaries in our area saying that an investigator they just had lunch with was in an ambulance after having a panic attack and passing out during lunch with them. Sister Luczak is currently training a missionary from Mexico who can't speak English and has just startd learning Japanese. Thus, Sister Luczak had quite the reason to freak out with the whole situation, but handled it like a pro! We took a member with us and all went to the hospital to check on the investigator in the emergency room. She apparently has those panic attacks relatively frequently and rarely leaves her house because of it. I am happy to report she recovered and is back to normal again! Missionary life. Gotta love it.

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
We had a lesson with a man named Yoshikawa San, an older man with a bad leg due to a stroke 7 years ago. The sisters found him first, and all four of us met him this past week. We taught him the basic idea that he had a loving Heavenly Father that we can pray to. We then tried to talk about other teachings of Christ, but he kept bringing everything back to prayer! He loves the idea of being able to pray from his house! We have another lesson with him this week!

Video and Invitation for the Week
Before you watch this video, please search "The Piano Guys" on YouTube! Hopefully you like their music as much as me. Then, watch part of this! It is an interview of them all!


Pictures for the Week.
-1: For now Just a video of the sickest apartment ever!



Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老
日本福岡伝道部

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Party in Fukuoka and Kumamoto!

おはようございます!  
Great week. Desu.

Notes/Stories from the Week 
  • Fukuoka and zone stuff
    • This past Monday we headed to Fukuoka to go to the temple, Tuesday was Missionary leadership conference, Wednesday was planning for zone training meeting, and Thursday was zone training meeting. Way fun! This transfer we are focusing on working with the member of the church more and getting them involved in our missionary work.

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
It's a small one, but last night we had a lesson with a man named Katsumi San. He is in his 40s and has a pretty good life. Married with a stable job, but senses there is still something missing in his life. This was our second lesson with him and we brought two of the younger people in our ward (both return missionaries). As we explained to him the basics truth of God is our loving Heavenly Father and life can make sense when we understand His plan for us, his eyes lit up and he agreed to meet at least once a week from here on out. Small miracle, but that is the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Video and Invitation for the Week
As I was scrolling through our church website to find a good video to send, I found this link. I think all of us know a family or an individual who's life has been almost destroyed because of this satanic drug called "pornography." Although sadly it has become main stream and used probably more than Facebook, absolutely nothing good comes from it. Thanks to modern technology, kids are being exposed to it at a younger and younger age. The sad truth is that whether you talk to your kids or not about it, they will be exposed to it. It is up to you if you want them to be prepared or not.

Whether a Christian or not, please visit this link and look around for ways to help protect yourself, your friends, and your families from it. If you have a problem with it, please search for ways to get help. Christian or not, you can overcome it!


Pictures for the Week.
-1: Elder VanAlfan and I at MLC (missionary leadership conference). He was my zone leader a few transfers ago.


-2: Elder Strictland and Sister Millet at MLC! We all can to Japan on the same day together. 


-3-4: Elder Kaufusi and Elder Pettit at MLC! Two older missionaries who I look up to. Elder Pettit was the last assistant to the president. Wayyy fun guys.




-5: Elder Bunker and I eating some delicious food to take a break from planning for zone training meeting!



-6: Eikaiwa! More and more people come every week!




-7-8: The zone!





-9: Food from a member!



Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老
日本福岡伝道部

Monday, October 10, 2016

General Conference and the Temple

こんにちは!!

General Conference!!! For those who don't know what conference is, it is Christmas for missionaries. Last week I explained it as, "General Conference is a bi-annual global conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like the sermons of Paul of the New Testament and Isaiah in the Old Testament (expect his are a bit harder to understand), we receive modern counsel through living prophets and apostles on how to follow Jesus Christ. It's like Christmas, but eternal presents of knowledge and counsel rather than toys :)." 

Just think about it, a modern day LIVING PROPHET to lead and guide us. If you are wondering what Peter, James, John, Paul, or even Isaiah would say if they were alive, please check out this link and click on a talk that looks interesting.

By the way, yes, of course that is a bold claim. But I wouldn't have left the West Point class of 2017 if it wasn't true.


Notes/Stories from the Week 
  • Goodbye, for now
    • Because God knows I'm weak, He has placed certain incredible people in my life that in a matter of time (sometimes only weeks, sometimes years), change my life and become friends for life. For those of you who come to my wedding someday far off in the future, you will meet most of them there :) Ashton Greenburg was the first on the list about 16 years ago, and over the past few months, Elder James Noah Mismash's name has been written in with permanent marker. He was my four transfer companion who helped--so very patiently--me learn enjoy the mission. We had a blast together and were able to teach some amazing people that transfer. That being said, he quickly gave me the nickname, "chanto military brat." 
    • We then took a few month break from each other until he came up to Kumamoto Zone with me last June. Since then I have seen or talked with him at least once a week. Well, for his last transfer of his mission he got transferred out up to Hiroshima :( We had a bitter sweet goodbye (see pictures below), but he and I both know it's not the end.
    • Love ya, man! (Thanks Mr. Trautwein for the catch phrase)

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
Today we had the chance to go to the Fukuoka temple! I haven't been in just over a year. Long story short, the temple is the closest place on earth to heaven. Because of time, I won't go too in depth, but it was a fantastic experience.

Video and Invitation for the Week
These are some quotes made movies from conference! Enjoy!


Pictures for the Week.
-1: Elder Mismash




-3: Elder Ishikawa




-4: Eikaiwa!




-5: General conference!






-6: party in Fukuoka at McDonald's



-7: the temple!



Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老
日本福岡伝道部

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Transfers and Miracles

こんにちは!!

Well, another transfer has come and gone and I am (drum roll..............) staying in Kumamoto with Elder Serville!!! We have been seeing toons of miracles this past week so are way excited. 

Also, the zone is getting even bigger! Because of the earthquake the sister missionaries in my ward and another ward left, but they are coming back this transfer. One of the two coming to my ward is Sister Luczak from the MTC!!! Elder Johnson from my MTC district is also coming into the zone! So we will know have me, Elder Rowe, Elder Johnson, and Sister Luczak all in the same zone! You see pictures of us all in the coming week. When I first got here, we had 16 missionaries in the zone, then it became 26, and this transfer we will get up to about 32! Elder Bunker and I (he's the other zone leader) are way pumped.

Between the miracles we've been seeing, giving it our all everyday, a hard working companion, and the up and coming zone, this is one of, if not the, best times on the mission so far. It is certainly the busiest, but it rocks!

Notes/Stories from the Week 
  • Junkai Miracles
    • For some reason, some of the best days as missionaries is going on companions exchanges. This past week Elder Gas came down and taught me how to do missionary work! He is a 6'3" or so stud from Utah who is one of the most genki, personable, fun people I know. 
    • Irie San- The highlight was teaching a lesson to Irie San. He is a 28 year old chef who Elder Serville and I found on the street about two weeks ago. He was interested from the start and asked us if we could meet him again at a near by restaurant. After much hesitation, we said we could probably make time...just kidding, we were ecstatic! Anyways, on Junkai we met at a Joyful and became friends from the start. While eating some delicious cheesecake we talked about our relationship with God and Christ, and how what role baptism plays in that.
      • After asking him how he felt about baptism, he said he wants it if it is true. We set a date with him for November and have a lesson with him today. He is truly one of the most kind, loving people I know. We showed him how to download the Gospel Library app and he watches the Mormon messages everyday. Pray for him!
    • Taichi- another miracle from the day with Elder Gas was meeting Taichi. He is a suteki (look that up :) ) 19 year old who clicked with Elder Gas from the start. Yesterday, Elder Serville and I went to the appointment we made with him (it just so happened to be same restaurant as the one we went with Irie. We even sat in the same seats). The lesson went similarly and he wants to be baptized too! More to follow on both of them!
Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
Wow. Miracles are everywhere. Even with out the miracles, my faith in Jesus Christ is the strongest it has every been. To be honest, I guess that isn't saying all that much because my faith in high school and college often struggled. I come from about a strongly rooted in the Gospel family as it gets, yet I often struggled with a basic belief in God growing up. That was a big motivation for serving a mission, to figure out for myself what this was all about.

Well, coming out here was the best gamble I've ever made! Sure, I still sometimes frustrated and stressed out over the small things that don't matter, but I am improving (at least I think I am). I was always taught to keep the "eternal picture" in mind, but when you don't believe in eternity, thinking about the eternal picture doesn't help too much.

Long story short, when we truly look at life and our everyday challenges through this "eternal perspective" of a glorious plan for us to grow and become more like our Heavenly Father, the small things really don't matter. Am I at that point? No, of course not, but like I said last week, all we have to do is get up when we fall, determined to finished the race.

Video and Invitation for the Week
Conference was this past Week!!!! Too bad I still haven't seen it :( We will see it this weekend. For those who don't know, General Conference is a bi-annual global conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of LAtter-day Saints. Like the sermons of Paul of the New Testament and Isaiah in the Old Testament (expect his are a bit harder to understand), we receive modern counsel through living prophets and apostles on how to follow Jesus Christ. It's like Christmas, but eternal presents of knowledge and counsel rather than toys :)

Anyways, please check out these summaries of the talks and look around for one you like!


Pictures for the Week.
-1: The MTC district (over a year ago)



-2: The MTC district in the Fukuoka mission, the four on the left will all be in my zone! Elder Johnson, me, Elder Rowe, and Sister Luczak!


3-4: rain




5: Elder Anderson and Taishi Kyodai (Junkai this past week)




Video: Eikaiwa talent show performances




Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老
日本福岡伝道部