Sunday, December 4, 2016

"What are you now? A Mormon?"

Merry Almost Christmas!!!
Not much time this week so this will be short!
Notes/Stories from the Week 
  • Companionship exchange with Elder Strickland
    • Like I've said before, many of the highlights of my mission have been 24 hour companion exchanges with other missionaries in the mission.The exchanges allow us to learn from other missionaries and help fix some any problems the mission is having. Up to this point I've been about 25 of them. Well this past Monday was one of the best yet! Elder Yamanashi and I headed down to Nagasaki to dendo with the zone leaders down there, Elder Strickland and Sherman. Elder Strickland and Sherman are half-Japanese, and Elder Yamanashi is complete Japanese, so I was once again humbled with my Japanese :) Elder Strickland and Sherman are two of the best missionaries we have in the mission, so lots was learned!
    • Anyways, one of the highlights was a college student who after a short 5 or so minute conversation on the street, said he had time right there to talk with us. It just so happened that a park was about 50 feet away. The three of us headed to the park, then talk this young college student a 40 minute lesson on what we call, "The Message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Elder Strickland is a ridiculous teacher and took charge like a boss. While teaching isn't a strong point of mine yet, I love watching people light up when they start to consider the possibility of a Heavenly Father than loves them and has a plan for them.
Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
Every Monday, we hokoku (report??) with the zone leaders about how each of their zones are doing. Thus, we get to hear all of the miracles in the mission! One of the highlights this past week a young couple at one the military bases in Japan that have been investigating the church for the past few weeks. He is in the Navy and learned about the church from one of his friends while out a sea for a few months. When he came back to port a few weeks ago, he and his wife immediately found the missionaries and started taking the lessons. Their lives have completely transformed in these few weeks as they have begun living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
The day after they were taught the Word of Wisdom (The law of health that the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith. Honestly what most people think of when they think of Mormons. See the link for part of why we follow is, they were at a party when one of the higher up officers offered him a beer. As he took a step of faith and politely refused, the officer remarked, "Huh? What are you now? A Mormon?" The young sailor smiled and replied, "Well, kind of." He and his wife will be entering into the waters of baptism next Saturday! They have never been happier.
Video and Invitation for the Week
This one doesn't need too much of an explanation. Visit the website and watch the "Light the World" video!
Pictures for the Week.
-1: trying to discretely eat on the train (look up onigiri)

-2: Incredible orange rolls from Sister Egan. She is incredible!!! (I ate mine a bit too fast...) 

Love you!!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老

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