Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blizzards and Miracles

(P-days are still weird. My next will probably be Saturday, January 28).
No standing on a soap box for this week! But, great week!
Notes/Stories from the Week
  • Seeing some more of Japan!
    • Like I said last week, starting next transfer, much of our focus as assistants will change. We have been traveling around the mission a lot recently to help assist President Egan in trainings. Starting next transfer, our role will change slightly to traveling much less, and getting out and dendoing (proselyting) a lot more! 
    • That being said, this past week consisted of traveling with our mission president to train on the new Eikaiwa program and the new missionary schedule while he conducted interviews for all our missionaries. If you want to look it up on Google maps, we headed to Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, and Saga! I love spending time with our missionaries! One of the highlights was getting a short training from one of my prior companions, Elder Metekingi. He is a district leader now and has become one of the best district leaders, and overall missionary leaders, I've ever seen! He gave a training based off the example of Alma and Amulek in the Book of Mormon and how they worked together in their teaching. The basic gist was when teaching a lesson, to briefly testify of and repeat what your companion just shared before going onto a new point. Elder Burgener and I tried it in our lesson with Shiba San (see the miracle for the week) and it worked perfectly!
Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
After giving some trainings to the Hiroshima zone this past week, we had the opportunity to go on a companion exchange with the Hiroshima zone leaders. The point of these exchanges are for training to take place from leaders, and for us to learn from each other. I went with Elder Burgener and had a blast (sorry, forgot pictures!). 

At the beginning of the exchange, Elder Burgener and I set a few goals, focusing on finding a new investigator. We had a return appointment that we felt would work out, but sadly it fell through (it was quite the snowstorm). Later in the night as we were walking to the area we had planned to dendo at, we both stopped at a certain apartment. We looked at each other and asked what the other thought. After a prayer, we decided to do it despite only 3 of 10 apartment lights being on. 

At the 5th or so door, Shiba San. a man in his 30's opened his door. He is a programmer (we nerded out when I saw Java up on his computer) whose kids are the most important thing in his life. Sadly, he is currently separated from them as they live with their mother in a different prefecture. After some BRT ("building the relationship of trust" with a random stranger) and asking if he had time right now for a message, he let us in. In our short 15 minute lesson, Elder Burgener felt inspired to ask if he had ever thought of the three classic questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?. Well, Shiba San said he had thought a lot about our purpose in this life when we was younger, but never figured out the answer. We were in! We explained we had the answer to that very question, and asked if we could come back the next day. Elder Burgener and his companion went back on Sunday and then again last night. He is now headed towards baptism and will meet with them a few more times this week.

Video and Invitation for the Week
Here is a video I haven't shared in awhile. If you like music, please watch it! It is a music video of a song that talks about the help we can get from Jesus Christ in this life. Please watch and then think about something you will do today to follow Christ's example more.
Pictures for the Week.
1-5: Some more pictures of visiting Daizafu shrine a few weeks ago.

6: American kids just aren't as cute as Japanese...

7: Leaving the Hiroshima apartment and heading to the Eki on Sunday morning

8: arriving at the Hiroshima apartment on Sunday morning

Love you!!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老

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