Monday, February 20, 2017

I love this work!


I've been talking the talk for the past few weeks about how miracles would be coming. Well, they are coming! This past week we had companion exchanges with Elders Woolston and Malone from Kagoshima, and Elders Sherman and Jensen from Nagasaki. Some of the most fun days of my life! I love getting blown away every time at how good of missionaries we have in the Japan Fukuoka mission. We have a few more lessons tonight and Chin will be coming to church tomorrow! There is no one like our God!

Notes/Stories from the Week
  • Chin- Episode II
    • On companion exchanges with Elder Woolston, we felt like we needed to stop by Chin to see how he was doing. We got there, gave him the Chinese Book of Mormon we had for him, and then asked if he had time to talk about it. Sure enough, he let us in. See the rest in the Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week section!
  • Parties in Fukuoka 
    • This past Tuesday Elder Strickland and I had an opportunity to give a training on accountability. The main focus on of training is found in Preach My Gospel (Sharing the Gospel 101). Under the accounability section, it says, "The principle of accounability willl bless you if you approcah your goal setting and planning with the idea that you will account for your efforts to your mission leaders and to the Lord through prayer." The funniest part was skit that turned out far better than we had planned. 
    • The scene was a four workers and boss working at McDonalds. The boss started out the work day and told the workers what to do, and then to report to him at the end of the day on what they did. After some impressive acting, worker #1 went to report on the day, but realized his shift had just ended, so left without reporting. Worker #2 (the "bro") reported about how fun the day was and vaguely how much he did. Worker #3 (The "In-it-for-himself" guy), bragged about how many burgers he sold today and how little burgers everyone else sold. Worker #4 (The model, It just so turned out this was the only sister of the four workers, probably pretty fitting) reported not only on the specific number of burgers and what not, but also how the other workers were doing, how the customers were doing, the problem of the Mormon missionaries coming into the store and trying to hand out Book of Mormons and plan to fix it, as well as asking for how to improve. It was all a bit exaggerated, but the point was to show the importance of accountability in all that we do. I haven't laughed so hard in awhile haha good times.
Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week

He let us in and we ended up having a lesson with him about the basic idea of God. He liked the idea of God and how we can pray to Him just like we can talk to a friend on the phone. It was pretty incredible to see how open his heart was and how interested he is in learning about the Gospel. The highlight of the lesson was at the end when he said his first prayer of his life. Those first prayers have become one of my favorite parts of missionary work. Think of a father and son who have been seperated for 30 years. The Father has been receiving updates from others on how his son is doing, but hasn't heard directly from his son in 30 years. Well, this past Tuesday night, Heavenly Father was able to hear directly from Chin for the first time in 30 years. It was a very basic, short prayer, but the start to eternal happiness for Chin.

Video and Invitation for the Week

Like Chin, we can all pray to our Heavenly Father and build a real, helpful relationship. The video below explains the importance of this. There are a bunch of videos below this one as well. Please check out the ones that look interesting.

Pictures for the Week.
1: Elder Mizoguchi decides to stop by honbu (past missionary).

Love you!!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老

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