Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Four Chords, McDonalds, and some Flood Clean Up

こんにちは!


Another great week in good ol' Beppu, Japan! Tons of incredible moments actually.

Notes/Stories from the Week
-The Four Chord Song: My sophomore year in college, I gave a mini "TedTalk" in one of my classes based off "The four Chord Song" (Look it up on YouTube)." The basis idea of the song is that the majority of all pop songs have the same four chords used over and over (I, V, vi, IV). If you have someone playing those base notes over and over on a piano (ex. C -> G -> A-> F), you can jam out to tons of songs. This past district meeting, I put type on those for notes and then had a missionary with no experience with piano, Elder Ricaldi, play those four notes over and over. I then had three of the district members take turns trying to make up their own melody while Elder Ricaldi kept playing the base. They all sounded great! I then explained them how tons of other songs also matched (see picture of the whiteboard).
The point of the lesson was that if 1) We have our foundation on Christ, any effort will give will be turned into a beautiful melody (Helaman 5:12), and 2) If we base our teaching on the Book of Mormon and rely on the Spirit, everything in lessons will work out. I think I was the one who enjoyed it the most, but thats okay :) Definitely one of my favorites trainings on the mission.

McDonalds with the LaxBros: This past week we went out to McDonalds with one of the freshman we met on the APU lacrosse team! We got to know him way well and introduce more of what we are doing. He had only seen us in sports clothes, so his first question when he saw us in our normal missionary clothes (shirt and tie) was, "Did you just come back from work?" We had fun explaining that one. Not an investigator quite yet, but he wants to learn about God and whether He is real or not!

Flood Clean Up: Many of you have probably seen on the news, but there was pretty terrible flooding recently in an area close to us. This past Saturday, Elder Sekine and I went with the Bishop of the ward and many other members to help clean up.The damage was pretty shocking actually. Our time was spend shoving out mud from two houses. See pictures below!


Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
-"Atatakai!"- One of our investigators, Teraji San, has been progressing very quickly recently! At one point in our lesson this past Friday, she mentioned some fear about being able to follow Christ. Elder Sekine and I felt like we should testify about our own weaknesses and our the Lord has helped us. As I shared my story about overcoming a stutter, she all of a sudden stopped me, and said, "atatakai!" She then continued, "I just got a very warm feeling across my entire body that feels really good! What is this?" With smiles on our faces, Elder Sekine and I testified of the Spirit and it's role in conversion. By the end of the lesson, she was excited to be baptized! Quite the miracle!

Video and Invitation for the Week
Forgiveness. Its a fun one :) As a mission we are reading the Doctrine and Covenants each morning for 30 minutes. This past week while reading Doctrine and Covenants 64, it stood out to me that, "Of you it is required to forgive all men." I have found that in my life, the hardest people to forgive are those who don't forgive others. Yes, I realized this past week how hypocritical that is. Anyways, in the institute manual about those scriptures, I found this quote that stuck out to me.

Elder Marion D. Hanks spoke about the importance of forgiving others: “Someone has written: ‘. . . the withholding of love is the negation of the spirit of Christ, the proof that we never knew him, that for us he lived in vain. It means that he suggested nothing in all our thoughts, that we were not once near enough to him to be seized with the spell of his compassion for the world.’ . . . “What is our response when we are offended, misunderstood, unfairly or unkindly treated, or sinned against, made an offender for a word, falsely accused, passed over, hurt by those we love, our offerings rejected? Do we resent, become bitter, hold a grudge? Or do we resolve the problem if we can, forgive, and rid ourselves of the burden? “The nature of our response to such situations may well determine the nature and quality of our lives, here and eternally.... “But not only our eternal salvation depends upon our willingness and capacity to forgive wrongs committed against us. Our joy and satisfaction in this life, and our true freedom, depend upon our doing so. When Christ bade us turn the other cheek, walk the second mile, give our cloak to him who takes our coat, was it to be chiefly out of consideration for the bully, the brute, the thief? Or was it to relieve the one aggrieved of the destructive burden that resentment and anger lay upon us? “

Thus, let us plead to God for help to have the charity to forgive all, no matter what they have done to us. Here is a video that shares the secret!


Also some awesome quotes about forgiveness!


Pictures for the Week.
Two Sets this week!
Set 1- Flood cleanup in Hita









Set 2:
1-2: Failed cool jumping pictures! This is the district!




3: The four chord songs (see explanation above)



4: The good ol' four and half hour bus ride to Kumamoto



5-10: Monkey Mountain!








Video 1:
The Flood damage
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Video 2: 
The most addicting meat song ever!
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Love you!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老
日本福岡伝道部

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