How are you? Thank you all for even more birthday notes and emails, and so many pictures this week! And Mom, Dad, and Danny thank you so much for the package! And Landon and Becky, Asher, Claire, and Reid - thank you for your package too!! The tights are super nice - and all of the treats are delicious! Especially the mangoes :) I felt so much love - and it was actually better that they came after my birthday - it just extended the fun!!
This week was a crazy busy week - We only ended up having about 5 hours of finding time in our area this week due to attending all the zone conferences and going on splits - but we were able to have some lessons which was a blessing. One in particular was very memorable. We met a lady named Chin san, from Taiwan on the street a couple weeks ago. She is a really nice lady in her mid 50s, here for only about a month studying Japanese. We met her and originally made the appointment to share a message, in Japanese so that she could study. But when we went she ended up speaking almost all English (which she is very fluent in) and asking a ton of really good questions. We gave her a Book of Mormon, and asked her to read it, she said she would read about 10 pages. That was about all we had time to talk about, and then we didn't see her until the next week. She read the first 10 chapters of the Book of Mormon, and had even more questions this time as we went through the Restoration pamphlet with her. The spirit was so strong in the lesson, especially when Furue shimai bore her testimony (in English!) about how she gained a testimony growing up in the church. We asked her how she was feeling listening to our message and she said she felt a really warm feeling - a feeling hard to describe, but a good feeling. We explained to her that that was the spirit telling her that what we were telling her is true. She felt it so strong! She then asked us how she could meet the missionaries in Taiwan, and gave us her contact information so that the missionaries could get a hold of her in Taiwan, and so she could go to church there! "Kin" san was really a "Kin-jin!!" It was a beautiful moment, and a beautiful lesson.
I am looking forward to this upcoming week- no meetings - just a lot of work! It is definitely getting a little bit colder now - pulling out my coats and gloves!
I love what your mission is doing about the baptisms by Christmas - the missionary version of Elder Ballard's challenge to members to invite one friend by Christmas. If I can be a part of this, I would love it if when you could to please pray for the Watanabe Family in Moiwa, and the Nakandakari family in Atsubetsu.
I'll just end with sending some pictures - Me and Irina san, our Russian Investigator, and then me and Soderquist shimai in Muroran - we were actually in the same Japanese class at BYU before the mission.
Well, winter is coming on, so everyone stay happy and healthy!
I love you all!