Monday, August 6, 2012

Week 43 - July 30, 2012

Transfers 3-6...

How is everyone doing? Is everyone enjoying their summer vacations? Mom and dad, how often are you able to talk with Kauluwehi?

Elder Orton and I are both doing well here in Sagamihara! I had a great district leader council this past Tuesday, we enjoyed spending a good amount of time reading the Book of Mormon on Thursday, had a good meeting with the district on Friday, and ate dinner with the Kanda family last night. The Kanda family has a son that recently left for the Nagoya Japan Mission and another daughter in high school. Even though the school year starts and ends at different times here than in the US, it's natsuyasumi (summer break) here in Japan right now too.

Here are three short quotes I shared at district meeting this past Friday:

"Pile up enough tomorrows and you'll find you've collected a lot of yesterdays."
-The Music Man

"If we don't try, then we don't do; And if we don't do, then why are we here?"

"True discipleship precludes any complacency."
-M. Russell Ballard

One of our investigators, Shimizu, is having a really hard time with the Word of Wisdom. I talked with him on the phone last night and he was saying that he doesn't think he will be able to be baptized because it's impossible for him to quit smoking. We'll be working hard with him, and praying for and relying on the Lord's help. Hopefully he can see the importance of the gospel, and find the strength to overcome his addiction.

We're going on the U.S. base tonight to have dinner with a family in our ward, so I'll be sending a box home from there. The box just has a bunch of things I don't need out here (a few pairs of pants, letters, gifts I've been given, sunglasses, etc.) The next time you're able to get a package out here, could you include some more American deodorant? I'm still good on toothpaste. 

Attached are three pictures. The first two are of me at a Risu Koen (Squirrel Park) we went to on Monday. The third picture is at district meeting. It was a sister in my district's birthday, so we tried to make a banana cream pie. It tasted really good!.. just didn't stay together so well.

In ending, a thought from this past district meeting:
We've made covenants and we've made commitments. We are already a covenant people. Let's be covenant-keeping people. What could be more important than a commitment we have made with the Lord?

I love you!! Take care!
Elder Rindlisbacher

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