Tomorrow, at least here, is your birthday dad! Happy
Birthday!! I'll be thinking of you. Know that I love you! I am so grateful
for all that you've done and continue to do for me. You are such a great example
of faith, love, and hard work. Thank you so very much.
It's hard to believe that another week has already passed,
but it's been a good one in Hibarigaoka! I hope that everyone is healthy
and happy. I just read the Rindlisbacher Review, and am hoping that Keawe's
fully recovered from his minor concussion. I can sympathize with Kauluwehi
about the humidity! It's pretty dry here now and I think there's probably
about four times when I thought my face/hands were going to fall off. But I
bought some lotion and it's a lot better now. It's definitely cold here
now, but will continue to get colder. I think it's getting somewhere around
5 degrees Celsius right now.
We were able to visit six less-active members/families
this past week, something we haven't been able to do too much in the past.
Some of them were really happy to see us, while others weren't, but we'll
be continuing to try to help them receive the full blessings of the gospel
again. We had five investigators planning on coming to church but only two
who actually came, Johnson and Richard (two Camaroonians.) Both of them are
progressing as they're reading the Book of Mormon. We will be setting a new
baptismal date with Ozeki-san very soon. We were planning on him being interviewed this past week, but
something came up with him and he wasn't able to meet for it. We'll be
working to have it happen this week, then we'll just need to meet with his
father before he's baptized. We had two great role-play lessons with members
(one active couple, and another inactive couple.) The spirit's guidance was
strong throughout both of them, and we were really able to build strong
relationships of trust with them. Hibarigaoka ward is truly amazing. The
ward is SO full of dendo fire, it's almost unreal. Consequently, Elder Healy, the Sisters, and I are all
loving it here!
The district is doing well. Each companionship is
healthy and happy. I really love serving as district leader. It does take
more effort and work, but the blessings and joy always outweigh the
sacrifice. I was just talking with another missionary a few days ago, about
the blessings we personally receive from missionary work, and I said, “If the
things we personally receive from missionary service (lots of great friends,
leadership skills, ability to speak Japanese, etc.) really are just the icing on the cake, then the cake is
completely smothered with icing!” Honestly, thinking of it that way, it
seems like you would never be able to find the cake. But the cake is
actually also enormous. So, said easily, missionary work is amazing - the
best. Next week is week six of this
transfer, the week we're normally able to go to the temple, but that
Tuesday is Christmas, so we were able to go today. I am grateful for the
temple. There is great peace and joy in knowing who you are in relation to
I truly believe in the Gift of Tongues. Missionaries
here are able to learn Japanese with amazing ease. I've been here in Japan
for a year as of the 20th, and Japanese is a difficult language, but the
Lord has blessed me so very much.
Anyway, I love this work and gospel. Thank you so much
for your love, support, and prayers. I always think of you and am so
grateful to have such an amazing family. Take care, and a have a great
P.S. The husband of the less-active couple we had a mogi
lesson with is a documentary director. He recently made a documentary
called “A gift.” It's about the health benefits Vitamin C has in relation
to radiation. It looked pretty interesting, so if you have some time and seem
interested, try to find it somewhere!
P.P.S. As for calling on Christmas, I was thinking it'd
be best to call on the 26th here, so it would be Christmas there for you.
When will everyone be home? I am able to call on the 25th, 26th, or 27th for
about 45 minutes. Get back to me as soon as possible with a day and time.
You need to call here though. Our number (ready to call from the US to
Japan) is: 011-81-80-2149-6139. We can also use skype, so add us: HibarigaokaMissionaries100. I look forward to hearing from you. I love