First off I would just like to say that Vui Choro and I will both being staying in Matsue together for another transfer! Which means, he will be the first companion that I will stay with for more than one transfer, which makes him my longest companion I have had. Up to this point, Anthony Choro, my lovely MTC companion, has been my longest companion at a time period of 9 weeks. Now with Vui, we will be together for 12 weeks. (I still love you Anthony Choro!)
This week was all over the place! Starting with Monday, we got a phone call from our zone leaders, who are in the area next to us. Takaku Choro had to go to Kobe, because he got called as an assistant, so they needed me and Vui Choro to go over to their area to be with the other Zone leader, Griffitts Choro, and be his companion until transfer day. So we quickly packed up our stuff and left to the Yonago area for a couple of days. There, We dined on lovely pizza, made my members, and met a lot of people. We ended up only staying in Yonago until later Wednesday night, because the new zone leader came into Yonago a day early to help out.
We worked really hard Thursday and Friday while we were home, and were able to teach 15 lessons!! One of the highlights of the week was on Friday. Vui Choro and I ran into a family of 5 and we started talking to them. The mom asked us why we were in Japan and told us that she has been looking for an English teacher for her 6 year old son. (The cutest kid ever) They lived in Hong Kong for a little while, and the little boy went to an international school so his English is really good! We told her that we would love to teach him and explained the English program and gospel program that we could do with them. We gave her our number and she said she would call if she was interested. - About 30 minutes later, we got a phone call from the family! It was the little 6 year old boy on the phone. He said "Hi, my name is Tohma, I just met you a couple minutes ago, can you teach me?" It was so cute! Then we talked to the mom and dad on the phone. They said that the little boy wanted to call us as soon as they got home. - We set up an appointment with them for tomorrow, and are super excited to go teach them English and hopefully about the gospel as well!
On Saturday we went with members back to Yonago because we had stake conference this weekend, and it was in Yonago for the Matsue ward. We spend the whole day there, going to meetings. Then we came home for the night. The next day (Sunday) we got up and went with members down to Niimi (The middle of nowhere) for the second half of stake conference. Niimi is half way between Yonago and Okayama. Needless to say, it was another long drive, but it was a lot of fun!
As far as investigators go, we have picked up 2 new investigators lately, which is huge, because this area is in need of investigators! Their names are Hisako Tako (have fun saying that 5 times in a row!-yes that is really her name) and Makoto Ootsuka! They both have good potential so that is exciting! As far as our progressers go, Anzai-San has been really sick for the past 2 weeks, so we have only been able to meet with him one time. So his baptismal date is being pushed back, yet again. And We haven't met with our other progressing investigator for 3 weeks. Her name is Suzuki-San and she is about 80 years old. She used to come to church every single week, but the past three weeks she hasn't. Last time we met with her, she told us how she plans to out live her dad, who lived to be 88 years old. But.... I think a couple days after that appointment she ended up in the hospital and we haven't seen her since. We sure hope she is doing okay. It seems like all of our progressing investigators are getting extremely sick, so please keep them in your prayers.
Well since this email is getting super long, and long emails are always boring, I'll end it with this quick thought. In Elder Jeffrey R. Hollands talk, he said "My brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength--that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength." I know that this is true. God loves each and every one of us! He wants a relationship with us, and is begging us to talk to him. So here is the challenge: This week, see what ways God shows his love to you. What has he done and given to you? You never know what kind of difference that simple thing can make in your life.
Thank you all for your emails, and for your love and support. I hope you all have a great and safe week!
With love from Japan,
P.S Congratulations to my cousin and her (now) husband for getting married this past week! You guys are awesome!
1. Saying goodbye to my past zone leader who became AP, Takaku Choro!
2. Having lunch with some of the Yonago ward members!
3. Sunset while working in Yonago