Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Long Lost Matsue Friends

My two favorite kids from Matsue.  They are both being baptized in December!

I don't know if this past week went bye slow or fast. It just
kinda.... went! On Saturday and Sunday we had stake conference up in
Niimi (about a 2 hour drive from Okayama)! I was able to see all of
the Ward members that I worked with in Matsue again and talk to them
for a bit! Im sure grateful that I was able to spend 3 transfers up in
Matsue, those members have become very close friends of mine and I was
so happy to get to see them again.
  On Sunday for stake conference, Jessica and her son, Hiroyuki came
all the way up to Niimi! Hiroyuki is now starting to take the lessons,
and he wants to get baptized. So we are so excited for him to start
learning about the church! It was also great that they came because
the Okayama elders (who are both Japanese) had one of their
investigators who is also from the phillipenes come to stake
conference and Jessica was able to meet him and tell him why she got
baptized. -Go Jessica!! - Since the Okayama elders investigator just
came to Japan, he still is working on learning Japanese. So I had the
chance to translate 2 hours worth of talks during the meeting.
Translating was a lot more of a challenge than I thought it would be,
but it helped me to see where I can improve in my language, and it
also gave me some good translating practice. It was a really humbling
experience to say the least!
  The rest of the week went well! We had a great lesson with Jay at
the church on Wednesday. We taught him lesson 2 and committed him to
pray that what we are telling him is true. He has a strong desire to
know, but doesn't feel like he can get an answer. We told him if he
has faith that he will receive an answer, and if he asks with true
intent, ready to act on whatever answer comes, then he will surely get
an answer. He committed to do it, and we have another appointment set
up with him this week to see how it went. Please keep him in your
    We also met with a less active for the first time this week named
Fujimoto kyodai! He is a really nice guy who wants to learn. He got
baptized 3 years ago, and since then he hasn't really came to church.
But we had a great lesson with him and were able to get a relationship
with him. After the lesson he told us he really wanted us to keep
coming because he felt so good while we were there. So we set up an
appointment with him for next week! While we were over in his area, we
did some housing and found a new investigator named Okagi! We are
really excited to start teaching him as well! He seemed to have lots
of interest and set up another appointment with us right away.
    As we have been teaching this week, I have really felt the power
of the Book of Mormon, and how it is truly the thing that holds the
church together. If we have questions or things we do not fully
understand, if we would just turn the Heavenly Father in prayer, and
read from his scriptures, we can have our hearts softened and our
questions answered. So go read the Book of Mormon!!!

    Well, things over here in Okayama nishi are going great! We are
tired as can be, and loving life everyday! I hope everyone is safe and
doing well. Thank you all for all you do!!

I love you all more than Deschamps choro loves Halloween! 🎃 👻
Elder Evans

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