Yesterday was pretty crazy though. We got emails and calls from our Bishop telling us alarms had gone off to warn everyone about the typhoon and so church was canceled.
|Scheffler shimai watching the typhoon from our balcony. I was afraid she was gonna blow away!|
|Our zone leaders told us to fill up our bathtub just in case. I was kinda excited to use it but the storm blew over quickly.|
Anyways after study time we were so sick of being inside so even though it was raining we rode around the neighborhoods to see if we could give any service.
|YESSS! Opportunities for service!|
The best part of my week was a lesson we had with a less active sister. We have had the last 3 lessons more focused around her, for example we talk about her work, her family, and about why she liked certain principles of the gospel while she was first learning with the missionaries years ago. We started putting more effort into listening instead of talking. As we have been doing this, she`s changed a little. She`s more happy when we meet, she`s more open. This past week when we met and talked about the sacrament she committed to becoming fully active again by the end of October. Like the scriptures say, we were `truly astonished` by what she committed to. When we first met with her she told us she wouldn`t ever go back to church because she thought it was boring and long. However, only 2 months later she`s now totally committed to being a fully active member in the church. You can`t imagine how happy we were to hear this.
It`s kind of like Amulek and Alma in Alma 15. Amulek was a less active himself when he met Alma, then became active again and started preaching alongside Alma. Now Amulek was a really wealthy guy, he had lots of money, lots of land, a big family, yet he chose to put all those things on hold to preach the gospel with Alma. He went through a lot of affliction, being cast into prison, etc. As they were converting the Lamanites and establishing a church in Sidom verse 16 says, `...Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;` What happened next?
Alma checked on the church, saw that it was doing alright and the people of the church were okay, then verse 18 `...Alma having seen all these things, therefore he took Amulek and came over to the land of Zarahemla, and took him to his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened him in the Lord.`
`...took him to his own house...` what exactly does that mean? It means Alma loved Amulek, just as I love my companion.
|Love her. Just love her.|
So earthquakes, typhoons, and love...it`s been quite the week in Ootsu!
Speaking of love, here are some pics from this week:
|Me and Yamaoka-san. She is like our grandma here. She said she is already planning her first trip to America for my wedding. Wedding? Whoa.|
|I love Japan.....'s food. Yamaoka-san made this for us. Almost too beautiful to eat, right? Almost.|
|No place does fireworks like Japan!|
|Aunty Nei sent a ton of stuff for my one-year mark. She loves me. I love her. Thanks, Aunty!|
|If you're reading this family and friends, I hope you know I love you. All the way from Japan.|