Monday, September 1, 2014

Dearest family :)

My family!!!

This week has been great! We have had a lot of rain and also a lot of fun. :)

My brain is a little all over the place today so hopefully this won't be too random and backwards...haha :)

On Saturday we went out to dinner with a family in the ward and had shyabu shyabu again. I don't know if I ever told you my first experience eating it.... But let's just say I have never eaten so much meat in my whole life. This time it was a lot better!!!! Haha but still after we were way full. :) food is so good in Japan!!!! Love
it.... ;)

So Rikosan came to church this week for the first time in a long time!!!! Such a miracle!! It was so good to see her again. And she brought the hymnbook we gave her. She likes church a lot even though she isn't too set on joining yet. But we have hope. :) it was such a great Sunday. I loved sacrament. :) it was ward conference. It is always a great feeling to sustain the prophet and leaders of the church. This church is true. :)

On Thursday we had interviews with President Wada. It was so good. That man is truly inspired. He gave me all of the advice I needed to hear. I just need to really think about my true desires. Where really is my
heart?? How much do I really want to speak Japanese? How much do I really love the People around me?? As we reevaluate our desires we can start to see if they are inline with what the Lord wants.  And through
prayer and the atonement of Jesus Christ God can help us change and align our desires with what he desires for us. :) I love the atonement of Jesus Christ!

After interviews on the train ride home I sat next to this girl who had an air Jordan backpack. So we started talking basketball. After a while the conversation changed to religion. ;) ha but it actually was one of the most amazing conversations I have had on a train. She was really interested in the Book of Mormon and it's story, I ended up teaching her almost all of the lesson on the train!!!!!! It was the first time I had taught that much of a lesson on a train. It was amazing.  I gave her the Book of Mormon right as we got to our stop. Such am amazing experience. The spirit was for sure there and I could tell that she could feel that this was so thing special. That was such a good day. :) I love testifying of the gospel!! It is probably my favorite things.

On Thursday after eikaiwa I was talking to a man who has been learning about the church since he went to college in Utah. He is now in his 40's and has read all of the Book of Mormon probably more times then I
have..... Haha well maybe not but he has read it a lot. He has some problems with having full faith and commitment. We talked for a long time about faith, change, and truth. I had a thought come to me during
that conversation and it has really stuck with me since then. He doesn't understand the atonement of Jesus Christ. If he truly understood the atonement, if we all truly understood the atonement a lot of the problems, questions and worries that we have would be less. The atonement of Jesus Christ is amazing. It is real. I think I talk about the atonement every week....haha but that is because It is changing my life. It is beautiful and amazing and it is so important for us to understand. :)

I know this church is true. It is beautiful isn't it! :) I love you.
Have a great week.


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