Why didn't I take Spanish? This is a questions I have asked myself quite frequently these past few transfers. Who would have thought that you would come to Japan and wish you spoke Spanish....or Portuguese.
Haha :) This past Sunday my companion and I sat on either side of the two recent converts here in the Atsugi Ward and used google translate to translate the meeting into Spanish for Onelia 姉妹 and Portuguese for
Adriana 姉妹. Usually there is a Ward member there who speaks Spanish and can translate for them, but he had to leave earlier yesterday so we used are resources. Yay Google translate! Haha even if it is a funny translation. 笑 :) but I love Spanish and I have a new life goal to learn it. That and Chinese! :) one day I want to serve a mission in
China! We had a Chinese Ward member in my last Ward that said in her home Ward in China there are 5 baptisms a week and that is just from the members introducing their friends to the church! Amazing right! Power of member missionary work! It is the way to dendo! :)
Anyway... We have had another great week in Atsugi! We had a lot of our appointments this week canceled. Which is kind of sad, but we made the most of what we could do and tried our best. That is really all we
can do. Things happen and all we can do it move forward and pray harder. :)
But are Indian friends came to Japanese class this week and we were able to give them a church tour after. It went really well! We also found out that there is a Book of Mormon in their native language!!!! Yay!!!! Now they can read it and understand it! They said we can study it with them as soon as we have it in their language. Pray that it
comes quickly. Ordering sometimes takes a while. We asked the office and they said plan to wait 3 years..... But we know miracles can happen!! :)
We had Mission Leadership Council this past Thursday and it was amazing. I am always amazed by the leaders in this mission. I am so grateful for President and Sister Wada and all that they do for us. It was an amazing meeting. In preparation for it they asked us to read the talk given by Elder Boyd K. Packer titled, "The Atonement". It is
amazing. In the meeting a group of Elders sang 'Brightly Beams Our Fathers Mercy'. It was amazing. The words to that song have taken on a whole new meaning in my life.
1. Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore
2. Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.
3. Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.
Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
There are people in this world that are yearning and searching for the light that the atonement of Jesus Christ can provide in their lives and God has given us the sacred trust to be that lower light for those who are searching. Be the lower light that someone can look to for guidance. We are needed so much more than we think we are. The World needs more light, so we must share our light. I know that Jesus Christ and his Atonement are the source of that light.
In the words of President Tanaka (my favorite old Japanese man) "I love you. I love you. I love you." He is so cute when he says this to all of the missionaries! It is happiness. Haha :) pure happiness and
Have a great week!!!