On Thursday I went to Gokiso with Petersen Shimai for a koukan (companion exchange) So Gokiso is all mostly city, so we did a lot of OYMing! Sister Petersen is way awesome! She's not afraid to talk and make mistakes, and really tries hard to make everyone she meets an investigator! Which is way awesome, and something I wished I learned when I was a young missionary!
On Friday we had a really great DTM (district training meeting!) we talked about who our Book of Mormon heroes were and why we liked them, but then we used the Christ like attributes evaluation sheet from the PMG (preach my gospel) to do the evaluation for our heroes! I chose Alma the younger! And we had to search through the Book of Mormon and find why they got a one-five on a question! It ended up being mostly fives with a lot of the questions I found answers too! So Elder Porter (our district leader) related it on how a lot of our "heroes" went through really hard times and had to do a lot of repenting, or changing and through those experiences they've had, they grew closer to Christ, their faith was stronger! He then told us that no matter what we go through, we can still be like our heroes and try to get all fives! It was way good!
Saturday we with the Elders to visit Chie Shimai and her boyfriend(who is not a member) It was a lot of fun! I brought the ukulele that I have and Elder Pollster brought the ukulele that he is borrowing, and we all jammed out with Chie Shimai playing the piano! Then we ate some food and shared a message about why Christ is so important in our lives! We talked about how he is the Son of God, and how he is our friend, and he is our light! Elder Williams used a really awesome tatoe(example, visual) where you draw a heart on a piece of paper and have the person you are teaching write their names and things they love, so for example, family, friend, food, cats... And so on! Then you switch out the pen with a erasable pen and start crossing things off saying sad things like, you live far away so you can't see your family, or your cat dies, so on... Then we shared Mosiah 16:8-9
8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
Then he pulls out a lighter with a picture of Christ on it, and says, "Christ is our light!" Then lights it, puts the paper slightly under the flame and all the markings that we made, disappears! And then you get the heart with everything they wrote on it back to normal! And say, through Christ we can over come everything, every sorrow, ever heart ache, anything! It turned out to be a really great lesson! We asked Yoshimi (her boyfriend) if he would still like to meet with the elders. He didn't really know, so we told him that it was his choice and none of us are pressuring him!
(Also you get a lot of weird looks, or smiles when you are playing the ukulele while riding your bike!)
Yesterday, we had a 30/30 lesson with Aya, (the eikaiwa mom!) we talked a lot about Christ and gave her a Book of Mormon from the start! We used pictures about his life and explained that he is the son of God, he taught people, he preformed miracles, he was baptized, he preformed the atonement (it was really good we had a tachiai(member present..) with us to help explain and to discuss the kanji for it, it also made it a lot simpler for her to understand!) and how he died on the cross, but then was resurrected! Then we shared the baptism video with her! We told her that even though Christ was perfect, he received baptism! And he is our biggest example! We shared 2 Nephi 31:5-7 and Commited her to be baptized, she said no, but in the best answer ever! She said that she thinks it's really sacred and wants to learn a little bit more! She also asked if she was aloud to mark and write in the scriptures, we said of course, and showed her ours and how we mark things that we think are important! And things we learn! I am excited to teach her more! A lot of things are clicking in her head and it's really cool to see!
I already shared a lot of scriptures, but they all really tie together really nicely! So I want to say that I know that Christ really is our Savior, and that He suffered for each one of us, and died for everyone! He loves us more than we can ever imagine! He is truly the light in our lives! He will be there for us when we think we want to give up! I love opt he Savior so much, and I am glad I get to share his gospel!
I love all of you so very much!
Oh, what Love will then bear sway, When our fears shall flee away!
1.she was nervous about me taking a picture while riding the bike!
2. After eikaiwa!
3. We helped sell vegetables for a member!