Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My First Last Week

Hello Everyone!

Well it's my first last week of the transfer. It's so crazy how fast time flies! Here are some of the things we did this week:

-Had interviews from the Mission president and training from the AP's. This was great because we'd previously only had like 6 words with the mission president because of the crazy circumstances of our arrival in Japan.

-We met 4 awesome people on the street at the beginning of the week who all gave us their phone numbers so we could contact them again, (it's usually quite hard to get phone numbers) one was an american named Ken that I could actually talk to! Actually since my trainer is Japanese and has never really shared the gospel in english before I did almost all the talking, It was so great to be able to share the gospel in a language I spoke!

-And so cool was yesterday we went and had dinner with a Japanese family called the Yasunaga's and his conversion story blew my mind away! Way back when (like 55 years ago) he was a young college student preparing to be a policeman, and his job took him to Fukuoka. He went to the Zoo and then across the street he saw a church and went to check it out. It turned out to be the Fukuoka LDS branch building (the only branch in all Kyushu at that time, which now has 6 stakes) But the building was locked up tight. So he looked in the glass of the building  and inside he saw a picture of Joseph Smith with his testimony. And when he saw that he said, "Now this is the true church." And it took him a while, but a few years later he found the church again and he was baptized by Brother Hara (Who was the first member in Sasebo and has been branch president like 4 times) It helped me to see that there really are people who are so ready for the gospel out there. We just have to find them! Sometimes it's hard to remember that, when we talk to people all day and they don't really want to listen. But I know they're out there, and I'm going to find them!

Elder Walton

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