Monday, May 5, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
On May 5, 2014 Sister Johnson wrote:
This week in Ishinomaki was a good one!! I am absolutely LOVING this district! The Elders that we are working with have such a great vision for how they want to do missionary work. Our vision as a district is something along the lines of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! We are focusing on helping our investigators and all of the members here feel a spirit of love and of unity. We hope that through us, they will be able to feel the love of Heavenly Father and the Savior. So, with this great focus in mind, we are having so many activities that allow us to spend time loving them.
This week, we played ultimate frisbee with a bunch of our investigators and it was so much fun!! I definitely tackled Alcazar Shimai and banged up my shoulder a little bit, but it is 100 percent back to normal now, so that is good. I was a little worried. At the activity, we were able to have a great time with our little friend Yuka Chan. I love her so much! She is so happy, and is so fun. This week, we were able to have two lessons with her! The first one was last Monday night, and her Dad, who is a less-active member of the Church, joined in the lesson with us. We were teaching Yuka Chan about the Fall of Adam and Eve (which is ridiculously hard to teach to people without a Christian background; you have NO idea). She had a really hard time understanding what we were trying to say, but Brother Motomura really helped. He explained it to her very simply, and he also helped answer her questions about science and evolution. It was a really great lesson. Then, at frisbee and Eikaiwa, she asked a lot of questions about Adam and Eve, and why they were so important. Then, in our other lesson with her, we had planned to talk about Christ. She has no idea who He is or why He is important, so we wanted to introduce her to Him. But, in the lesson, Yuka Chan mentioned that she has a hard time believing what we are teaching because she can't see God. She has no idea if He is actually there. So, we ended up teaching again about prayer, and about how she can know if God is really there if she asks Him, and sincerely wants to know. She can really learn for herself if she is His beloved daughter. Which she is!! I feel that love fill my heart every single time I see her! I love her so much.
This weekend in Japan is a very long holiday called Golden Week. Everyone has four days off and gets together with their families and parties! So, we have been spending a lot of time with members and friends this weekend. In fact, we are just about to leave for a BBQ with the branch president and lots of other people! A BBQ at 9:30 in the morning... Weird! But, I like it!
Last P-Day, Alcazar Shimai found out that her Dad had an anurysm, and had to have brain surgery. He is doing better, but is still in a lot of pain. We had an opportunity to fast for him yesterday, and it was a very great bonding moment for us as a companionship. She was feeling a lot of stress, but we were able to pray and fast for her Dad. He is on his way to a speedy recovery! Please keep him in your prayers!
Well, that is about all. We have to head out for the BBQ. But! I love you! I hope that you have a good day!