Monday, July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016: 愛

Hello every one how are you all doing??  This week has been another day in the life!  Miyako is just like Utah in the fact that it is really humid and hot one minute then absolutely pouring buckets of rain the next. 

I want to start by talking about Kimura San.  So we found him a while back and haven't been able to meet with him since then.  BUT we saw with him twice this last week!  First he has questions about the Book of Mormon.  We tell him the story of the BOM by using the pictures in the front cover and shared with him the last two paragraphs of the introductions. Basically explaining its purpose.  Second time he sits us down and we start talking and he starts to say that he doesn't need the book.  We keep testifying of the importance and why it's essential.  Nothing seems like it is working!  Come to find out he wants like a guideline to the book like a flow chart type paper!  Like if you get in trouble or you need to repent, do this.    We give him what is in the PMG that outlines those questions but still he doesn't budge.  After a while my comp speaks up and says "Well, have you read it?"  He says "No I haven't!"  Then goes my comp says "Well if you haven't read it, why do you think you don't need it?"  He pauses it over and I have the thought that we need to give him a tour of the church.  We walk from McDonald's over to the church which is really close and my favorite member is there. He show him around our small but humble meeting house.   Iwama 兄弟 helps us out in teaching starting with the great apostasy to the restoration!  It was a great hour spent and a great testimony builder. 

If you don't know for yourself, read the scriptures and ask God.  It's that simple!  Just try!

Yesterday a past missionary serving in Miyako came back to visit.  When he was serving here, he taught this investigator who after receiving the lessons, quitting the lessons and finally came back and was baptized.  She is now a fantastic member. An angel actually!  But this missionary that found her is named Elder Nepia.  And the members name is Junko Shimai.  When Elder Nepia was here, he found Junko at the beginning of his mission and she was baptized at the end of his mission!  He gave her a copy (triple combination actually) with a note with his testimony written inside of it.  She spoke at church yesterday and read the Elder's testimony!  During her talk he started crying and when he talked she started to cry.  It was amazing to see the bond that they have for each other!  She is so very grateful for him and his sacrifice to serve the Lord and while he did serve he brought only one person to baptism and how grateful she is that Elder Nepia brought her the gospel.  That bond and friendship will last an eternity.  From the outside, seeing this, it made me want to have this experience but also made me realize of how much Heavenly Father loves all of us.  He places people in our path to help us.  I testify that this is the true gospel and it brings happiness!

Well that was the week!  And again is week we got wrapped into another assignment by an eikaiwa student.  When we were asking how everyone's week was he took his opportunity and ran with it.  Talked for 30 minutes of our hour long eikaiwa class.  "Again I thank you for this opportunity to talk about my week.  Today I want to talk about blah blah blah" .... 30 minutes later! Always a strange experiences in the eikaiwa class and I love it.

 Love you all


Elder Halverson



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