Monday, January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017: Understanding the meaning of Frozen Chosen.❄


Hello everyone!! How are you all??  It's cold here, as in bone chilling.  It was a numbing cold wind all week long and I can't decide which is colder; the winters in Utah or the ones here because at home I wasn't outside in the winter for about 7-8 hours a day.  Now for all you people in California, Peru, Australia be grateful for the sunshine and constant warm weather!!  This is what they say in Sendai...

The real scripture

D&C 121:34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?

The Sendai mission scripture

Behold, there are many called, but few are frozen.  And why are they not Frozen?  Answer: Cause they didn't get called to Sendai!

The miracles started Monday night!  We were housing in a apartment complex that is near our apartment.  We are knocking away just getting kekko after kekko (NO).  Finally we knock on the door of a man named Miura san and he lets us in.  We sit down around his kotatsu and start by introducing ourselves and he goes on to tell us that he knows us, received a BOM in the past, and had been to church to play ping pong with past missionaries.  We teach about God and he asks if he can pray.  We could have ended the lesson right then and there!  Then we schedule a another appointment for Wednesday which went really well.  Sunday rolls around and we had invited him to church but we didn't think he was going to come..... but he shows up for sacrament meeting!  We have a little meeting with him and now he holds a bap date for the 25th of March!  We met him again that night which went great and we have a lesson scheduled tomorrow at the church!  It's looking good!  He is praying and having a good time at church!!

We also meet a guy from Vegas whose brother is Mormon but he isn't religious but WAY NICE....  he told me that his brother was Mormon and I almost said "your joking right??" Lolol.

Tuesday played some baseball with some kids from the nearby high school.  That took me back! In the morning we had a lesson with our recent convert who is legit.  He takes the lessons that we are teaching, he likes to review the missionary lessons.  We are going along and he runs with it, starts talking and teaching us.  At the end of those lessons I get so much info and new insights it's just unbelievable.  He will probably be the next branch president!!  #SUZUKIKYOUDAI2019!

 As of right now we have 3 people on baptismal date.  We only meet with the one this week cause, of course, they are busy or had something come up!  However, we have had contact with them all and they seem like they are still progressing a little bit at a time.   Some might not make their date but we are hopeful!!  And praying for them!

I know that God lives and we are all His children!  Doesn't matter where you come from or what kinda background you have, we are all still Brothers and SIsters!  Book of Mormon is true and I love my family!!

See you all next week!

Elder Halverson


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