こんにちは！ How is everybody doing in their various locations? I am doing quite well here in 清水、日本 (Shimizu, Japan)!
We are going to Mt. Aso (a nearby volcano) today with one of our members, so we had to email a little bit earlier than usual in order to make it on time.
This has been a wonderful week! This week on Tuesday we met a guy named Kenta kun. We talked a bit at his door, and then when we asked whether we could come back and talk more, he responded, "How about tomorrow?" So, we visited him again on Wednesday, taught him the Restoration, taught him how to pray – and then he prayed at the end of the lesson! – then met again on Friday, before which lesson we asked whether he has any questions and he said that he wanted to learn about who God is, so we taught about God, during which we taught half of the Plan of Salvation and also briefly went over the five steps of the Gospel (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) that God has provided for us to be able to receive help from Him in this life and return to Him in the next. We also gave him some "homework" to read 2 Nephi 2, a great chapter on the Plan of Salvation. Kenta kun is an awesome guy. We have been teaching him mostly in English because his English is very good. He was taught English in school (like all Japanese kids), but he also has a bookshelf full of English books and continues to self-teach himself through books and other media. He loves American movies and music; when we asked what his favorite movie is, the first that came to mind was Rocky. Sometimes we say something in Japanese if it seems like he doesn’t understand the English we use (which is rare), but he always responds in English. About a month ago Kenta kun took a trip to New York City, and he is currently looking for a job in Tokyo so he can save up some money to move to America. Anyway, he is super awesome!
Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with Maeda san (one of our investigators with a baptismal date) this week. He was at home most of the times we tried – at least his lights were on – but it seemed like he was in the shower or otherwise preoccupied each time, so that is a bummer. We haven’t gotten his phone number yet, either, but we will keep trying and praying hard to get in contact with him. We also weren’t able to have a proper lesson with An chan (our other investigator with a baptismal date), but we did meet with her for a couple minutes last night; she was about to leave to go to work (which she does not usually have on Sunday nights, but apparently she was called into work last night), so we scheduled an appointment for tonight, during which we hope to teach the Restoration and also clarify what she needs to do – such as attending church, etc. – in order to be baptized next month. Speaking of which, we had tried calling her on Saturday night and twice on Sunday morning, but there was no answer; when we mentioned that during our brief meeting with her last night, she did not know that we had called, but we verified her number, so hopefully we’ll be able to maintain better contact with her. She also did not remember that we had church on Sunday – which was an oversight on our part in not writing down the time for her, which mistake we will correct tonight – but hopefully she will be able to come next week. Also, apparently there is a member in one of the other wards that can speak Vietnamese! So, we will try to contact him and see if we can’t set up an appointment.
On Saturday evening we also met with Daichi san. We have not been able to meet with him for a while due to his extremely busy schedule as a college student, but we were able to teach the Plan of Salvation – which he seemed to really like – and he also prayed at the end of the lesson. Currently his interest in the learning about our church is primarily academic; that is, he likes learning about different religions. However, when we asked if, were he to come to know that this church is true, would he be baptized, he said that he would, but that he does not yet know whether or not what we are teaching is true. Of course we will continue helping him to find out for himself, and testified that he can through reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know whether it is true (and then gave him some "homework" to read 2 Nephi 31). We have a great relationship with him, and are trying to find a time when we can do something fun with him; unfortunately he said that Monday is usually his busiest day, but next Monday is a national holiday and we are having a Thanksgiving Party at the church, so hopefully he will be able to come to that.
I am so grateful to be a part of this work! I love being a missionary!
I love you all! Have a wonderful day, a superb week, and a fantastic year!