Happy Mother’s Day!

こんにちは! How is everybody doing in their various locations? I am doing quite well here in 日本 (Japan)!

This week has been quite superb! We found a new investigator named Akaki. He wants to be a motorcycle police officer and then join the public safety department in Tokyo. He has a very strong sense of justice. At first we didn’t know whether he would turn out to be a good investigator because when we set up the appointment he wanted to meet in front of a convenience store. However, we were able to get his phone number, confirmed the appointment, and had a great half-hour lesson with him on a bench in front of the convenience store (even though we ended up being a bit late because our previous appointment that day went a bit later than expected, and there was an old lady sitting on the bench next to us laughing throughout our lesson)! We are meeting with him at the church tomorrow.

We also had a nice lesson with another investigator, Satoru #2 (we have two investigators named Satoru). Actually, his was the lesson that a mentioned earlier that went a bit late because he was a bit late getting to the church for the lesson, but that’s alright. We mostly did BRT and HTBT with him, then had just enough time to do a quick overview of the Restoration, focusing on prayer. At the end of the lesson he gave a great prayer! He also came to church on Sunday (this was his third time coming to church).

Another of our investigators, Mitsuta, also came to church on Sunday (he came to Stake Conference last week as well), but after one hour was too tired to stay for the rest (he is one of our many 60-something-year-old investigators; I still don’t really understand how we keep finding so many not-as-young people when we focus a lot on trying to find young adults), so he wasn’t able to come to sacrament meeting this time. However, he said that he enjoyed church. I suppose we will probably ask him if he would like to come only for Sacrament Meeting next week (which is the third hour in Tsuboi ward).

It was nice to see and talk with Mom, Dad, and Grandmother on Skype yesterday. They seem to be doing very well. I am glad to know that my Heavenly Father is taking care of my family.

Here is a photo from our Skype:
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I am grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary. I get to see so many miracles every day! Yesterday evening as we were streeting we met a man (yet another 60-something-year-old, but he is super interested) who studied at colleges in Colorado and California when he was younger, and while he was there he became friends with some people who were studying at a seminary to become priests. He ended up taking a three-week course with them, so he knows quite a bit about the Bible and Christianity, and he is very interested in learning about different religions. He was extremely interested when we told him a bit about the history of the Book of Mormon. He had heard of "Mormons" before but didn’t know much about what we believe. All he knew is that we are "unique". We set up – rather, he set up – an appointment at the church this Wednesday.

I know that this is the Lord’s work, and I love it!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day, a superb week, and a fantastic year!

Love,

マドセン 長老
Elder Madsen

p.s. This is what we had for lunch today. It is called "shabu shabu" (it’s essentially a boiling pot that you throw meat/veggies into, and then take what you want when it’s cooked; it’s very good):

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