A Concerted Effort :)

Hello, everybody! How are you doing in your various locations? I am doing quite well here in Shimonoseki, Japan.

This week has been quite wonderful! Our investigator Miyamura is progressing quite nicely. She currently has a baptismal date forAugust 1st, but we’ll probably end up pushing it back a little bit simply because we might not be able to finish teaching her within that timeframe. However, she is doing really well! She came to church for the sixth week in a row yesterday.

This week we met another awesome new investigator named Tamura. He is 21 years old. First we stopped by a less-active to give him some chocolate chip cookies and invite him to our concert (more about that in a moment). As we were leaving his apartment we met Tamura on the sidewalk and started talking with him. We shared a short message and asked if we could meet again, and he said that his apartment was nearby and he had time now, so we walked a few steps and had a lesson at his apartment! We talked about baptism – he is very interested in being cleansed of guilt and overcoming trials, etc. – and we asked whether he would want to be baptized and he said yes! We did not yet set a baptismal date with him, but we have another lesson this evening at the church during which we are hoping to set a date with him. We are also planning on focusing a lot on temple marriage, since he said that he really wants to get married (although he doesn’t have a girlfriend right now).

We had a concert on Saturday. The sisters in our district came and took part in it as well. We had some hymns, piano pieces, guitar, singing, and violin. There were some branch members, English Class
students, investigators, and a few other people that I didn’t know that came, and they all seemed to really enjoy it! Elder Whisenant had also made some chocolate chip cookies for refreshments, and they were delicious; they reminded me of making chocolate chip cookies at home. Kyle, if you have any free time, now you know what to do. πŸ™‚

Apparently the branch in Ube is now planning on doing a concert, too, which they have invited us to help out with; we are also hoping to be able to do something musical in either downtown Shimonoseki or at one of the local Universities. All in all, it has turned out to be quite a success. During the concert we also had a picture slideshow in which we introduced ourselves and talked a bit about what we do as missionaries.

I know that this is the Lord’s work. It is oftentimes difficult, but it is always worth it, and is also great fun!


Elder Madsen


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