Miyamura is (Still) Great! Fukatani is Progressing! Woo-hoo!!!

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

This week has been quite superb! We had a wonderful AB lesson with Miyamura, during which we reviewed the Plan of Salvation and temples. As always, she is a wonderful person. She had to leave after Sacrament Meeting yesterday because she wasn’t feeling well, but she has not missed a Sacrament Meeting for the past 12 weeks! We have another AB lesson with her today, during which we plan on reviewing the Restoration.

We also had a lesson with the Fukatani couple (the husband is a member, but the wife is not), during which we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lately she has been feeling that she should be baptized – she came to Miyamura’s baptism and came away feeling that she would be able to do it – and had been thinking about being baptized around Christmas. However, as we discussed it with her she decided that Christmas might be too far away, so we suggested October 24th. Lessons with the Fukatanis are always very interesting – Brother Fukatani especially seems to have difficulty focusing on one thing for very long – but we felt like this past lesson went better than previously, mainly because we were able to keep it simple and understandable, adapted well, and did our best to help Brother Fukatani stay focused if began wandering. All in all it turned out very well, and Sister Fukatani committed to be baptized on October 24th!

It has been surprisingly difficult lately to find new investigators. We have been meeting a lot of people that automatically say "no" within the first ten seconds of talking with them, which can be a bit frustrating. We have been trying different ways to approach people, but have not yet seen any significant change. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! 😺

I am grateful for this opportunity to be the Lord’s servant. It is hard work and can be very taxing at times, but it is always worth it.

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


Elder Madsen


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