This week has been a hard, but rewarding week. I am so grateful that God answers prayers, and softens hears, and changes ordinary people into amazing tools in His hands.
This week I'm going to ponderize Mathew 10:20 "For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Since this is the most important thing in missionary work, I figured it would be a good thing to study this week.
The kanji of the week is: 奉仕 pronounced "hou-shi," and means service (sorry if I've already done this one).
Monday was nothing special, and I can't say we did too much. I'm not remembering much about that day.
Tuesday was a lot of going around and trying to talk to people, and we were able to have a lesson with one less active, and set up an appointment for the next day with the other. Lot's of traveling in there too.
Wednesday we had a last second split with the Zone Leaders, and it was really fun. I went back down to Furukawa with Elder L., and we went to the less active's house together. It was fun, and we got to do some good relationship building, and share a good message that she liked. We also did some studies together, and had our English class. There were only four students this week, probably because it was raining. While we were going around, we stopped and talked to a high school age boy and gave him a Book of Mormon and an English class flier. He ended up coming to English class, and had a fun time. I hope he comes again this week.
Thursday was some more traveling, and we also went to go visit a less active member when we go back. I can't remember too much about this day either. Friday was district meeting, and after the meeting we got a call from President Smith with announcements on transfers. I am staying in Furukawa, but I'm getting a new companion. In fact, he's new to the mission, and will come into Japan tomorrow evening. I don't know who it is yet, but I will let you all know next week. My companion, Elder U., doesn't know where he's transferring, but he'll find out on Thursday at a big meeting everyone will go to that is transferring or getting a new companion (not a new missionary though, because that's on Wednesday). This time is different, and it might stay this way depending on how well it goes. The rest of the day was spent packing Elder U's stuff, because we were asked to go to the mission home the next day and he wasn't going to be going back to Furukawa.
Saturday we had two stake conference meetings, and after those we went to the mission home. We got back later on in the evening, so we had dinner, and went to bed.
Sunday was more stake conference (one session), and it was really good. I was able to feel the spirit and get direction from all of the speakers who spoke. I then went on splits with two missionaries who serve in the mission office area, and we had a lesson with a recent convert. He was really nice, and his wife (also a member) made us some food to eat. After that we went back to the apartment and had studies. Then I reported our numbers, and had an interview with President Smith. He talked to me about this last transfer, and also about what he's expecting out of me in this next transfer as I train. It was a good experience, and I'm glad that he trusts me enough to train. I won't dishonor that trust! I hope you all had a good week, and happy thanksgiving! I love you all from the deepest part of my heart!
Love, Elder _____