Well this week has been a crazy week!! We've been working
super hard to get all of our Investigators progressing. We' ve been
teaching a lot more than usual and It's been a blast! You wouldn't
believe how good Elder Justesen is at Japanese. He's only been in Japan
for 2 Months! It's good he's skilled at learning languages because he
may have to learn Portuguese before the end of the transfer. Last week
we found a Brazillian family that just moved to Japan about two weeks
ago. After visiting with them twice. The wife Aparecida called the
Oizumi (Portuguese speaking) Elders and said that she loved us coming
and teaching and that if we wanted her to be baptized then she really
wanted to be a member of our church! We're going back tomorrow to offer a
Baptismal Commitment (I have a baptismal commitment memorized in
Portuguese, I think sometimes I forget that I'm in Japan). We teach the
lessons in a mix of Spanish, Portuguese (The Higher Language according
to Elder Apolonio) and Japanese. They're super great investigators. They
have all been reading the Book of Mormon as well! That's the main
news. Our other friend Shun has recently informed us that the things we
keep teaching about finally all make sense and that when he prays he
feels good. I'm so excited to see him continue to progress. He's so
cool. I feel like he's my Japanese little brother. He's really busy this
week but were going to try to set a Baptismal Date with him as well, he
already wants to get Baptized. We're looking golden for a few Baptisms
this transfer. I know it's all because the Lord trusts us in our Area.
Elder Justesen and I are working so hard. This week will be the true
test as we strive to reach for the stars and end the week with 20
lessons. If we can reach 20 lessons we'll see several baptisms this
I'm really greatful for the opportunity I have to be a Missionary.
There have been many times on my mission where I've viewed it as a
sacrifice, a challenge to overcome or simply a task to complete. In
reality it is the opportunity of a lifetime. I have been so blessed to
serve here amongst my Japanese (and Peruvian and Brazilian) Brothers
and Sisters and help them come unto Christ. I've learned a near
impossible language and a little of a few others on the side and I've
learned so much more about my Savior and his atonement. To anyone who
can see this letter and is contemplating serving a mission; I as a
Missionary invite you to act on your impressions and serve the Lord.
You will not regret it I promise you that. I know that God lives and he
loves his Children and I know that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ we
can find true happiness.
Thanks always for the Love and support everyone! You're the best!
Have a wonderful week! The weather is cooling down and the leaves are changing colors.
Enjoy Fall while it lasts Winter is just around the corner.
I love you all!