Monday, April 4, 2016

Another week in 日本 \(^o^)/

English class for the little ones :-)


This week has, like usual, flown by! To answer a lot of your
questions, no I haven't been able to watch conference yet, my ward is
doing it Saturday and Sunday but I'm tempted to read ahead!

I can't remember if I told you but last week we were doing some bike
dendo on the way back from the eki and I decided to stop and talk to
this one lady sitting on a bench smoking. We introduced ourselves and
asked if she had interest and she said yes! We were somewhat surprised
because we had been talking to just about everyone before and it was
just rejection. I'm grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord. We
exchanged contact information and she had been texting us back! We set
up an appointment with her for Saturday to do a church tour and a
shokai lesson. She came and it went well! We gave her a church tour
and she had a lot of questions. We introduced the Book of Mormon to
her and explained some of its teachings. She said she wants to come to
church but had work on Sunday so she wants to come on the 10th! When
we were finishing we should her the baptismal font and talked a little
bit more about baptism very simply. I asked her if she wanted to
follow Christ would she be baptized and she nodded and said yes but
asked if it was okay to be baptized if she had tattoos haha. It was
such a great experience for us and to see how God is preparing people
everywhere. But.... The next day we got a text from her saying her
husband (who happens to be twice her age) told her not to meet with
us. So that's really unfortunate but she said we may be able to meet
sometime soon and talk again. I'll keep praying!

I really want to show more love for the ward. We had lunch with a
single mother member in the ward. I can tell she just doesn't have
much hope and she's struggling a bit. We shared a video with her and
talked about God's love and how we can't bear all things right now and
He will help us and we are not alone. She cried a little after the
video we showed "None were with Him" and then I cried bearing my
testimony to her that she is not alone and we love her and most
importantly God loves her.

We are having fun doing Kairakuen dendo! (Talking to people in the big
Japanese garden in our area.) Sometimes it's a little difficult
because a lot of people get mad that we are interfering with their
family time but we did have some good conversations. We met some
people from England who said missionaries knock in their door every
 Saturday but since they are a different religion he doesn't want to
listen. We encouraged them to just listen to their message next time.
We also met some people from Taiwan and earlier that day I felt I
should bring a Chinese Book of Mormon and then we were able to give it
to them!

A few days ago I read a scripture that really hit my heart. I read
Jacob 5:71-72 and it says,

71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in
the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that
I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the
season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye
shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against
the time which will soon come.

72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their
mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they
did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.

It just really hit me that "the nigh is at hand" for my mission and I
need to make sure I am serving with all my might and working along
side the Lord.

I love you all so much! Thank you for everything! Have a great and
safe week! 愛しています!

Love, レイシー姉妹

Love Sister Lacey

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