It's been a week from Mother's Day, and it is again the time of day
where I get to email. Coming to you this week is the standard work of
a missionary, followed by the not so standard announcement which
President Egan sent us last night. But first, for the exciting things!
The biggest bit of news for the past week would be that Sachiko and
Takuya, two of the people I have been blessed to work with for the
past two months, were able to make it to church for the first time
yesterday! That has been a focus in our zone recently, because as good
as we are at teaching, as good as we are at Japanese, as good as of an
example as we are, coming to church will always be better for people.
At church there is just a special spirit, there is the knowledge that
other people believe in this, and that it is true. For both of them,
it was a special experience, and they felt the warmth and peace that
this gospel brings. And because of that, they were able to see the
next step for both of them is entering the waters of baptism. Because
as amazing as church is, you need baptism to enter the kingdom of
heaven, you need baptism to receive the Holy Ghost, you need baptism
to feel that way every day of your life. So through the miracle of
making it to church, we now have the miracle of working towards the
10th of June as a date for their baptism! The Lord prepares his
children, wherever in the world you happen to be.
The second piece of news, and its possible this is bigger than the
first, is that Elder Mizukawa is getting transferred! On Wednesday!
After interviews with President Egan on Friday we all felt pretty
good, and busied ourselves preparing for church on Sunday. But little
did we know Sunday night we would receive a phone call, where
President Egan explained to us that the new mission recorder would be
Elder Mizukawa, and training for him would start on Wednesday in
Fukuoka. So starting then, I am back with Elder Barker, adding him to
the current companionship of me and Elder Dibble, and we are thrust
back into three man! What a great time, and another opportunity to
learn how to work through chaos.
Besides that, the work is normal. Attached is a pictures of Japan,
showing that around the world, a mall is a mall. But it is pretty big,
and you can find some crazy stuff inside. Until next week!
Love you all,
Elder Mitchell Woodhouse