We had a really good week :) We taught Nakamoto San the word of wisdom yesterday at church, and I was super nervous about it because I knew for sure that he drinks tea, and in the Japanese culture its a really big deal to them so I was a little nervous that there was going to be a problem. We asked a recent married couple in our ward to join us, they are older, in their 40's or 50's and the husband is a recent convert of 4 years. He kind of use to be an alcoholic but when he learned about the church, he was able to quit immediately. We knew that he would bare a strong testimony for Nakamoto…when the lesson started Kashiwa and I were both really nervous, but as the spirit always does, it testified SO POWERFULLY of the truthfulness of the word of wisdom. Kashiwa was telling a story in the lesson about a friend that struggled with the word of wisdom, and as she was talking i was OVERWHELMED with gratitude for having been taught this commandment at such a young age…an overwhelming love for my Mom and Dad came into my heart. The deep gratitude that I felt in that moment is going to be hard to explain in words because it was such a spiritual experience. I thought about the wonderful examples that my Mom and Dad have set for me in being so strong and never breaking this commandment. Not even once. And then even more gratitude came into my heart when I thought about the miracle it is that my Dad has never turned to alcohol given the fact that his father did. God has blessed me and my family SO MUCH. I felt it so strongly yesterday. After Kashiwa was done testifying I expressed to Nakamoto how grateful I was for the word of wisdom and I knew that it was given to us from God. It was given for the protection of not just our bodies, but for the family. After the witness I received of that yesterday, (and many times before) that testimony will never leave me. I feel like every commandment that has ever been given of God has been given MAINLY for the strengthening and protection of preserving the Family. Everything in this church can be tied back to family :) love it.
Teaching him yesterday was such a spiritual experience for so many reasons. God hears and answers our prayers. Before we even asked Nakamoto San if he would follow the commandment he said "Mamorimasho!" which means "Lets follow it" (or in other words: lets do this!) Yay!!! Was a huge miracle!! I love him :)
We met with Miyazaki San and it went really well, we are going to be meeting with her at a members house tomorrow, I think her and the member will hit it off, she is the relief society president and is way awesome so I think it will be good! She felt the spirit really strong when she was with us. She doesn't really believe in God, but we will change that tomorrow :)
We met with a young mom named Kamiya last week and it went sooo good! Tears started to well up in her eyes when she expressed her gratitude for us. We have only met her twice but she said "I want to be like you two! You seem so pure"…she put her hand to her heart and said " I feel something in my heart when you guys come." UMM OKAY SHES GOLDEN! She's super cute and a way good mom. Her kids are super cute too! She told her husband about us and wanted to take a picture of us so she could reassure him that we are girls, not boys coming over haha. I will keep you updated on her progress.
I can't believe my time is almost up, it doesn't feel real. Kwak Shimai (MTC companion) is going home this week for school she got special permission to go home in the middle of the transfer, but I was able to see her yesterday for the last time (at least on the mission) and it started to hit me that things are coming to an end. Super sad. I was reflecting on how much I love the people that I have met here. Especially all the wonderful missionaries. I remember when I got set apart, President Moss said that I would come to love my companions as my own sisters and I would make eternal friendships on my mission. I have definitely felt that that has happened!!!!! I love these people and I love my mission! Coming home is going to be way hard, I can already feel how hard its going to be, but I know that all things have their time and place and my mission will have served its purpose in my life and all the lives I came for and will continue to bless me for the rest of my life…which in and of itself is a great reason for EVERYONE to go on a mission. :) Maybe I'm selfish haha… Im just excited for all the post blessings as well!!!!
God lives. He hears and answers our prayers. I KNOW with all my heart that families are sacred, and the most important thing in this life and in eternity. I know marriage between a man and a woman is ORDAINED. OF .GOD. I don't care what anyone says. That is the truth, and I will testify of it for the rest of my life. I love this Church. It is Gods church. I LOVE the commandments. I love the plan of Happiness. I love the Book of Mormon. I love our LIVING prophet. I love God and his son, Jesus Christ. I know they love us. I know they live.
Stay strong. Be examples and let your light so shine!!!!
I love you all.