Thursday, October 22, 2015
Seven Thoughts of a Seven Transfer Missionary (October 12, 2015)
... Ha, ha, just kidding, this week was too sweet to do one o' those cute little lists.
First of all, last week, we met this girl, Hayasaka San, and had a lesson that be thought would be primarily introducing her to the concept of God, because that's usually where we start.
Us: Have you ever thought about God?
Us: Oh, do you believe He exists?
Her: He has to!
Us: Cool, do you know anything about Jesus Christ?
Her: I love Jesus Christ!
This is in Japan. JAPAN, where nearly every household has a Buddhist shrine in their livingroom. I was like, oooooh yeah! And my American bean grabbed ahold of her hat and hour later, we ended the lesson with a kneeling prayer, having taught the entire message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was walking on air, man.
This week, we met with her again, and taught the first half of the Plan of Salvation, including the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and committed Hayasaka San to prepare to be baptized on the 14 of November. WE ARE ECSTATIC.
But wait, there's more!
Yesterday, we had some time to go finding, and we'd been working on a neighborhood close to the church, and didn't feel particularly impressed on any other location so we continued. As we headed off after parking our bicycles, I said, "Today is the day we find Hayasaka San Number Two."
We housed for close to an hour. No luck. No one even accepted a Book of Mormon, darn it all. There was a set of apartments and one had a light on. We rang the bell and, like magic, the door opened, and inside was a woman wearing glasses like mine. It was crazy, almost immediately we started having this conversation like we'd been friends for a while, it just felt so normal.
Us: We're volunteers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Her: That church over there?*points*
Us: Exactly! Have you heard anything about our church?
Her: Nah, I just moved in.
Me: No way! I just moved in six weeks ago!
And we keep talking, we're like, yeah, we are sharing a message about God and families, and I'm like, hey, this is my favorite book. This has blessed my life. I show her the Book of Mormon in my hand, and she's like, well, cool! And I say, if you don't mind, I'd love to give this to you as a present! She accepts the book (which has my testimony written in the front) and she's like, yeah, I'll read it! And through this all, we have no exchanged our names so I say, oh yeah, my name's Luke! And my companion introduced herself and I say, if it's okay, may I ask your name? And she answers...
The Gospel is true.
Peace out, y'all.