Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Seed Example

What it's all about!

Hey everyone.
So this week was kind of cool.

We went to Kitami, and saw our friends, and had a cool DTM (District Training Meeting), and received a ton of revelation for 2 of our investigators, and then just did a lot of housing, and pinging, and weren't seeing to much success, but we decided, we were going to challenge our only 2 stronger investigators to baptism. We met with the one Tuesday night, and had this really cool plan to use Alma 32, and the Seed example, to get her to want to be baptized. We watched the restoration video, and then got ready to dive into it, but then she had questions about some anti-Mormon stuff she found online. So the whole lesson turned into answering her questions, and then giving her a Joesph Smith pamphlet. Didn't go so well. But we did slyly "accidentally" leave the DVD at her house, hoping that maybe she'd watch it again.

Anyway, then we decided we wanted to meet with her and our other investigator, (Higaki san, and Kanaya san) at the church. Elder Spurling Called them, and they were both way down to meet with us, and then he asked them if they could do it at the church (with other members just btw) and they were both kind of like "umm. mmm maybe... not sure... ok" and they both said they could. YES. miracle there.

Then on Friday, we went to meet with a new investigator we found named Aoki san. We didn't get to talk with him a lot, but it does seem like he has some interest and we have another appointment, so we'll see where that goes. Then we had an Old Investigator call, that wanted to meet us. Sadly we didn't get to pick her up, because, she is really busy. We had never met her, and she literally had only 30 minutes, and it wasn't normal. But she is way strong, and Golden Investigator material, we just need to have time to meet with her. We'll see where that goes. 

Then I stopped this guy on the street (pay attention, cause this part is way cool) I started telling him about who we were, and asked him if he had ever thought about the meaning of life. Per usual for Japanese people, especially those under 30, he hadn't. So I asked him, why he thought he was on this earth right now, except I messed up my Japanese so badly. It was funny, but he was really chill, and did have a question for us about Christians. He wanted to know the difference between Catholicism, and Protestant churches. We told him about how Protestant churches are branches off of Catholicism that are trying to "reform" the old church of Christ. Then he asked us which one we were. The thing that Elder Spurling then said "That is a question isn't it" So we asked him if he had some time, and he kind of did, he said Oh I've got my job, and there's time, but he was going towards his hotel, so we caught him on it, and he said Ok we can talk on the way to my hotel, and it just so happened, that the our church was right on the way. As we passed it, we invited him to come in, and he was like way excited, and we get in, and he starts looking for the cross. In the end, he started teaching him all about the restoration. Lesson 1 for those who understand missionary language. The best part is the entire time, he was talking about how cool it was, and full on understood it. He took a Book of Mormon and really wanted to read it. He was ready to pay for it, and then we told him it was free. The only bad part, is he doesn't live in Hokkaido. *face palm* He lives down in Sendai. But his job (which by the way he told us was "secret") takes him all over the country. But he did say the next time he came he wanted to meet us. He was way chill, and was using all this informal Japanese to talk about how awesome all this was.

Anyway then we taught Kanaya and Higaki on Saturday, and it went ok. In the end, we dropped Kanaya, and got Higaki to start coming to church again. *fist pump with tears*

Long story short, we only have 2 investigators now, and one of them is brand new.
We going to do lot's of finding.

Well that's it for this week.
Love all of you
Do something for someone else this week for free.
Love life, and love homework, and love oranges. :)
Elder Eliot

Since he hasn't sent any photos lately, here's a classic!