Sunday, March 29, 2015

03/29/2015 | Bringing People to Christ

Abashiri Japan
It's officaial. You can not get a better companion then Elder Francis. He is so amazing. He is just full of Charity, and Selflessness. We get along soooooo well. This week, we worked like extremely hard. Our numbers were pretty high, especially for only having about a half week. it was way awesome. But the thing is, It didn't feel like the work was "hard" We had so much fun doing it. We were able to contact several people, and teach as well, and it was just fun. Bringing people unto Christ is literally the best thing you can do. I highly recommend, and challenge everyone to try to bring someone unto Christ at least once everyday. You'll thank me for it. Trust me.

Lake Abashiri

So last week for P-Day we wound up going to this pretty cool museum of a bunch of people that lived in the Abashiri area a long time ago. It was discovered in 1913, but it was pretty neat. They were called the Moyoro people. They hunted bears, and fish, and whales. They also worshiped bear skulls. One interesting thing about them was the way that they buried their dead. They would dig a pretty small hole, and lay the body in it, and then bend their arms and legs up till they broke, and would fit in with the body. (this is just a quote from the English translation devices we had. It wasn't that bad of a translation, but it also was obviously translated). It was very interesting. Today (for P-day) we are going to go exploring, and find some cool pictures. Elder Francis is a photographer, so we are going picture hunting.

I can't give any details, but please keep our investigator Haruki san in your prayers. I feel very strongly that we can get him baptised this transfer. Please add your prayers to the pool.

Also last thing. I gave another talk in Church yesterday. I talked all about Testimony. I used one of the things that we taught scouts and young women at the C.O.P.E course at camp.

1. Only a fool doesn't fear. 
If you don't have fears, I'm sorry you are just stupid. Fear is a good thing to have

2. Only a coward doesn't face his fears.
Fear is ok to have, but you shouldn't let it control you either. Face those fears.

3. A wise man always has a belay.
(A belay is the thing that you use in rock climbing to keep you from dying when you fall. It is one of the safety things to help you face your fear, have fun, and not die).
Don't try to go up a wall without your rope, and belay. The rope is like your testimony. Don't go searching things that could cause you to fall and die if you don't have your safety rope.
Also just another cool thing. The person that works the belay is none other then Jesus Christ. As long as you have the rope, and you have it connected to you, you won't be going anywhere.

Church is true, the book is blue. Jesus was a Mormon too.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Elder Kelson Eliot

P.S. sorry no pictures this week. I'll send a lot next week though.
Love you

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

03/25/2015 | New Companion FB Rules

Elders' Eliot and Francis

Hey everybody. It's been a long week. Probably because it's been over a week. So this whole week I spent some time in Kitami with an elder named Elder Stevens. He is on the same transfer as me, so our Japanese is about the same level. It was interesting.
We did have iPad training. We don't have iPad's yet, we will be getting them in April, and I do have exciting news, I won't have to unfriend/block anybody. I will have to sort everyone into groups, and I can't look at your timelines, or anything like that, but you are allowed to look at mine, and I encourage you too. You are allowed to comment on my posts and things, but be careful please. Remember that whatever you say will be seen by my mission president, as well as my investigators, as well as other members in the mission. So you can do it, but please be careful. Also, I am not allowed to message anybody, and you are not allowed to message me. If it occurs, I am required to unfriend/block you. I'm trying to be 100% obedient, so please don't make me have to do that. I'm just way stoked that I won't have to unfriend you all. Another change, is that I will be able to read emails all throughout the week. So you can send me emails whenever, and I'll be able to read them. However, I can only respond on P-day still. So that's that. I'll let you know more details as I learn them.

Other then that, oh yeah there was a transfer. I Have an awesome new companion named Elder Francis. He is sooooo coool. I love him already. He is from Mapleton, Utah, and is 6'2" so we see eye to eye on most things (bud dumm crash) I've got a picture for you all.
Well I'm out of time for this week so I'll let you know a little bit more next week, and I'll send some more pictures as well. Hopefully with having access to email a little more, I'll be able to get more details in throughout the week. Hope everyone is awesome
Lot's of love
Elder Eliot
P.P.S. This church is True. I know it.
Learn it. Live it. Love it.

(His letter to Dad)

I miss you too!!!!
It's ok. It is going by so fast, it'll be over before you know it. Plus next transfer I get to skype you. So that'll be fun. My new companion's name is Elder Francis. He is from Mapleton. He has been a year and a half. He is on transfer 13 right now. (that means he is possibly going to replace me in Abashiri, so I might be transfering somewhere else next transfer). Yes I'm still in Abashiri, and I love it. The snow is melting..... sort of..... It was way hot last week in Kitami, and Sapporo, and the snow had been melting in Abashiri, but these past 3 days it has been snowing again. YAY!!!!!! It is weird though it is supposed to stop as of today, and it currently isn't snowing. It is cold though. But it is supposed to be way warm this Saturday. It's going to get up to 15 C. That's warm. Well congrats on finishing your project. I'll teach you some Japanese culture/ language real quick. O tsukare sama desu. It is something people say to someone and kind of translates as ''thank you for your hard work'' it's a weird translation, but the word tsukaretta is the be fatigued, so it's like saying wow you look fatigued, and then using the sama makes it polite, and yeah. I could explain it better in person, but for now, O tsukare sama desu.

Well I don't think I'll be able to baptise 20 people this week, but there is one guy that I am very hopeful for this transfer.... Soo... yeah. I'll give you more details later, but for now just keep him in your prayers please.
Love you a ton. (btw there is no king of Hokkaido. That's me, and I've already been baptised)
Have a good week.
Elder Eliot

Monday, March 16, 2015

Transfers Are Coming (and iPad training!)


Abashiri (after Winter!)

Hey Everyone.
So this week has been busy. We worked very hard, because Elder Asato is going home. He is all done with his mission now. That means, yup you know it. Tomorrow I get a transfer call, and then I get to go find my new companion next week WOOT. It also means that I am in Kitami all week this week. I am Dendoing with Elder Stephens. He is an elder that came out with me. We are the same transfer age. He's way cool. But yeah this week Elder Asato has to go home, and Transfer's aren't until next Monday (because everyone is going to be in Sapporo anyway for iPad training) so I am in Kitami this week. 

Last week was fun. We went to the Abashiri Prison. Abashiri is well known for the prison that houses Japans most wanted. Basically if you do something really bad, you get sent to Abashiri. It's been that way for a while, and they have a museum to talk about the old prison. What it was like for the prisoners, and such. It turns out, that the old prisoners are actually responsible for building the first road from Abashiri to Asahikawa, which is still used today. (you can look up on a map that road). It was way neat. I don't have time to send pictures this week, so I'll send them out next week. Which reminds me. P-Day next week is on Wednesday. Just FYI. 

Anyway so last week we worked hard, and now we have investigators in Abashiri. WOOT. I've got to say that ringing doorbells has gotten a little tiring. One specific one is a Guy named Haruki san. He is way way cool. I've discovered that teaching is one of my favorite parts of my mission. We taught him last saturday, and it was way fun. He listens to everything we say, and wants to learn. It is way neat. We taught him about prophets and prayer, and he said he would pray. That's cool. When we help bring people to Christ we feel way good. I'll tell you what that is a good feeling. Try it some time. 

Well thats my time for the week. Love you all.
See you next week (on Wednesday)
Elder Eliot

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Moroni 10


This week we went to Sapporo for Mission Tour. We had Pres. Ringwood of the Asian North area come and speak to us. He taught us about the spirit, and ways that we can see more baptisms. There wasn't really a theme to it. To be entirely honest, I'm not sure if he actually prepared anything. He came down and asked if we had any questions, and then the rest of his talk was about those questions. He expounded on Moroni chapter 10, and it was very interesting. You should all go back and read it again. Get deep into it. Moroni EXORTS us to do 8 things. I challenge you to find those 8 things, and then doing those things, pray again to receive the confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

So yeah that was really cool. Other than that we have just been doing a lot of finding. Still haven't had to much success from it, but we do have some prospective's that are looking OK. Yup other than that, haven't had a lot going on this week. We are going today to the Abashiri Prison. Abashiri is well known for the old prison it used to have, and they made a museum for it that we are going to today. There is also an actual prison that all of the really bad people go to here. Its basically the place where if the FBI's most wanted were in Japan, and got caught, they would go there before being extradited. Kind of exciting. I'll send you pictures of that next week. Just while I'm thinking of it, Next week I'll probably say this again, but in 2 weeks, P-Day is changed from that Monday, to the Wednesday. So in 2 weeks when I don't email, don't worry, I am alive and well. We are just receiving IPAD TRAINING!!!!! Along with that includes getting to use Facebook for mission purposes. I have heard a lot of rumors about how that works, and it seems like one thing that we are required to do is block all of our previous friends, or something like that. So once again, if that happens I promise I still love you, I'm just trying to be obedient. Don't know to many details about that yet though so... yeah.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Love you all.
Elder Eliot

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Quarter Mark


Hanging with the Ujiie Family

I am a month away from my 1/4 mark (actually it will be March 4th). When did that happen. I don't remember that much time going by. I still feel like I just left yesterday, and yet here my mission is just disappearing before my eyes.

Lesson learned. Time literally goes by like that *snap*

Live it up to it's fullest. Time to do some work. No more wasting any time. There is so much to do, and so little time to do it. With that said, this month, is sooooo busy. Almost no time to work in Abashiri. Tomorrow we are going down to Sapporo for a Mission Tour (basically we have a member of the 70 or someone else high up coming to speak with us) So we'll be gone for 3 days, after that, we are spending a few days in Kitami next week for splits (working with other missionaries), the week after that, we are in Kitami one more time, and then heading to Sapporo for transfers, and IPAD TRAINING (we're getting new iPads). Basically we are almost not in Abashiri this whole month. That means we need to work hard.

River by Kelson's Home
This week has been very bipolar. I don't know if any of you keep up with the weather in Hokkaido Japan or anything, but we had a really weird week. It was HOT. It was so warm all week. Everytime we talked to someone the topic got brought up about how it was already turning Spring. But then on Friday, BOOM BLIZZARD. OUT OF NOWHERE. It is still snowing right now, but once again it is warm. I thought I left Utah. I guess Hokkaido is just the Japanese version of Utah or something. 

English Class Boggle
Not a ton of significant stuff happened this week. We haven't had a chance to visit our 2 investigators this week, so we did a lot of finding, with no success. I've been studying Japanese like crazy. I'm finally to a point that I can have a conversation with someone. I can basically say anything I want now, but it's still a little hard to understand people. But it is quite apparent that I have been getting help with that. Having a Japanese companion helps quite a bit.

The icebergs are gone!
Well I can't think of anything else to write this week, It was kind of just a normal week. Hope everyone is doing good. I miss you all,  but I'm out doing the Lords work, so it's ok. I keep you all in my prayers, and I thank you for all the prayers in my behalf. I feel them everyday.

Love you all, Have a great week.

Elder Eliot

Gotta remove all that snow!