Sunday, May 17, 2015

05/17/2015 | Flowers on Preparation Day


Hey everybody. Sorry I didn't email last week. I got to say hi to my family, so that took most of my time. Still love everyone. I promise. Don't have a ton of time this week, so I'll tell about what we did for P-Day today, and my first Golden Investigator.

First my Kin Jin (that means golden investigator). On Tuesday, we went and tried to visit some PI's that are never home, and per usual they weren't home. We did some housing, and still weren't seeing anything. We were getting a little disappointed, and we started to head home, and we were passing an apartment that we had housed some of before hand, and I was like "hey let's go do some more dendo there" we still had some time so we were like. Meh ok. And of course the first house we ping, is a Kin Jin. I ping, and she said to hold on a second. We waited a good 2 minutes, and we're about to leave, but she opened the door, and asked us to come in. Her genkan (entry way) was dirty, and so she had to clean it for us. The rest of her house was really dirty still, so she couldn't let us see it. But
we talked to her, and she said that recently she had been having lots of worries, and that she has been praying to God a lot. She hates a religion here called Sokagakai, because it feels bad, and when she
reads the bible she gets a good feeling. She also tried her best to tell us as much of this as possible in English. She wanted to make sure we understand everything. Her name is 八尻 (hachijiri). 
We are visiting her tomorrow. Way excited for it. God has prepared this person for us, and led us to find her. I am very grateful for that and know that he is helping us.

So I was going to talk about today's p-day, but I'm out of time. So I'll send pictures instead. We went to this famous place in Higashimokoto, and we went with our Zone leaders who came up for splits. It's this really cool place called 芝桜公園. (Shibazakura koen) it was very pretty, and we got to go with a bunch of Chinese people that our Zone leaders met on the Train. Enjoy the pics.

Lots of love
Elder Eliot

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

05/04/2015 | SAKURA!!!!!!!! SPRING!!!!!!!! MIRACLES!!!!!


This was a long week.
We didn't have a lot to do. Oh I guess I should report on Transfers. I
stay in Abashiri with Elder Francis. YEAH!!!!!! One more with Elder
Francis. Anyway. So with that we didn't go to Sapporo.
But we did get to do a lot of Dendo in Abashiri!! Yay!!!

We found several people through Gods help and guidance however. We sat
down and felt very strong that we were going to see a baptism this
transfer. We have set several goals to help with that, and have been
seeing Miracles. (I'm sorry I'm very tired as I write this, if it
doesn't make sense, I apologize.) We have made 4 PI's 2 of which we
felt very guided too, and feel certain we can see success with. One of
the things that we do in this mission is called "To Become Items" The
AP's and ZL's come up with "challenges" for us to do during the week.
One of them was to make a plan, to use the iPad in a contact, and then
do it. Well we did, and it worked so well. We talked about Jesus
Christ and his Atonement, and then showed them this video

Because of Him

Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior. Because of Him, death is
conquered, our lives have meaning, and we can live with God again.

The thing about the Atonement, is that we don't even understand it.
It's so hard to explain to people who don't even understand the word.
So we give a very simple explanation, show them the video, and tell
them that it is a lot harder to explain, and we are able to make an
appointment to come explain it a little more in depth.

It has been very amazing. I'm so happy to be working again with Elder
Francis. It is going to be great.

Other then that, it has been turning spring here. The Sakura have
bloomed in Abashiri. I haven't had a chance to get a lot of photos
yet, so I'll send you what I've got and get more this week. It is the
most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It is a testimony that God
wanted this earth to be beautiful, but also wants us to appreciate it.
The Sakura bloom, and die like 1 week later. It is very amazing.

Well I am out of time this week. We are in Kushiro right now for a
Zone activity, and Training meeting. I'm hanging out with other
missionaries right now.

Love everyone.
Elder Eliot