Firstly......MY LITTLE SISTER GOT HER CALL TO THE RUSSIA, VLADIVOSTOK MISSION!!!! I`m so excited for her!!! AGH! My family is crazy. We really are an international family. My Samoan dad and British mom, who serve their missions in Guam/Marshall Islands (dad) and the Philippines(mom) had 6 kids where some, went on their missions to Brazil, Texas, Japan and now Russian! It`s nuts! We like it though ;D
This week was awesome! We spent so much time finding people to teach and it paid off! We found this one lady right outside our apartment who has a ton of questions about religion. We talked to her for about an hour. After that we had 2 other lessons with her where we taught the Restoration. She`s like a Silver Investigator! haha we don't quite consider her golden just yet, but she`s great! She has a desire to learn about religion, but as far as FEELING that the message is true, I think that might be difficult for her.
We watched the Restoration video, and me and Babcock shimai felt the spirit super strong as the video outlined the truth about Joseph Smith and the Church. After we asked her if she felt anything.
She said `No. Not really` :(
She said that she`s not really a person to be moved or touched by things. Crap. You kind of got to feel the spirit in order to know the message is true. Haha but no worries. We`re super excited to see her progress!
Last P-day, a member took us out for P-day and we went like all over the place! He took us to an archaeology museum and to this awesome spot right by the beach, it was the bomb!
In other news, I went to the dentist last week! Haha oh man, it was something. They like numbed me up and what not. After we went out and talked to people, and I don`t know if you`ve ever tried speaking Japanese while your face is all numb and puffy, but it was pretty ridiculous. I sounded weird enough trying to speak this language.
So just add that on top of everything and you have Sister Stevenson. haha it was a good laugh though! Oh mission memories. Haha I really do love my mission though. It is so sweet! I love this gospel. I wish everyone could just have it and never let it go. I guess that`s God`s desire too. That`s what I`m here for! ;D
復員はしんじつですよ！！！！！ Love you all!
Believe it or not, they actually do have somewhat of a Halloween here in Japan. Our Branch had a Halloween party and it was way fun! Our miracle of the night is that our investigator Sato san came! It was way good just to have fun and talk. Haha so me and Babcock left our costume ideas to the last minute, so she went as a soccer player and I went as a Lamanite >;D Haha we did what you could with whatever was in the sister apartment in an hour okay? ;D But it was way fun! Pretty sure only the members got who I was, no biggy.
It was kind of a good to tell the non-members who I was, I'd be like ,"Oh, I'm something called a Lamanite. It's a character in the Book of Mormon. Let me tell you about it!" Hehehe >;) Boom! Easy missionary opportunity B)
This week though me and Babcock did a ton of finding. I actually like tracking and talking to people on the street most days. With Fujita we kind of focused on visiting LA's, but this transfer we're focusing on finding the elect!
Me and Babcock shimai were just talking; talking about Japan and the work in Japan. I admitted to her that there were sometimes where I wish I was called to a country that was just on fire with baptisms.
She kind of gave me a cool analogy of bamboo. Bamboo is not like other plants as you know. Bamboo grows way fast right? Bamboo grows so fast that you can actually see it grow sometimes. But, Bamboo has a complex rooting system and it literally takes years after you plant the bamboo for you to see anything sprout out of the ground. That's what Japan is like right now. Right now, we're probably in the rooting stage. Getting strong roots solidified for years, but eventually, Japan is going to explode with missionary work! We're going to see dozens and dozens of temples in Japan!
I can't wait to see it. I love where I've been called. Other missionaries can have their German pines or palm trees.
I'll stick to my bamboo :D
Dear Sister Stevenson:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Russia Vladivostok Mission. It Is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Russian language.
I am so excited and so extremely blessed to serve in Russia! I know this church is true and I love it will all my heart.
Thank you for all the love and support!!! Russia here I come!