This week was great and full of Tender Mercies! A member brought a friend to church for the first time and her friend decided that she wants to take the missionary lessons! Wahoo! We`re meeting with her later this week. Member Missionary power! :D
Also our new investigator, Yamaguchi-san came to church for the 2nd time. At the potluck after church, he said that he stopped smoking just the day before! We haven`t even gotten close to teaching the Word of Wisdom yet. We had just barely taught him half of the restoration that morning. I guess a member told him about the word of wisdom and he`s already committed himself to stop. Mind blow.
Last week we also visited a less active named Sueishi Shimai. I`ve never met her and Taufaga Shimai hasn`t seen her in a while. The visit started out awkward.... as we talked and tried to get to know her, she just kept on scanning us up and down like she was judging us. After 5 minutes, our conversation ran dry and I thought,`Welp. This is going to be a short visit.` After I said a prayer asking for the Lord to really help us get to know her and to become friends with her. Not moments later she starts opening up to us and telling us all about her problems and what she`s going through. She asked for advice and we talked about prayer. It was so amazing to see the visit literally go from night to day. Power of Prayer friends. Power of Prayer ;)
In our lesson with our recent convert Kinjo-san, he shared something pretty sad. He said that growing up, the only time he heard the name of Jesus Christ was in movies when people swore. So all throughout his life he that Jesus Christ`s name was a swear word! When he started taking the lessons and he heard someone pray for the first time, he thought that when they said,`In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen` He thought they were swearing! I just felt so sad that the world has literally warped the name of our Savior into a swear word, when really, it should be the most hollowed and respected name in this world and worlds beyond. That just shows you the power of Satan, and how much he loathes the name of Jesus Christ. I`m so grateful that I get to wear that name on a black little badge over my heart everyday. :)
In other news...
MY LITTLE SIS IS GOING INTO THE MTC THIS WEEK!!!!!
Goodness gracious I can`t believe it`s here! I know she`ll be great. I`m so excited for her. Missions really are the best. I love my mission! I love Japan, I love being out here! It`s my personal opinion that the decision to go on a mission is the 2nd greatest decisions I`ve ever made. The 1st being to choose the Savior in the Premortal life and to come to earth. I know this gospel is true. I chose the Savior then and I still choose him know. And I know any who choose him with feel the joy that only God and give them. Love you all!!! Have a good week!
Sister Amber Stevenson
Called to Serve in the Japan Fukuoka Mission
D&C 42:6 And ye shall go forth in the
power of my Spirit, preaching
my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a
trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God.