mina san, konnichiwa!Ok, so this week has definitely had a lot of blessings.
Hardly anybody ever sets a baptismal date a week after their first meeting. Unless, of course, they have been prepared by God and are willing to hear our message. I am so happy!!!! I am so grateful to be a part of the teaching process. God has definitely blessed us.
However, it can be frustrating to hear all these stories of blessings and revelation, and then feel like you are not receiving similar results. Sometimes I wonder if something is wrong with my ability to receive revelation. This week as I was reading in the Liahona, I found a helpful quote by Elder Scott. (Elder Scott is definitely the Apostle to go to for personal revelation). He said: "sometimes when we feel we aren't getting an answer from God, it may be because Heavenly Father trusts us to make the right decision". I really like that. In other words, I need to just stop over-thinking the work and just go to work! I can work, I like to work. I have faith that Heavenly Father will guide me to where I need to go and help me with what I need to say.
Anyway, I'm going to send some photos of a shrine we pass through everyday to go to church. (We do our scripture studying at the chapel every morning) I love this shrine! It's so pretty.
Good luck with everything, I love you all.
|Shokoku-ji Temple in Kyoto located in northern Kyoto built in 1382|
Editor's note! Below is a link to the LATimes story on the typhoon that hit Japan this week as well as links to today's update from a Japanese news source. The eye of the storm was centered over the city of Kyoto which received over 30 inches of rain in less than 72 hrs. The beautiful rivers running through Kyoto rose several feet flooding homes and businesses along the low lying areas of the city. 268,000 people were evacuated to higher ground on Sunday and Monday. The total population of Kyoto is 1.5 million. (As a comparison the entire Salt Lake Valley has a population of 1.1 million)
I received an email from the mission home Monday evening letting Bruce and I know that all the missionaries were safe and that none of them had to be evacuated.
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77427381/ - Typhoon Man-yi
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-09/17/c_132728555.htm - storm aftermath
|This is the same river that Sarah took a picture of on her previous blog post|