We had some pretty cool stuff this week, it was a little stressful at parts but pretty fun.
We saw a HUGE miracle this week, me and Elder Lawrence went to check off one of the two remaining ramens for the ramen challenge, and Elder Lawrence, who isn’t really a ramen fan, had something funny happen. He ordered a chashu-don (pork chunks on rice?) and a set of 10 gyouza (pot-stickers), so a LOT of food, and the homies in the kitchen messed up and accidentally brought him a really really large ramen as well. When they realized they’d goof’t, they just said “it’s on the house”, so he had to try to eat ALL of it and NEARLY died but actually enjoyed it, so that’s a FEW miracles right there.
We got stuck in a gazebo in a park with a couple moms who really didn’t want to talk to us and a bunch of kids that did because of a super sudden rainstorm.
We had a couple super sweet lessons this week too. One was with our homie Aichirou who’s just coming back to church, we talked about faith and he’s really genuinely seeking the truth and trying to find what’s right and it was just a powerful lesson. We also had a lesson with the two deaf homies in the ward, Ikeno 兄弟 (Sister Ikeno) and Habuki 姉妹 (Brother Habuki), they’re soooo great. They’re some of the most kind and genuine people I know, truly good without guile. Sister Habuki told us all about her recent journey to get back into contact with her siblings who she hasn’t seen in years, and I congratulated her in the best sign language I could muster. It’s crazy that she’s been able to get back in contact with a couple of them, there were so many little miracles with that and it really just speaks to me that God is in the details. The other lesson that actually went pretty good was with our homie Kanae down in Fukushima, I was nervous for that for a ton of reasons, but it turned out great and it seems like he has a legitimate desire to find out if our message is the real deal, and he came right out and talked about his concerns at the beginning, so I think he is actually on track to get baptized on the 15th.
So fun stuff, President Nagano from the Tokyo Mission who was released just a couple days ago happened to pop in to church right as we were in Fukushima. Well, we didn’t miss the train, but what I DID miss was my nametag (the train was dang early cut me some slack), so we might not have left the best first impression on him but it’s chill, the lesson was still good.
The big thing that I’ve really reinforced my knowledge on this past week is that faith is a principal of action. If we let ourselves stop hoping and desiring and believing that we can see success and miracles and awesome stuff, we’ll either be going on half-heartedly or just stop working and pushing ourselves. However, when we have faith and truly believe that God loves us and has the power to help us in our lives, we’ll put in the work necessary as well and really truly have that help. With our lesson with Kanae I had a lot of negativity trying to keep me from believing he could really experience the change necessary for baptism and telling me that I wasn’t good enough to teach and help him, but if we rely on God and bring what we have to the table with a faithful heart and contrite spirit, it’ll always be enough.
Take care yo,
Elder Orgill (オーギル長老)
|Elder Orgill hiding behind two tall sister missionaries at the Koriyama Zone Conference (snagged from Facebook)|
|Yes, and the week would not be complete with a picture of a ramen, or better yet, two!!|