Monday, February 24, 2014

Week 35--BAPTISMAL DATE

No one panic. I'm not kidding. We invited Ori san to be baptized this week. Her date is March 21st. And we are SO EXCITED.
(Note to readers: names have been omitted or changed to protect the privacy of those Sister Orgill has written about. Any names in blue are changed, any names in black are included are with permission.)

This last week FLEW by. We have been so busy!!! The Lord is blessing us SO MUCH!! I couldn't ask for anything more of my mission. I love my fun, chill, hardworking district, I love Sendai, the members help us SO MUCH. I love my companion because she works hard and helps me to learn and grow and we have fun every day, and we are seeing plentiful amounts of miracles! Busy=best.

Sister B and Sister Oni!!

We have Zone Taikai Conference this next week and the Seventy Aoyagi choro (the LDS church has leadership designated as "area seventy" that oversee the church in different parts of the world, who then report back to headquarters in Salt Lake City) selected me to be interviewed by him. Also I'm singing in a trio for the conference- a song that Elder N choro mixed and composed! SO excited. N choro is SO talented! Can't believe he goes home next week! 

Because the church wants to be able to start having times available to people to be able to take tours of the church buildings, the Kamisugi area is test-running having missionaries do their studying at the church in the mornings--thus being available to give tours--to see if it's effective. Therefore, Tuesday morning we had our first study block at the church. We these giant shopping bags full of books into our bike baskets and bike/skated to the church. We settled into the Primary room for personal study while Sister K shimai set up the "Visitors Welcome"/tour sign up out front. (About 30 minutes into study time Sister K shimai came into our room holding the sign and said "It blew off and ten cars ran over it, but it's okay we washed it off but we think we'll wait until we get a better sign before putting it up again." ) 

After that we totsuzen suddenly visited one of our investigators who's been too busy to meet with us lately (S san) and she actually let us in! She's a practicing Buddhist so she told us lots about the recent Buddhist holiday and we were able to share a message about prayer with her. She said her heart was touched by the missionaries and she needs their words because of her marriage problems. She just wants to be happy and have a lasting marriage. We think if she can see that how we can help is through the gospel message she will progress. 
From there we hurried over to M shimai's house for our mogi practice lesson and she fed us this GIANT delicious dinner. From there we biked over to the church for DCS District Council (?) during which Brother I kyodai shared a message about teaching to people's needs. He said: "Take really good care of your (new) investigators. You could be their first and last missionaries. What are they looking for? What are they searching for? What are THEIR needs? What are they hungry for?  How can you relate the gospel to them? Find out what they like, what they want and apply the gospel principles they're hungry for. Calling out and talking to every person is very important." We are SO blessed with Brother I kyoudai.
Wednesday, we mogied did the practice lesson "The Gospel of Jesus Christ" with Sister A shimai and she gave us some really helpful advice and then asked us "So are you excited for Aoyagi choro (the Seventy) to come?" Of course! "I'm nervous!" And then she told us stories about times when Seventies have come with great power and the Spirit of Prophecy. Let's just say you know that these people really are the judges of Israel. :) Then we went over to Sister Ori (the one that has a baptismal date!) shimai's house and talked about which types of tea are and aren't dame bad and she wrote them down on a piece of paper and taped it on her wall. :)

At Sister Ori's house! And don't forget the cute bunny, Natalie's new best friend.

After District Meeting we all decided to get Indian food, so we went on this crazy path down to the Eki train station and then took a bike elevator all the way up to park on the roof of this 9 floor building. It was beautiful!


Bikes for days...

On the 9th floor!!
Then we went to visit Ori shimai but she wasn't home so we housed her apartment building (9 floors) and found 2 PIs potential investigators and then went back to see if she was home and she was! So we watched the Restoration video with her... and she said she'd be baptized on March 21st if she knows it's true!
Friday we studied at the church again and then visited a bunch of PIs potential investigators and LAs less actives (people who no longer come to church) but none of them were home so we started weekly planning and Terry san called us and said she could meet so we met her at the church and talked a long time (teaching/listening). She has a lot of barriers for baptism. She said "In Japan you belong to your family and accept whatever beliefs they have." So when she married into the Terry family she adopted their religion of Shinto and departing from that would mean leaving her family. She thinks all Christian religions teach the same doctrines and that there are good things written in the Book of Mormon, but she's "a Terry and Terrys aren't Christian." :( We invited her to church but she says she's busy until she moves to Tokyo next month. 
After that we had a Fireside Planning Meeting with the ward Missionaries and Brother I kyodai shared a spiritual message about how we need God's power to do His work. He said: "Keep your spiritual ears open. With all your own power you cannot succeed. It is HIs work. You need His power. You get it through finding out what he wants you to do. There is success in the work when you have God's power. Pray to know how you are supposed to help these people and to find out why you're supposed to be here with your companion. God put you two together for a reason--find it out!" It was way good.
Elder N (assistant to the mission president) and Natalie at District meeting.

As a result of District Meeting on Thursday we set a goal to achieve the mission Standards of Excellence by having 1 new baptismal date and 6 LA less active rescue points. We'd been trying super hard to get into contact with our LAs less actives all week but none of them had returned our calls. So Saturday we decided to try a different tactic. We found scriptures for each of them, copied them at the church and taped them to cute notes, and took the notes and Ishiiya goodies to each of their doorsteps. It was super good dendo contacting! They loved it!
Sunday morning we went over to pick up Ori shimai for church but she said she was sick so we went to the church and practiced the District Musical Number (Be Still My Soul) with everyone, which we then performed in Sacrament Meeting.  After church we had a potluck/fireside about our ward goal of making our ward friendly to new people who come. Then we tried visiting Ori shimai and calling some other people but none of them answered. (Turns out Ori shimai tried to come to church but got lost again! Remember last week??)
Yesterday we biked up the mountain and taught Isha-san about prophets and gave her a General Conference talk. She says she wants to learn about the Word of Wisdom again!. Then we subwayed to the Eki train station for district Chirashi kubari flyer distributing (?) and then biked to the church and carpooled over to Ori shimai's and picked her up for FHE Family Home Evening (the church sets aside Monday nights as a night to spend home with family to share time and a spiritual message with each other), had FHE at the honbu mission headquarters (Ori shimai fell asleep during the spiritual message but loved the dessert ;).

Beautiful sunset in Sendai!
Another great week in the service of the Lord!! I love the people of Sendai SO MUCH. What a blessing it is to get to learn so many things and feel the power of God in His own work. I hope you all have a fantastic week. I'll let you know about transfers!

Love you!
Orgill Shimai

P.S. K shimai's English lesson that bashed the silly choro elders in a very classy manner!

Sister K teaching Japanese slang...
She was assigned the English lesson in Zone meeting a few weeks ago, and she taught on the English meanings for the word "Yada". Among the translations she came up with were:

No-go (used in: "That's a no-go, bro.")
Oh, sick!!
and finally, "Now that's just NASTY."

She taught it in Japanese and it was a way fun "lesson". Everyone was laughing so hard they were crying!

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