Monday, May 26, 2014

Week 48 - Service takes many forms...like being a translator from Japan to the Netherlands..?

Sister Orgill's favorite cow!
YES, I WENT THERE. I feel like I should give some background for my international tidbit this week! Our friends the To family own a cow farm, and we go volunteer to help once maybe every two weeks feeding cows, etc. So we went this week and Mr. To san says, "Orgill chan, I have something I've been wanting to ask you." "Yes?" "Hold on." He then produces a letter written in English from the Netherlands regarding his lack of payment for his subscription to Holstein International- yes, a cow magazine. He explained to me his quandary of how he had paid with his wife's card and he was afrad it hadn't gone through, etc (ah this was AFTER Sister Ko and I translated the letter to Japanese) and then he just asks me to call customer service directly to the Netherlands. So...I did!
Mr. To!!!
This week we focused much of our efforts on LAs less active members and straightening out all of the records we have to work with here so that we can get the work rolling here! And the Lord blessed us GREATLY. There is a wonderful LA woman, Sister Iz shimai who has a great family and used to be welcoming to missionaries; but a few years back had a bad experience and asked that from then on out that missionaries never visit her unless she had given them permission first. We had talked to her on the phone many times, and she said that her family was just so impossibly busy that she couldn't possibly meet us at this point in time. We decided to make her cookies and write a kind note, and just drop it off at the house and quickly leave so that she wouldn't be upset at us coming. Unfortunately (but what turned out to be QUITE fortunate) is that as we pulled up into their loooong driveway, there was a woman out front, a man behind her, and a woman sleeping in the car in front of the house. We were so concerned it was going to be awkward; we couldn't leave because we were sure they had seen us; and leaving would just make it worse. We walked quickly to the front of the house, dropped off the cookies, and as we retreated silently to out bikes, the woman in the car woke up and got out of the car. We recognized her as Iz shimai. She was beaming. She thanked us warmly for the cookies, and we were able to build relationships with her and her daughter for the following 20 minutes! Had we not showed up at that exact timing, we would have never been able to have a chance to start working with Iz shimai!

More farm pictures:




     It is great to work with Ko shimai, because we are both just trying to be the best missionaries we can be. She inspires me to repent more and be better! We have improved so well in teaching in unity! It is so fun to have complete trust in your companion; knowing that they teach with the Spirit and care about our investigators.

 SPEAKING of investigators, Mi san's 23rd birthday is today, so we wanted to do something special yesterday at church as a branch so that she would feel loved and welcomed and want to keep coming to church. We threw her a little surprise party, and Ko shimai and I baked her a cake! She was so surprised and so grateful! She thanked everyone and said that he's really enjoying learning the gospel, and looks forward to continuing to come to church. Her desires and her heart are in such a good place for one seeking the truth. She is praying and studying the Book of Mormon, and recognizing the answers written in the Book of Mormon to her questions! We're very priveledged to get to work with her.
Mi san's birthday party with the Sister's awesome carrot cake!
   I have felt SUCH an outpouring of the Spirit and the Lord's love this week. I feel like someone (or many someones'!) are praying extra hard for me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Funny moment- My companion TOTALLY ran over bear poop on her bike this week. She didn't believe me until she saw me dodge another ripe pile... Ah, Odate.

WORD OF THE WEEK! Boutoku! It means, "Blasphemy!" They say it in the movie "The Testaments"...yeah. I guess you could say it's a word that gets tossed around a lot. ;)
The district (on the day Sister Orgill had to eat intestines, which is why she says she looks a little pale)

My favorite scripture this week was D&C 90:24!! "Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another." I love that when the Lord instructs us, He always, ALWAYS promises blessings! And I have tested His promises and He does indeed follow through- every time.

"Some blessings come early, some blessings come late, and some don't come till Heaven, but to those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come." -Jeffrey R. Holland

Love you!
Sister Orgill Shimai 

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