Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Week 85: Miracles!

Hello Everyone!!!

This week was AWESOME! Here are just a few of the highlights.

Earlier in the week, we visited a former investigator who sells school uniforms. We are pretty good friends with him (simply because he loves to talk, and for some reason, loves missionaries), so he agreed to pass out fliers for our mission school to all the students that come to his shop! All the students are coming right now because the new year starts in April. It was definitely the fastest (and more effective ways - I'm sure he will vouch for us) way I've ever given out that many fliers.

We also started teaching the husband of a recent convert, Bro S! He has been humbled by some life experiences, and feels that he was kept alive for a special purpose. I asked him what purpose. Maybe to find God's power? Maybe it is found in Christianity. Ok. Off to a good start! :) We will meet him twice this week, to help clean up the debris of his house (one of those humbling experiences) and to teach him more about the Gospel.

On Saturday, we went to teach Brother T in the morning. He had read Chapter 11 of 3 Ne for us, and had some great questions. I can see he is opening up more and  more to the Gospel! His wife had taken his son to the Hospital for a regular check up, so we are still just teaching him... Hopefully we can teach the whole family next week!

Afterwords, we went and visited some members in the area, and then went around the block with Sister K, a very active, very awesome member. She just introduced us to some of her favorite neighbors in such a casual way. Some of them had interest in Eikaiwa, so hopefully we can start teaching them that way!

Then, we went to an international party! There were a few foreigners there. But, to be honest, there aren't many foreigners here in Kasukabe. So... there were a good number of people that just liked foreigners and wanted to learn English. In fact, the missionaries were the only native speakers there, so we were pretty popular. 4 people asked me for my contact info, and asked if I could teach them English. Some of them should be coming this week! It was definitely a good place to be! And I just got to eat free dinner and feel like a rock star. So... It was a fun and effective way to work.

Sunday was FILLED with miracles. We had an investigator call us up and ask for a church tour right then. We met at the church, and Bro A BROUGHT A FRIEND! Both have interest in Christianity and English. I think I can help with that! :)

Then, we went and visited our new friend, Bro S, to check out some of the  service we will do next week, and headed off to visit some less actives. One was willing to listen to us! We set up an appointment to teach some English for TOIEC, and then he told us that he wants to become an Elder! He is thinking about changing his job to get Sundays off right now, so it seems like we came at just the right time to encourage him. WAY excited.

On Sunday morning, we also got to listen to Elder Holland speak! He came to Japan. Of course, I was only participating through video, but it was still so powerful. I'm certain that he is, and I sustain him as, a prophet, seer, and revelator. I'm certain as ever that the Priesthood has been restored, and this is God's church. Within it the power of Godliness is made manifest daily, changing us to more Christlike people as we do our best to follow our priesthood leaders. And no one has to - or even should - take my word for it. As Elder Holland pointed out, because it is true, the first thing I want everyone I meet to do is pray about it for themselves, and experience it for themselves. As I do so everyday, I know that I "can in nowise deny the power of God" (Moroni 10:32) that is manifest in the ordinances and first principles of the Gospel.

Hurrah for Israel!
Elder O'Reilly

A few of the people at the international party

Also got to meet Bro. F this week! He is WAY nice! :)

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