Monday, January 27, 2014

Japan in January

Life is GREAT!! But holy snapdaddy, it is COLD here.

a cup of hot chocolate to warm up
Great happenings this week. First of all, we have an awesome ward mission leader. Bro. H and his wife took us out to an all-you-can-eat mega restaurant in Kita Nagoya last week, and let`s just say we went nuts. They had sushi, every kind of meat imaginable, salads, desserts, ice cream, rice, ramen.....EVERYTHING. Needless to say, I was unable to eat dinner that night or breakfast or lunch the next day, haha. 1 meal at this place = 3 normal meals otherwise. AWESOME.

We were blessed to find 3 new people to teach this week, and many other potential victims (mwahaha). 

The story about the first one is awesome. Her name is A, and she has been our friend from Eikaiwa for a while. She loves missionaries and always hangs out with us and the sister missionaries. She is about 24 years old and speaks pretty good English, having lived in Australia and visited America before. Super nice. She often comes to play ping pong with us on Saturdays, way fun. 

preparing to teach
Well, this past Saturday, we were planning to study some scriptures and stuff with our friend K, a young man from our ward who just received his mission call to Tokyo and is now preparing. We told A that he`s preparing to become a missionary like us, and asked her if she would be willing to let us and K teach her a "practice" lesson. She was totally cool with it, and so we sat down and taught the entire first lesson with her, allowing K to do most of the teaching. It was a fantastic lesson. The Spirit was manifest very strong, and we all felt it. After the lesson was over and we asked her if we could do it again with the next lesson, she happily agreed. Cool!

Ichinomiya sunset
We also went to visit the M family yesterday. They are an older couple in which the husband is the brother of a member of our ward. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and they agreed to hear more, though they did say that they are Buddhist and not really interested in joining the church. No interest? No problem. We`re still giving them the opportunity to hear it, and maybe they`ll change their minds. They`re super nice. Gave us a bunch of food to take home before we left, haha. Nice.

Lots of other crazy stories about finding people this week, but I`m running short on email time today (had to use up part of my time to email my Company Officer back in Coast Guard land). 

Suffice it to say that through our finding efforts we had dinner with a random dude that we met at the train station on Friday, we met a nice woman at a convenience store who said that her sister has a Book of Mormon that she was given a long time ago, made contact with a nice guy who works with a less-active member of our ward and wants to learn about the church, and got called up by an awesome guy from Morocco who had our phone number from an Eikaiwa flyer that we gave him a long time ago in passing at the train station and wanted to hang out with us.

I love you all so much. This work is by far the best work we can be engaged in....bringing people to a knowledge of their Savior, Redeemer, and devoted Older Brother, Jesus Christ.

Peace and love,
Elder Naylor


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