Monday, July 18, 2016

JT - Staying in Okayama 'til I die

Dear Everyone,

Transfer calls came and.... We're both staying in Okayama! Super exciting! We have a lot of really good things happening this transfer.  Hoping to see a baptism here this transfer. Not much changed here but I am now the District Leader. I am really looking forward to this opportunity. We are already seeing a lot of miracles this transfer.  Let's start with a few of them.

First big miracle: we were biking to our Vietnamese friends house while randomly on the way there, we ran into Moose on his bike. It was so random because he was really far from his house. He was going to go shopping. He then asked if he could go with us to visit the Vietnamese people (they are all friends.) He came with us but when we got to the house, there was no one home. My companion and I were wondering what to do. We decided to wait a few minutes in case they come back. We all sat down and started talking. During our planning as a companionship, we felt like we should try to give Moose a baptismal date as a goal to hit. We thought of how Nephi "went... Not knowing beforehand the things I should do," if he has a goal, miracles will happen. So we taught a lesson about that and he agreed to shoot for baptism on the 21st of August, my last Sunday in Japan. Then, literally as we finished teaching Moose, our Vietnamese friend comes riding along coming home from shopping. We taught a good lesson with the both of them and it was way good. The timing was too perfect, it couldn't have been just random. Way cool miracle.

Next miracle: after a lot of helping out with missionaries transferring, we were stuck waiting for a missionary at the train station near our church when out of the corner of my eye, I see someone waving to us on his bike. I look and it just happens to be a less-active who we have been trying to meet with all transfer. He has been super busy and I hadn't seen him for probably 2 months. We talk, teach him a lesson and we set up an appointment with him the next day. Such a big miracle.

Last miracle to mention today: we had a lesson with the Less-Active's non-member mother about the Plan of Salvation. It's crazy how the Lord prepares people because somehow, she believed in just about everything that it says! She accepted the plan of salvation easily and agreed to pray about it in the way we pray. She's got really good potential. Hopefully she can accept everything that the gospel has to offer her.

There was a lot of really cool experiences this week. We were able to teach a lot of lessons; the most that I've had in Okayama. My companion and I have a lot of goals that we want to accomplish this transfer. It's gonna be a great one!

The church is true! I have a stronger and stronger conviction of it every single day. God answers our efforts, but not only that, he blesses us far beyond our expectations. I know that because I am experiencing that. Last six weeks are gonna fly by, but we will work hard. Love you all so much! Keep smiling and give 'em Heaven.

Elder Lamoreaux ラムロー長老
Japan Kobe Mission 日本神戸伝道部

A missionary who used to serve in Okayama came to seminary on transfer morning.

Creepy sign. It says "raise your voice!  Protect the children!"

Chums!  A huge brand of clothing in Japan.  Straight from Hurricane, Utah.  It's so weird to see people in Japan with a shirt or hat that says "Hurricane Utah."


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