This Email is going to be short and sweet so pay attention!
For about two weeks we have been telling everyone about and giving everyone flyers about our `Mochi Tsuki` or Mochi-making ward activity that happened this past Saturday. Unfortunately absolutely nobody but branch members showed up(haha) BUT a Sister in the branch brought her sister, mom, and sister`s mother-in-law to the activity!! She also asked us to come by and try making friends with her Father who she wants us to start teaching. He wasn`t able to come to the activity but she invited us over to their house this week. Apparently he is a huge animal lover and wildlife enthusiast, so she feels like we`ll be able to hit it off ;). The Mochi making was insanely fun (besides the whole gagging it down thing) and then after that Brother Fujitake and Furuya, two older members in the branch surprised Sister Ito and I by volunteering to drive us around to visit a bunch of less active members who live super far away from the church. We were SO happy because the member we intented on visiting (piglet grandma) lives more than an hour away by bike and Sister Ito hasn`t been feeling very well this week, so we kind of thought about canceling the whole trip. However, those two brothers saved the day and we visited not only her, but three other members! Not only that, but they surprised us by driving to the top of a mountain called Shimofuri yama, where Brother Fujitake says he goes to sometimes to pray and study the scriptures. We all knelt and said a prayer together on the dirt that we could find those in need of the gospel in Ube... and it was just the best. But the adventure isn`t over yet! After that they treated us with some special soy milk soft cream made in a little shop on the mountain, and we also stopped at a little station where you can drink the amazingly delicous water running in the mountain streams. Can you ask for a better day?
|My two favorite members ever: Brothers Furuya and Fujitake|
|Best Day Ever!|
Other than that life is just swell and Ube is the best! We`re working hard everyday, finding new people to teach but we have so many investigators that its hard to find the time (not that I`m complaining!). Please pray for Ito Shimai and I that we can always make prayerful decisions in planning lessons for those we teach, and to be guided to those in Ube waiting to receive the gospel. I love this work and I`m so grateful for all that Heavenly Father has blessed me with. Have a great week! I love you!