Dear family and friends,
It was a wonderful week! Since I just talked to you on the phone here are some highlights from this week....
Araki was baptized on Wednesday!! Wahoooo. Sister Kaneko and I sang a
song together and the spirit was just really strong throughout the
entire service. In his testimony he shared an experience from when he
was younger and almost drowned when he was trapped in the ocean tides
with his brother, but somehow they were able to stay afloat for about 5
hours until they were rescued. He said he feels like he was saved then
in order to be able to accept the gospel now in his life. It was an
amazing story. Araki san seemed sooo happy the whole time and was even
invited over for a big dinner celebration with his new Home Teachers and
Home teaching companion! Couldn`t have asked for anything else from the
ward. Welcome to the Church Brother Araki!
|Looks like I got to attend Komeda san`s baptism after all!!!|
I received a package from Hattori Shimai containing a picture of Komeda San`s baptism. When I left Ube a couple of days before she was baptized I jokingly told Hattori Shimai to print out my head and hold it in the pictures. I didn`t think she would actually do it....
Talking to my family on Mother`s day was amazing!!! It didn`t seem like it had really been that long since talking on Christmas but was nice to hear everyone`s voices (besides my two long lost brothers who I never hear from!!!! eh hemmm!). I especially loved talking to my mom and Teri, both of whom are fantastic role models for me and are constantly encouraging and inspiring me to be better. I love you ;)
|Us with brother Araki and the bishop who performed the ordinance.|
I learned a TON this week in personal study. I`m not sure what it was but I just couldn`t get enough of reading the BOM, cross-referencing, reading the Bible Dictionary and True to the Faith. It was awesome. One thing I learned was about how the Christian Jews in Palestine, after Christ died had a super hard time doing away with the Law of Moses because they had corrupted the original law so much and were being super obsessive and weird about it, whereas the Nephites in the Americas, who hadn`t changed the law were easily able to accept the higher law when Christ appeared to them. I thought that was so interesting!! Sister Kaneko and I have been sharing one thing each day during personal study about humility. I feel like every bad thing that usually happens in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, as well as in our own lives is largely due to pride. Humility is key!
Sorry this is short but I gotta run! Can`t wait for another day of hard work and bringing in the harvest for the Lord. I feel all of your prayers and also pray for you daily. Keep it up!
Love, Tingey Shimai
|Finally a picture with my companion!|
|Weeds our ward mission leader fed us for dinner. Apparently its the rage around here to pick the weeds around your house and fry them up to feed to the missionaries. Thats not a joke.|
|Cleaning the baptismal font!|