How are you everyone!?! :D I enjoy your letters so much! They make me laugh, smile, and cry (usually all at the same time). Well, Kyan is doing good, but she still can't make it to church. See wasn't able to read the Book of Mormon at all this past week, because she read the whole October 2010 General Conference Liahona Magazine! She is incredible! She said she loved reading it, and she said she is starting to think that maybe they are prophets. :) Thank you for praying for her!
We went three man, and we got Elder Angell! He is a Tokyo missionary fresh to the field though! Elder Jordan is training! That makes me the tumor of the relationship. :) It's really different having three man, but it definitely has its perks. :)
Funny moment: I was asked to bless the food at lunch. I always try to start my prayers different to keep it fresh and to practice, but it backfired. :) First, I stumbled by saying "me" instead of "our." Then I tried using an honorific word for exist, but I attached it to the word for people not God. So what I ended up stuttering out was this: "天にいらっしゃる人々、(ten ni irassharu hitobito)" Which roughly means: "all you people up in heaven." We laughed so hard for a couple minutes. Then, when we regained control of ourselves, I said the prayer in English. :)
Spiritual Moment: I was reading Alma 36-40 this week and I felt like God was talking directly to me. It was just what I needed to hear at the time. Alma's counsel to his sons was perfect. :) And they were missionaries, too! Perfect. :)
Cultural Spotlight: Box cars are starting to grow on me. (Sorry Trevik) When you only have so many cubic feet to park in, the smartest thing to do is fill that space up with as much car as possible. There are a lot of box cars. Big Bertha (I miss you girl!) would not function in Japan. She is a little too big (But you're not fat!).
Ah-ha: I feel like I am going to be saying this at every transfer. Stay away from video games. They are so damaging.
Flashback: Mom put me in time-out on the porch; I had been a little bratty. I sat on the warm cement determined to have a good time just so I could show her that time-out wasn't going to bother me (I told you I was bratty). Our dirt scenery wasn't as entertaining as I hoped it would be, so I started counting in my head the number of blocks that lay beside me. Go inside. What? I looked around. I didn't see anything. Go inside. Well, since I was in time-out, I didn't mind obeying the thought and going in before Mom got me. When I shut the door, I turned to look outside. A huge bumble bee flew straight through the space right where I had been sitting. I hate bees. I hate them a lot. Mom came over to ask why I had come in early, but before she could say anything, I blurted out, "Mommy, a bee just flew by where I was sitting! I felt like I should come inside so I did and there was a bee!" Mom smiled and said, "Do you think it was the Holy Ghost?" I paused, "Maybe." Mom assured me, "I bet it was!"
I am so grateful for the "Faith of my Fathers;" for a mother that fostered faith at a young age, even when it was simple occurence that could have been easily ignored. Mom seized an opportunity to strengthen my faith, for that I am grateful. Lesson learned: God speaks to us in a way that we can understand. I hated bees (I still do), which made it so much more meaningful that I was warned to dodge one. I don't remember how old I was, but I reflect on that experience often. It was one of those influential moments. There are moments like that all around you every day. Take advantage of them. God will send you messages that you can pick up on. Tune in and listen. He is always on the air.
Well, I got to go! I love you all!! Have a great week!! SMILE!! :D