Sunflowers anywhere always brighten Bess's day!
Another Relief Society Lesson in English. "On the Road to Damascus," by Dieter F. Uchtdorf given in the April Conference 2011. After much studying and praying for help and no concrete plans on how to give it, Bess had another faith promoting moment. The lesson went well with two Nehongo (Japanese) Shimai to translate. They must have made her sound good because everyone told her it was very good.
The cool weather rolled in at the end of the week! We were ready.
This week we were able to find one of the two Philippians Shimai that have gone AWOL from church for the last three weeks. We visited Kawabe Shimai at her home. It was good and the scripture that De Freitas Choro had her read was inspired, 2 Nephi 31:20
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a asteadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of bhope, and a clove of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and dendure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eeternal life.
We were also able to make an appointment for the Choro to start teaching her teenage daughter and son. We helped De Freitas and Iino Choro teach Mayumi-chan a lesson. The lesson was good and we both had the opportunity to bear our testimonies! Mayumi told us that when Tom bore his testimony she felt the Spirit for the first time. She has been meeting with the missionaries for at 3 months.
We have a new Advanced English teacher for Wednesday night Eikaiwa Classes, Tobias Sopu, the tall person in the picture. He is talking to Mark, a student that is getting interested in the Church. In the background are Ahn and Edwards Choro.
Musical Chairs anyone??
Musical chairs after Eikaiwa class. We had extra missionaries waiting to attend Zone Conference the next day.
Bess giving the spiritual thought on service and charity. Translator, Masson Choro.
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and awounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took acare of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the ahost, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
We had a Medical Zone Conference with the Kagoshima Zone. Tom transported missionaries arriving for and leaving the conference Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There were two Doctors that spoke to us in the conference. Dr Donahoe spoke about physical health and Dr. Gibson spoke about mental health. They both served in the same Mission years ago and their Mission President was Blythe Gardner from Richfield. Tom's old Stake President. Dr Donahoe also knows Dr. Oldroyd from Glenwood.
Amor "bean," Zaico ( who dies this transfer), Lemmon "bean," Tsukamoto and Christensen Choro heading for Jeitai Mai bus station.
Ito, Yoha, Hattori and Itu Shimai waiting for the ride to the bus station.
R. Stratford Choro, Shichijo and Kobayashi Shimai. Bus station bound.
Williams, Bingham ,(AP) Watanabe, (AP) Edwards, Unice and Stirland Choro. front row: Ushiro and Ahn Choro, Tsutamori and Matsuhashi Shimai.
back row: R. Stratford, Williams, Edwards, De Freitas Choro and Tsutamori Shimai. front row: Iino, Ushiro and Takaku Choro.
R. Stratford, Watanabe, Stennett and Bingham Choro.
In the afternoon President Margetts, his two Assistants and our Zone leaders, Masson and Oobayashi Choro taught us. President Margetts asked us to read the Book of Mormon in three months and underline Christ and His other names in one color, Christ's teachings with another color, Christ's attributes in another color, and Prophets quoting Christ and Gospel Doctrine in another color. The Mission President of Elders Holland and Cook asked his missionaries to do this and it changed many lives. We remember the Conference talk and have wanted to do this. Now we are directed to do this exercise and we will do it and are looking forward to completing and learning. We each have a new Book of Mormon to start. Since we have been here we have read together all the scriptures in the Topical Guide relating to Christ.
26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
The last couple of weeks we have been able to take early morning walks together. Our favorite place is along a canal. Here are some pictures from these walks.
Cherry trees are losing their leaves already.
Contraption to keep motorized vehicles off the walking, biking path.
It is pretty tricky to watch how the bikes get through.
More trimmed trees. We are hoping to get the nerve do do this to some of our trees at home.
The choice of Japanese pickup trucks,both colors and models.
Another free.very good Japanese haircut. It is just a wee bit short!!! Shimoda Kyodai who does the cutting is a teacher (sensei) and he also judges hair styling contests. His student won the top honor for styling. This competition was for the whole Kumamoto Prefecture of several million people.
Sports night games. Mayumi and young Okamoto-kun.
Yoshi-kun and Suguru-kun.
Sports night has evolved from a rough and tumble soccer game to more of a family activity. It is very enjoyable to attend.
Today, Sunday was a special one. First, Kawabe Shimai showed for Sunday School. Second, Nariaki Tojo bore his testimony in Sacrament Meeting, he leaves for his mission to Nagoya in the morning after Seminary. He will report to the MTC in Provo for three weeks before flying back to Nagoya. Japan. Third, we were invited to Elder & Sister Tashiro's home for supper.
He is our area Seventy. We have a date on Friday to go with them to the Suizenji Jojuen Garden in downtown Kumamoto. They don't speak English and we don't speak Nehongo so the Lord will have to make up the difference.
Most of the Kumamoto Ward, Nariaki sitting in middle next to his good redheaded friend who will be going out soon.
Nari-kun soon to be Tojo Choro!
Setsu-kun and fiance, Ito and Itu Shimai, Oobayashi Choro in back. Elder and Sister Tashiro, Christensen Fufu and Masson Choro.
Tom, Matsuoka Shimai, Bess and Masson Choro. Matsuoka Shimai was baptized June 28th and is so happy. Her countenance has lightened so much and she is a joy to visit with each week.
Living the Gospel brings such peace and joy into our lives. We are so blessed to be here and help other of God's children find this happiness.
We Love you,
Grandpa and Grandma
Dad and Mom
Tom and Bess