Week #20

7:18 PM

Soooo... this week hasn`t been the BEST of weeks in the mission field. We`ll just put it that way.

And by that, I definitely mean it`s been the hardest week so far.

We`re feeling a lot of pressure right now. 

The ward tells us we need to visit less actives.
The Stake President tells us we need to work on his new ``study English program``
The missionaries tell us we need to find more.
All while we have five people with baptismal dates set for this transfer.

We`re feeling pretty thin-spread.

I have definitely come to understand how Satan works to try everything to stop baptisms from happening. Including injuring our self confidence. This week has been a week of highs and lows where the highs were kind of high and the lows were super low. 

(One of which was me making the mistake of eating a raw egg with some noodles and getting sick).

However, despite the difficulties, we managed to have some good lessons and have some good learning experiences. Sister Hinode is a wonderful companion. And I learned this week that she is quite talented at imitations. It`s good to laugh when things are tough.

Sorry, I don`t mean to be a Debbie Downer. Missionary work is awesome. Here`s a good thing of the week to cheer eerbody up.

We`ve been visiting a less active family recently. The first time we contacted them was really a miracle. We ``buzzed`` up to their apartment, but they said they were busy. So as we were walking away from the big apartment building, a woman comes running out after us. She says, ``Actually, it`s okay, come on in!`` We had a great visit then (that was about a month ago), and we`ve now visited with them three times. They joined the church in Osaka about 20 years ago and have not come to church since moving to Hiroshima. They had the SUPER OLD version of the Japanese Book of Mormon which is basically incomprehensible to most people nowadays. So we readily explained that there was a new version with normal speech that was much easier to understand. We gave them (it`s a mother and daughter) each a copy. 

Upon our second visit, the daughter had been able to read a little bit. We visited with her on Saturday and really tried to help her feel God`s love for her. Since coming to Japan, I have truly learned the meaning of ``mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.`` I love representing the Lord while I can cry with and comfort those whose life`s challenges have been tough for them to bear. 

The miracle of this whole story being that the next day she attended church. We sort of candidly invited her (her health is not good, so it`s difficult for her to leave the house), but she was really touched by our visit with her. That was a big miracle, and we were really grateful for that.

We also had our first Zone Conference/Zone P-Day yesterday. That was a fun experience. I have a great Mission President and it was also fun to see him and his wife get in their P-Day clothes and play games with us. Sister Hinode and I are the only sisters in the Zone so it was fun to have Sister Gustafson there. It was very reminiscent of my life in Tahiti where I would play the piano and tag along with President and Sister Smith. So much deja vu.

Also, I have met the Japanese version of Harrison Ford. He has self proclaimed himself ``Brother Indy`` (for Indiana Jones). He`s a member in the Takasu ward (just next door to Hatsukaichi), and he`s really funny. 

And Mom, yes. Ganbaru is definitely a word I know. It`s probably the first phrase Dad taught me after getting my mission call to Japan. ``Ganbatte kudasai`` is pretty close to ``a faa`ito`ito``

Well, I love you all! Thanks for writing!

愛しています!A faa`ito`ito!

-スミス 姉妹

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