WEEK 5! Kadena Branch

Hey everyone!!

This was a really great week! but also a wet one…
We had a typhoon this week, and the mission president made us stay inside on Thursday and Friday, but it wasn’t that bad… Okay, I probably would’ve gotten blown over by the wind, and the rain might have knocked me out, but still…

We got a new investigator this week!!!
He’s a 70ish year old retired chef, who’s studying Buddhism and Christianity to find healing for his soul. One of the members in Naha (about an hour from us…in one direction or another) introduced us to him, and we had a really great first lesson.
We’ve met with him a few times since, and he even came to church this week!
We invited him to be baptized, but he says he wants to study more first… We’ll just focus on helping him feel the spirit, so he can find his answer.

Sachiko san also says she wants to study more before being baptized.
It sounds like the elders invited her to be baptized during their first lesson with her (that was before I got here), but she seems a little cautious to commit.
But things are looking up. She came to church, and we had a really great lesson with her. We talked about the Spirit, and how if she reads the Book of Mormon, she can know that it’s true by the spirit.
We read 2 Nephi 31 with her, and when we read verse 11, she said ‘wow, it’s like God is speaking to me’.

Elder Garrard and I realized something this week.
We’ve been assigned to a military branch, yet all our progressing investigators right now are Japanese…
We have a few other investigators that are American, but we haven’t been able to meet with them.
So we went to visit branch president Ashby to see if he had any advice, or anything he
wanted us to focus on.
It was really great visit, and we talked a lot about helping less active members, but as for finding investigators…
Oh, right. Military Base=no proselyting.
Apparently we’re not even supposed to wear our name tags. So even though I can get us on base*, unless we’re invited, we can’t visit anyone.
BUT there is some off base American housing in our area, so we’ve decided to focus on finding people there. We’ve also decided to do everything we can to help less active members, and just generally strengthen the branch.

*Elder Houseknecht has a military I.D. so he is able to be a sponsor for non military I.D. holders to enter military bases

Well, that’s about all that happened this week (due to inclement weather).
I love you all!!
Have a great week!
-Elder Houseknecht

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About Michiko

Stephen's 3rd Sister My best friends are my family and I love doing anything and everything with them! Interests include: Piano, working out, designing t-shirts, Tennis, Foreign culture, photography, and making videos. I believe that all dreams are possible and that life is a wonderful, wonderful gift. I have a strong testimony in my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that Heavenly Father lives and loves us. Families are the crowning center of life. Musician|Artist|Designer|Athletic

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