Week 13 – Taikai!‏

This week was really fun, but also pretty packed! We seem to be getting busier and busier, but that’s a good thing I guess.

On Tuesday
we visited China kyoudai [brother] (we’ve been doing so almost every Tuesday), and taught him about following the prophet (from PMG* lesson 4). We showed him a picture of President Monson**, talked a little about Conference*** and about the Twelve Apostles^, and talked about testimony.

We told him that testimony is basically a combination of knowledge and kakushin [confirmation], and he said that he’s already gotten kakushin!

He’s started saying he wants to be baptized sooner rather that later!

*PMG: Preach My Gospel.  It’s a manual for missionaries to use as they teach investigators.
**President Monson: Thomas S. Monson, the current Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
***Conference: General Conference is a semi-annual meeting where members of the Church gather to listen to the current prophet and other Church leaders speak on a variety of gospel topics
^Twelve Apostles: Twelve men who are called of God, just as in the days of Jesus Christ

Sachiko san…
is still in Nago.
We’re going to call her this week to see if she’s back, so please pray that she’ll be back soon and be able to come to church!

On Wednesday
we had junkai [splits] with the Zone Leaders! I went with Wheeler chourou [Elder], and it was an interesting experience. He definitely has a different style of doing dendou [missionary work] than Garrard chourou.

We had some interesting happenings, including randomly housing* into a member family! and forgetting to share a message…Smiling face with open mouth and cold sweat
That was my unforgettable lesson from Junkai.

*Housing: going from house to house in order to find people who might be interested in hearing the missionaries’ message

The Taikai [Stake Conference]
Elder Choi (pronounced Che) and his wife gave us some really good training/talks, and Egan kaichou [President] and shimai [Sister] gave us some extra training. I basically compiled twelve points from the notes I took, so I’ll share a few:

1. Fill our lives with obedience. If you do, there will be no room for temptations or distractions. “Today I obey, tomorrow I understand” -Sister Hinckley
2. Elevate our thoughts. We are called as servants of Christ, but the invitation is to be Christ’s friends. (John 15:14-15) We do that by making our thoughts like His (Isaiah 55:8-9)
3. Happy wife, happy life. (they surprisingly talked a lot about marriage, but only to the elders…) Build habits now that will lead to a good marriage relationship. Do all you can to serve your douryou [companion].
4. I can baptize every week! We have to have high expectations to get high results.

They encouraged us to sing all the time, especially in dendou, especially when we get kekkou-ed [turned away]. They also talked a lot about involving members and working smart.

That’s about all that happened this week. I don’t really have any pictures to send this time, but I’ll be on the lookout for picture opportunities!I love you all!!!!!

Have a great week!! Thank you for all the support and prayers!

-Elder Houseknecht

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To read more about prophets and apostles, click [ HERE ].  If you have any questions, leave a comment below, and we will do our best to answer!  🙂

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