This has been a really good week. Last week was really stressful, but Christmas was a much needed revamp! We relaxed and watched Frozen as a district! It was so fun!
We are working right now with a woman named Kanako, she's actually my mom's age! Which is kind of cool. She and her mom really love the Church. They are coming almost every Sunday and they read the Book of Mormon together when they need to feel peace. It may take some time, but we are doing our best to help her prepare for baptism.
A cool experience we had this week: we were teaching Shimoji, who was just baptized in October, about Patriarchal Blessings. The member who was there shared a really cool personal experience regarding the promises in her Patriarchal Blessing being fulfilled when she returned to the Church and attended the Temple. Hardships she has faced since then, that could have been devastating, have been lightened because of her knowledge of God's Plan and her understanding of ordinances performed in the Temple. She is such a solid member and I am so grateful for her example of faith and endurance. I cried when she told her story. I know that the Plan of Salvation is real and that Heavenly Father really did make a way for us to live again after we die with our families forever, through following Jesus Christ; it is because of Him that we can have this hope.
That has really got me thinking about how important it is to always be trying to become more like Christ, and seeking what He wants us to do. I really like the talk The Lord has a plan for us! by Elder Carlos A. Godoy, Oct 2014 General Conference. He poses a piercing question "If we continue to live as we are living, will the promised blessings be fulfilled?"
We got scarves from the mission president's wife for Christmas!