September 16, 2013 week 34 Transfer 5

Hey Everyone!
So first things first… we got transfer calls today. And no surprise here, I’ll be staying in Oizumi. Hip hip hooray! They don’t have any Spanish or Portuguese speaking Sisters in the mission right now, so we will probably be here for a little bit. Not that I’m complaining. I love Oizumi. And things are really starting to pick up around here.

This week we did A LOT of finding. But, we are really starting to see our hard work pay off. We found 6 new investigators this week. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue to keep meeting with them, and help them to follow the path of this awesome gospel. Most of the pictures I sent this week are of places in Oizumi that are super country compared to the rest of the Tokyo mission. But, it usually seems like the people who live out there are a little more relaxed, and have more time to take the missionaries into their home and listen to the lessons.

One of our new investigators is a Peruvian woman named Giani. We knocked on her door, and she told us that she had time to listen to what we had to say. So, we taught her the restoration on her doorstep. When we started talking to her about prayer, and the Holy Ghost, her eyes got a little teary, and she started crying. She told us that she knew with all her heart that God answers her prayers to take care of her family. She said that she would pray about the Book of Mormon, and agreed to meet with us again. We have an appointment with her on Wednesday. yosh.

This week we also had an adventure out in Kiryu. The Sister missionaries that are working there had a bunch of super old records from a few years ago of people that lived in that area, but that spoke Portuguese or Spanish. So they handed them off to us, and Sister Carrasco and I sat down with the telephone and started calling people. A lot of the numbers had changed, but there was woman woman named Patricia, who still lived in the same area. She’s a less active member. So, we printed out a map of where she lived, and hopped on a train to try and go find it. For anyone who knows me well, you know that I am awful with directions. So you better believe it was a miracle from God that we could find this woman’s house. She lives about a half hour walk from the train station. After weaving in and out of the rice fields and dirt roads, and talking to a few Japanese people though, we found it. And she was really happy to see us. When Kiryu used to have a Spanish class she went to church every week, but they stopped doing it, and since she doesn’t speak Japanese, she stopped going to church. She didn’t know that there was a ward in Oizumi as well. Hopefully we can start getting her to come out here from now on.

On Saturday we went out to Gyoda-shi to visit Sayuri and her family. Unfortunately her dad is in the hospital having hip surgery, so it looks like we will just have to focus on her for a little bit, and then start teaching them as a family again when the dad gets out of the hospital. But, we got the chance to sit down with her, and taught her the plan of salvation, and then a brief little lesson on the gospel of Christ. And… we invited her to be baptized! She said she wasn’t 100% sure yet that it was true, but that when she felt like it was true, that she would be baptized. Now we just have to make sure she keeps praying to get that answer. She’s flying through the Book of Mormon. She has already finished the whole first book of Nephi, so she’s going to start 2 Nephi now……… wish her luck 🙂

As a missionary, it seems like Sunday is legitimately the busiest day of the week. Go figure. But this Sunday was AMAZING. Before church, we rode our bikes to try and see the Mercado family. And they were finally home! We talked to the 2 kids, CK and Ryle. They said they couldn’t come to church this week, but that they would be there next week. We just really have to focus on them now. We have the Toyoshima family back at church, and Marisol and Ramshan, so they are our last recent converts that we need to get coming back to church.
Church on Sunday was amazing, as usual. If there was ever an interesting ward to go to, its Oizumi. There’s always something going on, or someone speaking to keep everyone awake and attentive. I think its because we’re all such a big family (And we’re a small group… so I’m pretty sure the speaker would just call you out if you started snoozing). And guess what! Bruna came to church, and so did her younger sister Duda. Who we haven’t been able to see since Bruna has been in the hospital. She just about beat us up for not visiting her. But, we have an appointment to visit their family this week. Bruna’s mom also had her baby this week. Hopefully it softened her heart enough to listen to the lessons, and to give permission to us to teach Duda and get her baptized. She wants to. She’s a young kid, but she still has a really good understanding of everything.
After church, we had a party for everyone that had their birthdays in September. It was great to be able to talk to the ward members, and look back and think about 2 transfers ago, when I had no clue what anyone was saying to me. Its still hard, and I have to guess when I don’t understand perfectly, but its getting there 🙂
After church we visited a referral from the Elders, Carina. We taught her about the restoration of the gospel, and gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon. One of the things I honestly love doing the most as a missionary is just getting to bear testimony to people about the truthfulness of the gospel. People can contest everything you say to them about the gospel, or about the church, but one thing that people can’t take from you, or deny, is your testimony of the truth. As missionaries, we get to bear testimony to people everyday, and invite them to find out for themselves why this message is so important. And its the best thing in the whole entire world! I seriously love each and every day. Rain, sun, typhoon or hail, its all the same message, and there is always someone out there that needs the gospel. And its our job to share it. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16, pretty sure its scripture mastery as well hehe).

I love all of you so much! Have an amazing week 🙂

Love,
Sister Hunsaker

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jonisfrontporch
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 06:11:22

    I think it’s crazy that you’re speaking spanish on a japanese mission. But when my Kendall gets there she will be new at Japanese but has 3 years of Spanish too. I’ve been wondering if she’s going to end up going where you are. She’s had a couple years of Mandarin Chinese too.

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  2. jonisfrontporch
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 06:12:51

    I think it’s crazy that you’re speaking spanish on a japanese mission. But when my daughter Sister Crane gets there she will be new at Japanese but has 3 years of Spanish too. I’ve been wondering if she’s going to end up going where you are. She’s had a couple years of Mandarin Chinese too. She leaves the MTC on October 29th.

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    • zanna
      Sep 23, 2013 @ 06:16:15

      I guess you never know what language someone will need to hear the gospel in! I’m sure Sister Crane is going to love Japan no matter what language she is speaking!

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