May 26, 2014 Week 70 “Revelation Is Real”

こんにちは皆さん!
Hello everyone!

This week in Oizumi was awesome. So many prayers were answered, so
many worries comforted, so many goals reached, the list could go on
and on. I’ll give you a rundown of our spectacular week.

On Tuesday, we went and visited our friend Graziela. She is amazing.
Last time we saw her, we asked her to pray about the Book of Mormon,
to know if it was true. So we taught some English, and then asked the
question that had been on our minds the whole week. If she had read
and prayed. And she said yes! Not only that, but that she felt good
when she prayed, and she believes that the Book of Mormon is true. So
happy. So so happy. She also came to Eikaiwa with us this week. She
really is progressing. Slow and steady.

On Tuesday, we saw a pretty cool miracle. We prepared to teach an
investigator named Consuelo the Restoration, but when we got to her
house she told us she was busy, and basically canceled the
appointment. Boo. So, we decided to knock on some doors by where she
lives. We were walking by some houses and there was one where a door
was open and this little girl was playing outside. We waved to her and
she waved back, and then started talking to her little brother. And
she was definitely speaking Portuguese. So we went over and knocked on the door, and met her mom, An, who is Peruvian, but married to a Brazilian, so she speaks awesome Spanish and Portuguese. We told her we were missionaries, and she invited us in. Just like that. We were in shock. She didn’t even ask what church we were from. We ended up teaching her the lesson we had planned for Consuelo. Cool right? She
was really receptive to everything, but we’re a little worried that
her husband isn’t as open, because she canceled the appointment we had
with her on Friday, and wouldn’t really give a reason. But we’re going
to swing by today and see how she is doing anyways. 😊

Tuesday night was possibly one of the scariest moments of my mission,
no lie. I’ve never been so nervous. The Elders have an investigator
named Vic who is 15, and he really wants to be baptized. The only
problem is that his mom does not like the church at all. He’s tried
asking his mom before, and it didn’t go so well. But, he is way
prepared, and he has awesome desire, so we are all cheering for him.
Anyways, long story short, the elders threw us under the mom bus. They
told Victor that it would be good if some missionaries went to talk to
his mom with him… And then tried to play it off by saying, “and
since the Sisters are such amazing missionaries, and way better than
us, we think they should go with you.” 😑 yeah they owe us big time.
We went with Victor to his house, and talked for a little while until
his mom got home. We only talked to her for a few seconds because she
brushed us off pretty quickly, but we had a chance to talk to Victor
again, and really give him that confidence that he could talk to his
mom, and that we would be with him every step of the way. And he did
it! He hadn’t gotten permission yet, but he’s trying. And our prayers
are with him.

On Saturday we rode trains for a total of 5 1/2 hours. Yaaaaaaaaay.
But, it was all worth it. We actually traveled to Kichijoji, which is
in the Tokyo South Mission. Down there, we had a 2 Mission Combined
Conference. And guess who were the main speakers when we were
there…. Richard J. Maynes, and Quentin L. Cook! We had the chance to
shake their hands and everything. The conference was really awesome. I
told you in my last email I think how worried I have been about the
Oizumi Group. This last week I’ve been studying and praying, even
fasting to know what I needed to do to help them. And I felt like I
wasn’t getting anything. Which was really frustrating. At the
conference we heard lots of great things, but I still felt like
nothing was sticking out. And then Elder Cook got up, and as he was
finishing his talk, he shared a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants
31:7-8. It says:

7 Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive
you. And I will establish a church by your hand;

8 And you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when
they shall be gathered.

And then he talked about how The Lord will work through us to
establish those branches, and build those wards. And he gave a
detailed explanation of all the things we can do in order to assist
The Lord in building our respective areas. I won’t lie. As soon as he
read the scripture I started bawling. It was such a clear answer to my
prayers this week. It’s truly amazing. Revelation. We can receive it
in so many different ways; prayer, scripture study, or from the
leadership of our church. But one thing is very certain. Each and
every one of us can receive personal revelation. And that’s an amazing
blessing to me.

And to top off our amazing week, Sunday was great as well. There were
4 investigators at church this week!!! Right?? The elders had 2 people
come, and we had 2 investigators as well ☺️😊☺️😊☺️😊☺️😊😊☺️😊
Times a billion. Graziela came to church, and loved it. She told us
that she has been to a lot of different churches because she is trying
to find the one for her, but they all seem the same. But she told us
that she can’t explain how she feels when she is with us at church.
Wow, right?? She can’t come with us next week, but she will the week
after that. We really want to invite her to be baptized this week,
wish us luck!
The other investigator that came to church is Florinda. I think I told
you about her too. She just walked into the church one day and said
she wanted to meet with us. We found her almost a hear ago as well.
She loved church. And talking with the members. She must have stuck
around for almost 2 hours just talking to them.

Things are going so amazing here. I love being able to write my email
to you guys, reflect on all the miracles we have seen, and how The
Lord is working here in Oizumi. And then pick about 1/4 of them to
write down. Haha. But I love every second here. Treasuring every
single one i have left.
Next week is transfer calls, but I’m pretty sure I’m staying here.
Transfer 11 here I come!

I love you more than all the rice in Japan 😉❤️🍚

Sister Hunsaker

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