June 30, 2014 Week 75 “Festa Junina”

Herro everyone!

Herro and not Hello because Japanese people have a really hard time
saying “l”. The sound doesn’t actually exist in Japanese.

Today was a great week in Oizumi. Busy, and unfortunately that makes
it fly by that much faster. Love you fam bam, but I’m really wishing
the time would slow down right about now.

On Tuesday, we had the chance to go on exchanges with the Sisters
serving in Kiryu again, but this time I went to Kiryu with one of the
sisters. It was way fun to go back to a Japanese area, and even though
we had to spend the whole day knocking on doors, we found 2 different FAMILIES that let us into their home, prayed with us and said we could come back. They were both Buddhist families. It was such a miracle to see them willing to pray and learn more. I’m hoping the sisters
serving their follow-up on it.

Kind of a sad moment of the week, we went to the home of a new
investigator we have been teaching for a while named Esutefany (she’s
12), and had a bit of a shock. We think her parents might not be our
biggest fans, because posted outside on the door was one of our flyers
that says “I’m a Mormon”, but the “I’m a” part was ripped off, and
there was a big black X through Mormon. We took the flyer down, put up a new one, and wrote them a note inviting them to church. It took just
about all the willpower I had not to knock on the door anyways. It’s
always a little sad when you lose investigators that way.

We’ve been seeing way cool miracles with our recent converts and less
actives lately. We had he chance to meet with CK and Nubia, and teach
and talk with both of them. We had a family home evening with the
Mercado kids, and it was way fun. If we could just get their mom to
participate now instead of running around the house, it would be
wonderful. Now we just need to get them to church. A lot of our
investigators have said they will come to church my last Sunday, which
is great and all, but I really wish they would come before that.

Sunday I spoke in church…. Again. And next week I’ll bear my testimony. So that will be three weeks in a row. The members are going to get tired of me haha. But Marisol, our less active, came to church again 🙂 she’s slowly making her way back. After church, we met with our friends Sandra and Jonas a couple that we have been teaching. We
asked them if they prayed about the message we shared with them, and
Sandra told us she didn’t really have a desire to change. She enjoys
being Catholic. It was kind of a bummer, but they are still such an
amazing family, I know that there is something in this gospel that
could change their mind.

And on Saturday, we had a Brazilian party! It’s called Festa Junina.
All the members, friends and investigators came to the church, and we danced, played games, and ate food. It was so much fun. This little
group we have here truly is a family. But at the same time, they are
so amazing at welcoming new people with open arms. I still can’t even
bring myself to think about leaving them.

Last little bit here. I’m still a missionary, so I can be as cheesy as
I want with this kind of stuff, but I really want to share a scripture
I read in the Book of Mormon with you. It’s something that I’ve read a
billion times, but this time when I read it, it took on a completely
different meaning.
Ether 6: 5-10

5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a
furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised
land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the
wind.

6 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths
of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and
also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the
fierceness of the wind.

7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was
no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a
dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore
when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the
Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

8 And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards
the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were
driven forth before the wind.

9 And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared
did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord
all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to
praise the Lord.

10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could
break them, neither whale that could mar them; and they did have light
continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.

Basically it’s the story of Jared, his brother, and their families
traveling to the promised land. I thought it was interesting how this
huge storm came upon them, and they cried unto The Lord, but the storm
didn’t stop, he protected them. And because they had prepared
themselves by following the counsel of The Lord, the barges they made
weren’t able to be destroyed. I kept thinking about the storm. How The
Lord didn’t stop the storm. But why? Because the storm was what was
pushing them towards the promise land. They needed the storm, it’s
winds and fury in order to get to their final destination. I guess it
just reminded me that sometimes we need that trial or storm in order
to push us forward to become the people we need to be, and truly
become more Christlike. Just some thoughts for the week.

I miss you all tons! I really can’t wait to see you again, no matter
how much I say I don’t want to leave. It’s a very mixed emotion at
this point. But until next week, I love you more than all the rice in
Japan! ❤️😊🍚

Love,
Sister Hunsaker

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