Good yet rough week. first off, im extremely sick, like a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE cold. sounds like im a pansy but for reals though it sucks. Jesus Christ knows my pain, he knows wassup. Despite the really bad sickness, ive been persevering and working hard, still teaching lessons, still learning in class, still feeling the spirit. they keep telling me to rest and take care of myself. which is partially true...BUT im here because i decided to serve! i need to learn and soak up all i can before i head out to JAPAN ON MONDAY (wait what). Japanese improves every week. lesson qualities improve every week as well. Still the same weekly report here at the MTC so dont expect anything super exciting. WAIT until NEXT WEEK! Thats where the real fun begins! I can’t tell you all how excited i am to go!
I got to see my old buddy Josh Child from Oak Ridge Ward!!! oh my gosh that was so awesome hes doing so good! makes me happy! Also saw my buddy Sam Sedgwick from Japanese Class! i had no idea he even left on a mission till he showed up in the doorway of my classroom! so that was really fun this week!
Had a skype session again last night with Taguchi San. From CHINO HILLS. he knows wassup everyone back home go hit him up, most beast 60 year old man who just hiked Mt. Whitney last week. really cool really faithful member. he wants to meet me in corona after the mission!
Just countin down the days now, thanks to everyone who has been a support to me on my mission and all the love you've shown! really keeps me going! but i wouldn’t be able to do it without our heavenly father and our savior. i love them so much.
Keep me in prayers and pray that i get over this sickness before i leave!
Time is going SO FAST ITS SCARING ME, im so pumped mom im so ready to preach the gospel. i went and bought books of Mormon at the book store because best believe im sharing the gospel in the airport!!!!
everyone always tells me, you will not get much baptisms in japan. i Hate that, i take it to heart because really what theyre saying is, you cant do it,you are not capable. I will make it what i make of it, i determine the outcome through the help of the lord, i fear no man, and i WILL baptize many, even though number doesnt matter. Im doing it for the lord
As members, we have a job to do. We must assist the lord and the missionaries in finding his lost sheep. Member Missionary Work is important! dont be afraid to open up your mouth and preach the gospel. At Baptism, we all made a covenant with our heavenly father that we will testify of him, live faithfully to his commandments and teachings, and endure to the end. Once someone is baptized, you are not done, we must continue to teach them and guide them and help them live up to their covenants. Dont forget about the recent converts in your wards, as solid as we may think they be, they may not be, thats why its important to keep going, and endure to the end! Saigo Made Taeshinobu!
So long as you remember these teachings, you will be okay. tell your seminary class, that I specifically challenge them to become missionaries NOW! They will be blessed like I am-I promise.
Tell them work hard, preach the gospel! i love you all! And good luck in teaching tomorrow mom and share these scriptures with them.
16 ¶Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
but i gotta go momma, share that scripture, and dont be afraid to share the gospel everyone, im out here on the front lines preaching to the world, back home, you have a work to do as well. have faith, trust in the lord, and you will be phenomenal. i love and miss you!
Your favorite Elder,
*Jilian & jake!!! YESSSSS!! So Sick!!!! tell them to name him jake if its a boy :)
some more pics..and video is pday fun! hahaha
Second Counselor in our Branch Presidency, Brother Kezerian. It was the last day i saw him before i leave!
A drawing i drew this week
My Homie Elder Nagano chilling at lunch