Monday, December 8, 2014

Hellooo! Week 13

What is up my fellow friends and family!?
This week was one of the fastest, coldest, longest (yes i know i just said it was fast and long!) of my mission so far. Not to mention one of the most spiritual! I am glad to hear things are going well at home and I’m so pumped too that my knee is doing good!
Let me start off by saying it was snowing!! That`ll give ya a glimpse of how cold it is. The humidity is what makes it A BAJILLION times colder than it actually is. But that ain'

t gonna stop this missionary from doing what he’s called to do.
Monday was a normal preparation day for me., nothing new.
Tuesday was a crazy, but special day. We went and home taught an older couple in the ward with the branch missionary. Things with them are great and hope they will serve a mission together! Afterward while heading over near the Eki (train station) My front tire randomly popped and i almost flew over the handle bars into the middle of the road. After that crazy madness we walked over to the nearest bike shop to get it fixed but the guy was about to close up shop and he would let us leave my bike there to get it fixed the next day. So we had to walk the rest of the way and we missed our train. I was upset because we missed an opportunity to meet an awesome potential investigator. It was late, but we decided to still go over to the area where we planned to head to. We felt like we should but the guy wasn't gonna be there. we followed through anyway. While waiting, we met a young kid there, who really wants to learn more about the church! I knew why my tire popped, but heavenly father could’ve changed things in a bit safer way ya think haha? I'm safe though don’t ya’ll worry.
Wednesday was great. I had some pants that needed to be fixed so i took them in a while back and finally went to go pick them up really quick. After we were wondering what to do, we had tons of time. We prayed about it because we needed some help. After what happened the day before, i had faith knowing that God would guide us, after we ended praying, we both said, Lets go to the EKI!! (again don’t know why but we did, we had a weird feeling about it! but again, followed through). When we arrived we looked amongst the crowd of people and BOOM a huge African American man standing among them. We looked at each other and knew exactly why we needed to be there..for him! We went and talked to him for probably the next hour or so about him and his life, his beliefs, and how we could help him. (Thank the lord he spoke English, obviously!) He wants to meet with us now so we found a new investigator! 
From these experiences it has helped me realize that this is the LORDS work. I always have running in my head, JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL! TAKE IT FROM MY HANDS! Hahaha you may be laughing but its true, I’m letting him take my wheel that way I can magnify my calling to serve as best I can.
The rest of the week was nothing too special other than we headed to a less active members house to make mochi last Saturday! He invited the ward so there was a good amount of people there. Mochi is delicious its basically rice smashed into a big huge ball, looks like dough and is veryyy squishy. You take a huge wooden hammer and smash it it all into a bowl! (Ill show a picture.) That event was fun ,Loved it!
This week I received a lot of emails from fellow friends and family telling me how great I am and what not because I helped our needy friend out. I’m nothing special people! Out here on the mission, and like I've stated before, I've come to know Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father very well. I've also gained a lot of revelation through my daily prayer and scripture study. Doing what I did wasn't for the reason of being praised or thought highly of, it was simply because I’m doing what I’m called to do as a missionary. I’ve been called to serve by a living prophet, to serve the people of Japan! Luckily, I found an opportunity to help our friend out and I took it!  Jesus Christ spent his entire life serving others; he is the symbol of Charity. He did everything merely because he loved others. Being here in Japan has been amazing! I've grown to love these people so very much. I will always love them by serving them. I've never developed such a strong testimony as I have now. I’ve never had the desire to follow and become like our savior Jesus Christ, as I have now. I desire to one day be like him, and it all starts with our desires and our acts. THAT’S why i did what i did.  I do appreciate the kind words from every one, I really do! But I want you to know that all glory goes to the throne above. 
I can’t even tell you how much fun I’m having and how much of a blessing experience this is. There’s no greater satisfaction than finding and learning the things my heavenly father wants me to have, and then sharing that with others. The cool thing is, people here don’t have a Christian background. You might be thinking That’s rough!! But to me, it’s a blessing and a privilege. I get to introduce to these people for the first time, who their lord and savior, Jesus Christ is. A lot of people don’t believe it, and the works hard. They always say for every door you knock in Japan someone in Africa gets baptized hahaha. That’s okay! It’s not about the numbers, its about the peoples eternal salvation. I can’t wait for you and momma to experience the joy of being called to serve.

Please pray for me and my investigators. We've been working hard and got 13 now! Some so stiff, so pray their hearts are softened. I want all to know whom are reading this, that i love you all very much! I miss you all very much but that’s okay. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing!  Remember to always Read and pray daily.

Scripture of the week, Moroni 7:33-48, regards charity

The Lord and I love you :)

Elder Preciado

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