"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." -Alma 26:12

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5/23/2016 Elder Gary E. Stevenson!

Minnasan konnichiwa!

This past week feels like it has been spent in areas all over the mission, with two short days in our area, companion exchanges in Izumo, zone conference, and the amazing opportunity to hear from an apostle, Elder Gary E. Stevenson. I hope I never forget the sacred spirit we felt as an Apostle spoke to us. I know that he and the other Apostles, along with the prophet, are called by God to lead this church. They receive revelation to help us in our daily lives, and they know how to assist us in our trials and struggles as well. I don't have much time to write today, so I won't specifically share much about what I learned, but one thing that stood out to me was that, in preparation for this meeting, I wrote down 3 questions that I was looking for answers to in my own life. Elder Stevenson talked only for a short time as he was on a tight schedule, but as he continued his talk, I received specific answers to each of those questions. I know that when we prepare ourselves to receive those answers we are seeking, God will always provide them for us.
That was absolutely the highlight of this week, but there were plenty of other cool things I was able to be a part of and experience. On Thursday we received training from our mission President, Welch kaicho, and he basically led an entire 3 hour discussion based on 3 chapters of the Book of Mormon. He definitely knows his stuff, and I feel the Spirit testify of his words powerfully when he speaks as well. Finally, we were able to go to Izumo, my last area, and go on companion exchanges. I was with Madruga choro again! We were able to visit one of the members that has basically become the missionaries' best friends, because she speaks English and just loves to brighten our days with her simple acts of kindness. It was just like old times, and lifted my spirits to see some of the people that I have come to grow and love.
Sorry that I really don't have much time this week, but I love
you all, and I hope that you have an awesome week!


Mami Shimai, the member we visited last week.

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