Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 38 Tokyo Japan Mission

Sushi Sister Hubbard ate over the holidays

Dear family,

We had transfer calls this morning! Yes, I am staying in Matsudo, but
my companion, Sister Morley, is headed to the Tokyo first ward and
will be teaching in English! There are two English wards in Tokyo and
she will be serving in one of them. She's pretty excited, and it will
be her first move to a new area! Pretty crazy! This transfer has gone
so fast. I was hoping that maybe sister Morley and I would have
another transfer together, but I guess God's will is otherwise.
There have been a lot of changes happening in our mission again, and
it looks like this next transfer will be really different, but I'm
excited for the new challenges that lay ahead! Starting this transfer,
the mission leaders will no longer dendou in other sisters or elders
areas during exchanges. Missionaries will always travel to the leaders
areas to be trained, and the leader's area is to be a model area for
the zone. Thus, all zone leaders and sister training leaders will have
to step things up in their individual areas, and set an example for
all the other missionaries. Also, the leaders for the zone will always
be a companionship. My sister Training leader companion, sister
Takahashi, is transferring to Niigata. So, my new companion, who is
coming to Matsudo, will be the new Sister Training Leader. Matsudo
will be the model area for the Matsudo Zone as the zone leaders are is
also Matsudo and will be doing the same thing. Pretty crazy!! When I
first heard, I was pretty stressed out, but God has really been
merciful in helping me feel at peace about everything. With his help,
we can do anything. :)
Anyway, my new companion's name is Sister Bettridge! She actually
served in Sado right before me and was companions with Sister Horito.
Although I've only met her once, I know she is an amazing missionary.
I'm so excited to work with her! :) I think it will be a great!
Mom had a question about what happened on Sado this year for
Christmas, and I will like to share the BIG miracle. There was a women
who we visited almost everyday on Sado. She was a Philippine woman who
would come to church every week by herself, sometimes dragging her
reluctant youngest daughter to church with her. She was one of
members, and every week she would express to us her great desire for
her family to come to church. All of her children had been baptized,
but none of them wanted to come to church or have anything to do with
it anymore. Well, this Christmas, her whole family went to church for
the first time and her children decided that they would all continue
to go with her! This member, _____ Shimai Facebook messaged me and
told me all about it. It brought tears to my eyes to know that her
desire from the beginning of when I went to Sado, had finally come to
pass. This woman never stopped praying for and never stopped inviting
her children to come back. Now they finally have, and not only them,
but her oldest son's girlfriend is now investigating the church too. A
wonderful wonderful miracle!
The hope was to get 4 baptisms in Sado for Christmas, but I think God
had another plan. About two weeks ago, I learned that my past
companion, Sister Ahn, had a horrible bike accident and that she broke
her back. That was really sad for me to hear, and she went home. As a
result, they had to pull the sisters out of the area leaving the
people who were preparing for baptism to wait a little bit longer...
At least on the sisters part. The elders had two investigators who
needed a little more time to prepare, but I believe they have
baptismal dates for this month sometime. We will see what happens.
This transfer, they are whitewashing Sado sisters. Sister Franks (I've
talked about her a couple times before) from Koiwa, will be going to
Sado! She will be training a new missionary there and so I am sure the
people we were working with and preparing for baptism will continue to
prepare and eventually be baptized. I have no doubt. :) They are
prepared. Sado will have a rich harvest yet. God loves the people
there so much.
Our lessons this week were a little bit sukunai, but we weren't able
to do missionary work on the 31st and the 1st because of New Years. We
cleaned our apartments all day on the 31st and we read the Book of
Mormon all day on the 1st. It was a really neat experience for us to
do that. I love the book of Mormon so much. I received a lot of
personal revelation as I read on that day. The Book of Mormon is true
every time I read it, and it will continue to be true. It's amazing to
me to feel the power that we are able to receive as we read the Book
of Mormon. I find that whenever I feel like there is something missing
in my life, it is because my study of the Book of Mormon is lacking.
Whenever I really study the Book of Mormon, I feel empowered. It's not
just a feeling, but an actual empowerment to do things. In Alma
chapter 31:5 it says that the power of God word (the scriptures) had
most powerful effect upon the minds of the people than anything else.
I believe that this is true.

"And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead
the people to do that which was just--yea, it had had more powerful
effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else,
which had happened unto them--therefore Alma thought it was expedient
that they should try the virtue of the word of God."

I encourage you all to try the virtue of the word of God. It works!
President Benson said "There is a power in the book which will begin
to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the
book." He later encouraged the Saints to "flood the earth and
[their] lives with the Book of Mormon." I know that this promise is
true. As a missionary, I always want to study a million different
thing and gospel topics, but something is missing when I do not read
the Book of Mormon. I always find myself coming back to it. It is so

This past week, we ate lots a lots of sushi! I think I may have eaten
a grand total of two whole raw fish... Haha. (Not all at once of
course) Many of the members invited us over for lunch and dinner
during shogatsu (new year) and we ate so much food! Sushi was a big
deal everywhere we ate. I'll have to send some pictures. We received 3
referrals this week!! One of them was s referral from the elders and
it seems to be a pretty solid one! It looks like we will begin
teaching a family again, which I am so excited for! :) The elders
found a single mother with four kids who want to learn about the
gospel and so we are excited to meet with them. So many blessings! The
other referrals are members friends. The members here are so solid. I
love them so much.

In the next couple of weeks, we have appointments with investigators
who have a lot of potential. We think that we will be able to see a
lot of miracles this next transfer because of how many prepared people
there are. We taught a woman yesterday named, _____ San. She is way
prepared and excepted our invitation to be baptized right away! He
husband, like our other investigator, Shizuko San, is also hantai
though. (Against the church and doesn't want her to be baptized) we
are praying that both of these women will be able to be baptized this
month and that their husbands hearts will be softened. They both want
it so bad and so I think that God will answer their prayers and
provide a way for them to receive baptism.

Well, I'm just about out of time but I just want to say thank you all
once again for your amazing examples me for your love. This gospel is
true. Continue to do the things that you know are good and right. The
ultimate teacher is the Holy Ghost. As everyone thinks about this new
year and the kinds of goals and things they want to accomplish, I know
that the spirit will help you to know what goals you should strive
for. God can magnify our goals and our efforts if we rely on Him for
Love always,

Sister Hubbard

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