Manami Chan and us
Park close to our house. Isn't is pretty? I love Japan
We almost got eaten by this dog the other day!! So scary! This video is kinda after all the trauma, but still funny, haha.
Chocolates and strawberries! Channa and Marjorie brought them for us last week when they came to visit sister Bettridge and I. :)
This is a less active member who try's to speak English to us sometimes... Haha! So funny! We love her! :D she left us this message.
Dear Family, We had stake conference this past week and it was so amazing! They had everyone speak on the new area plan and how to apply it. After the conference, a woman from our ward walked up to us and told us she had a referral for us. So cool! Japan is really pushing this new area plan. Simply put, it is an action plan for missionary work and the fulfillment of the many prophecies of Japan that have been given throughout the last hundred years or so. So so neat! There was a leader who asked all the members to go home, make a list of people who they know who aren't members and pray about who to share the gospel with. So neat! So straight forward! The Stake president spoke directly to the youth and said, "tomorrow at school, pray to know who to invite to church, and do it!" It was so cool. There was also a lot said to the youth about sharing the gospel with their friends and being strong examples. It was really neat. After the conference, Sister Bettridge and I decided we wanted to go and find around the bishop's house later that afternoon. The bishop has quite a young family, the oldest being 13 and the youngest being 3. The 13 year old is a boy named k.... kun. Anyway, we stopped by their house and told them that we felt impressed to find close by. We asked the Bishop's wife (bishop was still at meetings) if we read a quick scripture and pray with their family. We shared 2 Nephi 27:23. It says: For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith. We had the 10 year old read the scripture and then we went on our way thanking them for their prayers and faith. We went out determined to find someone who was prepared and we did! **MIRACLE ALERT!!**The first sight of people we saw was a group of young woman around 13-15 years old. We called out to them and began talking with them and teaching them about God. One of the girls recognized us and said, "oh! You are missionaries in K.... Ishida kun's church, aren't you!" We, surprised, said yes! She went on to say that she knew 4 of the youth in our ward and that she wanted to come to church sometime. Her two friends who were with her told us that they wanted to come too. Sister Bettridge and I were starstruck! We gave them all information about where the church was and asked them to ask the youth who they all knew if they had any questions. After we had said goodbye, we rushed back to Bishop Ishida's house and told the family what had happened. We told Kaeri Kun that we had met 3 of his school friends and that they wanted to come to church. I.... Shimai had tears in her eyes and thanked us for coming and telling us. It was a way cool experience! It confirmed perfectly, the area plan for the youth to reach out and share the gospel with their friends. So amazing! So, I'm pretty sure I have mentioned I..... Shimai a few times in my previous letters, but this week she introduced us to 2 more of her friends! We were able to share the gospel with them and it was an amazing experience! Right now, we are still teaching one of her best friends, U....san and she just continues to amaze us! Wow! Sister Bettridge and I had a lunch appointment with one of the older couples in our ward named the Nak....i's. They gave us very strict instructions for how to get to their house so that we wouldn't be late. I guess many previous missionaries had always been late, and it seemed that they were a little bit disappointed in that. Anyway, sister Bettridge and I left a half hour earlier than needed just so that we could get there on time. The plan was to meet the couple at a nearby park and then walk together with them to their apartment. Long story short, we ended up waiting in a park for over 20 minutes and they didn't show up. We had already spoken with everyone inside the park vicinity and so me, *the bright one* :P suggested we begin to house the nearby houses while we waited for them. We had already tried to call them, but they weren't answering. We housed for probably 10 more minutes, and they still hadn't showed up. We called one more time and they answered! It turns out that we were in the wrong park and they seemed to be super disappointed that we, the missionaries, had failed them once again. Walking with them back to house was one of the hardest things on my mission. They had such hope in us and we had failed them because there were over 10 parks in their area no we found the wrong one. Now, naturally, Japanese people are very forgiving, and although they did show us a lot of kindness, we could still tell that they were both frustrated and disappointed in us because we had been late just like all the other missionaries. We apologized over 15 times, (it is the culture to be really sorry here). During this time, my mind was constantly wondering how we could smooth things over with them. I felt so bad that we had gone to the wrong park. After eating with them, they asked us to share a message with them. My first impression was to share a short message and then get out of there, but I felt impressed that we needed to share the 1st lesson with them. Sister Bettridge looked at me like I was crazy and later told me that she wanted to share a short message too, but we are so glad we taught that first lesson. We had them pretend to be themselves but not as members of the church. We taught about God, dispensations and Prophets, Jesus Christ, and the restoration through Joseph Smith. They both seemed to be a little bit skeptical as we were teaching, but as we said the first vision, they both changed. They Spirit filled the room and we asked them both to be baptized. The brother said we reminded him of the first time her had ever met with the missionaries. They both said that we were the most outstanding missionaries whom they had ever met. They said that we had just taught them the best 1st lesson that they had ever heard. It was all smiles and laughter after that! This experience really taught me about the power that the spirit has to help us love others. When the Spirit touched our hearts, we feel genuine and sincere love for people. Super super neat. They said that they wanted to introduce their friends to us and it was an amazing experience. Super cool. We've talked to so many people this past week! We talk with everyone and have seen some great miracles! We haven't found as many new investigators as we would like, but yesterday we found a woman who said she was interested in learning and meeting with us. We taught her parts of the restoration on the street, and she asked for our number and if she could come to church sometime. So cool! We set up another appointment with her right there on the street. Her name is Yamada San. We are pretty excited about her! She is was kin! Well, I'm out of time, but this church is true. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Heavenly Father loves us. We are His children. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Love always, Sister Hubbard