Kouno San from Koiwa! :) It was good to see her again. She is doing so
well and just finished the Book of Mormon! She loves church and always
talks about her baptism.
Megumi Chan <3
Ishi San (she just lives around the block from the sisters. When I served in Koiwa we became rally good friends. We were able to see her on our way back to he apartment unexpectedly. Total Miracle! :) ) -the cute baby is her granddaughter. I was on exchanges with sister Riggs.At the BYU concert with our friend Ellie! :)Minami Chan and Miki Chan were also there! It was great to see them again. :)People painting the scenery.Pretty park near the temple. *notice the temple in the background with the Angel Moroni.People painting the scenery.This is a pretty funny picture, haha. We are at the scramble in all these pictures. Sister Moffat's first time! :)"I saw a pillar of Light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun." Haha, kinda funny picture. This is us inside the mall last p-day.Huge mall just for woman in ShibuyaIt is Tokyo! So so many people everywhere.Dear family On Monday, we went with Ellie to the BYU Hawaii concert. BYU Hawaii comes with their orchestra and or choir group to Japan every year. I remember watching it last year too. It was amazing to me how strong the Spirit was there. I was able to see many friends and people from previous areas who I haven't seen for a long time. It was definitely a tender mercy for me to be there. The Concert was amazing. Our top investigator, Ellie, really felt the Spirit and was able to meet a lot of really good people. I think going to the concert really opened her eyes to how many missionaries and people there are involved in the church as most of the South mission also brought there investigators and there were over 300 missionaries there. It was a great experience for her! It was also a great experience for me. Near the end, the choir did a special rendition of "How great thou Art." It was beautiful. Music is so powerful and tears streamed down my face as their beautiful voices filled the theatre. It was so powerful and the Spirit really testified to me, once again, that this church really is true and that God is really in the details of everything on earth and in His plan. On a funnier side of things, Ellie, our investigator, noticed I had tears in my eyes and we once again had to explain the 'happy tear', and 'sad tear' hanashi to her. She said that she had a warm feeling in her heart and was able to recognize that the feelings she was experiencing as the Spirit. She's been even more excited to learn since the concert. We taught her more of the plan of salvation this past week and she continues to eat of the book of mormon and everything that is in it. She has the deepest questions and we love her so much! She also came to church this past week and we will begin teaching her in members homes starting this next week. So excited for Ellie! God has blessed her and prepared her heart so much. She is a dear friend to us. On Tuesday, we met with a recent convert named Takada Shimai. She contacted us last Sunday and told us that she felt like she needed to do something to help us as missionaries and asked us what it might be? We weren't sure at the time and so we decided to meet and talk about it. As we talked with her, she confided in us that she had a handful of friends that she wanted to introduce the gospel to. Way cool! She is one of the best missionary members ever! As we spoke with her, she told us countless stories of people she had met in the last couple of weeks. She is so bold in living the gospel and consistently finds people to share the gospel with every single day. We gave her a whole bunch of our streeting materials because she naturally starts up gospel conversations with everyone and directs them to learn more. I decided I want to be that kind of member missionary. We were so amazed by her courage to share the gospel with others. Way to go members!! We met amazing people on the street this past week! As we were coming home from a less active members house on Tuesday night, we approached a woman who had her back turned to us. As she turned to reply to our greeting, every single part of me felt that we needed to tell her about Jesus Christ. It was a neat experience. Sure enough, as we opened our mouths and taught about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon, she exclaimed, "Jesus Christ really lived?!" She then expressed that she had just come from the doctors office where she had received some treatment for her back. This woman was probably in her 40s, and so she must have had some sort of accident as she was struggling to walk. Before saying goodbye to her, she said, 「私は一人だたが誰も挨拶していなかった。お二人は私に話してくれましたこと、本当に幸せになりました。私は泣きそうぐらい、嬉しいです」She began to weep, and promised that she would come to church on Sunday. It was an amazing miracle. Later, Sister Moffat and I really felt the Spirit confirm to us that we had been instruments in Gods hands in reaching out to her. There is no greater joy than in knowing that you have been God's hands in helping someone else. This gospel is amazing! Last week, we met a Woman named Santi from Napal. We exchanged numbers, but because she was running late, we weren't able to set an appointment with her. We called her this past week to try and make an appointment. As she answered the phone, to my great surprise, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "Santi, we have a present for you!" ...Before talking with her, we had planned to invite her to church. We hadn't talked about anything related to what came out of my mouth. It was very interesting. I was surprised by what I had said to her! As my brain processed what had just happened, I realized we hadn't given her a Book of Mormon! I then remembered that we did have a Book of Mormon in the Hindi language. Perfect! Her reply to my unexpected outburst was, "How did you know it was my birthday soon?" It turns out that her birthday was just a week later and that she had no family or friends to celebrate it with because she had just moved to Japan. Crazy cool! We were able to set an appointment with her and she is excited to meet with us. :) God really does put the words we need to say in our mouths. God knows how we can touch other people's hearts. God knows His children and loves them all so much. He knows the very details our our lives- Including our birthdays. :) I had the opportunity to travel to Koiwa once again for exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. As always, it was a an amazing experience to see all of he people there. I am always amazed by the growth of their testimonies and for their constant love for the Lord. It makes me want to continue to do better and to live as obedient as I can every single day. This past week in my study, I was promoted to begin studying the gospel in a little bit of a different way. My thoughts have really been directed to prayer lately and how I can have more meaningful and revelatory prayers with Heavenly Father. As a result, I have decided to start keeping a journal of revelation. I will carry it with me everywhere I go and carefully record every impression and thought I receive from the Spirit as I go throughout my day. It's been a really neat experience! It's definitely helped me see the work in a new light and also see how the Lord is directing me, "line upon line, and precept upon precept." Sometimes it is difficult for us to feel like our prayers aren't being answered, especially when we are looking for a big specific answer. But, sometimes, we are too impatient while waiting for that revelation. We need to trust that God will reveal to us the big picture in small amounts. We need to understand that God is the Master of all Knowledge, but he teaches us at our own level and understanding, slowly, until we can understand everything in a great whole. As I have kept this journal, I have been able to understand the greater picture and more of what Heavenly Father is trying to teach me and tell me personally. I think I will continue to follow this way of study throughout my whole life. It's taught me that the little pieces of revelation we receive is preparatory to understanding greater things. Thus, it is always important to ask the Lord "Is there more?" after we receive a small piece. It's outstanding how the Lord is able to teach us. He really is the Great Mentor. "It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him. ...he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full." (Alma 12:9-10) "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round." (1Nephi 10:19) On our way home from Koiwa, we met a woman from Mongolia! She couldn't speak any English, and she could only speak basic Japanese, but we were able to have a really great conversation with her! We were waiting for our train when we saw her and decided to speak with her. As we introduced ourselves and explained a little bit about the Book of Mormon and she took complete interest! We gave her a pass along card saying she could receive one for free and meet with other missionaries in Mongolia. She thanked us and proceeded to get on her train. We then realized that we were in the wrong part of the station and that we needed to get onto the other side of the line, but God knew everything that would happen, and let us go to the wrong platform so that we could meet this woman from Mongolia. It was a neat experience. Well, that's all I have time for. I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to be the Lords servant as a missionary. I've found more joy in this work than in anything I have ever done before. It's become my lifelong pursuit, and I am so grateful for the shared duty we have as missionaries, members, and people to assist in God's great work. I know this church is true. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He is the light and truth of this world. Let's share that light with everyone! Have a wonderful week! Love always, Sister Hubbard