Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Week 65 Japan Tokyo Mission

Ps. I was able to see these two again today on p-day. Love them both so much! :)

Dear family,

We've had some really amazing experiences this past week, but I will
probably only be able to share one of them. The one I will share
relates directly to the power God gives us to "be in the world but not
of the world" and the protection He continually gives us as
missionaries. I believe this power comes from living and keeping our
covenants as we show the Lord we truly are on His side. This power
comes from consistent righteous living. Now, more than ever, there is
a need to be more righteous.

This past week, sister Moffat and I ventured out to a Matsuri in the
middle of Yoyogi park. (A matsuri is like a big party/festival/ street
fair thing)
This Matsuri was specifically for foreigners living in Tokyo and so we
saw it would be a good opportunity to find more investigators and meet
some more foreigners who would be willing to learn about our message.
We walked into that Matsuri with two other sisters from the 1st ward
having set massive goals that we wanted to reach together. As we
arrived at the eki, we could hear noisy drums and music coming from
within the park. There were well over a couple thousand people at this
event and most all of them were gaijin! It seemed that there may have
been a few sketchy things inside the crowd, but we still felt good
about going and talking to everyone that we possibly could. After
praying, we split off from each other to divide and conquer the crowd!
 We gave many book of Mormons way, and were able to meet tons of
people who had members in their families. It became a great success!
The Tokyo 1st sisters were able to reach a less active member and find
a few new investigators which was so awesome! Sister Moffat and I also
saw a ton of success. After about an hour of running around in the
crowd, we began to feel sick. Our surroundings were filled with all of
the awful things in this world. There was partying everywhere and
despite the great success we had had, began to feel like maybe it was
time to leave the Matsuri. Walking through the crowd, trying not to
look at everything, a man who was very drunk circled around us with a
few of his friends. We managed to escape them with the help of the
Lord. I don't think I need to say much more, but I will testify that
Gods protection and guardian angels are real and so close to us.
Despite the horrible atmosphere around sister Moffat and I, we felt
empowered. At any moment during that time, I felt the power within
myself to command every single person in that crowd to not touch us or
else the power of God would shake them. It was both a scary, yet very
empowering experience! Luckily, nothing happened and we were able to
walk out of the place safely.
The world is growing continually worse and worse, and now more than
ever, there is a need for righteousness. This experience reminded me
of a few scriptures.

"Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and
the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a
hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can
command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the
mountains, or the waves of the sea." (Jacob 4:6)

"I command you that ye touch me not, for I am filled with the power of
God, even unto the consuming of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his
hands upon me shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as
naught before the power of God, for God shall smite him." - (1st Nephi

"And they stood forth and attempted to lay their hands on him; but he
withstood them, and said unto them: Touch me not, for God shall smite
you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message
which the Lord sent me to deliver." (Mosiah 13:2-3)

Although, we didn't need to command anyone to do anything, I believe
God gave us that same power as described in the above scriptures. Gods
power is so real and I can once again testify that God really does
protect His missionaries. As long as we are obedient and do what we
are supposed to be doing, this protection will always be available to
us. I love you all so much and just want to encourage you all to
continue to do the right things. Avoid all forms of evil, and I
promise the Holy Ghost will let you know when something isn't right.
God loves all of you and I know He is guiding your lives. I hope you
all have a wonderful week! :)
Love always,

Sister Hubbard xoxo

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