Mom and Dad
Another week in the greatest place ever. This week was full of growing. We had a mission conference so president and sister budge graced us with their presences this past weekend. Also we had stake conference. So cooool beans. Let's just say, this weekend was full of nonstop Japanese and I am mentally and physically worn out haha. By Sunday night I was ready to kill over.
The conference was way good. And I learned so much from it and I have a huge desire to become even better. We talked a lot about diligence and about accountability. But the best thing truly was we talked about being up here in Niigata and serving in nagaoka. I need to be a branch strengthener and a ward builder. And I am truly starting to see some miracles happen.
This past week, we went and visited a less active. We teach her about once a week. And she is great. She is probably like four feet tall haha she is tiny and have a hump back and purple hair haha. She is the bomb. And like she is so hard. She says she is too old and that she doesn't remember anything but it's a lie, you are never too old for the gospel and she does remember stuff. But this week when we follows up with her, she said yes she kept her commitment. We asked her to try and pray every day. She said she only prayed once but that's the first commitment I have ever seen her keep!!! I was so excited. This week we challenged her to try and pray twice!
The Saturday night session of stake conference was amazing!! It was truly amazing. President budge asked one of the less active members from our branch to speak, and just so you know he was less active for years! The sad thing was he was like a branch president and everything. Anyways my first Sunday in nagaoka he came back to church and he has been back ever since. He is so amazing. It breaks my heart that he use to be less active. But anyways president budge asked him to share his story about coming back. He gets up and starts talking and basically he says he got rid of everything related to the church expect for the Book of Mormon that was given to him by the missionary that baptized him and he said he tried his best to forget all of the church doctrine and he said he forgot it all but the promise that the elder gave him. Which was if I don't see you again in this life, I will see you in the celestial kingdom. I promise. Those two things he could never forget or get rid of. So then time went by he worked with the missionaries and now he is back. Well the whole time he was talking with out him knowing, the elders worked with president budge and they got that elder, elder smart to Skype in so he could hear him talk, and them after they hooked up the iPad to the projector and everything so that they could see each other and talk. Like I can't explain to you how amazing it was. The spirit that was there was soooooo strong. I can't describe the joy and the happiness and the peaces that felt. Seeing those to men with tears rolling down their faces, tears of pure joy was one of the best moments of my entire mission.
This past week was truly amazing. I am so grateful and so humbled and I am so excited for Lizzy to start her mission adventure. Guess who comes home soon!!!! Garrison. He will be home on the 30th!! I had a great birthday here! We had district lunch and went to a less actives members restaurant. And they treated us like kings. They made me a cake and they made us all this food and had like the table all set up for us anything. It was great. Then that night the dendo shunin and his wife came over and gave me some presents. I love being in other places for my birthday but next year let's celebrate together, okay? Family is what matters right?!
Xoxo Sister Brown