[ Some of today's post may seem a little bit disjointed. Just know that she is also responding to various questions and comments from our emails to her. K-Mom ]
I'm adjusting more and more to Japan and missionary life here. I am becoming more consecrated as I try my best. God really does take care of the rest!
Today was Zone P-day and it was so fun! We played chair soccer and dodgeball and stuff. It was a good relax. We also made cake for the birthday companion, Sister Boden! Her birthday was last week, but we weren't able to make cake.
The Book of Mormon and the Bible really do go hand-in-hand with each other. There's power in both, but the Book of Mormon was written for our latter-days specifically, as well as some books in the New Testament and the Old Testament like Daniel, John, or Revelations. But the Book of Mormon is all for us. Together they are very powerful, indeed. The Old and New Testament have so much in it, I wish I could read it all! Someday I will.
About tithing, I want to bear testimony of how important it is and how much of a difference it will make in your life. God has made it a commandment to pay tithing, just a tenth of our earnings. Now, does God need money? No. He created everything! The point is, the heart. Is the heart willing to give a tenth of its earnings? The point of tithing is not temporal, it's spiritual and eternal. When we are in a position to be able to faithfully pay tithing, the Lord showers and showers and showers us with blessings. More than we can hold. If we hold back our heart when we pay tithing, it is the same as if withholding all the portion of tithing and not paying at all.
Malachi 3:10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Paying tithing with faith and willingness will bring great blessings and will change you. Paying tithing without faith or willingness will just make you broke. You can pray specifically to Heavenly Father again and ask if he needs you to pay $_____________ in order to see 'this specific blessing' and He will answer you quickly.
Thanks again dad for recommending praying about specific things; it really does make a difference! I've already gained testimony of that, can you tell?! Haha!
It's Interesting how America is going down a lot in society. In Japan, it's really nice here! I feel very safe, and there's no problems here really. I felt an earthquake two days ago I think, but it's kind of fun! Haha, that's the only real problem in Japan. Although, usually the word of wisdom is hard for Japanese people.
Also, there's these new Mormon videos called something like "Bible videos told by children" and they are very inspiring!! Please do look at them and share them! :) Remember how important you are to Heavenly Father and that he knows your pains and when we look to Him. He lifts our burdens. Sometimes there's still pain and anguish, but we need to experience that and endure it joyfully in order to receive our godly reward in the next life.
Alma 37 : 46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever."
Here are some more pictures:
Until next time, Parker Shimai :-)