Monday, May 29, 2017

(End of) 61st Week in Japan; 4th Area. Another baptism! Make every minute count.

May 29, 2017
Sister Parker and Sister Haroldsen

Konnichiha everyone!! 

This week was good!  Everyday I feel like the Lord is guiding me to become a better me, how to improve, how to be more humble, what to say.  Even though I'm not very good at Japanese still, the Lord is still able to speak through me to His people.

Not too much time, but some things!:
This week was great!! We've been OYM-ing(Open Your Mouth.. (see D&C 33:10)) on trains, on the streets, on our bikes, on the phone.. and we've met many wonderful people!

One day, we were on our way to visit an investigator R____*, who got baptized on Sunday (this weekend), who actually had a young child's record with the Church, and once the record was located, in the end, his baptism was not counted as a convert baptism, but that's okay!  He GOT BAPTIZED!!  And he's the best 8 year old missionary I've ever met. 
[ * K-Mom's note: I was uncertain about putting his baptismal picture on this blog because he is a minor child and don't know how the parents would feel about that, so I withheld it.]

We had extra time so we decided to visit this P.I. [potential investigator] that we met on splits a few weeks ago who is from Hungary.  I had lost her address and phone number though and I was searching my bag hopelessly, when the P.I. who we were trying to
find, her daughter walked by on the street and said "hello."  Whoa!  And she remembered when we first met!  I asked if her mom was home and she led us to her door and her older sister talked to us.  She didn't speak much Japanese or English so her younger sister was translating a lot.  We found them and they want us to come back.  I've been wanting to visit them for weeks so that was amazing!

I know God loves his children and he is guiding them and watching them and when they follow him and His begotten son, Jesus Christ's commandments, they are blessed immensely.  Temporarily and forever.

Sister Haroldsen and I are good at making quotes during the week, so here is one endurance, for everyone, even if you are not serving a mission:  Make every minute count. Because it precious and can be filled with joy. 

If you were given 186,000 dollars everyday for let's says one month..  It was put into your bank account daily, what would you spend it on?  How would you use it?  However, the thing is that after each day, your account is empty and you start over the next day with 186,000.  Wouldn't you spend it on the best things?  The nicest things?  Or give
it to those who need it as well?  
Everyday is the same. We have many moments and experiences that are precious, but they can go by fast.  Use it for the best things.

3 Nephi 13:

"19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

p.s. see pictures below

I love you all!!!
Sister Parker

パーカー姉妹   [Sister Parker]
東京伝道部   [literally, Tokyo mission department.]  {Japan Tokyo Mission}  

Today we made Nepal Curry with a member and her friend from Bangladesh.

Nepal Curry

Cabbage dish

 Preparing food

We used spices and stuff like cumin, cinnamon, bay leaves, Coriander(?), black pepper, chili spice, cloves, garlic, salt, sugar.. and then onions, tomatoes, cabbage, chicken, etc.

 Sister Haroldsen and church member's pet bird Ku-chan

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