Halloween Party from **** :)
Thankfully the members in charge finally realized this party is too much work, so I think this was the last year. Niihama elders (our District Leader) came to visit some of our investigators/less actives and Halloween party prep took so long that we had just enough time to visit one. Of course maybe that just means we really needed to visit
her! I really haven't worked with elders much here and it was funny seeing that sometimes, they are just young and immature, thankfully not too bad. They dressed up as body guards and everyone was obsessed with
them, especially Elder Falute because he's from NZ/Australia.
Miracle yesterday we met with Kondo Kaicho (Kaicho: president) for a dendo (mission/missionary work) fireside we're doing next week. We had plans, but felt like we needed to talk to him again to see if we were meeting the members needs. Through talking, found out that we needed to change our approach with the fireside. We were going to focus on sharing gospel with friends, but he explained that a lot of people aren't ready to do that because they are really struggling. That went right along with a lot of our meetings this week- first we strengthen ourselves, then we can reach out to others. So now our focus is going to be strengthening them, hoping to reach the point where they can reach out.
Church really is different on this smaller scale- no worrying about Big temple celebrations or scout activities here. I honestly hope I stay in little branches my whole time here because they are the ones that need the most help, not the thriving wards in Kobe or Osaka- even if those areas do have more baptisms. Rees Shimai (from MTC- saw her at TTTM!) said strengthening the Japanese members might be one of the most important things we do because they're staying here, we're not. It was like what mom said about her little branches in Guatemala. :) Who knows, they might even have a ward there now!
I love you guys so much!
|Matsuyama Zone from last week's meeting|
|Also the cutest member of our branch-he practices his peace sign a lot!|