I'm off to serve an LDS mission in Kobe, Japan from June 2015 to December 2016. My mom will be keeping this blog updated with my latest letters, photos, adventures, etc.! Also I would LOVE to hear from everyone - katya.wagstaff@myldsmail.net

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mon. Sept. 26 Sick...but the work moves on!

Wow k this week I'm going to work backwards because it's been so crazy, I'll probably miss a bunch of details. Mainly last week I got sick but was in denial and kept going and that caught up to me this week!  
Today we are doing a slow P-day and then during morning study we got a call from Shuu (Taiwanese investigator, you'll hear a lot about her!) she wanted Seishi Shimai's phone number because she wanted to go visit Seishi Shimai, then later said I know it's your p-day, but do you guys want to come too? Yeah! So we went over for lunch, ps she made homemade tofu! New experience! Then watched the Restoration video together, testified, committed and left- Shuu is still talking with Seishi Shimai! Amazing. We were worried that she didn't have real intent, just seeking knowledge, but after the video she said she really wants to know if this is true, wants a confirmation in her heart and that she's been praying every day for that. So obviously we know she'll receive an answer! That was really exciting.

Sunday...oh boy, what a day. In the morning a recent convert's mom called us and said her daughter was coming to church today (daughter is about 10 and hasn't been coming lately) so we went to pick her up and walked her to the Eki...it took a while, she wasn't sure if she really wanted to go, anyways got to the church by 10:30 (Sacrament Meeting starts at 10) and our patience was being tried a lot but at the end of the meeting we were able to go up and have the sacrament- very grateful! Then some confusion with her primary teachers, I think everything got sorted out! There were quite a few tourists visiting, and one girl stayed for the rest of church s we went and translated for her, lots of fun! After church udon party, then we went off to a BOM Blitz activity- it's where we split with members and had about an hour to talk to lots of people and focus on giving the BOM. We had a great member come with us who's going on a mission soon and is pretty quiet but had a KILLER testimony, way impressed! Honestly a pure simple testimony is powerful, people do stop and listen. Able to give away 3 BOMs to different people with a few other lessons! 

Saturday for lunch a member took us and the elders out. First we stopped by a LA's bread shop, then for lunch went to a member's Chinese restaurant. According to Shima Kyoudai (member who took us, "it's better than Panda Express!" Haha- Japanese style Chinese food and American style Chinese food are very different, but still good! Also I was on a koukan, not with Zhou Shimai, so still don't know how it compares to real Chinese food. Then later had LA lesson, talked to people along the way and ended with weekly planning. 

Friday- District Meeting in Sekime! We started a koukan (exchange) with Higashi Osaka sisters. I was with Oswald Shimai and we had a great day- full purpose! Got some members, LA's, then miracle guy that stopped us and asked if we were "Morumon?" Well yeah, then he said he's met missionaries before, thinks they are really cool  and now wanted to know- what makes us different, what do we believe/ why are you so happy? Profound question - invited him to church to come and see for himself! Then had a investigator lesson with guy from the fruit stand and it went really well and he said yes he'll be baptized, but still worried about Sunday- can't/won't close his shop to come to church...we'll keep working with him. 

Thursday- in the morning we went out a ways to visit a member that lives pretty far away. She lives alone and was super grateful, kept saying thank you, and cute little gifts at the end (kind of normal actually). Anyways, we didn't know it before but it was obvious that God wanted us to be there and she needed someone to talk with, sing hymns with, etc. God is watching out for each one of his children, and usually uses us to take care of each other. 

Wednesday- Shuu San and Seishi Shimai again! Shuu arranged this appointment herself, asked us to being Seishi Shimai with! I can't explain how much fun it was to go with Seishi Shimai. She is 84 yrs old, has been a Ward missionary for over 20 years and LOVES missionary work. She got all dressed up and came with us by subway to visit Shuu and was sooo helpful. Shuu San knows the Bible really well (first time with this kind of investigator) and she was confused about various things as we talked about the Plan of Salvation but again, testimony brings the Spirit in so sweetly and that's when you feel that this is true. Went back and Seishi Shimai said that was one of the funniest days she's had in a while- I want everyone to meet her! She is truly just genuinely happy all of the time and really tiny and has a high pitched voice and can't hear very well and is a living testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and truly blesses our lives. 

Tuesday- Typhoon warning day, also koukan with Hirakata, also I was sick (okay so I've been sick all week, still kind of sick but doing okay) and this was the worst day and it was a crazy storm anyways, so stayed inside- studied and slept. Makin Shimai was so sweet helping me and just keeping herself busy. 

Last Monday- cooking class with Seishi Shimai, first time she and Shuu San met (obviously went really well since we've seen them every few days since then!). Dinner at another member's house, Fillipino and the food was so good! 

This is God's work and nothing gets in the way. I am surrounded by miracles, marvelous people and am feeling the urgency that time is running out and there is just so much to do! There is nothing else I'd rather be doing with my time than preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are great rewards in store and we each have a part to play! What are you going to do?? 

Love you lots! 愛しています皆さん❤

Wagstaff 姉妹

So happy to hear the binder was found!! Now that's a lot less stressful.

This has been an exciting week...I've been a little sick since Zone Conference (mostly just my normal sore throat, then turned into a bad cold, now just down to a little coughing and runny nose) Last Monday night we got a call from sisters in tears- we have a pair that aren't getting along very well, so they needed an emergency exchange (this was when I was at my worst with a cold) so sorry for her, miraculously there was a typhoon so we couldn't have gone out anyways- way too dangerous, these storms get scary. Anyways, so stayed inside, listened to her problems, and slept. A little dramatic but they're learning, slowly. 

Then Friday and Saturday another pair of sisters are dramatic- not as bad as the others! Welch Kaicho still got called, but this is just normal one missionary works hard and the other really doesn't. They are improving!

Sunday...in the morning, love her but girl that got baptized is pretty moody (10 yrs old) and she dragged her feet all the way to church (talking to her earlier in the week, she had WANTED to come...) so tried to show lots of love but also get her to walk a little faster, didn't work too well. Got to the train station (church starting in 10 minutes) and she said she wanted to go home! So we had her call and talk to her mom (her mom is investigator with a broken arm who wasn't able to get baptized because she had surgery again, but is still so amazing). Anyways, so daughter agreed to go to church, got there very late, they brought us the Sacrament privately after, very grateful.
Then RC girl said she wants to go home and went up to a member she knew (we didn't see this happen) but asked for a ride home, member comes to us, then primary was involved- nobody can take her home, then
there's this one primary teacher....wow. I don't know why but she just hates us (missionaries). She's just really scary and basically said it was our fault and we had to take the girl home because it was our fault she came to church (at this point worried about girl feeling loved!), other members didn't really know what to say. Zhou Shimai
just started crying- it doesn't feel good to be kind of yelled at by a member. Then we had to go translate for the YW that came from America. Came back after Sunday School to check on our primary girl, also we were asked by the Primary Music Leader to come in because this month the songs are all missionary- theme. So we go into primary and scary primary teacher gets mad at us again, makes us leave (the Primary president at first was very happy we came, got chairs for us, then teacher got mad and she just awkwardly didn't know what to do). Then after apologized to the poor music teacher that we couldn't help her...we were shoo'd away to YW's. Very awkward. Didn't feel good. Thankfully after we were able to talk to our Ward Mission Leader and he said she got mad at other people, like him too, not just missionaries and it wasn't our fault at all, etc. He made us feel a lot better.

Today after the lunch and lesson with Shuu, we split with sisters with comp problems because one is sick like me and the other really doesn't want to stay inside. So Omisaki Shimai and I are finishing up and going to take a nap (very necessary!). Actually pretty excited, I was never a nap on P-day person before. Anyways, super grateful for Zhou Shimai who's sacrificing and taking to other sister out for some fun (she kind of wanted a nap too but would rather have the sisters be happy...becuase if not they call us constantly.)

It's been a dramatic week :) Sometimes we just have to return to our apartment and laugh about it.
Love you guys so much! Also I made hummus this week and it was really good- all the sisters liked it too- we had it with toast and cucumbers. Yummy!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sept. 19, 2016 Keep Moving Forward!

Hey guys! Had a cool week- lots of rain and miracles and sad stuff too but overall super duper.

Monday Spent the end of our P-day looking around at shops by Tennoji, then went off to meet an investigator and when we were stopped at a light, this lady comes up and says wow, missionaries can use iPads now?? She lives in our area but wouldn't give her name because she's LA and husband is super hantai :( But got to talk to her a little bit and invite her to an upcoming lunch at church. Then investigator had to go to the doctor and couldn't visit, so went to back up plan, got a little lost and went through a sketchy neighborhood (okay I say sketchy but still in Japan so probably really not that bad) but then met a super nice mom walking her dog who helped us with directions.

Tuesday we went out to contact a referral (they own a Chinese restaurant) from a LA. We had about an hour over in that area and there was a college nearby so went over and it was raining so there weren't as many people to talk to as usual but we decided to try and talk to EVERYONE. Yeah there are plenty of people with no time, no interest but also people that listened! So we got about 10 lessons in an hour- not going for the numbers but it was eye-opening to me to see the possibilities when you push yourself a little further because I'll be honest, there were a few people I thought probably don't have interest/I don't really want to talk to them and I would have passed right by, but thankfully we have companions and Zhou Shimai would stop every single one of those people! Then rewarded ourselves with this really good yogurt cake we found. Plus Eikaiwa that night and a new investigator referred from Kyoto came and we were able to do a church toru after with her and a member and she showed a lot of potential, we were especially impressed when we said that when she makes a promise, she keeps it. !!! If everyone was like that... :)

Wednesday Happy Birthday Dad! We had Osaka Zone Conference over in Yamatokoriyama (haha long names, good luck on saying this one!). It was a really great training- based on the recent broadcast "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts". We got to discuss various struggles, how to overcome, etc. There was a focus on being obedient to the morning schedule- the why behind it and really studying for our investigators. In the afternoon we gave training about exact obedience and also received great training from ZLs, APs and Welch Shimai as

- Also lesson on prayer this day: so in the evening we had planned this BOM Blitz with our ward mission leader, some members at this giant park, but it had been raining all day and we kept praying that the rain would stop that evening and it did a little bit and drizzled and that's where it hit me a little that the rain wasn't the point of our prayer- we wanted to continue this activity. The Yamatokoriyama Shimaitachi came on a koukan, so we split and then a relatively recent convert- few years ago, came and worked with the members. We ran into some miracle people, out and about despite the rain! One cool girl is an amazing pianist and at first it was a little mah-mah, good
connection but not with the gospel so much, it kept pushing even though it seemed potentially awkward and Cannon Shimai just whipped out the BOM, we bore testimony and gave her a part to read and she said wow I feel really good. Honestly I don't hear that very often- culturally people don't tell you what they feel but she did! And we've been able to continue contacting her. Our prayer wasn't about the rain!

-Thursday still on a koukan with Cannon Shimai! She's been out almost as long as me and so much fun to work with! We are able to teach about Jesus Christ a lot to just various people we met on trains, streets. Then we dropped by to visit a LA in a nursing home- it was "exercise time" so we wiggled our fingers and stretched with them and got to talk to her a little bit about family. Her daughter is an active member who asked us to visit because she's busy and can't go all the time. Next was off to Beatrice...got there and found out she had to cancel because she was going to another hospital for different medicine, plus wasn't recovering right so she has to get another
surgery and so baptism Sunday got cancelled. Way bummer, she's sad too, but it'll happen! Not now but for sure she'll be baptized. Then in the evening visited a LA with our RS Pres (she's amazing) and prepared to teach First Vision, got there and ended up talking about music. Spirit was there- had to be to help us out! Then there was some old traditional play/festival thing going on close by at this ginormous shrine because it was Autumn Equinox. Saw a little bit of that, that was cool, but too far away and dark for good pictures sorry.

- Friday we had District Meeting in Abeno plus ZLs came and brought cookies! After lunch came back for a little planning, I took a quick nap because I've been getting sick- just normal sore throat, cold stuff. Nap helped, then off to more appointments. One guy- WAY COOL! He runs a fruit stand and we teach him English and gospel and we
finish English and get to gospel and ask about his BOM reading- last time gave him 2 Ne 31 to read and he read it 5 TIMES TO UNDERSTAND, PLUS TOOK NOTES. We were pretty happy about that- he understood pretty well, taught Gospel of Jesus Christ and he likes it, seems like the main thing in the way is that he can't come to church Sunday, shop is open. But we're taking it step at a time with him. Then at the end, his wife (always quietly there) brought over a rolled paper and it was Imabari Mikan posters like they had in their shop- she remembered that
I commented on that and said I used to live there! Then at the end they usually give us fruit too, so she gave peaches and said "your grandparents make peaches right?" I felt so loved! It really means a lot to remember things about people.

- Saturday slept in because still wasn't feeling good, then got up and we went to the church for coordination meeting with Nagano Kyoudai (Ward Mission Leader- funny guy who does karate and our meetings are never dull). Today I was really grateful for cold medicine- kept me good for the day! Plus finally found a recent convert's apartment. She hasn't really come to church since her baptism, doesn't answer mail either lately, so the Ward has asked us to help out and she lives super far away and didn't answer/wasn't home but found it, left her a note- from the records and what members have said she seemed really great as an investigator, so we're not sure what happened.

- Sunday Ward Council ended shorter than planned!! Then had a meeting with Ngano Kyoudai again, planning another BOM Blitz since the 1st one went well and this time we'll have a lot more members coming! It's so much fun to work together. Then we rode out to a YSA member's place and talked about the BOM with her and got to know her better! Ended with more planning and went to bed early - sleep is the best thing ever.

Then today back to P-day, raining again and we went to Seishi Shimai's cooking class. She's been a Ward missionary for like 30/40 years? Anyways she is still going strong and has been doing this cooking class forever- lots of her friends have been baptized through it. This one was for Shuu- investigator from Taiwan, very active and really wants to know if this is true. We cooked, then took a break and taught Plan of Salvation and Seishi Shimai used a story board she put together years ago and was really simple to understand and Shuu San
really liked it, had a billion questions and we just had to stop her and say read the BOM and pray, ask God! Then finished lesson and ate lunch together, very fun! Shuu looooved Seishi Shimai and invited her over to her next lesson! We just got another doseki lesson we didn't even have to arrange :):)

The work is moving forward- each of us get to play a small part in God's eternal plan. Seishi Shimai is doing amazing things! Truly it's a joy to be around her and everyone knows that. Last week I asked What else can you give up to be more dedicated to Him? Did anybody try it? Any experiences?? Please tell!

I love you so much!

Wagstaff Shimai

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday Sept. 12, 2016 Give it all!

- Monday...did I already talk about Monday? Maybe, visited an investigator in the hospital and she's so excited to get baptized. Then after P-day ended, we skyped our other shigansha (has a baptism date) and she's from Vietnam so we use both Japanese and English and keep it really simple. Talked about the Word of Wisdom...found out she used to drink, loves coffee and thought tea was good for you. Zhou Shimai testified and basically said we don't know everything, but God does and commandments are the way to be happy and then she said, okay, understand. And committed to keep the W of W! Such a testimony builder that there are people out there waiting and ready to accept the gospel.

Tuesday went to Kobe for MLC! Still my favorite meeting ever and I thought for sure last month was my lasts O I was extra grateful to go. Felt like the Spirit was especially strong in that meeting and walked away with a ton of new ideas for our sisters,zone, area and myself. I want to more effectively work with members, make sure my actions are fulfilling my prayers. Our homework was to watch the Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts broadcast again and talked about that and once again PMG is such a great tool- probs learned more this time than the first
time watching it. In the evening we had kodomo Eikaiwa and talked about the weather (it was raining) and it almost all little girls so we used Frozen a lot!

 Wednesday went on a koukan with Higashi Osaka sisters and they live so close that they just biked over to our apartment! I went with Dayley Shimai who is new (1sttransfer) and was sooo much fun to work with- the language is hard but she works hard and that night we went to their Eikaiwa and she set up an appt with a student to come teach her the gospel all by herself! (Big deal!) Also visited Beatrice again in the hospital- had surgery on her arm, doctors messes up and had to do it twice, scary stuff, her cast is huge and heavy but getting a smaller next week and still so excited to get baptized and not happy about all the opposition, but that's just a testimony of what an important step this is. 

- Thursday we had weekly planning and ZTM training to plan and thankfully were able to focus and work faster than ever before, definitely a miracle. Another Skype lesson with shigansha, last commandment to teach, tithing. Holy cow stressful. She wasn't understanding it- we explained multiple times is both languages, plus she didn't have much time to talk and also is a super poor college student but then at the end, she asked "Do all the members pay it?" Yes! "okay so I get money every month and just give tenth to church?" Yes "Okay, I understand" and she committed and had to go. Lesson here: my prayers are very urgent and heartfelt when there's only 5 minutes to try and help someone understand and commit to a commandment. God is here and people are converted through the Spirit, not us. That becomes even more apparent that the Spirit is the teacher when there are some language barriers- we didn't help her understand, she felt it. Then later visited a less active and RS Pres came with us! Small miracle this time with this sister was that she brought her BOM with her to the door! In the evening we go to a free Japanese class and Taiwan kid from last week was there again, we were able to invite him to come to some of our activities, and there he can meet the elders and be passed to them. 

- Friday ZTM in Yamatokoriyama! Overall it was really fun! Lots of laughs but it was all good and Spieit was there- the gospel is fun! Definitely something we are trying to help a lot of members here see, and in little ways we have seen the culture change. We trained on "forget yourself and go to work" with a skit- Zhou Shimai opening her mission call! Everything went wel, then came back to Abeno and off to a members who gave us a ton of fruit!! That stuff is way expensive here, so we were super happy and she is very willing to doseki when she can! Next was crazy, so an hour before Xuan (Swan)- investigator from Vietnam, had her baptismal interview she called and she was really worried and wanted to cancel. Th sinfully Zhou Shimai was able to calm her down a little and get her to at least still meet us at the church. We hurried over and also got a member just baptized a few years ago to come and she was so helpful. Basically Xuan just realized how big this covenant is and got super scared, doesn't think she's ready, which then just opened to more and more concerns and one of the most intense lessons I've ever been in- that's a whole new level of prayer- Please don't leave. Please feel recognize Spirit. We all did our best and calmed some concerns, but still no interview and she wants time-space to think. Zhou Shimai very strongly committed her to pray about this decision (was able to share through personal experience because when she was an investigator she was very similar). So she walked away, we were really sad but there's still hope! Went and visited a member close to coordinate a cooking class she does targeted for LA's and investigators. Seishi Shimai is an angel- tiny grandma with a really high-pitched voice, her home is like a temple inside and she is the most amazing member. Definitely uplifted. 

Saturday took train out to a LA who met us on the street in the middle of walking her dog, but stayed and talked to us. Able to share the First Vision and it was powerful like always. There's a special spirt there, particularly reciting in Joseph Smith's words. PS encourage all of you if you haven't,to memorize it! Check PMG! Then she gave us another referral (gave us another one a few weeks ago, turned out really well!). That evening we went to a matsuri (festival) that a member asked us to go to because his LA wife would be dancing there. These matsuri's are everywhere in the summer and really fun! So she's a dance teacher and its these traditional dances and everyone joins in, so we learned too and had a great time with her! 

Sunday no investigators showed up...that was disappointing, but good testimony meeting (today was Fast Sunday because we had Stake Conference last week). And then there was food in our fruit basket!! (Generally don't get much in his Ward) but that just shows that slowly the relationship with members is getting better. After church visited a sister who's husband died last month. We weren't sure what to expect, how to help but found out that she really just needed someone to talk to, because she's pretty lonely. She's crazy strong- so excited and sure that her husband is now taking lessons in the Spirit World and working really hard to be a Priesthood holder! She has a rock-solid testimony. Later we were able to stop by Beatrice who's out of the hospital! Had a lesson with her and her daughter which went really well. She's just worried that the cast won't fit in the baptism jumper thing! 

This week was crazy busy, little stressful but that's so exciting because we really are on God's errand and He has a lot of work for us to do. From our training this week my testimony has definitely been strengthened that forgetting ourselves, diligently following God's will is the way to be truly happy. Work hard! What else can you give up to be more dedicated to Him? It might be little and it might be really really hard to give up, but pray for strength. More time to study scriptures? Keep the Sabbath Day more holy? Give up some media or time-waster? It could be anything, but that sacrifice is going to be so worth it. Be like Xuan! She sacrificed to keep the Word of Wisdom and has already told us about blessings she is receiving. God wants to bless us. I love you, more importantly, He loves you.

Love, Wagstaff Shimai

Here's another photo from the matsuri Saturday! Basically the dance is walking around in a circle and it's mostly just arms because they traditionally wear a kimono and those things are really constricting! (Good arm workout!)

Then 1st transfer opened up and ended up crying for an hour telling me their struggles. She's a really great missionary, her companion is pretty nice but...probably stressed and tired? Doesn't really want to work and has lost a lot of hope which is hard for a new missionary so full of fire. They can solve their problems and do great- probably going to see lots of miracles this transfer and work on changing the image of their area! 

Busy but it's really nice to be needed and involved. There's a difference in our work I think because we've both been here a while because it feels really urgent, not sure how to explain, but lots that we need to do now because it can't be done later! Love you all! Grateful for your emails, hearing all about everything. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD THIS WEEK...sent letter too late, sorry!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday Sept. 5

Abeno is international!

This week we used mostly Japanese but also met with Chinese (Taiwan), Vietnamese, Brazilian, Phillapino, Peruvian, Spanish (Spain), potentially more! Seriously international and so grateful everyone speaks a bit of Japanese or English, so it works! Oh also family at Eikaiwa from Pakistan.

Last Monday, PDay ended and we did some contacting at Tennoji- huge. Interesting people, though mostly lots that he no time. Also contacted a referral from members, given the day before at dinner. Partially because of the rain I think the referral, a young mom was nicer (super worried about us) briefly shared that we share a message strengthening families and she didn't have much time but we can come back again! So it was raining all day but seriously it was getting really heavy, kept getting heavier- got back to the apartment safely, really though just took a bath outside basically, and we normally do daily planning at our desks, but we were dripping, so put towels on the floor of the bathroom and planned there...do what you gotta do!

Tuesday a part member family cancelled right as we were going out the door to go meet them. That was sad but then rescheduled for Sunday and more of them could be there! Met cute Taiwan recent convert- most of the lesson is in Chinese, with a little Japanese, feels like back to 1st transfer, but it's so fun- really though no matter what language you can feel the Spirit. Then wen too this giant park- Nagai Koen and talked to cool people there! Then Kodomo Eikaiwa- fun but lots of kids and takes so much energy.

Wednesday got up early and ran to Seminary. Wow, great class! Only 2 kids regularly come but they are so diligent! Then after that miraculously for us a new 7/11 opened up close to our apartment- mainly that's exciting because now we don't have to go 20 minutes away from the apartment to sync our iPads everyday! Plus since it was the opening day, everyone got free bread. At lunch went to a less active's ramen shop, she asked us to last week, and she was really happy to see us there. Later in the day went to a nursing home to visit a sweet old member- there's a special spirit there and I love these cute old grandmas. In the evening we were pretty far from the apartment, and turns out there are some sketchy places in Japan when it's dark BUT totally fine, missionaries are protected!

Thursday lesson with Kiyoshi- cute grandpa who owns a giant fruit stand and is working hard on English and reads the BOM, really understands well. Today was really great because we found out he has pretty real intent and is ready to progress more than we thought! Completely believe that comes from reading the BOM- there is great
power. Coming to church is still hard because of his shop, but praying that he'll understand and be ready to make that sacrifice. Evening went with Chin Shimai to a free community Japanese class and she is crazy dendo Fire! Was all ready to have one of the teachers help her with church materials in Japanese and basically taught him about our church and how happy it makes her. Also a kid from Taiwan came and said he had seen missionaries everywhere in Taiwan, talked to them a little bit but too busy...hoping now he'll have a better chance!

Friday  District Meeting about following up and felt the Spirit strongly, really excited to be better at helping I's make, keep commitments. After DM, started a koukan with Hirakata sisters and I got to work with Omisaki Shimai! She is AMAZING- convert who then converted her family, some friends and is such a great example- because they had some import at appointments, we worked in Hirakata instead of all 4 in Abeno. Met a recent convert, 16 yrs old from Spain but speaks Japanese, English, Portuguese fluently, way cool. Basically hearing her testify was seriously like I think it would be like to hear Alma the Younger, in a way because her life has changed and she
is so happy and strong right now- seriously one of the most amazing,heartfelt testimonies I've ever heard- she spoke, we cried, agreed,and really seemed like she taught us a lesson ❤️.

Saturday back to Abeno and had Stake Conference and a new self-referral from Taiwan (like I said, international!) came!! She is very very interested becuase she met with sisters in Taiwan a long time ago and is more prepared now.

Sunday Stake Conference and Welch Kaicho, Shimai came! Wish I had time to tell you how amazing each talk was. Then evening with Morales family from Peru- really good food, then simply taught the Restoration
and they really liked it- a granddaughter and daughter in law are currently investigators and want to get baptized, just very busy still a little hesitant, but moving forward.

Miracles are happening and truly getting lost in the work is the way to be happy. It is such a joy to share the gospel, to invite people to come unto Christ and see lives change. Love you all!

Sister Wagstaff

Cute RC in Hirakata! Plus Omisaki Shimai

Visited investigator in the hospital today and miraculously she'll be out soon and probably getting baptized on the 18th!!

Had to take the picture, went to Namba today