We got to see some pretty wild miracles this week actually!
On Monday we spent a solid chunk of our P-day making a beautiful Lego brick cake for an adorable child in the ward because he was turning six that Tuesday. He said his favorite flavors are chocolate and pineapple (Idk why a six year old loves pineapple) so we happily obliged. (we were originally gonna make fondant to go over it but failed miserably and we accidentally made tootsie roll tasting stuff that looked like dragon hide) We went and delivered it to him that next day and he was so excited about it, it was adorable. His mom was super happy because most of his siblings were either at school or work so he was all by himself on his birthday, and his mom was in the middle of making dinner so she asked us to play Legos with him for a little bit before eikaiwa. We made a boat and a man. It was adorable and very fun. His mom said she was super grateful we made the cake because it meant she didn't have to. I hope he had a super fun birthday. 🎉
Wednesday we had a lesson with Nakamura san and it was actually the best. Naganuma Shimai came with us to douseki and it honestly could not have been better. We talked all about the redeeming power of Jesus Christ, and it turns out that Nakamura san actually really wants to know which religion is right, but doesn't know how to know. So Naganuma shimai did the whole faith is like a seed tatoe and he said that if he finds out that our church is true, he'll get baptized. It was awesome and he even committed to listening to the book of mormon and praying every day. He's honestly such a sweet old man.
But wait! There's more! On Thursday we went up to try and visit this American family, the Okermans, and it ended up being really awesome! It just so happened that Fukuchi shimai ran into us as we were walking up and she dropped us off at their house right as the dad was about to leave on a walk. It was perfect, he was all like "oh come in and talk to my daughter and me. Tell us your stories" so we talked for a while, and then he left on a walk and we ended up talking to the daughter about the plan of salvation and baptisms for the dead. She was really into the conversation too. (Though I did have to explain the word "vicarious." i didn't realize it was that hard of a word whoops) I honestly think she might join the church someday. She seems really open, and we're gonna meet with her for lunch on Wednesday again!
Friday was interviews; had a really solid district meeting. In case you were wondering, Narcisso 長老 is the best district leader. Also I made lots of friends during the waiting period. We've got so many good missionaries in this mission. So many good noodles. Pure and sweet angels. We also were given potato croquetes and delicious orange candied almonds by Kurose san after we got back. It was really delicious and we got to meet her mom! Such nice people! A good day.
Saturday was the really awesome wardHalloween party! Jones Shimai was a Tae Kwon Do instructor and I was an alien, due to the lack of any costume stuff in our apartment other than my makeup kit and a party headband. It was exciting. We got many compliments. Also! Jones Shimai taught a kiddo Tae Kwon Do class again before the party and it was really fun and also adorable. Lots of members' friends came and also some of our investigators! It was a blast. There were charades and various other games and all the children were very cute. I also was able to stop tiny baby JJ from crying by presenting him with a Hankyu Densha notebook I had found and got for him because he loves trains more than anything and I've been trying for three transfers to get on good terms with this adorable baby with little success. But! The train book did it. He gives me high fives now and smiles at me and says "Hankyu Densha". These are the only words he says that I understand but it's okay.
Sunday was the biggest, craziest miracle though. Ooyama san came to church again, and during our lesson about prayer, Kazuki asked her why she wants to read the book of mormon and why she's so open. She said that she feels like she's being guided and even though she has no idea if God is there or not, she really wants to try and see and listen to everything we have to say. We also asked if she would get baptized provided she receives a witness, and she said she would! That's two investigators open to a baptismal date in one week! Absolutely crazy! Kitarokko is slowly getting there, and it's honestly all thanks to our awesome members. Literally could not do it without them. We're so blessed.
But anyway, that's about it for the week! Tune in next week for transfer information! Will I train? Will I not? Will I stay here another? Vote now on your phones!
1) North Shimai (we're writing a manga together now), Smith Shimai, Me, Jones Shimai
2-5) pumpkin pudding decorated by children
6-8) the lego cake, the dragon hide, and precious Kou-chan
9-12) Halloween party fun times
9-12) Halloween party fun times