Mailing Address:

Elder Jarron McKay Molen
Japan Tokyo South Mission
1-7-7 Kichijoji, Higashi-cho
Musashino-shi, Tokyo
180-0002 JAPAN

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Japan, Tokyo South Mission - Thumbtacks, Transfers, District Leader and his Space Fan

Week 42 - July 11, 2016

I asked Sister Matsuhisa to make me a space fan 'cause she's really good at art and this is the result. I'm super happy.
This week has been pretty busy just like last week so I guess we will get right into it.

Tuesday:  We were supposed to go on super splits on Monday by that didn't work out, so we did it today!  My companion was Elder Inumaki, a Japanese elder who is going to be finished with his mission in a few days. We first went and had lunch with a guy named K--o. He is an older man with not too much interest in religion but met with us and was very nice. We got Indian curry which was really good and talked about God with him. He believes in God but doesn't really like religion. There are a lot of people like that in Japan.  Basically, he wants to know why people converted, but that's about his only interest point. After that we tried to visit a family that had met with missionaries before and are apparently a way awesome family. They weren't in their normal house so we went to check their party apartment, and we didn't know the room number and couldn't figure it out.  So I called the phone number for them that we had, and she answered!  She said she was busy but that she would call back, so I was like, "ok great." After dinner we were walking around and we talked to
one kid that might come to basketball and got his number so that's cool. On the same road we found another kid who is even cooler and will come to basketball and we got his number too, so that's way sick. Then we had to meet up to end the split in Kamiooka and then to Yokosuka.

Wednesday:  We went to go fix my bike, again, because I got a thumbtack in my front tire. Why someone tossed that on the road, I do not know. While walking there, we talked to a really awesome guy who makes commercials and stuff, so that was cool. We are hoping he can come to church sometime. Then we set up Ekaiwa and went back to eat.  Before Ekaiwa we were able to finally have a lesson with N------a K----i after forever. He is doing alright, but is still concerned about terrorists and things like that.  Ekaiwa was pretty good and everyone -- I think -- had a good time. Mine and Elder Nagano's friend, K---o, came to see us 'cause he's going backpacking in Europe for a month, so that was pretty crazy to find out.

Thursday:  Stuff happened. We got a call back from that family I called with Elder Inumaki, and they asked if we could come over the next day, so that was way sick!

Friday:  We taught our friend, K---n the plan of salvation!  He thought it was super simple and that was because we taught it simply -- which a lot of times I've tried to improve so that's cool.  Later, he realized there is a lot more to it than we said, but that's for later.  It went pretty good but he definitely needs the spiritual side of conversion to happen.  Then we had district meeting which was the last one of this transfer!  It was good. I never know what to say about those because they are all good, lol. After that, we planned for the lesson with the family we were going to visit!  Their party apartment is way nice!  It was way sick to go there. They had a Mormon boy [home] stay there for a while and he and his sister were there visiting that day, so that's why they invited us over that day instead of another.  It was really cool though.  We had just met them, but they were all super outgoing and friendly.  They also spoke pretty good English so it was cool. We had a ton of fun and were able to teach about Heavenly Father and prayer. We challenged them all to try praying and they said yes, so
we are hoping to go over another time and follow up.  It was a ton of fun.

Saturday:  Today we got transfer calls!  So we went to the church to play ping pong instead of basketball 'cause it was raining. We got our transfer emails.  Elder Nagano is obviously finished, a sister is transferring and one elder is transferring.  I am becoming district leader as well as a trainer, so I get a new missionary!  This should be interesting 'cause I feel like I am ready to do it but also not ready at the same time.  It should be pretty fun though. Then we went with M----i and got food at his restaurant.  After that, we tried to visit an investigator but couldn't find his house.  So we went back and tried contacting a bunch of people 'cause it was pouring rain. After that, we went to a baptism in Kamiooka.  K---n came with us and it was a good experience, but I think he thought it was going to be a bigger thing.  Regardless, it was good. So we went out for dinner and then home.
This is the family that we had dinner with and the members that were visiting on the front right.
Sunday:  So we attended ward council and other stuff.  Sacrament meeting was really good I thought. Everyone had really good talks and it was one that I was actually pretty focused on. After church we talked to members and stuff like that. Then we went back and had lunch.  After that, we streeted to the church and met K---n.  We taught him a little bit about the Gospel of Jesus Christ but didn't have time to teach the whole thing 'cause we had a meal appointment and we were bringing him as well. It was very delicious 'cause we had enchiladas and lasagna and peach cobbler, and it was just all around delicious. We had a great time talking and having fun.  At the end, we had everyone share their favorite scripture and it went really well.  I chose Alma 26: 35.

"Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name."

After that, we gave a member a blessing 'cause she was sick, so that was hopefully a good experience for K---n.

Today:  So we went to the dentist 'cause Elder Nagano had a cavity. So that was a joy going back to Tokyo.  (I feel like I go there every week). It's super hot today, and ya.

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