Mailing Address:

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Unexpected Changes - Tokyo South Mission - Japan

Week 71 - February 5, 2017

Some stuff happened this week that Elder Hawkins and I weren't expecting

Tuesday:  We met with our investigator K----a again. The lesson we had didn't really go anywhere. He just had all these same questions and no matter what answer you give he still just confuses himself and overthinks it. Then he also doesn't search it out for himself so that is a problem still. We may or may not drop him soon, we aren't sure yet.

Zone conference: Elder Hawkins and I had to prepare for it a decent amount. We basically ended up talking about the doctrine of Christ and having a big conversation with the whole zone. One question I thought about is how baptism is performed in the name of the father, the son, and the Holy Ghost. I thought why is it done that way? I have also been thinking about other ordinances in the church and will continue to study the way and reason they are performed. We had a lot of conference and discussion items within the whole zone so this zone conference was a lot of that.

  We also talked about the missionary schedule changes and a ton of other things during that. We saw every zone's goal for baptisms for the year and it looks like everyone is ready to try really hard. There is also a new Ekaiwa program that is being started up. It's gonna be way good 'cause now it's labeled as a mission school so everyone who comes basically knows what's gonna happen there. Also, we are now offering help with English testing. With the new goals and new schedule and all this new stuff coming in with the mission I think that we are going to see a huge improvement in effectiveness.

Friday:  We basically had district meetings all day. We got some huge gyoza again in Kichijoji so that was fun as well.  I got sick from Tuesday around until Sunday so at night we went back to the apartment and just tried to call a bunch of people.

Transfer calls:  So ya, we got them this Saturday and I thought I was gonna be here for a while but I am being transferred to Kanagawa which is back to my first zone. It's the same church as Kohoku but a different area that we work in so I'll get to see a lot of people that I know again. My companions are going to be Elder Matsumoto (who was my first district leader, and is the current assistant to the President) and Elder Murata who was the district leader in Tokorozawa before he got emergency transferred out.  Also, Kanagawa is Elder Matsumoto's first area and this is his last transfer, so he is probably way happy.  I get 2 Japanese companions and they are both on their last transfer #doublekill. That's what we call it when you are with a missionary for their last transfer.  You are ending their mission, so in a sense "killing" them but ya that's the situation.

Well, I guess that's all there is for this week. It has been pretty crazy but I'm going back to Yokohama, I guess that's where I'm meant to be cause that's where I've spent most of my mission lol. Way excited and I'll talk to you all next. Love you!!

Elder Molen
The gospel is the best

It's Way Warm Today So I'm Happy!

Week 70 - January 29, 2017
Ya, it's like 19 degrees (celcius) so that's awesome.

This week we have been decently busy.

Splits with the assistants: it went really well. We talked to some people in weird places -- one guy on the train platform, another lady at the convenient store. We told them who we were and invited them to stuff. I hope one guy comes 'cause he said he would, but yeah the AP's are awesome. They are super great missionaries and help a lot with teaching us how to effectively proselyte. We took a picture with an inspiration message for this cancer foundation thing (shoutout to you Rilee) and it was fun to talk with the 2 guys doing it. In the evening we had stake priesthood meeting so we went to that and it went really well. The stake presidency is honestly so nice and cool. 

Thursday:  There was a broadcast for missionaries in the entire world. They helped us learn about our purpose more and made changes to the missionary schedule rules. We can now choose when we study and other stuff. Also, they gave us more time on p-day to get our big list of stuff done. So it was pretty awesome and it was good to hear the apostles speak. We had weekly planning and a dinner appointment with a member that day as well. All the members in Japan are amazing at making food!

Saturday:  We had a soccer activity in the morning. It was sooo much fun! I love playing sports. The ward members and friends are pretty good at soccer. We also had the Chinese New Year activity on that day as well. I got to see Elder Harrison and Elder Smith so that was way good. I also saw Motoki and a lot of other elders I hadn't seen in a while. We had a good time.  There was a big dragon that they bought for the event and it was pretty cool. There was so much Chinese being spoken and I realized that I should learn Chinese as well, but Japanese is still hard enough for now. 

Sunday:  It was a wonderful great service as usual. After church though, we went with our investigator Kamiya to Kichijoji to watch a baptismal service. He wants to be baptized but has tons of questions and doesn't really listen when you give him the answer. He wants to have the conviction that it's true but says he's not there yet, when in reality he could be there but he's not praying, reading the scriptures or coming to church on his own. He will pray and read with us but unless he does it for himself he will never know if it's true or not so that's what we are working on.

Today is wonderful, beautiful weather and a member made my favorite Japanese food for lunch for us. It's sukiyaki and I like it a lot. It's the one where you boil a bunch of stuff in sauce and broth and then dip it in egg and eat it. Needless to say it was delicious. Today is great, being a missionary is great, you are all great. Well that's really all until next week! Love you all!

Elder Molen

The gospel is the best.