Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Being a missionary!

Sacrifice brings forth blessings! 
The Lord blesses me with what I need and even what I want.
On P-day we were in the middle of shopping and we got a text from a mysterious phone number. Someone had received a pamphlet with our phone number on it and the name of two sister missionaries who used to serve here. The girl was in Shibuya and wanted to meet up. So we, with only a little bit of a reluctance to stop what we were doing, crossed the street (as you can tell from the previous picture, that is no small task) and tried to find her in a cute little bakery. She had attended Protestant schools and had received a pamphlet about the Restoration of the Gospel (in English) from a Pastor of another church. We have no idea how he got it or why he passed it along to her (good missionary work on his part). Anyway, she felt compelled to read it and was studying it with her English to Japanese dictionary! She also was reading the Bible when we got to her table! We talked with her about all of this and about the restoration and about how our church is different and true. It turns out the closest church building to her is in Matsudo, which is where both of the sisters listed on the pamphlet have served. One served earlier and one is serving there now! She had gotten the pamphlet in February and The Lord had put the missionaries where they needed to be to wait for her. Wow! And now is her time! And he used us to help her find her way to the church! What a miracle we were blessed to be a part of!
This is the best time of my life. 
I am actually doing what is most important. 
I am feeling the joy of the work! 
I am feeling charity and a desire to build eternal relationships. 
I am strengthening my testimony of the Book of Mormon. 
This is Gods work and His glory and our job is to participate! 
What an incredible blessing!

Monday, July 7, 2014


We now have all kinds of technology available to us to help reach out and share the gospel with others.
Teaching a lesson over Skype
Last week I updated my facebook and am now using that regularly. Most of my posts will be in Japanese because we are using it mainly to connect with people in our current area, but everyone is welcome to visit my wall.
SisterEmily Orton
We are having lots of great experiences here in Shibuya. Lots of great people to teach and lots of great people to work with! I love it here in the city!
Here is my current companion-
Palmer shimai and Orton shimai