Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Week 71: Helping those around 周りの人を助ける

Merry Christmas! (Thanksgiving is over-rated)

I love doing missionary work in the Christmas season!

Remembering the great gift of the Son so that we could all return to the Father.

I`ve really thought a lot of how awesome of an opportunity I have to help all those around me. There`s a lot of people around me. haha. The people outside, in my zone, in my apartment, and my companion! There really isn`t any time to worry about personal wants or other things of no importance. What a fantastic opportunity!

Transfers was last Thursday. Went all the way to KOBE to pick up a brand new missionary, Elder Fuller. He is 18. woah. He just loves Japan and is excited to be here.

Spending a lot of time with many young missionaries, I`ve really noticed how much I`ve changed. They always talk about what part of missionary work is `fun`, when they eat and what they eat, etc. Reminds me that I was much like that when I first got here. Now, its a little different. Doesn`t really matter what we have to eat, what we are required to do, or honestly whether or not you think you get a long with your companion. Doing all you can to help those you connect with will help you to focus outward, and those things that we may think are important to us...... we gradually realize they never were important.

The Savior of the world gave the perfect example. Never seeking his own, and taking on the sins of the world, so that we could all return to God. He knows what is truly important.

Love you all!


us with some members

Going to transfers! (the night before we had to stay at okayama..... my companion is here.... just not in the picture)

We had a meeting yesterday in Takamatsu, so that`s why today is Preparation day.  The meal there by the members was fantastic.

My companion(left, Elder Fuller) and Zone leader companion (right, Elder Mergist)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Week 70: Primary Program プリマリ発表

So we had our Primary program yesterday. Matsuyama branch has a grand total of TWO kids in it. haha. soooooooooo....... the primary presidency (yes they have a president and 2 counselors) asked us if we would be in the program. We accepted instantly. haha. we are the next youngest in the branch after the primary. We got to sing all the primary songs in Japanese. it was great. also gave a one minute testimony. For the primary program, they take away the podium and the wood wall things around it, so the stand becomes like a stage. Kind of weird to bear testimony at sacrament meeting on a stage with a hand held mike, but still way cool.

Our super solid investigator got sick again and couldn`t come to church, but is sooo solid. We gave him the Joesph Smith history to read and after that he asked if he could read the whole book of Mormon. haha. ummmmm..... sure. ^^

We had a cool experience with another investigator this week. We can`t call him so we always visit him right when he gets back from work. When he got back he was obviously pretty depressed about something. When we asked if we could share a message we prepared for him, he said he wasn`t really in the mood. He said he messed up at work and wasn`t sure if he would still have a job the next day.  Right away, I went to grab the present we brought for him from out of my bike, and then I asked if we could say a prayer with him. He agreed. Following the spirit, I prayed that he would feel God`s love and have his protection. By the end of the prayer he was in tears.

We weren`t able to share the message we had carefully prepared, but following the spirit, he was really able to feel something. The next day, his job was fine and everything returned to normal.

So we got transfer calls today! I`m staying, and I am also Training. which means that another companionship will be coming to Matsuyama, and that companionship will have the other zone leader.  the apartment CAN NOT fit 4 people, so it will be interesting to say the least...... it`s tight with 2 people.

since I`m training, the new missionaries are not in Japan yet. so I know absolutely nothing about my next companion.  The other zone leader is one transfer (six weeks) my senior, and he is a great guy. Elder Mergist.

Looking forward to a great transfer full of miracles!

Love you all,

the line mall type thing in matsuyama. 商店街


Me and Elder Dickson. got you a good picture mom. ^^

Couple pics of the outside


Another cool pic!  ^^

found some samurai armor. oh yeah.

maybe not very good at putting it on right but it was pretty great. ^^

Got to the top and there was a golden sun shining through the clouds. Waaaayyy cool.

the whole group that went. The guy is a member and the lady is an investigator. Our investigators couldn`t come. :P

random pic from the top

SO. finally found the right way to eat persimmons. Wait until you think they are super rotten, and they actually aren`t, they are delicious. then you can cut off the top and eat the soft fruit with a spoon. soooooo good. yum! ^^

sorry..... took hundreds of pics last monday. haha. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Week 69: Rich blessings are upon us! 豊かな祝福は私たちの上にある!

ohhhhh gosh. The gospel is probably even more awesome than you are currently thinking it is right now.

So having received some training from the assistants and such, we decided that we needed to take time out of our finding time, and prepare more in depth for our investigators. We have a lot that aren`t really progressing.

Its been said, The Lord doesn`t need powerful finders, he knows were all the Elect are. He needs powerful teachers.

I`ve gained testimony of that line this week.

With all the investigators we have, we were planning for them for a few days actually. A lot of thinking, praying, and seeking revelation. But slowly and surely, we were able to set up spirit-guided lessons for each one of them, to help them receive the gospel.

The miracles started as soon as we started planning.

English class on Wednesday -> a girl showed up who had followed the map on the English class flier I gave her when I was passing out fliers last Sunday night. (that has never happened.... the fliers are horrible and sound creepy). With the sister missionaries invitation, she also came to church yesterday and told the sister missionaries that she is super interested in Church and wants to learn everything about it. Also she is going to invite her friend as well.

Thursday -> taught our awesome investigator. (the one who was sick and couldn`t come to church?) yeah, he`s getting baptized next month. Probably even before the date we set with him because he is soooooo prepared. came to church yesterday in a great suit tie and everything. asks nothing but golden questions and understands everything we teach fast and solid. He loves the gospel. He was even telling the members on Sunday that he`s getting baptized.

Friday -> district meeting. On the way home, a guy walked up to us and started talking to us. ummm.... yeah. He wants to come to church and hear a message.  Then we get home and continue some planning, and a potential investigator calls us. Oh yeah, he wants in on the Gospel too. (I`ve never had a guy we met on the street call us up and set up an appointment! haha)

It reminds me of the promise in D+C 111 somewhere, where is says something about the Lord blessing us as fast as we are able to receive it. If we are not ready to receive a blessing, why can we expect one? as soon as we prepare every needful thing, the Lord will bless us. What is in our lives that we need to prepare in order to more richly receive of the Lord`s blessing? Our Heavenly Father loves us and always wants to bless our lives. Let us prepare for the entirety of the richness of his great blessing.  What is the entirety of his blessing? Eternal life. It is given to all those who prepare to receive it.

The gospel is so true. Lets spread the joy around. there is too much joy for only 15,000,000 people to feel.

Elder O`Reilly

found a tiny apple.

So my companion takes a while at E-mail, so I have had time to type up summaries of each lesson topic in PMG. then I got a hole puncher thing that is actually pretty cool, and found a perferator thing. I can tear out individual summaries about any topic we teach! Its pretty cool.

I translated for Imabari district meeting on friday. Multiple districts need our translation, so we will probably go back and forth.... and they just have to do without us on off weeks.  This is a shot from the ride back. the train like goes through the jungle, and also along the ocean at some parts. pretty cool train ride.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 68 Banishing the Darkness 暗闇を追い払う

So yeah. This week was still a little bit of swimming against the current. Some set backs and lessons delayed until next week and investigators not showing up and getting sick last moment.


I wanted to yell that at them, but I`m not entirely sure how conducive to the spirit that would have been.

Also going out finding people this week, when we were told that they weren`t interested, they didn`t need religion, they were ok, or they already heard the message I just wanted to tell them


But..... I`m not sure that would help people have a change in heart. Well, I guess maybe they would have a change in heart, but it probably wouldn`t be a good one. haha.

I suppose its most likely best to trust that the Lord has prepared people, and perhaps the Lord`s time is not quite on track with mine. Teaching a people and a culture who hardly know the name of Christ that it is through his Name and Grace alone that we are saved, takes time. Its not something that will just make sense right away. But when they are prepared for the message, and as I am patient and faithful through the trials that come, I am confident that many will be able to find their way.

I suppose if you are in a dark room for a long time, and then just suddenly turn on the flood lights, it doesn`t exactly help you find your way. For someone who has been in the dark that long, starting with a smaller light, a candle perhaps, and then leading them to greater and greater light gradually is going to help them the most. Of course I want to show everyone the greatness of the light that the Gospel brings, but blinding people doesn`t equal helping people in most people`s books.

As for the investigator we found last week, he is progressing well. Probably we`ll meet again tonight. He got sick :( so he couldn`t come to church but should be able to come in the future. He is such a funny and cool guy. And he loves the teachings of the church. We are definitely not pulling out the flood-lights yet, but we have them prepped and ready to blast him with some pretty awesome truths when he is ready.

I love this Gospel and the light it brings into my life everyday. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. I`m going to banish away some darkness this week.

Love you all!
Elder O`Reilly

Watch #8 I think. Not having good luck with the watches. But then again I only spent $2 on all the other watches.... this one was about $10, so maybe it will last. haha. although it already got some rain in it yesterday, even though it was supposed to be water resistant. Still works.

Did a haunted house at the ward Halloween party. So the family that we invited (a family we found nearby the church) came, which was cool! also it was good because those kids were the only kids there. haha. The little boy dressed up as woody from toy story. ^^

My companion wearing a members jacket.

I think he is having too much fun. ^^ (one of the members) He`s pretty funny.

Oh yeah, and we had ZTM again already. haha. forgot about that. It went really well.

Matsuyama Church.