Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 89: 100 miles 100マイル

Sooooo...... for preparation day we got permission to go with some investigators to a place called muroto. Its in Kouchi prefecture, but kouchi prefecture is pretty big. We left the apartment at 6:30 AM and got back at 8 PM. WOAH.  it was over 100 miles round trip. IN ONE DAY. But was good for relationship building since they both have high potential for baptism.

I`ll send pictures next week, don`t really have time this week. but gosh was it awesome. The south east tip of Shikoku.

I am soooooo tired. That was what..... 4 marathons?!? yeah.

We had a bunch more lessons this last week. And we had a move-in to the branch! So it is looking like we will fulfill the requirements for a ward very very soon.

The Lord truly loves the people here. Lots of good things coming up soon.

Love you all!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Week 88 Blessings from the Lord 主からの祝福

It was a great week. We taught lots of lessons. The area has been struggling since like 6 months ago, and we just doubled the number of lessons the area has had for the last 6 months in a week. Oh yeah. ^^ It looks like we will have a lot of lessons this week as well. Blessings!

It took a lot of effort from us and past missionaries, but the blessings of the Lord are evident now. So glad to be a part of this great work!

We got transfer calls. Me and Elder Weir will be staying, the other two elders are both transferring. In their place, Elder Dickson (yes, from Matsuyama times) and a brand new missionary will be coming. should be good.

Love you all and I`m so glad for all your support.

Elder O`Reilly

Lots of bridges in Kochi.

Kochi station. A 5 minute walk from the apartment. We live right in the city.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 87: The Apartment あのアパート

So. This week we were visiting some more less actives. ( we are supposed to visit all 300+ of them... so yeah haha. ) and we got to this one. We got near the area and asked someone if they knew this person. they told us `yeah, she is over there in that apartment on the top floor. You`ll hear the music.`  so we went over there. yeah, we heard music alright. got to the entrance of the apartment, and we hear this Gothic style opera music like out of a horror movie blasting from the apartment. we entered, and it was even louder. We climbed the stairs. there was random stuff everywhere. a fridge.  a table. we kept climbing. Get to the top, and there is the boom box blasting the music. can`t even hear each other at this point. Then we knock on the door. She answers. we try to ask if she is who we are looking for, and she responded with the alphabet. I was very confused. Still not sure if we visited the right person.......  but it was very interesting. the story is way too long to write it all here, but a lot of strange things happened. haha. The conversation made no sense at all. She apparently owns the entire apartment building though. She walked right into a few of the other rooms, that were also full of random stuff.

So far we have located 30+ people who have expressed some interest in returning to church. 2 people came back to church.... a Melchizedek priesthood holder and an older aaronic priest. but we found 2 more that look like they will come back this week.  Most people we try to find moved away 10+ years ago! but the people we do meet have been pretty nice. A good reminder of the importance of Home teaching. IT IS SO IMPORTANT!!!

found several really great people this week. A few that could be active members in a matter of weeks. ^^ The people here are great, they just need to be loved.

Looking forward to another week in the service. Yesterday was the goal day for establishing the stake, but we didn`t quite make it. So we are going to continue a little longer. There is only so much missionaries can do to increase the number of active Melchizedek priesthood. But the members are stepping up, so the stake should be established really soon.

Love you all
Elder O`Reilly

Elder Weir on a bridge

Found giant burgers.

Take that flower pollen!!(very common thing to do in Japan to avoid allergies)
The other kochi Elders. We went to Kochi castle today.

Kochi castle

From the top of the castle.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Week 86: Final stretch 最後の努力

Last week of the Shikoku stake project. The project is going well. looks like we`ll have a stake! it`s going to be great.  The members could really use a stake! It is very different from a district of areas. The blessings that are contained in a stake are incredible.

Working with a lot of less active people, I`ve thought a lot about what causes lasting conversion. Many people we visit say they are just doing a different life now, they can`t go back. That they will yield themselves to such temptations from Satan is really too bad.  If they had a more solid testimony of the atonement and what it can do in their lives, things would be so different.

Also, less active members are always not reading scriptures, and not praying. and of course, not attending church. Those three things are SOO IMPORTANT!  never forget those things. The funny thing is that when you ask them why they haven`t been going to church, none of their excuses really make that much sense. They were just lead away by temptation.

I just want to tell them:

how have your prayers been lately?

uhh...... I haven`t been praying.


But then I decide to be nice and like the Savior and I choose better words. haha.

We had a ton of conferences in far away places (kobe, matsuyama) , so it will be nice to just stay in kochi for a couple weeks. going to get some good work done!

Love you all!
Elder O`Reilly

We are really close to the ocean in Kouchi, so loooootsss of really cool bridges.

Found a cool bridge

Made doughnuts and gave them out to people! look how cute these are. haha. Actually they looked like meatballs.  Doughnut flavored meatballs! all right!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Week 85: General authority address 中央幹部の説教

It was a good week! just an hour ago I went to the ear doctor and got my ears cleaned out thoroughly. I'm sure you all wanted to hear that. But it was actually really cool. They had a camera in my ear the whole time so I could watch the whole thing. It was gross. they used a tiny vacuum and a metal hook. I can hear better now. The ear doctor in Japan is way high tech! haha. and it only cost $11.

We had a general authority come tour the mission again. Elder Whiting. I`d never heard of him. He gave some really good training about the Atonement.  The Atonement is the answer to everything. I`ve learned that time and time again on my mission. When I was in the MTC, we had Elder Kikuchi come to give a talk. (he`s Japanese) He told us that there was one souvenir that we should all gain while on our missions, and that was the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Take it home as a souvenir. When he said that, I didn`t really get it. But now I understand. I can feel the atonement work in my daily life, cleansing me, and equally as important, giving me the capacity to do the work of God. I have felt it work through me to convert the souls of others. Speaking as directed by the spirit with the enabling power of the sacrifice of the Savior`s atonement is literally the coolest thing there is.

I`ve also learned another important thing on my mission. The atonement doesn`t make anything easier. That isn`t the point. The atonement gives us the ability to do things beyond our power. Gives us the capacity to put forth effort beyond our own.

The Savior lives! The fact that he lives is the ultimate proof of his Victory over death, and the source of hope, so that we know where to look to receive a remission of our sins. The Atonement allows us to receive divine help in our daily lives, and eventually continue down the path that leads to Eternal Life.

Love you all,
Elder O`Reilly

oh by the way, the effort for building a stake is going well. We are going to have to rely on the Lord a lot for the next 2 weeks, but through the Lord`s grace, the Stake will be formed on Shikoku within the month!

me and my companion at the Okayama conference. a sister who I don't even know photo bombed it. haha :P

crossing the ocean on a bridge back to Shikoku after a meeting in Okayama on Thursday.

My companion's grandma sent this awesome package! (she lives in north Japan) sooooo much food! haha.