Monday, April 28, 2014

Week 93: Seek and ye shall find 求めなさい。そうすれば、与えられるであろう。

This week we again went many times by bike to distant places. We visited many many people. Had an exchange on Wednesday with Elder Dos Santos.  It was a crazy day!

So we wanted the full day to just find people since we had no lessons, so as soon as study was over, we started biking. We stopped just for a few minutes at..... McDonalds. (SOOOO MUCH BETTER THAN AMERICA>>>>> SHRIMP AVOCADO BURGER)  Then biked the rest of the way to Kami-shi. Its pretty far, but we can get there in 50 minutes. We visited a bunch of people and confirmed several that were clearly moved away. (one of them the place was a mess inside and it was COVERED in greenery!)  It was getting later in the day, and we went south to konan-shi. Lots of biking but way beautiful!

Then we visited a less-active priest. We got into the area and asked someone on the street if she knew the person. (addresses are almost never written on the houses!) she asked her friend, who was apparently the wife of the person we were looking for (not a member). She told us that she didn`t know he was a member of our church! she was very surprised.

Then she invited us into the house. ALRIGHT! haha. We were about to explain that we can`t go in unless her husband was there too, but then the husband rolled up in his car. SCORE!

We went in and had a lesson with the two of them and their 2 children, ages 3 and 6 (so cute!) and it was awesome. The husband doesn`t remember much about the church, and the wife doesn`t know anything, but they both have interest in the Book of Mormon and Prayer. Those are good things to have interest in! haha. ^^

Then we went to another house. The person we were looking for was not there. But there was a Filipino guy.....! haha what? set up an appointment to share our message with him for this week.

A new student at our English class came up to me and after short conversation said she loves church. Oh really? So I invited her and she came yesterday! The members and her got along way good and we even all made crepes after church. It was excellent.  We have a lesson with her on Tuesday and it looks like we can meet twice a week.

I was really hoping we could find a few more people that will be able to receive baptism before I go home. Looks like we found them just in time. ^^  Just when I thought all this biking was taking way too much time and was extremely tiring, the Lord blessed us.

I`ve been thinking recently that the way we can show our faith changes with time. While before, a long bike ride I would have thought of as fun...... is not so fun anymore. When I feel impressed we need to visit a bunch of people far away, it takes faith to follow that prompting. But the Lord will always bless me for it!

Loving the work!

Elder O`Reilly

The people in Kochi are ridiculous. EVERYONE likes to feed missionaries. Our table looks like this all the time. This is Tuesday night after English class. its GOOD FOOD! ^^

Kochi church chapel

Kochi church

On the road to a member. Lives on the top of this crazy mountain! 



Some lady in this field called us over to help her plant ginger roots. We planted a row. It was fun. Turns out she was neighbors to the person we were going to visit.

The lady in the field took us with her husband to dig up baby bamboo in the bamboo forest. coolest thing ever! search the forest ground for little green sprouts like this, and dig it up with a pick-axe. You can eat the inside! pretty tasty. She gave us her son`s old high-school backpack to carry it back.


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