And by that we mean rice fields, not just the mission field, because that is a lot of what we did this week. Our Ward Mission Leader gave us a list of Less Active Members to visit, which was very much appreciated! We have spent the week looking for them. We ventured to one of the valleys of Matsumoto about two hours from the church. We got off the train and followed our all-loyal, sometimes-accurate phone map to her coordinates. The map led us up some forested hills, around a highway, and through many beautiful rice fields hovered by cascading skies of stars. Because, there are no street lights in the country, as you are aware. Or many buildings for that matter, so we were counting the rice fields on the map to try to know where to turn. But the spirit led us along, we found her house AND she was home. We taught a short lesson and were able to give her a Book of Mormon, which she hadn't seen in a while. A miracle! I'm grateful for the warm experiences I have with the spirit here, letting me know that God is truly loving and leading us. God is Our Loving Heavenly Father!
My ponderizing scripture this week is 1 Peter 3:15:
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
One of the best ways to be a missionary is to be an example! Like the apostles expressed in conference, we can be a peculiar people. But if we are unwavering in our faith, and abundant in our kindness, the prepared will recognize the good in you. Shine the Light of Christ consistently and be ready to share it at any opportunity. The Spirit gives us plenty of them.
Thank you for all the love and support, I love you!