Had a pretty awesome week, I hope you did as well. I'll jump right into it.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that story about that referral from one of the military families, how excited we were initially but how we probably wouldn't see much from it. His name is Zach. And, well, these past two weeks, (his last two weeks visiting), we were invited back over two more times to teach him! In addition to him coming to church every week he was here. He's the man. Basically, he had restarted reading the Book of Mormon to more fully understand it and planned to finish it before his airplane landed home (super fast reader!), he has prayed about it and received an answer that it's true and he said he has no problems with anything else. He is golden! And the family who's daughter he came to visit have been awesome in helping him learn and progress along the path. We're guessing if all goes right he'll be baptized pretty soon here in Nebraska. Awesome guy, built a solid relationship with him and look forward to seeing where he goes in life! Super cool experience that has been a huge faith booster in just seeing how far a good influence can go.
On Wednesday, I went up to Aomori for our Zone Leader Splits. Elder Smith and I had an awesome splits and saw some good success. That day consisted of doing a practice lesson with an ex-sumo wrestler (who's a total beast now, not fat anymore) and then went running with him for 20 minutes afterwards. Then we went to the beach! First time I've seen the beach and sand and everything probably since last year. There were a lot of people to talk to on the beach so we spent a good amount of time there. Right by the beach is a free public zoo! So we got to check out the crazy baboon I later named Paul, the most majestic peacock I've ever seen with tail feathers several feet long, and then some turtle doves and roosters. Paul the baboon was by far the most entertaining but he wasn't in a very charming mood and didn't want to listen to our message about God's love for him..
Other than that, we had a very busy, productive week. Our investigator Kimura san is still struggling with some things like believing in Jesus Christ (even tho she believes in the bible) and she has the same question Joseph Smith had (about why there are so many churches and which one is right?) Right now, she's having trouble connecting some dots. We are going to be patient with her and try to help her understand. Patience, once again, is the theme of the week.
Thank you so much for reading these boring letters! I appreciate the love and support and prayers. Have a good last or second to last week of summer!