Sunday, August 23, 2015

Misawa Transfer 4 Week 5

Friends and family,

This week on the 28th is the birthday of the best mom in the world- that's right, Laurie Robins! Please, if you know how much of a saint this woman is, or even if you haven't met her, please pamper her with love and chocolate and flowers cause she's amazing and deserves the best. Love you mom!!!

Got an email from Zach the other night (the boyfriend of one of the young women in the ward who visited for a few weeks from Nebraska that we taught a few times) and he said a lot of nice things but among them was that he believes he has found the true church of Christ. That was way cool to read.. and he's also, on his own, been cleaning up his music selection, been receiving answers to his prayers and buying books so he can be smarter and more educated... this guy is doing a lot of good for himself and he can feel the happiness we promised him as he chooses to follow Christ. Super exciting stuff!

Haven't mentioned my good friend Brother Uno in the Japanese branch. This guy is the best. Baptized a few years ago and one of the only other priesthood holders in the branch. It looks like he always has a frown on his face and not a very happy guy but man when we go to visit him every week, it's a party. (Except for the fact he always gives us anko- sweet bean paste pastries :p) The questions he comes up with are nothing short of interesting to talk and study about whether it's what happens to animals after death, what manna was and taking of the daily bread is, where the land of desolation is, the stuff about the 12 tribes of Israel and translations of certain words in English to certain words in Japanese. It's oftentimes over both of our heads which makes us both stop and laugh and Brother Uno's laugh -- is the best, I love it so much. This old guy with a funny looking hair-do that just cracks up every time like he hasn't heard something that funny in years type of laugh.. always love talking with him and visiting. Brother Uno. 

Had our Zone conference in Aomori this past Friday- that is where our president comes and does a training that he calls spiritual feasts. This one started at 9:30 and finished up around 4:30... super long day haha but the theme of this conference was DC 128:19  19 Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? voice of gladnessvoice of mercy from heaven; and voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joyHow beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things, and that say unto Zion: Behold, thy God reigneth! As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them!
Talking about just how great the message we have to offer is and how we should be happy and glad and stern about sharing it with everyone! Learned a lot of good stuff and came away feeling enriched and motivated to keep on trying my best.

I am so grateful for the opportunity I have in this time of my life to serve these amazingly kind, friendly and generous people of Japan. Although finding people that want to hear the gospel is like finding needles in haystacks, we don't like to let that get us down because we know they're out there and just waiting for us to come and teach them. 

Thanks for the prayers the notes and the thoughts! I hope you all enjoy your week starting school and finishing up your travels for the summer! Love you all!

Elder Robins

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