Monday, March 31, 2014

Tokyo Japan Week 34

Sakura trees!



Hello everyone!! It's been another really awesome week here in Tsukuba, it's finally starting to turn into spring! We've started running morning, and the Sakura trees are starting to bloom around our apartment. :) some pictures will follow soon! It's kind of hard cause I can take photos on my iPad and send those, but the really awesome photos on my camera I can't send unless I send the whole SD card home, which is kind of lame. I still gotta buy an sd card reader attachment, but that still takes some time, I'm way sorry! Those good photos will come soon, but I hope you like the iPad photos! Japan is seriously such a beautiful country, and it's finally starting to warm up a bit, which is super awesome. Week five of the transfer started today, so in two weeks we'll have transfer calls again, which I still can't believe! It seems like this transfer just started, but I'm so excited to go forward with faith. The time is really starting to fly by, but I'm so thankful for every minute here as a missionary here in Tokyo. It's totally changed my life so much, and I'm so thankful for the miracles that The Lord has blessed me with in my life.

Lunch with our friend Yasuhiro

It sounds like everyone is doing so great! It's sad some of the emails have gotten a bit shorter, but I understand you guys are busy. :) Lexa I'll be praying for you for sure for this job! I showed some of the elders in my apartment those pictures from San Fran, and they got super stoked, and really wanted to visit. I know you really must love it down there, and that job is really so needed. I'll keep praying for you every day!! As well Whit, it looks like you're having so much pursuing photography in San Fran as well! Those photos are are so cool, and it's been fun to use some of them in introducing where I'm from to investigators and people on the street. They get so excited, and then they get super blown away when I say my sister took these. You have such an amazing talent that the Lord has blessed you with Whit! I'll keep praying for you, and I know you're gonna have such a great time in Iceland! Tyler as well you sound super great! This past email was a bit short... Haha, but I know work keeps you busy, so I hope you're having tons of fun man! I'll keep praying for you, when's that bike coming by the way??

Lots of naan at Bel's shop

Mom and Dad I always love hearing how close it sounds like you are with the missionaries in our ward! I promise you that they appreciate that so much. Today we were taken to Costco by a family here in the ward from Utah, and it was really such a blast to be with a family so excited to share the gospel, and as well to have some fun with. Thanks for all that you do, and just thank you so much for being so awesome. :) I'll keep praying for our missionaries back home as well! Sometimes it can be really discouraging, but I promise that they'll see those true miracles soon enough. Sometimes The Lord gives us those mountains to climb, and a lot of times it's hard to see that top of the hill when we're climbing up, but it always gets the hardest right before it breaks. Give those Elders a big hug (Dad, haha, not from Mom) and let them know I'm praying for them! The Lord is so aware of their diligent work, and He loves them more then they can even realize. Miracles are on the way!!

Quick update on investigators, please pray for Bel! He's our really amazing Nepalese investigator, and he's looking so solid! He came to church again yesterday, and even though he can only stay for Sacrament meeting because of his work schedule, he's showing his faith so strongly, and he's so excited to be baptized. We visit him at his Indian curry restaurant almost everyday, and he's always just so happy to talk about where he's been reading in the Hindhi Book of Mormon, and he's enjoying prayer so much. Bel has been such an amazing miracle, and just an amazing person I feel so blessed to have met here in Japan. He was truly so prepared by The Lord, and it's shown me that heavenly father's love truly reaches all nations. Bel is amazing! He has a small family still living in Nepal, and he's so excited that he can baptize them as well when he receives the priesthood.

Sports day in Tsukuba

All in all this week has had some seriously amazing days, and it's made me so thankful to be here as a missionary. I seriously can't believe it's been almost 10 months! The time truly has flown by, and it's made me so thankful to be here sharing this incredible message with all of these great people of Japan. This week I've really felt the love that our Heavenly Father has for all of us, and as well that incredible cleansing power of the Atonement. It's been such an amazing blessing serving here, and I'm so thankful for the changes that these short 10 months have wrought on me. Some of those things were hard to change, but I'm so thankful for them. I'm especially thankful this week for this great language I've been blessed with the opportunity to learn. The other day Elder Sakamoto and I were talking, and I realized that just 10 months ago I couldn't speak any Japanese at all! And now I was having a full conversation with my awesome Fukuoka-ian? Companion from Fukuoka, haha. He's such an awesome friend to me and I'm so thankful to be working with him! He's taught me so much about truly relying on the Spirit, and that has truly strengthened my faith so much. I love you all so much, and I'm so thankful for all that you do!! Today I'm so thankful for my awesome, gnarly, rad, laid back, chill, seriously amazing family. :) you've all blessed my life in so many ways, and I'm so excited for that awesome reunion on Skype in just a couple months now! How crazy is that? Haha, well anyways, have an awesome week, I love you all so much!!!

Elder Justesen

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