Monday, March 23, 2015

Tokyo Japan Week 83

So cool to have an Apostle of the Lord come twice! Hey amazing family! It's been another really amazing week, and I'm so thankful for the chance to be serving here in Urayasu! Elder Templin has been such an amazing companion, and the Lord has really blessed us so much this past week with many incredible miracles! I love serving as a missionary with all of my heart, and I'm so thankful and excited to keep working with all effort and faith, and strive to be the missionary and servant and son that the Lord wants me to be. I'm so thankful for the love and kindness He has abundantly shown me as a missionary, and I'm so excited to keep going forward. Such a cool week. :)

So just with the title, Elder Nelson came and visited the Tokyo Missions this past week! We had another two mission conference, and it was so amazing to hear the words of a living Apostle of the Lord. I had many different questions prepared when I went in, and all of the speakers answered many questions I had, and it was so incredible to feel the Spirit in that meeting. Elder Nelson spoke with Elder Evans and Elder Whiting, and it was just overall an amazing meeting. We focused a lot on the coming advancements of technology in missionary work, and Elder Evans gave such an incredible talk on why the missionaries are receiving this technology now in the mission field. He told us how it is to prepare us to return from our missions, and actively use technology for good, and now how to stay clear of the evils of pornography and time wasting on these great devices. What was so cool though was there was a shift in the meeting theme, and all of the speakers spoke so much on the atonement of Jesus Christ, and the gift it gives us to reset and restart our lives. Elder Evans and Elder Whiting were very plain with us and explained that they knew that many of us may have had run ins with pornography or others sins in the past, and urged us to take that day, and use it as a day to always remember as a day we commit to reset and restart from the pasts we may have had, and choose to more fully follow God and Jesus Christ. As they spoke those words, I really began to feel the Spirit so strongly, and felt so thankful how my mission has given me so many chances to change and reset from the past I had. I'm so thankful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and for the infinite love an mercy He extends to us as we have faith in Him and follow His Gospel. I committed to reset, restart, and continue on the path of this great Gospel, and seek more fully to follow. I love being a missionary so much, and I'm so thankful to have an apostle of the lord come and visit us!

But it sounds as though everyone is doing so great! I'm still keeping Grandpa in my prayers, so I hope everything is going okay with him! I know Heavenly Father is ever with him, and what happens will be according to His will.

As well I just want to again say thank you all so much for your incredible kindness, and the love you guys always show me through all of the great emails! They really help me so so much, and give me that strong desire to keep working hard, and serve with all of my heart. I'm so thankful for all of the blessings Heavenly Father has been sending to our family, and I know that as we continue to do what's right, and actively seek to follow the Spirit everyday, Heavenly Father will guide us to those things that are most important for our life. I'm getting pretty stoked for Tyler's wedding coming up in June!! Everyone talks about how awesome Kaitlin is, and I'm getting so pumped to meet her! Haha, tell her I say hello and I'm way excited to welcome here to the family! As well Alex seems way way funny, and I'm sure he's such an awesome guy as well! I'm excited to follow up on these things on the next call in May, haha. ;)

As well Whit, I want to say thank you so much for the incredible example you show to me! I'm so so excited to hear about all of the cool things you are doing with the Fight the New Drug company. I'm so proud of you in joining in on that cause, and I know that the photos you're taking for them really so add to that power of the campaign, and it's such a positive influence of good. Thank you so much for all you do for me, and I'm way proud of you! I know that as soon as that timing is right, Heavenly Father is going to show you that young guy who is worthy of you, and will treat you as the daughter of God you are. :) Just keep patient, and keep your eyes open! Haha, but not TOO wide, or you might  scare the fellas. ;)

And Mom and Dad! Today I had a really amazing compliment from a ward member, and I wanted to share with you! They asked me to pass the sacrament this Sunday, and I was so stoked to help out, but after the service he told he me he was really happy with how I passed the sacrament, and smiled as I passed, and I told him it was something I learned from my amazing parents! I love you guys so much. :) Heavenly Father really did send me to the most awesome family, and I'm so thankful to be your son. I'm really sorry for all the times I didn't act the way I really should have. My mission has really been teaching me so much about the importance of cherishing families, and I'm so thankful for the amazing family I have. I love you guys so much!

But anyways, the work goes on!! I'm so excited to give every effort in these last months of my mission, and I'm so thankful for the amazing chance heavenly father has allowed me to have, to come here to Tokyo, fall in love with the people here, and have my life changed. I'm so thankful for the love of the gospel that this time serving has given me. I love being a missionary so much, and I'm so excited to go forward with faith! Love you guys all so much, have an amazing week!!

Much Love,
Elder Justesen

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