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HI

HERE I AM, IN THE LAND OF THE FROZEN. It is so so so cold. But we had
the PRETTIEST snow this week and all is okay.

1. We had to drop matsushima san. It was really sad. I really really
love her, but in the end she had no desire to change. We were talking
and she even said “yeah i would probably be a really good person if i
kept the commandments but I’m too lazy” and i DIED. She is the
sweetest human but she still needs some time.
2. So there is this man named Vincint (thats his western name for
english class) (i dont know what his japanese name is) who comes to
eikawai every week. He is the SWEETEST little old man. So years and
years ago he took all the lessons from the missionaries and is GOLDEN
and loves the book of mormon, but his wife is anti, so he wont get
baptized because he doesnt want to hurt her. a few weeks ago when we
were talking about new years, he told us his goal to read the entire
book of mormon in ENGLISH. Anyway the next week he brought us this
warn notebook thing, and he just wanted to show it too us. Over the
last 14 months, he read the entire book of mormon in japanese and
english; and copied them both side by side into this notebook. HE
COPIED THE ENTIRE BOOK OF MORMON IN TWO LANGUAGES. partly to
understand english better but also to understand God better and i am
still in shock. He is AMAZING. “this. it helps me in my daily life”.
THESE PEOPLE THOUGH.
3. So something about the Japanese people is that their favorite topic
of conversation is the weather. and it is because it is SO DRAMATIC.
also because they cant handle cold weather. Anyway. We had a giant
snow storm sunday, which made them switch stake conference from
Chikashino to Fujisaki (so convenient for us!) because it was too
stormy for everyone. Anyway, its been pretty cold here ever since!
ALso when we got to church on sunday MIYAZAKI SAN was sitting inside;
SHE CAME TO CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME AND ALSO SHE WAITED TWO EXTRA
HOURS BECAUSE SHE CAME EARLY. She didnt stay for the whole thing, and
stake conference wouldn’t have been my first pick for her first time
at church, but all is well there. She is really concerned about not
understanding the book of mormon, and thinks that she’ll understand it
better in english (which she wont because she doesnt know english) so
hopefully we can help her in that area this week.image2 2

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