Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Week 60: Obedience comes with a price

This week has been quite the adventure. We have learned that obedience always comes with a price. And the price this week, was MacKenzie Shimai's arm and legs. We had spent a lot of time this week talking about obedience, and how important it is. That when we are exactly obedient, we can see miracles. Miracles which Yonago needs so badly. We haven't been having any problems with obedience, we just wanted to try a little harder to be a little better. 

On Friday, because district meeting was canceled, we had lots of time, and no appointments, so we decided to bike to Yasugi, where a lot of members and less actives live, and decided to go finding as we were out. We had a really great day, and were able to talk to some really nice people, and we were able to visit some members, and find some less actives. After a long day, we still had people that we weren't able to visit. We both felt really good about the area, and decided to just come back the next day. So that we didn't have to bike back to Yasugi the next day, we decided to leave our bikes at the train station in Yasugi, and then ride the train back to Yonago. From Yonago Eki, it takes about 30ish minutes to walk home. There are no buses running that late, so we had to walk. As we go to the station, we were left with only 30 minutes to spare. We did our best to walk slightly fast, so that we could make it home on time. About 5 minutes until 9, we were a little over 5 minutes from our apartment, so we decided to jog just to be safe. We were both fine, but pretty tired from the day, and it was dark. About 10 meters from our apartment, MacKenzie Shimai tripped and fell (face planted), but not very gracefully, and then just got up and kept running. 

Her arm isn't broken, she just needs to have it elevated, and not use it. (these girls!  even though they both seem to be accident prone lately, they both just seem to smile through it all!)
We had just had a really long day, and we were both exhausted, and a little bit delirious. When she fell, I felt so bad for her, but then she just hopped right up and kept running. I couldn't help but laugh. I sat there and tried not to pee myself, while she told me to hurry because she didn't have a key. We made it in the door right on time with not a minute to spare. We were both exhausted, looked down at her legs and laughed. Then we thought maybe we should stop laughing and clean up the blood. I think if we hadn't have listened to the prompting to not use our bikes we would have maybe have been hurt a whole lot more. We were definitely counting our blessings. 

The cool thing about obedience, is that it always brings blessings. No matter how hard the price may be, the blessings are always worth 100xs more. We were able to meet with one of our investigators. Xela is incredible, and has one of the strongest desires I have ever seen. We were able to teach her about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and invite her to be baptized. She could be baptized next week. The biggest problem is that she has work at 1:00 on Sunday, but the only bus that takes her to work is at 10:47, and church starts at 10, so there is no way she could make it. She is looking for a new job, and is so excited for her baptism. 
So much more happened this week, and I wish I could just tell you everything. Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of us so much, and when we do as He asks, He always blesses us. Sometimes obedience is hard, the the blessings are always so much better.
I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!


Sister Amanda K. Robertson
Japan Kobe Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

After a nice long day in Yasugi, we took a second to take in the beautiful sunset, and to remember just how amazing Heavenly Father is.

 Before Zone Conference with almost all of our sisters.

After our kokan this week. N Shimai is going to the temple on Saturday for the first time to do baptisms for the dead, and will be going through the temple in November

Sakai Minato, a little town that has lots of statues from some anime.

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