Kurihara Choro RETURNS to Sendai Mission OCTOBER 24th 2016!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Transfer 5 Week 2


Hello Everybody hope you all had a wonderful week!

 

It was really sad to be dropped by our really awesome investigator

Kojima kyoudai this week. We were meeting with him 3 times a week and

i thought for sure he would be able to be baptized this week. He moved

from Sapporo about a month ago and so when we found him streeting in

shogen he had just gotten here, i think that's why we were promoted to

talk to him. About the second meeting we had with him he brought up

the fact that his boss (he works at a ramen shop) said some negative

things about our church and just church in general. Kojima kyoudai

said that his boss advised him to stop meeting with us and focus on

work. At that time when he first brought it up we asked him if him

meeting with us honestly was negatively affecting his life or keeping

him from working hard in his job, and he of course said no. Well after

one of our really good lessons on prayer (he had just barely tried

praying sincerely the night before and we had him pray with us right

there to ask if the book of mormon and the message we were sharing was

true) he said that he was sorry but he wanted to take a break and not

meet with us for a little bit. He said he wanted to focus on work

since he had just barely started. He also said that he already felt

pretty happy in his life. Of course we did everything we could, I bore

my testimony and with tears in my eyes i promised him that this

message would bless his life. I felt like i was just on my knees

begging and pleading for him to not turn away now. I could tell at

this point that he had already made up his mind and it really was a

sad heart breaking experience. But after he left and we said goodbye,

amongst all the sad feelings i had i did feel this sense of peace. I

knew that i did not leave anything unsaid, i feel that i did

everything i could to help him come and partake of the fruit of the

gospel. I felt peace knowing that this wasn't the end, somewhere down

the line in kojima kyoudai's life i feel that he will be ready to act

on the faith he has.

Amongst this i also recalled one of the things my Dad taught me

growing up, about how sometimes Good is the enemy of Best. In life

there are many "good" things, working hard in a job , providing for a

family, doing community service, and things like that are all very

good things. But if we aren't able to see past those things and

prioritize the "Best" things, our progress is cut short; we become

satisfied with the good, and never getting to experience the full

blessings and promises God has for us. God our Heavenly Father sent

his Son Jesus Christ to show us the way, He taught and showed us what

those "Best" things are.

 

Matthew 6:33 reads... "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his

righteousness; and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added unto you."

 

 Sometimes we feel that following Christ and striving for the Best

things means giving up the good things that we love and are definitely

important, but this is not the case at all! In fact as we obey Gods

commandments, follow Christ's example, and seek for the Best things,

we find that everything in our lives gets better! "ALL THESE THINGS"

will be added to us, meaning that everything that makes us happy (as

long as those things aren't bad things haha) will be made better as we

seek the Best things! I know this is true and that God wants our

happiness, not only after this life but in this life as well! I know

that by following Jesus Christ and his teachings we can find that

happiness, peace, and ultimate joy!

 

Have a great week everybody and remember to seek for the BEST things!

 

With Aloha,

Kurihara Choro

 

Since i never uploaded these last week here's some sakura pics! (Also

sorry mom i just realized ive been sending my pictures in the lowest

quality up until now hahah hopefully these are better!)






Monday, April 17, 2017

Transfer 5 Week 1


Hello everybody! Sorry last week i never got to email much so this

ones going to be kinda long but that's ok, i guess it will just take

you a little longer to scroll to the pictures at the bottom... hahah

nah i hope there are some of you that read these, im over hear in

Sendai sharing this message with the people here, but on mondays i

have this short time to also share it with all of you. I just want you

guys to know that you are great, and I really appreciate all of your

love and support!

 

Anyways before i get into Easter i wanted to share a short really

awesome experience! My family has been hosting Japanese exchange

students since i have left on my mission and probably about a month

ago there were two students from Sendai that were staying with my

family. They were able to learn a little about the church and our

message (atta way family doing missionary work! Haha) they went to the

visitor center in Laie and had a great experience there. Anyways they

left and returned to Sendai and after my mom emailed me about them and

i recieved their contact info from the mission home i was able to

contact both of them! Yushun is currently meeting with the

missionaries in the nagamachi area (right next to mine so hopefully in

the future i get to meet him maybe!).  So yea that was way awesome and

was a testimony to me that there are people here in japan who are

prepared and who are searching for truth!

                Also this past week we were able to meet 3 times with our

investigator Kojima and we set a baptism date for him next month! We

hope to meet with him a lot this week too! As Elder Wilson and I have

put more effort and time into planning, the lessons run so much more

smoothly, spirit has been so much stronger, and I feel as though I am

given the words that I should say. Our last lesson with him was one of

the best lessons of my mission.

                Elder Marshall left us to go to Morioka and we really miss that guy

but we know he's gonna do great back in my last zone! Payne Choro the

new Elder in our apartment is great, his first language is Japanese

and he's just a really funny awesome dude haha. Ok thats all the

updates for this week!

 

But anyways, for all of you in America, today is Easter! Today we

celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, his victory over death. On

LDS.org or mormon.org you can watch a new Easter video that just came

out a couple weeks ago titled "Prince of Peace". It is such a powerful

video! The Prince of Peace is one of the many names we have for Jesus

Christ. This Easter I hope that you all enjoy the easter egg hunts,

family gatherings, yummy foods, and all those good things; but I

encourage you all throughout those things to remember the reason we

celebrate Easter; remember Jesus Christ.

 

He came here to earth to teach us and show us the way back to God our

Heavenly Father, to suffer and pay the price for not only our sins,

but all our pains, sickness, and sorrow. He suffered in the Garden of

Gethsemane and after being falsely accused, was scourged and

crucified. He gave up his life freely and took it up again on the

third day. Because He lived again, so will we! By following our Savior

and His teachings we can find true long-lasting peace, comfort, and

happiness. Please take time this Easter Sunday to remember Christ and

learn of Him. I know that the fullness of Jesus Christ's gospel has

been restored, and through His living prophet He leads and guides His

church. I want you all to know that I know Jesus Christ lives, that He

is my savior and yours; and that by turning to Him and relying on His

grace we can be forgiven, cleansed, changed, and ultimately we can

become the sons and daughters of God we were destined to become. Have

a great Easter everyone!

 

Kurihara Choro

                                         Made first poke bowl (thanks to Bro. Kato's recipe)







Japanese Mcdonalds to celebrate baptismal date


                                  Exchange student Yushun meets with missionaries in Sendai
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Transfer 4 Week 6


Hello Everybody!

 

 

Kojima the investigator that came to church last week came to watch

general conference with us on Saturday and it was perfect because a

lot of the  Saturday morning talks were about God and his plan of

salvation for us.

 

Elder Wilson and I are staying in Izumi for next transfer! So happy I

get to finish his training him! And so stoked to Continue working with

our investigators! I know we can see some wonderful things here in

Izumi if we keep setting goals to improve and work harder.

Unfortunately we are losing Marshall Choro, he is going to Morioka to

become companions with my previous companion Bruce Choro! Elder Payne

is coming here to become companions with Elder Myers! My auntie Auntie

Yumi, when she served in this same mission served in his moms ward!

 

Ohh my goodness was conference awesome or what?! If you guys haven't

had a chance to at least listen or read some of it please do! I

promise that you will be uplifted!

 

Have a great week!

 

Kurihara choro

 

 

Its warm enough to wear short sleeves! Woohoo