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!
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!)