Sister Matsuzaki and I have easily had the best transfer of my life.
No offense to any of my companions. In fact, mostly I'm just sorry for
all of my companions. Because this transfer I learned how to follow
the Spirit and love my companion. Which made a huge difference in
everything I've done!!
I've been really striving to learn how to follow the Spirit this
transfer. I wanted to know how the Spirit spoke to me, and how I can
recognize what the Spirit is trying to teach me. And it's really
awesome. In Mission Leadership Council Elder Ecchu said, "When the
Spirit is present you feel love. But opposite is also true. When you
feel love, the Spirit is there." And that statement just hit me like a
ton of bricks! I realized that this transfer, because I started with
the attitude to learn, and that I would do whatever I could to be a
good companion for Sister Matsuzaki, I felt love stronger than I ever
As missionaries we always try to remember this saying, "People don't
change people. The Spirit changes people." But if the Spirit is love,
then I think that means love changes people, right?! And it's just
like what's in Moroni 7:45: "For Charity... Seeketh not her own." If
you really love someone, you don't try and see who wins. It's not a
competition. The person you love's success become your success. I want
that to become my mindset!! Right now, I'm far from having Charity,
but I pray to be able to receive it, because it brings a new dimension
to how you see people.
This week as we worked with our investigators, it was awesome to see
the Spirit working through us to help them. We were able to trust
each other as companions and to understand the needs of our
investigators. I know that I am personally a really bad teacher, but
the Spirit is perfect and has given me the ability to teach better
than I ever could have before.
Kawasaki ward is still the best. We are laughing and enjoying our time
with all the members. They all are begging Sister Matsuzaki to move to
Tokyo. I am too. But she's going to change even more lives as she
returns home to Osaka.
So speaking of returning home and changes, we got transfer calls last
night!! I am of course staying in Kawasaki... And my new companion
will be Sister Eyering! You might have heard of her grandfather? I'm
so excited! We talked on the phone the other night about a training we
are doing together, and she loved Accounting 200 at BYU just as much
as I did. I think we'll get along famously! Just the kind of sister
the Kawasaki members need.
Love you all! So grateful for all you do! Have a great day :)