Monday, July 9, 2018

Week 98 Senri: 15 Copies of the Book of Mormon

Hey Everyone!
This was such an exciting and eventful week in the Kita Osaka Zone. We
had MLC, Zone Conference, a 4 day typhoon, and a challenge to give out
as many copies of the Book of Mormon as possible. All along the way we
saw many miracles and received great revelation for our areas and the
work. This last week during our Book of Mormon Week. We ended up
giving around 50 people a copy of the Book of Mormon as a Zone even
with the rain and Conference. Elder Trevisan and I were able to see
such a tender mercy of the Lord last night too. We had a goal to give
15 people a copy of the Book of Mormon throughout the week and at
about 8:30pm last night we were at 14. We didn’t know how we were
going to give out one more copy that late at night when there are not
many people out and about, but we had faith that God would provide the
way. We said a prayer and then felt to go to a nearby Lawson and try
stopping someone over there, but there wasn’t a single person around.
We tried stopping a couple people on bikes but they wouldn’t stop for
us. Finally we saw an older man with a bike pushing it towards the
main road. We stopped him and he remembered meeting missionaries
decades ago. He said that he felt that we were very pure people and we
told him about the Book of Mormon and shared Jacob 3:1-2,

1 But behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart.
Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding
faith, and he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead
your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your
2 O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the
pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your
minds are firm, forever.

He loved the scripture and then we offered him the Book. He was so
happy to take it and and said that he might call us to meet again. We
were able to get back home just in time for curfew and were both so
filled with Joy because of the Miracle that the Lord provided for us
in accomplishing our goals. It is so great to be a missionary of the
True and Living God. Onward ever onward!


Week 97 Senri: Miracle Homestretch

It has been a week full of transfers and miracles! I am especially grateful for the miracle it is to stay in Senri and serve here for one more Transfer. Me and my new companion, Elder Trevisan, have already seen so many miracles and are excited to see big progress with this area, the members and all of the wonderful people that we have the privilege to teach. Trevisan Choro has been out for about a year and is from Italy 🇮🇹 in a town near Venice called Udine. He has been making me some way delicious pastas and is saying that we will have to make Pizza of the motherland one of these times. I am way excited to work with him and also to learn a little Italian. We are really going to try to focus on Unity this transfer, as a companionship and as a Zone. 

I am so excited for MLC and Zone Conference which are coming up this week. I have a stronger desire than ever to work with all of my Heart, Might, Mind and Strength in order to be a tool in the Lord’s hands to bless as many people around me as possible. I look forward to receiving guidance and revelation for the Zone and for the friends that we are teaching and leading unto Christ this week.

The other day we had a really amazing experience with one of the people we have been teaching who has a baptismal date but just doesn’t want to go to church. We told him that if we first study it out in our mind and heart and then ask God with real intent whether or not it is right for him to go to church and be baptized then God will cause our hearts to burn to tell us that it is right or he will give us a stupor of thought if it is wrong (D&C 9:8-9). We spent the lesson studying it out through scriptures and lists of pros and cons and concerns and then finally we knelt down to ask our Heavenly Father for direction. Before we began to pray we asked our friend if he believed that God can answer our prayer right then, and he answered at first hesitant but then finished with a confident “Yes, I will choose to believe this time” and so we bowed our head and asked Father in Heaven if he should go to church and be baptized or if he should not. The Spirit answered our prayers and afterwards he described how he and all of us felt during the prayer. He said that when we asked about being baptized and going to church and paused that inside his chest he felt it a warmth and a calm and he started to feel really excited, and then when we asked if he should not be baptized he said that that feeling immediately left. He told us that it was the first time that he has ever felt something as he prayed and that he now understood what it means to feel the Spirit. He is now committed to come to church and be Baptized. And because of his experience with prayer he has become more converted to the reality of God and the truthfulness of His Gospel. It made me reflect a lot and think about how we are not just trying to get these children of God baptized, but we are helping them to be converted to Christ and desire to be baptized. We teach repentance and Baptize Converts. I am so grateful for this experience and for the Lord helping me to deepen my Conversion. I love my mission so much and I promise that I will serve my Father in Heaven for the rest of my life. I hope that you all have great weeks this week filled with miracles and tender mercies.
Elder Allred

Me and my new Companion Elder Trevisan!

Week 96 Senri: Takayama Kyoudai’s Baptism

Hello everyone!
It was another great week in Senri. We were able to have a lot of meaningful interactions with our investigators and also several members. We are spending a day a week with one of the Members who are preparing to serve a mission in Boston and it has been way fun and a great experience working with him and teaching people about the Gospel he will be preaching for the next 2 years. Another big highlight this week was Takayama Kyoudai’s Baptism in Sennan. I was so grateful that I was able to go and see it. It touched me when I met him again after so long and saw how truly converted he is. I teared up when I saw him sitting on the front row crying during the musical number and then Itsuku Kyoudai (A less active who was reactivated recently who I became good friends with while I was in Sennan) moved to the seat next to him and put his arm around him and cried himself. He is going to be such a great member, and also his mother came to his baptism and was very touched as well by his testimony and the beautiful musical number that was done before the ordinance. Weeks like these do so much to remind me what missionary work is all about. I love my Savior Jesus Christ with all my heart and I want to be a better representative of His infinite Love. 
I love you all and am so grateful for all of your support!

Elder Allred
I only have this picture of my and Sato Bishop but I will get the Baptismal photos and send them next week! 😅

Week 95 Senri: Hot and Humid

It was a great week this last week. It has been getting really hot and
humid, but we have been finding good new potential investigators and
working a lot with one of the youth in Senri ward who has recently
received his mission call and so we have been taking him out to find
and teach and to do the Book of Mormon Challenge. We were able to give
out a bunch of Book of Mormons this last week and Dayley Chōrō and I
have now given out 53 copies of the Book of Mormon as a companionship.
It has been a couple pretty miraculous transfers working together with
him and they have been filled with growth both as an area and
individually. I am so grateful for the blessing that he has been in my
life and for the friendship that we have made.

We have been working with some pretty great investigators and are
excited to see them progress and a couple of them are almost for sure
going to be baptized next transfer and we have been so blessed to be a
part of their progression and to be able to make the friendships that
we have been able to. I am reading the Book of Mormon from the
beginning again looking for attributes of the Character of Christ and
have had some great Personal Studies and learned some things that I
really need to do better. I just want so badly to become a true
disciple of Christ and be filled with Charity and continually
strengthen and lift and minister to those around me. I fall subject to
the Natural man far too often and need to rely more fully on the
Atonement of Christ to give me the strength to put off the Natural man
and become a Saint (Mosiah 3:19). I love this Gospel so much and hope
with all my heart that those we are teaching will receive it and allow
it to fill their lives with Joy and Light. I’m so grateful for each of
you and pray that you are all doing well. Have a fantastic week!

Elder Allred
Elder Daley and me with one of our investigators and a visitor from the states

Skype Meeting in a digital Missionary Age

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Week 94 Senri: 安全第一

Hey Everyone!
I am way sorry that I was not able to get an Email off last week, I unfortunately ran out of time and wasn’t able to write one. But I am going to repent and write one this week.

This last week was full of great steps of progress for some investigators and some disappointing setbacks for others. We had a couple of our investigators with a baptismal date that decided that they weren’t as willing to be baptized as they had thought and we have been deeply disappointed by their decisions, but we look forward with hope for those of our other Investigators whose commitment to follow the Savior is deepening as they take more steps towards making that covenant of Baptism. Besides that we are trying harder to work more with members and help them fulfill a new goal that they have as Senri ward, to get a church building in Mino that can be much closer to all of the Members and will be easier to invite friends and less active members to attend. They have said that in order to accomplish that goal we are going to need 30 more active members than we now have. So we are going to do everything that we can to progress towards that Goal. We are excited to talk with the Ward Mission Leader about what steps and actions we are going to take in order to achieve this goal that will bless this ward so much. 

I also got in a little crash this last week but was miraculously scratch free for the most part. Despite the high speeds at which we were biking all I had was a couple of bruises and a cut on my knee. #Miracles #NotInjuryProne 

Love you all and hope that you have a fantastic week!

Elder Allred

This was the immediate aftermath of my crash (notice that my backpack is lodged into my front tire and that my back tire was actually the one that ended up on top of me.) 
Note to self: no more adjusting my backpack while riding #安全第一

Week 93 Senri: Registration

Due to BYU registration Elder Allred didn't have time to send out a group letter.  He did send a couple of pictures:

Funny hats with bad English 😂 

One of the missionaries drew this rendition of the Plan of Salvation

Week 92 Senri: Book of Mormon Week

It was a fantastic week here in Senri. As a Zone we did a Book of
Mormon week where we challenged all of the missionaries to see how
many copies of the Book of Mormon they could give out in a week. At
the end of the week we had given out 83 copies of the Book of Mormon
as a zone! It was so amazing all of the effort that all of the
missionaries put into finding a teaching people about the Book of
Mormon and answering their questions of the soul with the Word of God.
So many miracles were seen and it was truly a happy week. It is
incredible to see the scripture be fulfilled that says, “My sheep hear
my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27). We are
excited to hear what happens as each of the missionaries continue to
teach and invite those that have found and have followed the voice of
the Good Shepherd.

Our investigators are also looking really good. A lot of them are
coming to church each week and making great progress towards Baptism.
We are excited to continue to nourish them as we continue to find more
who are ready to come unto Christ. This last week we did a Flyer hand
out activity as a District and started doing the Book of Mormon
Challenge and were able to give out several Book of Mormons and also a
person came up to us and recognized us as missionaries and told us how
he had met with missionaries before he had moved to Japan and wants to
meet with us again. The miracles that we are seeing make it so clear
that God is at the head of this work and that we are but instruments
in His hands. I love being a missionary so much, it scares me to watch
time fly by. I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Allred

Last P-day Elder Dayley, Shingo Kyoudai (a member in Senri ward), and I went up to Minoo Waterfall.