i can't believe that it is already 2017! that is so nuts! the weeks are flying by, i can hardly keep up with what day it is. like really, me and my companion went to bed saturday nIght and then woke up and went to church in the morning and we didn't even realize that it was new years until the ward memBers started coming up to us and saying "happi nu yia" in broken english! but it was a great day to start off the new year indeed. we made pizza (or as clOse as japan can get to pizza) at a members house and taught a very powerful lesson about setting goals and the book of mormon. before the mission i hated setting goals. i felt like writing down goals just stressed me out and that i could just manage everything that i wanted to do in my head. bUt since coming out on a mission i have realized how truly valuable goals are. in pmg it says, "i am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set Goals in our life and learn how to master the tecHniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached buT a small part of our full potential. when one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life." man i wish that i would have understood how useful goals really are before my mission! i could've leArned so much more in school and aCcomplished so much more in my personal passions. set goaLs and love them! i know that as we set goals, especially goals of spirituAlity and of doing the work of christ, we will see impRovement and progression beyond what we thought was possIble. we will make a greater difference in the strength of the spirit in our own lives and we will become a much brighter example and tool in the hands of our lord. i love you all so very much and i hope that this year becomes the New best year of your livEs! leT us all press on in the work of the lord!
here are the fun things that have happened this week!
|Harvesting mushrooms for a less active member.|
|Dinner at the Ogawa's house|
|The largest POND in Japan|