It's transfer call morning. So I'm a little nervous. We should be
getting calls around 9 or so....the later the call, the more likely
I'm getting transfered.
I said goodbye to some of the people in the ward yesterday, just in
case. T..... shimai, one of my favorite members actually started
crying when I told her I might be leaving. I feel like sometimes
missionary work is about more than just baptisms...we take the time to
care about people...and you really grow to love people.
Yachiyo is my bean (green bean) area...so it definitely has a special
place is my heart...but it was a really hard area. The church works a little
bit differently because of the culture. I've been assured that this area was actually
almost impossible to do missionary work in, so I'm convinced if I can
be productive here...I can probably be an effective missionary
In Octobers General Conference,Elder Nelson gave a talk called
"Decisions for Eternity." In the talk he talked about self mastery
and developing our physical bodies and spiritual attributes.
It was a great talk. Of course self mastery is a super broad topic
...and I've been trying to become better in every area of my life that needs
improvement. Ralph Waldo Emerson said "That which we
persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of
the thing itself has changed, but that our power to do is increased."
So yeah...I want to live by this quote. There are many
things/characteristics I was born with...but I need to develop all my
talents and skills, even the ones that are harder for me, while I'm
here on earth! Plato says the "first and best victory is to conquer
self!" I want to do that! My theme for 2014 is self mastery....I'd
like it to be my theme for the rest of my life. But for most of this
next year (isn't it weird I'll be home in less than a year now) I'll
be on my mission, so I can put all my efforts into becoming a better
version of me! Anyways., So yeah...I'm on this self mastery kick.
I'm super genki. I'll be happy with whatever the
transfer call says...I've learned some lessons this transfer that have
changed who I am as a missionary. I'm really grateful to not have
trained. I know how missionary work can be now.
Anyways.I love you.
Itsumo Ai shite imasu.