Email Dec 1 2013 from Sumoto

Sunday, December 01, 2013 9:19 PM
this week was great! i absolutely love sumoto and christmas season!
the week started out with zone conferenence on tues. we thought it was in akashi. so we get to akashi and no one is there. we realized it was in kobe mission home which is about 1 hour way. luckily we were early so we only arrived about 30 mins late to the zone conference and just missed opening excersices. it was cool to see more of japan though! luckily japan has a lot of trains and buses. we read moses 1 and talked about how we can overcome satins temptations and how we can help others out. the biggest thing is being able to see the difference between satin and god. or being able to recognize the spirit. It was a great conference and we got to really be uplifted and learn lots. Since my birthday is coming up the zinkes gave me tam tams. they are so good. we also bought some salsa and chips from the costco there in kobe. yay more mexican food!
wed i met one of our investigators. it was good to just get to know him. he is a teacher so we talked a lot about that. he also talked about the conflict with china over the fishing island. it has been a while since i have heard stuff like that.
thursday was thanksgiving! we taught someone the first lesson and it was good to just get to know them. we ate sweet potatos, salad, fruit, pancakes, my tim tams, and konomiyaki. it was very good. thursday we do weekly planning we we spend most of the day planning for our investigators and taking what we learned on tues and applying. we think we can really help them more now. it was great to spend thanksgiving being thankful for all the guidance we have been recieving. a very special thanksgiving for me!
friday we met with a former investigator. he wanted to met at a nearby mcdonalds.  he is interested in us teaching his daughter english and more about the gospel. they are very busy right now though but wants us to come over after christmas so we were excited about that.
sat we were housing and turned the corner and realized we were right by a members house. we went to go visit her. she was very nice. she gave us a lot of veggies from her garden. they were so good!
sun we went over to a members house for dinner. we watched one of the old churchs christmas programs, ate sushi soo good, and mochi and bean soup for dessert. ya beans for dessert but they are really sweet.  they told us their conversion stories and there was such a sweet spirit there. i love hearing how the lord has blessed everyones lives.
mom and dad thank you so much for the packages and cards. they were perfect. ya even the cat pulling a prank card was perfect! My companions say thank you for the mexican food. it is so good to taste again!
i love you all and hope you have a great week
shelton shimai
this picture is a a blobber but a sneak peak into something to come! also so you can see my new companions.Image

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