November reminds us that there is always something to be thankful for. Here are Sam’s latest thoughts on Japan, on the Book of Mormon, on becoming a disciple of Christ, and what he’s thankful for. Tell us a few things you’ve noticed about Japan and the Japanese people: All the rice is harvested by now, … More Giving thanks in Japan
In spite of coming down with a bad cold and being stuck in the apartment, Sam has had some positive experiences the past few weeks, including the baptism of Ngoc and time for deeper scripture study. Sunshine through the clouds! Read on. This week I have actually been sick!! I have been coughing my lungs … More A baptism! (and deep thoughts on the Book of Mormon)
It’s time to check in on our favorite missionary. As usual, Sam is happy, has a great attitude about the work, and has been doing some fun sightseeing lately! I am doing really well! Inuyama is great. It’s getting cold here! This is now the last week of the transfer. We’re pulling out the sweaters … More Sightseeing and sushi!
Konnichiwa from Sam in Inuyama! Life is good for our favorite missionary. He is happy and doing well. But first things first: Sam had a fabulous birthday thanks to so many wishes from family and friends back home (you!). Here’s what he said: This email will have to be much shorter than usual because I … More God blesses missionaries in the rain
It’s Senkyōshi Sam’s 20th birthday today, so we wish him O-tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu!! (Which of course is fancy talk for “Happy Birthday!”) Last week Sam said he had a feeling that he was going to be transferring soon, and he was right. He is headed to Inuyama–which means “Dog Mountain” in Japanese, so it must be … More Welcome to Dog Mountain!
We begin this post with yet another update on the natural disasters in Japan. This has been a rough summer for the island nation, with deadly typhoons, flooding, heat waves, and earthquakes. Just last week, Typhoon Jebi (the worst typhoon in 25 years to strike Japan) came ashore on the southern island of Shikoku, then … More Testimonies and typhoons
A lot has happened in the hot, sticky month of August for Sam and his missionary companion in Fukui. They’ve been working together for three months and have been diligently looking for people to teach. It’s been a month of ups and downs, new friends, a fireworks festival, and a fun new bike. Here’s the … More Festivals, Fireworks, and Five Ways to Say “No, thanks”