One of the missionaries’ primary duties is service. Along with teaching about Jesus Christ, they also teach free English classes, volunteer in their communities, and help wherever they can. Often that includes when natural disasters occur in their areas. When Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan on October 12, it was the most powerful storm to ravage … More Helping Hands after Typhoon Hagibis
Happy fall, everyone! Sam has recently survived the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in years, watched General Conference with the Mission President, witnessed the baptism of a young woman he’s been teaching (Ana), and visited an Inari Shrine (the God of Harvests). Here’s the scoop: [From his letter two weeks ago:] This week Ana is doing … More October in Okazaki
It’s time for a change! Sam has been transferred and bids a fond farewell to Fukutoku after seven productive months. He is headed to what will likely be his final area, an hour or so southeast of Nagoya in a town called Okazaki. Let’s take a look at some of the memories he’s made and the … More Goodbye, Fukutoku. Hello, Okazaki!
We can’t think of the last time Sam said he had a bad week. He’s had weeks where there haven’t been many people to teach, and weeks where he’s been exhausted, and even a week when he got hit by a car, but he still somehow manages to find something positive to tell us every … More A Pretty Awesome Week
A lot can happen in a month! Since we last updated the blog, Sam has had four different companions. He and Elder Melo had just been assigned to work together, but after only two short weeks, Elder Melo was suddenly called to work in the mission home and Sam was temporarily assigned to work with … More Ask and Ye Shall Receive
The rainy season continues. We mentioned it in the last post a few weeks ago, but in case you were wondering–yep, it’s still raining. And Sam is still in the Fukutoku area of Nagoya City, but his companion, Elder Wada, has transferred to a different area and Sam has a new companion: Elder Melo from … More Grateful for Change
What’s it like in Nagoya, Japan in July? Well, it’s either hot and muggy, or hot and rainy. Or both. A few weeks ago, Sammy’s letter began like this: It is so rainy here! It’s pouring rain right now and it’s been raining all week, and it will keep raining all week until Friday. And … More People Everywhere Need the Restored Gospel