Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sunshine in My Soul

(January 10)

We've had a good number of long, cold, dark nights this week. The sun goes down around 6 or so, and the temperature drops. If I'm not sporting at least 2 pairs of tights, a thermal, 2 sweaters, a scarf, coat, gloves, and a hat, it's not night-time proselyting. And it's the best! We sing songs, practice Japanese, make up funny cheers, and try our best to smile when the 47th person in a row says they're not interested in the level of politeness only the Japanese language allows. Because we're all here on the Lord's time, doing His work. And if it takes what seems like eternity of ringing doorbells in the freezing, dark night (to be fair, the rest of Japan is probably colder), to show our faith in and love for Him, that's what we'll do!

There is sunshine in my soul when an investigator asks when we can meet again. There is sunshine in my soul when I finally apply a grammar concept properly. There is sunshine in my soul when the cute old lady picking up trash on the side of the road lets us help her. There is sunshine in my soul every time I pray, pick up the scriptures, and go to church. But most of all, there is sunshine in my soul when I bike home as fast as I can, run up the stairs, collapse in prayer to begin daily planning and thank my Heavenly Father for the many miracles we witnessed that day. Giving 100% to the Lord is exhausting, let me tell you. But it is the sweetest, most satisfying and wonderful experience I could ever have. I know I, like Joseph Smith and all of us, have experienced the feeling of a rough stone rolling down a mountain with the edges getting smoothed out along the way. It's not always a glamorous process, but following the plan our Heavenly Father has set for us is the one true way to happiness in any phase of life. 

This week, we had the opportunity to show someone of their infinite potential. We showed them that they can overcome their past and all the temptations and negativity of the adversary through the Atonement of Christ. It's a long, hard road, but brings an even longer and more blessed future. 

I love you all! LDS hymns 227

Sister Janette Jorgensen
Japan Fukuoka Mission
9-16 Hiraozyosuimachi, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Japan 810-0029

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