Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"It's Your Reaction to Adversity...

not the adversity itself that determines how your life's story will develop.' - Dieter F. Uchtdorf" - Jim Jorgensen

Truly, though. This week, our hope absolutely plummeted. No one ever wants to talk to us, no one keeps appointments, we don't know where to go or what to say, transfers are this week and what's going to happen (still haven't gotten the call!), you name it. We watched a training video in which one of the missionaries said that Heavenly Father tends to wait until you've done absolutely everything you can and then some and are truly at the end of your rope and then He pours out the miracles. We didn't enjoy watching that one, let me tell you. That evening (yesterday - Monday), we biked 45 minutes away and had only an hour in the area before we had to bike home. We decided to go anyway, and had only talked to a few people before we met the Nakano family. THEY ARE PERFECT. SO  MUCH LOVE. They are so sweet and nice and have adorable children with interest in our English classes and even though they're not Christian (like most Japanese people everywhere), they invited us to come back Friday to teach them a lesson! We're bringing a member of the Japanese church and are SO EXCITED. We left the house, turned a corner so they couldn't see us, and just started running down the street, we couldn't contain it! I know finding that family last night was a tender mercy of the Lord because we really have been trying our best and giving it our all.

In other news, the weather has been gorgeous! Today is the first day warm enough for us to go out without tights on and we're so excited! Don't even need a coat! A couple highlights of the week: I went on a companion exchange with Sister Komatsu from Kyouto, Japan - she is a doll and we learned a lot! We also made origami mouths with a Japanese family (D&C 33:8-10) to encourage them to "open your mouth" and share the gospel!

It's a great day to be a missionary! The gospel is true, I know it! I love Japan, I love my companion, this weather, the food, sights, sounds, smells (most of them), you name it! And I love all of you!! Have a great week!



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


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