Saturday, September 17, 2016


(Shoutout to Ellie for the subject line)

Things we did this week:

- We got a call on Thursday night that a member's brother had passed away and the funeral was on Friday and they desperately needed an organist! So we spent Friday morning at the church playing for the funeral of a man who wasn't a member of the church, but who had come sometimes before and whose sister is very active. I played the normal hymns, background music for scripture readings, and the usual. But when I got there, they said "hey, can you sing without piano accompaniment?" I usually get out of singing at meetings because I just play...but I was able to sing I Am a Child of God for the people attending the funeral. And it was a message I really wanted everyone to hear anyway - we are all children of God and He has sent us here to learn and grow and eventually return to Him. I'm grateful for the knowledge I have of the plan of salvation and the opportunity to share that with those who do not yet know.
Sunday night, we visited the wife and daughter of the man who passed away. They immediately invited us in, gave us refreshments, and invited us to pay our respects to Egashira-san. It was fun to see how those of the Buddhist faith honor their ancestors in their homes. Incense, offerings, a butsudan (household altar), lots of dignity and respect.
- after church on Sunday, we ate all together and made friends with the branch!
Saturday we went to an okonomiyaki place - favorite food. Will be making it regularly for the rest of my life.
- I cut Sis. Olsen's hair with craft scissors.
- We got ice cream at 31 and talked to a couple for half an hour about the gospel - they don't live here but were so cool! He will be a great ward mission leader one day.
Sunday night was FHE with a member family and their friend. For the game, we did suikawari, which is where you hit a watermelon blindfolded like a piƱata until it breaks! Woohoo summer! I guess it's almost the end but anyway...great week! Here's to the next one! Love love love!

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

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