Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 1, 2015

Wowowowowowowowowow! I love it here so much, I could not have asked for a better first week. I have learned so much and have gained so much faith and knowledge in our Savior Jesus Christ! So I came into my first area on Thursday....MIYAZAKI! It is a beautiful city on the East coast of Kyushu farther down south. It is such a beautiful area, I live in an apartment with 4 Elders one of whom is one of the older missionaries from my Zone from the MTC, it is very nice having someone I know here. My trainers name is Elder Crawford, he is AMAZING!! He is a hard worker and we are always going never wasting time which is perfect, he does a great job of letting me practice my Japanese and work on my Nihongo skillzzz while we proselyte. I just can't get over the fact that I am in Japan already, it is so beautiful and EVERYONE is so nice, I love the people so much even when they say no to us they always say sorry or excuse me after they don't get mad at us. They are truly so nice and amazing. The thing that stands out the most though here....their bathrooms. If the Japanese have one thing figured out it is their bathrooms, the one in our apartment is absolutely beautiful *insert heart faced emoji* we have a bidet toilet that has a heated seat *one hundred heart faced emoji's* it is so nice. And our shower is amazing as well, I love it here!!

We have really seen a ton of miracles here, they have been truly amazing and strengthened my testimony of the Lord! The work really is progressing here in Japan and is moving at such a good pace, the Lord's hand is everywhere in this work! One of the miracles we have seen is while Elder Crawford and I were riding home for dinner an old man rang his bell and had us ride over to him, he started to tell us that he was a less active who hadn't been to Church in 20 years and now he wanted to come back, he was so happy to see us and was telling us that now that he has more time he wants to see the missionaries and come back to church. How amazing is that????

Another miracle is our investigator Kouta, he is getting baptized this Saturday!!!! He is so excited and has a strong testimony of the Church, his mom is a less active who has recently come back to Church, so he started taking the lessons again, he is a 22 year old. He is so great and really believes the things that we are teaching him! We love meeting with him! Funny story with him hahaha we were at the mall going to grab dinner with him on Friday night so that we could talk with him about how he is feeling about his baptism coming up, my companion and Kouta were talking about whether or not he believed in the Church, I wasn't paying too much attention as I usually can't understand when they are talking Japanese hahahaha but right after Kouta said he believed the Church was true I was looking at a Japanese KFC which has chicken more like Canes than like KFC back home and I just said Woah Chigau!! And chigau can either mean that something is different or just that something is wrong so right after he said the Church was true I basically said you are wrong hahahahahahahaha they both just started dying laughing and I had to explain that the Church was true and that KFC is just different than in America hahahaha.

I really feel good about my Japanese for where I am right now, I feel pretty comfortable talking with people but it is just hearing that I have a lot of trouble with, the speed that they talk at is really hard to understand plus my vocab isn't the best right now. But it gets better every day and I feel the Lord really blesses me every day with the language, my companion is really good at Japanese he is at transfer 12 right now, so 6 weeks times 12 is how long he has been in the field.

I love it so much here, I love the people, I love my companion, I love my district and my area and my ward. This is truly where the Lord wants me to serve and I feel so blessed to be able to be here. I am working as hard as I can, I don't want to have any regrets after my mission. This is the Lord's work and is so important so there are no excuses to slack off ever!! I love this work and I love this Church.

Hope everyone is well, love you all!

Elder Krebs

ps. Loving the Japanese food, but we are going to an all you can eat pizza place for Lunch...lessgo

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