Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Spirit Guides

Ya those pics are for you but if you could keep them able to see when i get back that would be cool, im sure you will unless logans gets at them haha. Im glad everyone liked their gifts i thought they were pretty good and i got them all for GOOD price! haha ya well this sunday we should have atleast 4 investigators if not 5 at church on SUNDAY!!! im excited weve really been workin hard and finally it seems that we are seeing the fruits of our labors! NExt will be baptisms and then real converts. YA we just finished a lesson with an investigator and he seems he is on the way towards baptism pretty quickly so we are excited and the best part is we still are going to be meeting 2 or 3 other people this week who i believe may start investigating the church! i really dont want to transfer from this area! Ohhhh man today!! i almost killed a lady not really but i was riding my bike and and i was carrying a pump in hand and so i could brake my front brakes but im comin down a small hill and this lady pops out of the corner with her kid in the back and i T-Bone her and she fell over, its funny now cuz no one got hurt but i tried slamming my brakes but i could only use 1 brake so i couldnt stop fast enough. Ya so that was intense her and her kid went toppling over they didnt fall hard but slowly fell over cuz they lost balance. Haha. but i made the lil kid cry, i felt like such a jerk! haha but ya today was P-Day but im really tired i worked on Bikes for 2 hours and then had a lesson and finally now i can email. Ya im still fixin bikes and i didnt even get time to fix my own there are 2 sisters in our area and their bikes havent been tuned their whole mission yet so at first they asked if i could fix thier brakes but then i figured i would just do it all today for them, they needed it badly. But thats what i get for learnin how to fix bikes, i actaully remmeber alot still so its a miracle! So now im actually really tired now and sorry but i wanna go back to the apartment and rest a little but i dont think well have time we still have to go shopping. But i want you all to know that i love you! Oh i have a quick spiritual moment! I was doing a church tour and introduced the Book of Mormon and the man asked me from this book if i had to explain to someone what a Christian is where is there a part where i could do that? I was like ahhh crap im the worst at memorizing parts from the scriptures but my companion was busy making a reading list and so i was on the spot and intantly the spirit taught me what to say. It was not my thought and i knew it but the Sacrament Prayer intsantly came to my thoughts and i opened up to Moroni and shared the sacrament prayer and explained to him the promis and covenant we make and i told him these 3 things 1.) Take his name 2.) Always remember him 3) and follow his commandments and i said that is what defines a christian and he was impressed and so was i i had never thaught about that in my LIFE! but i learned as he learned and it was all through The Spirit!!! I know this Gospel is true and i know i am working side by side with the Lord and he will tell me what to say in the exact time i need it by the Holy Ghost! I love you all and i know God loves you all to, i love teaching about our Heavenly Father thats my favorite thing to teach, i always emphasize on how much he loves us! I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hello Everyone (January 8, 2009)

Sorry its been a while, since its been the Holiday seasons i 1 havent had time to email and 2 email places were closed so we instead went to different things on P-Day, especially on New Years we went to a Shrine (all Japanese people do t on New Years Day) and we went to probably if not the most but one of the most famous shrines in Japan! it was a fun experience there were soooo many people there. I love my area right now its so much fun and not only is it fun in that sense but we have been seeing MIRACLES!
> I was riding the train and i talked to a man and he was Chinese and we got off at the same stop, and i invited him to do a tour of our church, and he wanted to do it the next day! So we did it with him and we talked about God as we showed him the Primary room and we asked him if he believed in God and he said no i have never had an experience with God before and so i testified of my experience and he asked after how do i get an experience to know if God is truly living, so we answered him and finished off the tour. Then we met to teach him more about the Book of Mormon (this is after he came to church this week) but we talked to him aboutprophets and he asked, Well how do i know if these prophets teachings are true? and of course we taught about prayer, He is coming to church again this sunday and we will see him again but this all happened 7 days ago, and it all started by asking him how many minutes to the next stop on the train!!! This is miracle, he is truly pepared and seeking the Lord! And i am so blessed to have been guided to find this man. This is my favorite part about missionary work!!! It just gets me pumped up to see more miracles, i dont care on the amount of them that get baptized it would be nice if they all did but because they have their agency sometimes they choose not to, but just being able to see the hand of the Lord in this Work and also to be an intrument in his hands is truly my Joy! Its more fun that Halo 1, Rockets, Capture the Flag, on Hangem` High! haha thats use to be sooo fun but missionary work is truly better, cuz its not just a game, its REAL!
> So yes the Holidays were fun! and thanks to all those i got to either talk to on the phone, or that sent me a card, i appreciatted it! My Holiday was a blast as well, not many times in your life you get to spend Christmas in the Heart of Tokyo! I hope everyone had 1/2 as fun as i did, i dont want my mission to END. NOOOO!!!! i know i still have lss than 1 yr and 1/2 but still it goes by sooo quick! Almost 1 yr ago now (on Jan. 21 or so 27th?) i dunno but i got my Call in the mail around then. Oh man it flies by! But its all good im makin the best i can out of it!
> Elder Randy Brunson - HOW are you man??? i havent heard from you lately, are you still alive? And are you sick of Christmas yet? haha Hey i got an English nametag made so now we have the Same Name tag! haha cool huh, well actually its just a little different but thats okay. Well let me know whats up!
> Elder Hofstrand - Dude i know you are NOT alive! ha i bet you got Frostbite already, haha that would suck! I havent heard from you either, i hope youre doin good, let me know whats been happenin, like miracles and stuff!
> Okay everyone the Holidays are over so Get Back to Work!
> Love Ya,
> Elder Brunson

Monday, January 5, 2009

Merry Christmas from Japan (12/23/08)

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!I hope the season is bright this year and the spirits are high! Well i gott=a go but i just wanted to let everyone know that there are miracles going=on here in Shibuya. Really, the past few days have really been effective=in working i has to be the Christmas Spirt! Oh i love this time of year =even if i am working! I dont have time to write about the miracles but i =promise i will some other time because im pretty sure this story will con=tinue! OHHH man i love being a missionary sometimes the work is really ha=rd and its raining and you want to be at home next to a warm fire with yo=ur family...BUT when you really see a true miracle when youre led by the =spirit in your heart there is sooo much more warmth than that fire at hom=e. And this is my favorite thing about Missionary WORK! I love you all an=d have alot of fun this Chirstmas and dont forget the true meaning of thi=s special holiday!Love You All,-Elder Brunson

Hello Everyone (December 10, 2008)

Well i dont have time so im just gonna write a few things... First off I GOT TO FREELINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was at a really famous park called Yoyogi and i heard the sound of dropping freelines and i got sooo excited i didnt have much time to try them out cuz i only had 10 minutes. But it has been almost 8 months!!! i was sooo bad! i could ride well (sort of) but i couldnt do anymore tricks just the normal flip, but it was soooo goood to ride again...ahhhhh i missed frellining so much but it was fun and a good oppurtunity to talk to the kid who had them, he wasnt good he had just bought them on the internet, but ya that was almost a week ago but it was nice to ride again i was so excited and i had poeple watchin me again, it was fun. But ya its definately not as fun as seeing miracles as a missionary. With all honesty when you are a misionary and you see a miracle through your hard work but also the help of the Lord, its is the best feeling in the World!!! the spririt is so strong during those times. But ya i dont have much to say other than its Christmas time and all of the Americans are feesing us like crazy here! its soo nice but im gonna get sooo fat! hahaWell i love you all and i hope your Christmas time is MERRY! Love Elder Brunson Elder Randy Brunson - Im jealous i want to talk in Japanese in my dreams but i havent yet. Do you SYL alot? but ya my langauge is doin alright, Japanese is still tough but for where im at in the mission supossably its good, some misionaries go 2 yrs in Japn and dont come out fluent but their usually pretty bad, haha, well i hope you like the story above sorry to rub it in!! haha but ill send you pics. keep workin hard. ya tracting is my least favorite Elder Hofstrand - I sent pics in that letter you should get it soon, keep workin hard to and see some miracles they are out there!

Merry December (12/3/08)

Its goin good out here in Tokyo. Its so nice being in the city for the Christmas Season i get to see christmas lights and christmas trees and sometimes music. They dont celebrate Christmas here in Japan, most of the members do but its not a big holiday in Japan, so pretty much just my area has Christmas stuff everywhere. In my area its is shopping central, just store after store, its pretty fun, you get to see some really strange fashion styles people actually wear. Well the work is doin good out here, were workin hard everyday. I got sick and took a 2 hr nap and im still a lil sick but still workin hard. Our District is really trying thier hardest its great. Everyones pumped up to work and see miracles. My companion isnt really though, its getting hard for me right now, cuz im still the Junior Companion but when i take step up and work as the Senior (which happens alot) i think he gets offended. So it sucks cuz you and your comps are never the same it seems, but the best part is you laern alot from them and about yourself. SO its goin great out here.The Americans in the foreigner ward are feeding us like crazy out here! next week we have 4 Dinners with a family in a row. Never has this happened to me yet. In other areas your lucky to get 1 a week, in my first area i got only 2 Dinners for the WHole Transfer! SO its exciting and i feel like the missionaries that use to come over to our house to eat and its always a great feeling to remember that youre a missionary and its only for 2 years. YA well today after shopping for food, were gonna got check out the Emperial Palace and a science museum (it sucks you cant enter the palace walls but you get to see it from the outside) so it should be way fun. Im having a blast in my new area. Though at times i really get sad, im in the middle of Babylon and to see so much sin around me and to know that they too have a heavenly father but they just dont know him. But the most sad part is Sooo many people reject the thought of not only God but particularly thier Savior Jesus Christ. And thats why our District is trying so hard and we truly are seeing miracles these past 3 weeks, but for some reason i feel like these last 3 weeks in this transfer will be very significant! Im excited!Well sorry to take up alot of time i hope everyone is doing well and please remember the true meaning of Christmas this Year, and think and pray to find someone to share the meaning of Christmas to. I know we will be doing that here in Japan. What a wonderful time of the year! My Favorite!- Elder Brunson Elder Hofstrand - Hey man havent heard from you in a while, hows Canada doing? Is it cold yet? haha I hope you got my letter a lil while ago. Elder Brunson - I havent heard from you in a while either, hows the work? Hey and what is tracting (sorry i forgot all the English missionary terms) i wasnt sure if it was housing or streeting or both and what did you use to do for finding before tracting? And how are you? Did you go AP yet?