Hello Lovely Family!!!
It's been another fantastic week here in Kichijoji/Suginami! We have our first baptismal date!! and another that is tentative! The official one is for the 20th, with Shimoyachi Ryoko san! She's 20 years old and super cute!!! Please pray that it won't fall through! She's going to need all the help she can get as we work towards that date!
Over this past week, I've really been thinking about what missionary work is all about. Our Zone's motto this transfer is "Be His Hands" and we've talked a lot about figuring out why we're here on a mission, in Japan, in our area, with the companion we have, etc.. And as I've been thinking, I've come to this realization, missionary work is completely and totally, 100%-ly about love. Love and nothing else. We missionaries come out to serve because we love God. We love the message of this gospel that's been given to us and because of that we want to share it with others; others that we love. We have the knowledge that each one of us is a child of God, therefore we are all brothers and sisters. Because we are God's children and He loves us, that should be enough for us to love our fellowmen. We're called on missions to teach that love, to share the love that God has for each of His sons and daughters with people of the world. When we love people, truly love people, we forget about ourselves, we look for opportunities to help others grow and ways to serve them. We become less selfish, and more happy. You can't not feel love and not feel happiness. It's not possible.
Love is the key to missionary work, it's the only way it can be done. Pres. David O. Mckay said, "True Christianity is love in action. There is no better way to manifest love for God than to show an unselfish love for your fellow men. This is the spirit of missionary work." How true that statement is. If we love God, we will love our fellow men.
Let us each try to love each other a little bit more, and I know we will all see miracles in our lives!
Sister Erin Benne
Oh exciting news, February 15 Elder Holland and Elder Rasband are coming to the Tokyo Mission!!