On Wednesday we set a baptismal date with her! She is going to get baptized on December 27th!! We taught her about faith and how if we act in faith God always provides for us. We talked about how she has a real desire to be baptized and even though she has some worries about how her family will react, it would be okay. We had a long talk about that. Then we pulled out our calendars and asked her to pick a date to be baptized. We told her that we would be done teaching her all the lessons around Christmas but we didn't want to rush her into baptism because we wanted her to feel totally ready and calm about it. We told her that she could pick anyday, even if it was a year from now and that we would always support her. And we explained that we wanted her to have a date so that she had something to work towards. She thought about it for a while and told us that she wanted to get baptized as soon as possible! She said that she wants to get baptized and while we were talking all of her fears went away. So she picked December 27th!! Such a miracle. And let me tell yall... she reads the Book of Mormon a lot and her understanding is amazing! Which is so unbelievable! And she always asks us the deepest questions about what shes reading and sometimes we don't even know the answers. It's seriously amazing because when we first started teaching her we really had to teach her like a little kid, she just wasn't getting it. But now! we have a lot of really deep conversations about the gospel. It's amazing!
Okay! This week was stake conference and Kiyomi came on Sunday! She was in like the nursery room with her son and some friends from the ward so she didn't really get too much out of it. But she got to build some friendships which is important too! But afterwards, she got a blessing from a member in our ward. Oh my gosh! It was amazing. In the blessing he said that as she kept praying and reading scriptures she would know for sure that this church is true and it was so powerful! Then he talked about how her decision to be baptized would effect her family. He talked about how happy her ancestors are and how it's going to effect her family now and her posterity. It was a really powerful blessing. She held Rin-kun, her son, in her lap for the blessing. He's two years old and he does not sit still. But for the whole blessing he was perfectly still and calm. It was a huge miracle! Kiyomi said that she felt so peaceful and she knows this is right. Gosh, she is amazing! Keep praying for her please!
We had a blind date this week too haha. At least that's what it was like. We had this refferal and the story is kind of long and confusing. But long story short, she is in the Japanese army and she used to be in Sasebo and while she was there missionaries came to the base to teach eikaiwa (English class). So she loves eikaiwa and she loves missionary. Well before she moved to Shimizu the missionaries in Sasebo gave her my zone leaders phone number. So she called him and he put us in touch with her! So on Saturday we met her for lunch. And oh my gosh she is so cool! She is so much fun! And her English is way good! We wanted to make her an investigator, she doesn't really know much about our church but she knows a lot about missionary life haha. But she's leaving this Saturday until the middle of december for some training or something for her job. So when she gets back!! But she's gonna come to Eikaiwa on Wednesday! She is super awesome!
Okay two things I'm way proud of... 1st, on Sunday we had to bike to the stake center... usually it's a 30 or 35 minute bike ride... we went to the stake center 3 times this week.. that's a lot of biking! anyways... Iwasa shimai is awesome and they asked her to do the English translation so we couldn't be late... but we left the house late.... so we biked as fast as humanly possible and got there in 20 minutes! I thought I was going to die. But it was good. we made it on time and everyone was happy. Second accomplishment... At the Saturday session of stake conference I was determined to understand what the people were saying. So I concentrated as hard as I could and oh my gosh. I followed almost all of the talks. After I told Iwasa shimai what I understood and I was right! Seriously so exciting! My ablitiy to understand Japanese has improved a lot recently... but the speaking part is still way hard! But it's getting better everyday.. I think! Anyways, life is good. I'm way exhausted but it's so good! We are working hard everyday and seeing tons of miralces! Missions are the greatest! Aishiteimasu!! (I Love You!!)