目から鱗 (Me kara uroko)‏

IMG_3497Konnichiwa!!!

This week I found the theme for my mission and basically my whole life. In Japanese they have a saying, 目から鱗 (me Kara uroko) the translation means to have the scales fall from one’s eyes or in other words to see the light, to be awakened by truth. We had multiple meetings this week (mission leadership council, zone conference, district meeting, and a returning missionary fireside) and this message seemed to resonate in my heart and at first I wasn’t sure why until Yano shimai and I were dendoing one afternoon. So this past week has literally been bombarded with meetings and when Yano shimai had the opportunity with actual time rather than the in between time of running from meeting to meeting to dendo we wanted to make the most of our time. We had decided to visit a less active who lived relatively close to us and as we were walking to her house we passed an apartment building that sister Watkins and law and I had housed and the only woman that opened was a woman who told us we could come back and teach her, well we came back multiple times and she was never there and so after we never returned. But as we passed this apartment remembering how many times we went back and she was never there, I felt like we should check one more time, we hiked up to her place and rang the doorbell and no answer, rang it one more time and K San finally came to the door, a little stunned she looked at us and remembered, she apologized for not being home before and felt horrible that we had visited her before and we weren’t home. We began talking and taught her about God, whom she had never even thought about, we taught her about the happiness he desires for all of us and how we would like to
continue studying with her, and she became completely silent, not sure
what she would say, we waited and she asked if it was possible to have
her husband join in on lessons. She has just recently gotten married
and would like to learn as a family. I mean of course! We had a great
first meeting and we felt the spirit very strong with her. It was a miracle that I’m sure God wanted us to experience, I’m grateful he was able to help me remove the scales from my eyes and not pass the apartment and to look past the times when we were not able to meet k San and by the grace of God we met her in his timing.

After this experience that night sister Yano and I reflected on our
mission how there are countless times that we do not remove the scales
from our eyes and we walk in blindness not relying on God and rather
relying on our strength, seeing only surface level and failing to
recognize there is so much more unseen, so much work the lord is doing
for us, for our friends and family, so much work going on beyond the
veil but we do not know because we have not removed the scales from
our eyes. On my mission I feel like I have had moments of removing the
scales from my eyes when I was in my first and second transfer and
didn’t have a clue what was going on but I met a woman named shimada
San and we had a lesson and I had no idea what was being said, all I
could do was bear testimony of the happiness of the gospel in the
broken Japanese and it helped her continue to keep taking lessons, I
feel the scales fall when I lived in Tama and I met yuka, a 29 year
old who had the purest soul and heart of a three year old and was able
to help us invite the spirit that would work in junko shimais heart
that would lead her to choosing to follow the savior, the scales fell
from my eyes as I worked with the youth of Tama and saw the their
commitment to be witnesses of God at all times and in all things, the
scales fell from my eyes as i moved to Hachioji and my companion and I
were dendoing wondering if we were finding those who needed the gospel
and then a spastic 83 year old woman called and changed my life and
taught me what it meant to have a close personal relationship with God
our eternal father, the scales fell from my eyes as I trained new
missionaries and I saw the strength and power of their faith and how
that coupled with obedience brings marvelous miracles, the scales fell
from my eyes as a humble mother of two beautiful girls returned after
14 years of separation from church, members, and friends to the only
place that she knew contained true and everlasting happiness, the
scales fell from my eyes as we pieced the pieces of a crazy round
about puzzle and were able to teach with a member hundreds of miles
away on the other side of the world and help my good friend nakamura
shimai enter into the waters of baptism.the scales continue to fall
from my eyes each day that passes, I truly know there are no
coincidences in life it’s merely us being able to perceive gods plan
being laid before us. I am truly in awe at how incredible gods plan
is, this week a man named imanaka San was baptized, he bore a sweet
testimony of how before he met the missionaries his life was pretty
plain, but after he began meeting with missionaries his life was
changed and the darkness from his life was lifted and a new light
entered in. Miracles really do happen, junko yamauchi my friend from
Tama who was baptized last year is preparing to enter into the temple,
and her husband mashiko has committed to be baptized this month on the
25th after a year and a half ish….so crazy! Also ichikawa San a
woman who was found over Facebook by a member and sister Padelsky and
I started teaching will be baptized this weekend, God knows his
children individually and prepares the way for them to return to him.
I am so grateful for this sacred calling and the many miracles I
experience in my life as I choose to take away the scales from my eyes
and see things through gods perspective. My mission has helped
enlighten my mind and has given me perspective that although my full
time missionary service comes to an end, my responsibility to continue
to proclaim the gospel to every nation and people will not end. I’m
grateful for this incredible experience and the love and support of
all of my friends and family!

愛しています
Sister Natalie Wilson
ウィルソン姉妹

Mission leadership council with the girls who came to Japan with me (
Gazdik, eyring, and kaizaki shimai)

Mission leadership council
My favorites (gazzy and cook shimai)
My first and last companion sister Yano and my trainer sister nakamura
Me and my two besties!
Went to a Christmas concert and was blown away!!!

 

So one time we were housing….and we ran into the elders inv who is
in love with sister Yano and has been sending her presents which I
happily accept and then we left and went down a different neighborhood
and he comes chasing us down minutes after to give us treats, we were
terrified cuz he’s slightly crazy but so nice….

Eikaiwa class…..we taught them directions and made courses for them to talk people through
My trainer came bearing gifts….she made me bread just like she used to when I was but a bean….

Yano shimai

 

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Sister Bennett drew this pic for Christmas

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