Highlights and notable events:
There was a raging sale last week at the grocery store and we bought
lettuce, spinach, bananas and such for ¥1, and other fruits and
veggies for ¥100 (strawberries, eggs, etc.); the stock-house is
Zone Conference was crazy. They combined three zones and rolled it
into one conference. We had people from Nagano coming down the night
before to stay in various Elders apartments close by. Elders Nakatsuka
and Nelson came to ours.
Pres Ishii taught about a lot of stuff, but basically we're turning
around our focus on activities and public affairs in order to increase
pure missionary work: investigators and baptisms. Every activity
should be effective for finding--even LA and member visits. If it
doesn't help to find, we're supposed to drop it.
Also, Christlike attributes. There's a direct correlation between
developing Christlike attributes and convert baptisms.
So we're out to hunt Brazilians, mostly. Lots of referrals are coming
in from the LAs, and we hope to reactivate them through their
involvement with the referrals.
Elder Oaks and Elder Gong held a Japan Member Devotional last night in
Osaka that we saw up here via broadcast. Elder Oaks talked about how
Japan has been strengthening its roots for a long time now, and it may
be time soon to start seeing the growth of the shoot. I liked what
Elder Yamashita said about OYM also including showing your teeth and
smiling at people.