Again, Maryandra failed to send home any photos, so we include a photo of Maryandra from 15 years ago, and also some from the MTC, since her current companion was in her MTC district, 13 months ago!!! This is Sister Hana Smith! And they have a great companionship!
The good old MTC days!
From Maryandra's e-mail:
Well, a lot of interesting things happened yesterday, which I would like to explain, and use up the time so I can not think about how thirsty I am, as I am fasting right now. Okay...
So, we went and delivered a daily message to a member family, and it took much faster than I thought it would, so in between that, and stopping for a few minutes to pet a cute kittie cat for the first time in who knows how long (I made a video just for you, Curtis!;)), we wandered around, looking for a good place to house. And we came all the way to this random Lawson's convenience store, and crossed started housing the big apartment that is pretty much next door to it. On the second floor from the top, I randomly piped up "we are going to see a miracle here!" And smith Shimai thought I was kind of just joking, because I said it in an overly enthusiastic way, in which I don't normally talk, but then I thought "you know? I really want to actually see one!" And then I prayed in my mind that we actually would. And would you believe it? We did! Not more than five minutes later! Wow!
So, after we rang this one lady's doorbell box, and put a flier in her post because no one answered at first and motion, she answered and I rushed back to talk into the doorbell box. And she came out! Whoa! And then she proceeded to talk to us for about ten minutes, and we gave her a pamphlet and a BOOK OF MORMON!!!!!! We wanted to give her a plan of salvation pamphlet because she told us her daughter had just passed away during shogatsu(New Years) and we felt sad for her, but we had given away the one we thought we had the day before to another lady and forgotten to get more, so we asked if we could bring it later, and she said yes, and to please come again, because she's lonely, and she's not against church, she just won't join, and she doesn't hate us, so she likes us, and isn't against taking our free stuff. Well, it wasn't much, but we'll take it! We will take whatever we can get!
We finished the rest of the apartment later, after stopping for a short break to warm up at Lawson's. And would you believe it? The second to last door provided us with another, albeit a really weird, miracle. So, it was a young person, or sounded like one through the doorbell box, and whatever question we asked, she would just say "yes." "Yes" "yes" in a kind of robotic voice. I can't remember the whole conversation, but he gust of it was something like this:
"We're church volunteer missionaries. Can we talk about our message?"
"Have you ever been to church?"
"Do you believe that God and Jesus Christ live?"
At this point I piped in, because smith Shimai was getting really weirded out by this emotionless voice.
"In our church, we believe in eternal families, because families are important to us. Do you think families are important?"
"Ummm..... Can you come to the door?"
So, that whole robotic conversation was said through the doorbell box, and we weren't sure what to think, or if she would actually come to the door, but she did. She turned out to be only 11 years old. Kind of weird. But she continued to say yes to everything, with this interesting little smile on her face. So, we gave away our second Book of Mormon, and Asked if we could come again and teach her some more about our church. She said yes. Again. And.... So we will. It was interesting, and it would have been like a golden investigator child type of a thing, save for her strange lack of opposition, or to smith Shimai, emotion. But hey, we will take whatever we can get in this country of people who are scared to say yes. We are definitely coming back! So, yeah, yesterday had a lot of interesting miracles in it. The moral of his story is to do what you can, and you get what you ask for. Also, Heavenly Father is really great at answering prayers, especially ones that aren't self-centered. So, give it a shot! Yeah!