This blog will be updated by friends of Elder Sherrill. The blog will include emails and pictures as he serves his mission from October, 2015 to October 2017. Updates will be posted each week after a new email is received. We hope you enjoy following Elder Sherrill's missionary service in Japan. This is not an official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Elder Sherrill and his new bag for dendou!
A nice avocado burger!
The new district
Hello! Well, to be honest this week was not the best. We had a few
return appointments we made from last week and all of them fell
through in some way or another, which unfortunately leaves us at still
no investigators to teach. Our first potential one called us up the
day of our appointment and told us not to come anymore. Then just
yesterday we were able to meet a different person (his name is Thomas,
he's a Nihonjin Catholic). Our first lesson with him was going not to
bad but then all of a sudden he said he needed to eat dinner and told
us he'll see us around if he gets a chance. We tried to make another
appointment but he said he had to go and left us standing on his
Dendo this week was pretty difficult as well, for some reason we
experienced a lot more "kekkos" (Japanese word for "fine", what they
say to reject you) than usual. My companion and I were not sure why
this week was so much harder than previous weeks. Since our dendo
efforts weren't going to great we decided to meet with our Branch
President to discuss the Branch's goals and see if we could offer any
help to help him achieve them. He gave us a few less active names to
contact and offered some advice on ways we could improve our dendo.
Overall the discussion went pretty good and from it we are hoping we
can help the branch out in other ways since we currently don't have
any new people to teach.
This email will be kind of shorter than usual (ごめん!) but, before I go
I wanted to talk about yesterday a little bit. Yesterday in church I
gave a talk on agency and it actually went a lot better than I thought
it would go. When I received the assignment to talk on agency I was
like "how do I fill 15 minutes of time talking about agency in a
language I'm still not all that great at?". The answer is personal
experiences haha. My actual talk portion was only about 5 minutes long
and the rest of the time was spent sharing different experiences of
choosing right and wrong. As I was thinking about the talk and
preparing for it I studied many different articles, conference talks,
and videos about the subject. One thing I really liked while studying
was this video I came across that stressed the importance of owning up
to our own actions and decisions. I will add the link of the video at
We have many choices and decisions we face each day and some are of
course more important than others but those that are of importance
really do determine the person we are and our eternal progression.
Since we haven't been seeing much success lately I really have to
remember that everyone has their own agency and ability to accept our
message or not. One of the greatest blessings we have received from
God is our own ability to choose. Even though sometimes I wish I could
choose for these people here to accept our message I know we have to
respect their own choices. All we can do is continue to work hard and
do our part until we come across someone who is willing to accept the
message. That's about it for this week! This next week should be
pretty fun because we have lots of appointments and plans to meet with
different members and less actives, so I'll let you all know how that
goes! Have a great week everyone! 愛しています!