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.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Where to Begin?
Wow, what a week! I seriously don't even know where to begin. Well, to start I'll just begin with today. Today we had Zone Training Meeting or as most missionaries go by, ZTM. Since me and my companion are the zone leaders we were responsible to direct and train our zone today for about 3 hours. I was way nervous since I'm still a young missionary (I am!) and we have many people who have been out longer than me in the zone. It went really well though!! I definitely felt the help of the spirit direct us on how to teach and now that I've done it once I'm a lot less nervous for the next time. We talked about a lot of things but some of the main points were revelation and focusing on the temple with investigators. I love my zone though! It is filled with some old missionaries, some new, but everyone is so awesome and way willing to work hard so that is really good.
Being a Zone Leader is exactly how everyone explains it in the mission, BUSY! This past week has easily been the busiest week of my mission. Every spare second of time I had we were planning for upcoming meetings, trainings, or calling people in the zone and mission home to try and coordinate things. This last week as soon as I got to Okinawa my companion and I started to prepare for MLC, it stands for Mission Leadership Conference. Once a transfer at the beginning all the zone leaders and sister training leaders go to Fukuoka and meet with President and sister Egan as well as the Assistants. We get training from them and also present some of the needs and plans we have to overcome those needs in our individual zone. It was so awesome!! One of the best conferences I have had on my mission. I learned so much and best part, we got to have Egan Shimai's cooking! She cooked for us all and yeah, let's just say I love Japanese food but wow American food hits the spot! Along with that I got to see two of my previous companions there!!! I got to see my trainer Elder Harrell and my second companion Elder Colton! It was so cool to see both of them.
Now to life in Okinawa, Americans, Americans, Americans! They are everywhere! We have Kadena Air Force base right by us and there are tons of church members that live there. So we have 2 wards (groups of members) that are American and one Japanese ward. So on Sunday that means we get 6 hours of church.. the first 3 hours is all in English and then we got to 3 hours of Japanese church. You think it's hard to stay awake in 3 hours? Try 6 straight hours.. haha, it was a little difficult but I managed to stay attentive. The members here are way fun and way supportive. I can already tell I'm going to love this area and working here. My companion and I have been so busy planning and catching planes and cars here and there that we haven't had much time to dendo but we did find a new person, came back and taught them a couple days later and got a new investigator! The Lord really is blessing us as we are striving to follow the spirit and fulfill our callings.
Being a Zone Leader I definitely get a different view of the mission but I also had noticed how much the success of the mission still depends just on our personal commitment to help others come unto Christ. I'm sorry I'm running out of time because we have a huge thanksgiving party planned today but my pday will be again in like 3 days or so, so yeah, you'll hear from me then ;) I love you all so much! I'll try to get more pictures and share more stories. Take care and eat lots of turkey, happy thanksgiving!