This is our blog about the adventures and experiences of two Snyder kids as they serve missions, one in Mexico and one in Japan, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These are the weekly emails and pictures they send home.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! It was great to talk to most of you on Skype
yesterday. Glad to see everyone's doing well. So today was temple
Pday, which was great of course. This past week we did exchanges in
three different areas called Urayasu, Matsudo and YACHIYO! They were
all good, but it was great being back in my old home Yachiyo. I was
there for 6 months at the beginning of my mission and left about a
year ago. We were there on Saturday and Sunday, so I got to go to
church on Christmas and see all of the members which was nice. It's
great seeing different areas and working with different elders.

So right now I'm actually standing on a packed train headed out to
another area, Takasaki, which was actually my first area when I came
back out! I was only here for a transfer, but it'll be fun to work
there again.

Well, I hope you all had a great Christmas and put Christ at the
center. Love you all, talk to you next week!

Elder Snyder

Monday, December 12, 2016

Awesome baptism!



Hey everyone! It's been a good few weeks. Things are great here and
it's the Christmas season which makes it even better. As I think you
know, Japan is not a Christian country, but during this Christmas
season it gets them thinking about Christ and why so many of us
celebrate His birth. So it's awesome getting to have conversations
with people on the streets about Christ and why He is so important for
all of us. So in the past few weeks I've been able to work in some
different areas. It's great to get to see different areas and work
with different missionaries, but it's especially great to see the hand
of the Lord working in all of the areas. My testimony has been
strengthened as I've seen how God blesses His missionaries as they
work with diligence and faith.

Another awesome thing happened yesterday! Our investigator Brother
Tsunashima, from Tokyo 2nd ward which I just transferred out, of was
baptized. He asked me to do the confirmation so I was able to go back
and see the baptism, then confirm him in sacrament meeting. It was a
great experience and now he joins his wife and 3 daughters as a member
of the church! They were so happy.

So it's the week of Christmas! That means I'll be skyping home. It
looks like I'll be skyping on Monday morning around 10:00, which will
be Sunday night sometime for you. I hope you are all enjoying the
Christmas season and being proactive in spreading your light.

I'm grateful to be a missionary now, especially during this time of
year. Christ is our Savior and we get to celebrate and help others
celebrate His birth! Love you all, have a great week!




Monday, December 5, 2016

New calling... traveling assistant!



Hey everyone!

Sorry, things have been pretty busy the past few weeks so I haven't
gotten much emailing done, but today should be fine! Last week was
temple p-day. It was great. Elder Nitta and I were able to finish off
our two transfers together strong. This past week we were able to find
some strong new investigators with a lot of potential. Mori, Takumi
and a man named Henry are all looking solid and look like they'll
start progressing soon. We have just about finished up teaching
Tsunashima Kyoudai all of the lessons and he's looking good for his
baptism! So today was transfer calls today and I found out I'll be
leaving Senzokuike/Tokyo 2nd wards. I've been here for 4 transfers,
about 6 months, and it has been awesome. I've really grown to love the
members in both the Japanese and English ward. Definitely one of my
favorite places to be. So Elder Nitta will be staying here and I'm
becoming a traveling assistant. So I still don't know exactly what
that entails but I don't actually have an area! My companion and I
will travel around the mission and do splits with missionaries in
different areas, hoping to help strengthen each area while we're
there. Should be a great experience and I'm sure I'll learn a ton. I
sure will miss all of the people here, members, investigators,
friends. Definitely one of my favorite things about the mission is
building these relationships with people that will will last for a
long time. For all you RMs out there, get in touch with people from
your mission, I'm sure they'd love to here from you!

Speaking of, one of the greatest relationships that I've been able to
make is with an investigator named Hirotsugu Iwagi. He's the
investigator that had the accident and is still recovering, but we
became way tight right from when we started meeting with him. He's not
baptized YET, but I'm sure he will be eventually. I've seen how, even
though he's not baptized yet, just applying principles and following
commandments can change a life so much. Another one is Tsunashima
Kyoudai. His wife is a member and he has 3 active daughters. Since
we've started teaching him, living the gospel of Jesus Christ has
changed him. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives. I know
this church contains the fulness of His gospel. Remember all, this
Christmas season to live as Jesus Christ and light the world! This is
a great time to help others feel the light of Christ and make steps
towards living His gospel. I invite you to invite! Love you all, have
a great week!

Love, Elder Snyder
                       Here's some grub I probably never would've even thought about
eating a few years ago... Raw strips of beef mixed with a raw egg and
some sauce. Was actually really tasty. The things Japan will do to
you.. Just got done eating sushi with a member too!

 Me with my man Hirotsugu. Love that guy

Elder Nitta and me eating some ramen with a new investigator Muramatsu.

On the street is a "lion dog".

Christmas lights in Japan!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Receiving guidance

Hey everyone, happy Thanksgiving week! It's nice to have an extra
reason to think about everything we're grateful for. I'm especially
grateful for our Savior and His gospel and the blessings we receive
from them. I'm so grateful for my mission, for all that it has helped
me with and the opportunity that it gives me to help others. Also,
it's gonna be nice to have some good cookin' this year for
Thanksgiving. Being in the English Ward is extra nice for the
holidays! We actually have 2 Thanksgiving meal appointments, one on
Thursday and another on Saturday. I'm excited! Hope you all have a
good time with family this week and share my love!

It's it's been a good week here in Tokyo. This past week we were able
to go to the baptism of an old investigator named Brother Uchiyama. He
was a referral from a member back when Elder Broberg and I were
together. We taught him for a few weeks and then referred him to the
elders in the Ward he lives in. He's an awesome guy and is gonna be
such a great member! I'll send a picture of us with him at his
baptism. I do have some kind of rough news though.. Our investigator
Iwagi kyoudai has had a pretty rough time as of late. He's the one
that was in the accident and just had surgery on his hand, but he has
kind of decided as of late that he doesn't really want to study the
gospel as much right now. His body condition from his injury hasn't
been the best lately and so it's just kind of hurt him motivation wise
in all aspects. He's not completely rejecting it, and he still loves
us and the members, but he says he's going to stop living the gospel
and see if he notices a difference in his life. That has been pretty
darn tough, because I've really grown to love him over the past few
months that we've been teaching him. Sometimes people's agency just
makes you so sad! But that's just part of God's plan, huh. So, we'll
keep praying for him and definitely stay in touch so hopefully he'll
realize how much he needs the gospel.  Other than that, our
investigator Tsunashima Kyoudai is doing so well, he has his baptism
date and is progressing towards it! So lately our mission has started
a new free English teaching program, in which we are helping high
school and college students prepare for big entrance exams here in
Japan called the Eiken and TOIEC. Pretty much all Japanese students
have to take these tests, so by providing these prep courses it's
expected that we'll really increase the foot traffic in the church,
which will of course increase new investigators and baptisms. This is
going to BIG! So recently our days have been consisting of hitting the
streets finding new investigators and new students, teaching lessons
and English, and studying! It's the life.

I want to share an insight on something I've been studying and
learning about. It's about receiving guidance and revelation through
the Holy Ghost. God of course wants to guide us throughout our lives.
But receiving that guidance of course is predicated first upon our
obedience. We all know that one, so lets be obedient! But the
frequency and clarity of promptings kind of depend on a few things.
First, how willing we are to act on promptings and how much we're
actually seeking them. For example, are we praying to find missionary
opportunities but never opening our mouths about the gospel? It also
depends on how prompt we are to act on the guidance that we receive.
It's my challenge to you to always be seeking for the guidance of the
spirit, being willing to act and to act promptly. I have a sure
testimony that God is there and guides us through the Spirit. Love you
all, have a great Thanksgiving week!!

Elder Snyder and Elder Nitta



Monday, October 31, 2016

God answers prayers

Hey everyone!! Things are going pretty well here. I'm just going to
write about one great experience we had last week. So Iwagi Hirotsugu,
our investigator who has been in the hospital just got out on
Saturday, but before that, we had been wondering and praying about how
we can help him. So on Friday, we get a random call from a great
member here in the Japanese ward, and told us that he wanted to go
visit Iwagi Kyoudai in the hospital. So on Thursday night, we went and
visited him and it was great. The member was so kind to him and shared
great testimony and really got to know him. Through it we were able to
really help lift Iwagi Kyoudai 's spirits. It was a great example to
me as 1, how God answers prayers and 2, how important service,
especially from just normal members, helps people so much. I hope we
all look for opportunities to show love to others. Love you!

Elder Snyder and Elder Nitta

Monday, October 24, 2016

Transfer call!

Hey hey everyone! One more week, come and gone. Life in Tokyo is
great! Today was transfer calls! Elder Calhoun, an Elder that I've
lived with for the past 3 transfers is going home! We've become really
good friends so it's sad to see him go, but I've actually learned a
lot from him so I'm grateful for the experience. I'm still with Elder
Nitta, which is great, and also district leader again this transfer.
Looking forward to it!

These past few weeks have been kind of tough. Our investigator Iwagi
Kyoudai got surgery on his injured hand and has had to stay in the
hospital for 2 weeks. We've been able to visit him a few times which
has been good though. Yu is still in Beijing and a couple other
investigators have fallen off the map. We did receive a referral
though named Tsunashima Kyoudai, who is the husband of a member and
father of 3 returned missionaries. He has finally decided that he
wants to get baptized, which is so awesome! We are teaching him now
and it's been going well. We were also able to meet a new investigator
on the street who seems to have good potential, so the Lord is
definitely still blessing us!

This church is the church of the Lord. The miracles, the feelings and
the blessings that we receive are surely undeniable. Christ is at the
head of His church and I know that He is hastening the work of
salvation. Even in the world we live in today, I know that peace and
guidance can be found through holding to the rod and staying on the
path that leads towards eternal life. Love you all, have a great week!





Monday, October 17, 2016

God loves all His children

Hey everyone, another week in the books! The weather here in Tokyo is
finally starting to cool down a bit! It's now in the 50s in the
morning and 60s throughout the day. Prime proselyting weather! The
final week of the transfer has begun. Crazy! Still feels like I just
went and picked up Elder Nitta. But the work is great and I love
working with Elder Nitta. We have a lot of fun working and it's
awesome to experience miracles together. Tomorrow Elder Bednar is
coming to our mission for a conference. I'm pretty excited! It's
always awesome having general authorities come and train us,
especially an apostle of the Lord. (Even better when it's one you
(kinda) have a connection with!) I'm sure it will be a great
opportunity to learn from on high and receive lots of guidance.

So last week our investigator Hirotsugu Iwagi went into the hospital
to have surgery on his hand again. I'm not sure if I've explained his
situation before but he was in a bad work accident about 9 months ago.
So anyway he's going to be in the hospital for about 2 weeks. We went
and visited him the other day and it was pretty cool. I really don't
like hospitals but it was great to be there to talk about the gospel
of Jesus Christ. He's doing well and we're praying for a quick
recovery for him. Please pray if you would like! We also went on
exchanges this past week. I went with another first transfer Elder who
is our district leader Elder Calhoun's companion. It was great. I love
working with young missionaries! So our investigator Yu is still in
Beijing right now. He'll be back at the beginning of November, so
right now the finding game is on! We really want to find new people to
teach who are prepared to hear the restored gospel.

We also have been getting a lot of meal appointments with members here
and have had the opportunity to share messages with them and help them
with their own personal missionary work, because after all it is the
members who need to find investigators! We met with a great older
couple from the second Ward who is really on fire right now with
sharing the gospel. I learned a great lesson from him as he is a great
example of sharing the gospel with all of those around him. He is so
reliant upon the fact that he knows that God will guide him and help
him to find people who are prepared to hear the gospel.

Today, I'd like to share a paragraph from Preach My Gospel. "God loves
you and all His children. He is anxious to support you in your
practical and specific challenges. You have been promised inspiration
to know what to do and have been given the power to do it (see D&C
43:15–16). He will help you as you try to recognize and understand the
Spirit through diligent scripture study. He will guide you to people
who will receive the message of the Restoration. He will give you
power to deliver the message and to testify of Christ and His gospel.
He will shower His blessings upon you through the gift of the Holy
Ghost. He asks that you remain worthy of this gift and that you ask,
seek, and knock (see D&C 4:7; Matthew 7:7–8)." I hope you all are
willing and building up your courage to seek opportunities through the
spirit to open your mouths about the restored gospel to those around
you. It all starts with an example and an eye to see and find
opportunities to share your beliefs with others. Let's all try to be
better missionaries! I know God will help and strengthen us. Love you
all, talk to you next week!

Elder Snyder and Elder Nitta
スナイダー長老と新田長老

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tokyo Temple

Hey everyone! Today was temple p-day. It was great as always. General
Conference was awesome! I really love conference more and more each
time I watch it. There's so much that we can learn and apply from the
amazing leaders of the church. Always such a great testimony builder.
I hope you all start rereading the talks asap! Sorry, I don't have a
tone of time today to write a group email, but things are great! I
love Japan and missionary work! It's the best. Have a great week, I'll
write more next week. Love you!



Monday, October 3, 2016

Love and prayers from Tokyo

Hey everyone, it's been a good week. The weather is starting to get
cooler, which means fall is right around the corner. The work here is
still going well. We're also getting a lot of meals with members which
is the best! Love eating with the members and we usually take an
investigator along which is great as well. I haven't mentioned
anything about my Japanese lately, but it's getting decent. But, just
when I think it's good, I'll talk to someone or watch a church video
with tough Japanese and I'll realize how far I still have to go to get
this dang language down! Still working on it...

The work is good. Our investigator Hirotsugu is doing well right now.
He came to church in a full suit yesterday which was awesome! He is
progressing so well. Also doing some finding as well which is always
fun.

Okay well, that's about all for this week. I hope you're doing well!
Much love and prayers from Tokyo. I'm super excited to watch
conference next week, but I hope you were all able to feel a desire to
improve from it. The leaders of the church are amazing! Have a great
week!




Monday, September 26, 2016

Good but tough week

Dear all, it's been a good, but tough week. We weren't able to meet
with 3 of our top investigators last week which was tough, but
hopefully things will be better this week. Things could be worse!
Elder Nitta is doing super well and has already gotten into the groove
of missionary work. It's fun working with him.

So, our investigator Yu, who was supposed to be baptized in a few
weeks, just told us that he's leaving tomorrow to Beijing for a month
for an internship that he just got. That was a pretty sad hit since we
have become such great friends and he's gotten so strong over the past
few months. It's really hard since there are no missionaries in China
but we're going to try and keep in touch via Skype. Let's pray that he
stays strong! But, right now Hirotsugu is doing great. We got I'm in
the homes of members twice last week for meal and lesson appointments.
Those are great opportunities for him to strengthen his relationship
with the members and hear their testimonies. Right now he's
progressing really well, but is also having some worries, which I
think is normal. But, we love him so much and working with him hard!

Lately I've been reading from President Hinkley's teachings of the
Presidents book in my free time and I've been learning a lot about
gaining and strengthening testimonies. One part in particular is about
gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon. When Gordon B. Hinckley was
a young man, he established a pattern for scripture study. President
Hinkley said, “As a missionary, I read each evening before going to
bed a few chapters of the Book of Mormon,” he said, “and there came
into my heart a conviction which has never left: that this is the word
of God, restored to the earth by the power of the Almighty, translated
by the gift and power of God to the convincing of the Jew and the
Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.” The Book of Mormon has such a
simple promise, that will be fulfilled to all who truly have the
desire to know. I know the Book of Mormon is true! Continue to
strengthen your testimony and help others do so as well! Love you all!
Have a great week!


Elder Snyder and Elder Nitta
スナイダー長老と新田長老

Hirotsugu, me and Elder Nitta, my new comp.

Elder Nitta and me with the Naganos!

Best ramen ever!

Monday, September 12, 2016

This work is awesome!

Well today was transfer call day! Sad news is... Elder Broberg is
transferring. It was a great 2 transfers with him. It was fun to just
work super hard and our area improved so much. We have actually hit
the standards of excellence in lessons the past two weeks for the
first time on my mission. So, I will miss working with him, but I'm
staying here in Senzokuike/Tokyo 2nd so that's awesome!! I'm gonna be
a trainer again too! So actually the Tokyo west zone leader area is
moving to Shibuya, which is pretty much the center of Tokyo. There is
an 8 man apartment there and so they want to move the zone leaders
back into that apartment. It was fun being a zone leader for a while
but I am so ready to just work. Always in my area and with the faith
of a new missionary, I'm super excited.

As for our area right now, it's doing great. Yu: Our Chinese buddy.
He's still a genius, still the best. Progressing so well and should be
baptized within the next month! Hirotsugu: (Japanese) He has really
picked up recently. We have been teaching him regularly and he's
learning a lot. He's quite focused on learning everything and knowing
the answer to all of his questions, but we're working on helping him
feel the spirit to confirm the truthfulness of the gospel. Thamindu:
He's our Sri Lankan friend who loves the gospel already. He hasn't
been learning for very long but tells us he feels great when he reads
and prays. Doing great! Jorge: He's from Canada and he came walking
into the church a few weeks ago. He's seeking for the truth and so
it's really fun to teach him. He's really busy so we can only meet him
once or twice a week, but he's doing well. Takayuki: He is our awesome
Japanese friend who loves us and loves basketball. We've become great
friends but we want him to open his heart more to the gospel. We found
out that his mother passed away 3 years ago and so he has showed
interest in the Plan of Salvation. He's awesome, so I really want to
get him progressing!

So right now we have a good balance of finding and teaching time. The
weeks are flying by. Our wards are doing great as well. It's pretty
fun to be working between 2 wards. It's also interesting to notice the
difference between the Japanese ward and the English (mainly American)
ward. We had a delicious meal with an American family last night and
it felt like we were in America. We also had a meal with a Japanese
member family today with Hirotsugu and it was awesome. Things are
great!

This work is awesome! It's easy to say that when things are going so
well, but through the good and the bad, there's always something to be
learned. I'm grateful for all of the learning experiences that I've
had so far and I'm pumped to give everything for these last 4
transfers. I love you all, the church is true!

Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
スナイダー長老とブローバーグ長老

Monday, September 5, 2016

A God of Miracles

Hey everyone!!! Last week was awesome! One of the better weeks I've
had. First off, I love working with Elder Broberg. Sorry, we've both
been really bad at taking pictures the past 2 transfers but I'll try
and take some more to send! But, it's great and we are seeing so many
cool miracles. Our area is really doing well right now, probably the
strongest any of my areas thus far on my mission. We have so many
great people to teach right now and it's fun! I've been talking a lot
about Yu lately, and he is still doing so well. He's one of the
smartest people I know, and has been so prepared to hear the gospel.
We're also working a lot with a guy named Hirotsugu. He has been
worked on by God for a while now too. He's the son of a member and
wants to change his life. The Lord is definitely in this work. No
doubt in my mind. There are also a few others that I don't have time
to talk about right now.. But I'll update you sometime!

Moroni 17:23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I
will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and
forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according
to their faith.

It's true. Our personal faith will bring forth miracles in our life.
God loves us as much as he loves those you read about in the
scriptures. Seek Him out!! Love you all, talk to you next week!

Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
スナイダー長老とブローバーグ長老

Beautiful Tokyo!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Awesomeness!


Dear all,

Another week in the books! Today was Temple p-day which was great. I feel like I say this every 6 weeks but I'm so grateful to be serving here not only because Tokyo is the best mission in the world, but also because we get to go to the Temple so frequently! So this week is already week 5 of the transfer. Elder Broberg and I are still together and it's going great. He's an awesome missionary so we're having a lot of fun working together.

This past week was awesome! We had 3 new guys pop up that we are able to meet frequently! One of them is a guy named Takayuki. I met him on exchanges with an Elder and we got to talk to him a lot. He is 24, loves basketball and we were able to become friends pretty quickly. We have an elders quorum basketball activity every Saturday that he came to and it was great. We met with him last night and became best friends. He lost his mom a few years ago and we were able to share with him about eternal families. We also had a guy names Jorge self refer himself and show up to church on Sunday. He seems to have a ton of interest so we're excited! Yu is also doing great as well as Hirotsugu! Things are going great in our area and the Lord is blessing us a ton. 

I'm so grateful for this mission experience. I'm learning so much and making eternal friends. I'm grateful for the gospel and for the change that it makes in people's lives. I hope that we all are strengthening our testimonies everyday and looking for opportunities to help others. Love you all! Have a great week!

Picture: this is an one of my favorite Elders I was with in the MTC, Elder Takayama. He just got home from his mission and found out I was serving in his Ward!! Awesome!!

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Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
スナイダー長老とブローバーグ長老

Monday, August 15, 2016

Building Faith

Hey everyone! It's been another good week in Tokyo. The weather is nice and the Japanese food... Still delicious as ever. My companion Elder Broberg and I are doing great and we love working together. We had zone conference last week which was great. Love hearing from President and Sister Nagano and their guidance for the mission. We've been seeing a lot of great things in our area. We met a new guy who is a referral from Southern Japan who seems to have a lot of interest. His name is Hirotsugu and has lots of desire to change his life. Also, Yu is able to meet with us often and is progressing so well. He is my favorite! He comes to church and just loves it. 

Lately as a mission we've been focusing a lot on building faith and how it's through our faith that miracles are wrought. I know that our faith is so important in fulfilling the Lord's work. Not only in missionary work but as well as in our personal lives are miracles wrought by our faith. I know that we can build our faith through diligent prayer and study, as well as obedience and our righteous desires. I love the gospel and the work of Salvation. It's true. Love you and talk to you next week!
Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
スナイダー長老とブローバーグ長老

Monday, August 8, 2016

Transfer 12!

皆さんこんにちは ! Last week was transfer week! Another one gone, which now makes me transfer 12... Getting old. 😧 But Elder Broberg and I will be staying together for at least one more here in Senzokuike and Tokyo 2nd Ward. Things are going well as of late.. We're finding some good new investigators who are showing a lot of interest. One of them is Takuya, who is a really cool Japanese college student. He's doing great and really has a lot of interest in learning about Christ and the gospel. We still have our Chinese friends Michael and Yu who are doing well along with another new investigator from California! The work is hastening in this area! It's been well over a year and a half since either Ward in this area saw a baptism, but I can see it coming soon! The Ward mission leader here is an Australian man named Brother Curtis. He is an amazing man. He is helping us so much and helping this Ward so much. I haven't met many people who have as strong of a testimony of this gospel and desire to hasten the work of salvation as he does. But it's just awesome to see and be apart of the Lord hastening His work. 

Lately I've been thinking about Christlike attributes and the path that we're all on to attain those perfect attributes. We're all far from perfect, but one scripture that I love is Moroni 10:32, one that I'm sure you all know. " Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."

 This mission experience has been one of ups, downs and in-betweens. I've been able to notice all of my many imperfections but I know it's a journey. Our Savior is the best! He sacrificed so that we can become perfect. Pretty sweet, huh? This is His work! We're on his errand. I love you and hope you have a great week!



Monday, August 1, 2016

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane

Hello everyone! Not a lot of time this week, but I just want to share something that I saw this past week that I really loved. This is from a talk from 1985 by Bruce R. McConkie entitled "The Purifying Power of Gethsemane".  I would suggest that all of you watch this talk (because it's really powerful) or at least read it. It's a great testimony builder of the Atonement of our Savior. For now I just want to share a little part that hit me:

"I am one of His witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in His hands and in His feet and shall wet His feet with my tears.
But I shall not know any better then than I know now that He is God’s Almighty Son, that He is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through His atoning blood and in no other way."

I love this powerful testimony of one of the Lord's Apostles. I hope that all of us will be able to gain this strong of a testimony of the Savior and His atonement. I know that Christ is our Savior and that through Him we will become perfect. I love you all and will talk to you next week!

Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
スナイダー長老とブローバーグ長老

Monday, July 25, 2016

Temple p-day!

Happy Temple p-day! Today we had the great opportunity to go to the temple and enjoy the spirit there. It was even better since we live in Tokyo so we could bike there! But it was a great day. We also ate some Turkish kebabs, which is one of my very favorite foods ever. If you ever find a Turkish kebab restaurant, jump on the opportunity! 

This past week was pretty good. So we have an investigator named Michael, who is Chinese. His real name isn't Michael but that's his name for English speakers. Anyway, he's doing really well right now. He came to church on Sunday and we were also able to have a few lessons with him throughout the week. He's been an investigator for a while now and is trying to figure out which church is true between our church and also another church that he's going to every other week. We are basing most of our teaching out of the Book of Mormon, so he can receive a confirmation that it's true, meaning our church is the one he needs to join. Our ward mission leader, Brother Curtis who is wayyy awesome, also gave us the idea to use family history/temple work in our lessons to help him realize that through our church he can help his ancestors as well. He's making progress in the right direction! Our other Chinese investigator Yu is also great but just so darn busy that we can't meet with him often. We're hoping to teach him more!!

Well that's all the time have for this week! We are doing great, the weather is nice and perfect to find God's prepared children! I love this work! Love you guys too!

Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Missionary adventures!

Another good week in the blazing, humid heat of Tokyo! Yeah, it's starting to get pretty toasty. But it's fun! Today we had a zone p-day which was quite an adventure. So we did an activity at Odaiba beach right outside of Tokyo. We played frisbee, soccer and volleyball with the Tokyo west and east zones both there, which was fun, but the adventure was on the way there! We had planned to take the train there, but we realized that we could probably just bike there and we would save 10 bucks in train fare and it should only take about 30 minutes. You guys probably don't know what Odaiba is but it's a man made island in the Tokyo bay and unless we would've taken about an hour long detour to come in from the other side, you can't go over the bridge on your bike. We were not aware of this and so we gave it a go! So, what ended up happening was, we biked for about an hour and 15 minutes, sweating like crazy, trying to find the nearest train station that would take us there, and then ended up paying 5 bucks in train tickets anyway and got there for the last 45 minutes of the 2 hour activity! Pretty funny experience to remember! 

Anyway, on to more important things. This week was another solid one! We had a really awesome miracle that strengthened our faith and is really going to help our area! So 2 weeks ago, we met an Indonesian guy on the street named Amar. He told us he didn't have any interest, so we gave him our flyer and we parted ways. Well, just the other day we met him again on the street, but this time he seemed to have much more interest, so we offered him a church tour and went right then since we happened to be only about a 5 minute walk from the church. So we showed him the chapel and then sat down and had a lesson with him. He told us that he had read our flyer, and one point that really intrigued him reads, "How can I know which church is true among so many?" He thought about it and said he decided to download the bible on his phone and try to start reading it. Anyway, we taught him about the Book of Mormon and how we can know which church is true. He said he'll be coming to church and will read the Book of Mormon and wants to continue meeting with us! Awesome! Also, our investigator Yu, told us earlier last week that he wasn't going to make it to church this week because he had some things going on. We were bummed about it but we showed up to church on Sunday and saw him there talking with some members in a white shirt and tie! He had to leave after sacrament meeting so we could get to where he had to be but it really showed us how much real intent he has! He's the man!

Well that's about it for this week. Isn't it amazing how God's hand is in this work? I love you guys and know the church is true!! Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Snyder


Monday, July 11, 2016

My testimony of the Book of Mormon

Hey everyone! It's been a great week here in Tokyo. I'm finally starting to feel a little lighter on my feet after our 4th of July feast! Haha. So we had a good Sunday with 2 investigators making it to church! One of them is a Chinese man named Yu who has a lot of interest and is progressing really well. And he loves basketball so we have a good connection! The work here in Senzokuike is moving along well and Elder Broberg and I are contacting some great people so we're hopeful for the future here. 

We had MLC last week which was great, probably one of the best ones I've been to. We did a ton of teaching role plays, and as a mission we are going to be focusing on our skills because we are going to get lottts of green beans within the next few months. I'm excited to take it to zone meeting! I love President Nagano. He's so smart and full of inspiration. It's pretty sweet to here Sister Nagano's testimony of him being called of God. I also got to go on exchanges last week with a Japanese Elder named Elder Ammon Kido. He's literally the biggest Japanese kid I've ever seen. Biggest as in widest, most athletic I've seen. He said he was a swimmer since age 4, and so his shoulders are wider than mine! But, it was fun out with him. 

Well, that was about our week! I want to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon. So as I think you all know, we are doing the Christlike attributes Book of Mormon challenge as a mission. As I've read and focused on Christlike attributes, I've noticed how Christlike servants of the Lord truly are, Nephi for example. Anyway, as I've read I've been able to feel the power of the Holy Ghost strengthen my testimony of this great work. I know it's true and I'm grateful for the blessings we receive from the gospel. Love you all, have a great week!

Elder Snyder and Elder Broberg
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