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.

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

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

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