Elder Sadler's Transfer History

Elder Sadler's Transfer History
Elder Sadler's Transfer History

Monday, October 16, 2017

まだまだこれから (Week 57)

(Note from Barry:  Google translates the title aboe to "Still More".)

Hey, hey hey! This is Elder Sadler coming at you from Yokosuka, Japan!  How was everyone's week? Elder Thomson and I have been living it up over here in the Land of the Rising Sun. It's been raining for a week straight now. No joke! It hasn't stopped, like at all. But that hasn't stopped us from getting out in the service of our Lord and our fellow man!

To be honest with you, not a whole lot of interesting stuff happened this week. Our investigators all fell through again, for the third week in a row. That was pretty frustrating, but we found the gold lining! One great thing that happened this week was a guy named Jospeh that we talked to on the street a few days ago. Way nice guy. He said he had met missionaries back in the states and had been going to church for a while, but since coming to Japan a year ago, he has not been. He said that he wanted to get back into it so we invited him for this past Sunday. Unfortunately, his work got in the way, but we will be meeting with him again on Friday. Second great thing was service! One of the
families in our Ward is flying home today, so we got to go help them pack and clean stuff out of their military housing unit to prepare for the move. They are a way nice family and he is a recent covert of a little less than a year. It was way awesome to be able to go help them move stuff in and out of the house and through the rain. I can honestly say, before my mission, I never thought I'd love service as
much as I do now. It's so great! Service as a missionary is great, but it comes with lots of hard times and stress. When we go out and serve, our problems seems to melt away as we invest in the challenges of others. As I have served, I find my self, not inconvenienced, but rather more happy, more enthusiastic and with a greater love for the people. The past few weeks have had their challenges, but we have been able to make the most and continue to love and serve.

And now for the big news... Today is TRANSFER CALLS!!!! Another transfer has come and gone. Look ahead two years: wow that's a ways down the road. Look back two years: where did the time go? That's how I would explain a mission. It's fun, it's difficult, a real big learning curve, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The big news is, I'll be staying in Yokosuka as a trainer and district leader. It's pretty exciting. Elder McDonald is out and Elder Ota will be Elder Mori's new companion. Two white guys and two Japanese guys. It's gonna be a blast. Excited to serve for four transfers here in Yokosuka!

And to wrap up this weekly, I love you all. Your love for me and support for me is greatly appreciated. Perhaps more than you will ever know. Hope everyone has a great week! Make the most of every minute!

Odawara Castle


Maybe I'll just be a Samurai when I grow up...


I think I'd pull it off


View from the top of the castle
Splits with Elder Yara (comp from back in the day)

Nothing like overpriced Krispy Kreme donuts ($12 for 6 donuts if
you were wandering)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Golden Flakes👌🇯🇵💸 (Week 56)

皆さんこんにちは! Another week down here in Yokosuka, Japan. To tell you the truth, I can't believe this week is already over! Time is such a weird thing on a mission. Some days you walk around for and hour, look down at your watch and it's only been five minutes. And then there are some days when you blink and then the week is gone! It's quite the emotional rollercoaster. Elder Thomson and I are both buckling up and hanging in there though on this ninety to nothing rollercoaster of an
adventure.

This past week, we had lots of finding time. For the second week in a row, all of our investigators got busy or fell through and couldn't meet. Not going to lie, it was pretty frustrating. The beautiful thing
about the mission though is that, our success is not based on the decisions of others. No matter how many baptism we get or how many doors are slammed in our face, our true success is based solely off of our efforts and our commitment to the Lord. I have seen that a lot as I have served. As missionaries, we deal with a lot of numbers. And while statistics and accountability are good, they have no value if there are not real names and real people behind those numbers. Elder Thomson and I have been working hard to find those who are prepared to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. It is difficult to watch those people who could be blessed by the gospel so much, turn away from it. Everything happens in the Lord's time though. As we trust in the Lord and allow him to guide us through trials, we will be blessed and we will have the ability to bring those blessings into the lives
of those around us.

The other major event that happened in Japan this past week was General Conference. Yes, I know all you Americans watched it a week ago. Here in Japan, there is a weeks delay because of translation. Even though, I still watched in English. I take pride in my Japanese but it's definitely not 12 apostles kind of good haha. Because I don't know some of the words they use even in English, I decided to just listen in my native language and focus on the Spirit. Let me tell you, it was awesome! If you haven't seen it or only watched the Sunday portion, go watch it. You won't regret it. There was a lot to learn, but one of my biggest take aways was Service. I felt that sometimes I find my self, not necessarily unfocused, but just going through the motions. I believe that everything I do as a missionary (and even outside of a mission) should in some way, shape, or form help build the Kingdom of God. On top of that, service should be a very personal thing. If we can not identify or connect in some way with those we serve, is it even Service at all? Maybe we give them a hand and that helps, but it is when we connect with others on a personal level that service becomes something more. I felt that I could improve in that area and so I will being working to do so. I would encourage everyone else to give that some thought as well.

Sorry for the length of the email this week. A lot of great things have been happening. Lots of personal growth and a vision of myself moving forward. I love you all! Thank you for all your love and support. Hope everyone has a great week!

Zone p-day last week

And Yokosuka takes the Gold!


China Town

Launa, Home of the big burger (like the size of my head)

Birthday Party!

Our English Class students

Hachiko, awaiting the arrival of his master


Views from the six

We call him... GODZILLA!!!!!
Winter sneakin up on us like...

Monday, October 2, 2017

My, where does the time seem to go? 🏆😁 (Week 55)

Family, homies, countrymen. Lend me your ears. On account of a zone p-day today (which we totally dominated), there is no time to write!���߂�ˁ`. But that's okay! You haven't missed out on much! Elder Thomson and I have been going out and working hard everyday. Teaching investigators, knocking doors, walking the streets, and robbing and plundering to our hearts' content. It's been a blast! Things are going good and I love you all! Being a missionary is the best!

Zone Conference

Now that's what I call a shrine!

Batting cages last week

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thinking Out Loud 🎸 ⛩ (Week 54)

Hello! How was everyone's week? This past week was a blast here in Yokosuka. With everything from bowling to basically swimming through the rain. The missionary life is great and I wouldn't have it any other way! For all those who aren't missionaries out there, I would recommend! It's been the best year of my life so far and things are looking greater and greater all the time.

This past week, we did a lot, but I'll share a couple of our adventures. Last Monday, we decided to go bowling on base again. I didn't play nearly as well as the previous week, but it was fun haha. In the evening, we had a lesson planned with our investigator Manuel. Long story short, the lesson fell through, so we hit the streets. Talked to some way cool people and made some good contacts. Tuesday was lots of Streeting and Japanese Class. Fun stuff. On Wednesday, we did a lot of Streeting during the day and had dinner with the Cribb family. They took us out to Chili's in base and it was actually the greatest thing ever. I had a bacon and cheese chicken quesadilla. I'm talking about "died and gone to heaven" kinda good. After dinner, we had a lesson with Josh, another one of our investigators. We talked a lot about baptism and the priesthood power and authority. It went pretty well. We were able to help him understand the priesthood power and why we need it and invite him to be baptized. Unfortunately he still doesn't think he needs to receive baptism again (after having received it several years ago into another church), but we are working closely with him and will be focusing a lot on building faith soon. Immediately after that lesson, we actually had a lesson with Manuel. We taught the Plan of Salvation and focused a lot on eternal families. He also randomly brought his wife along with as well, so it worked out great! They are an awesome couple though. He speaks no Japanese and she speaks no English. If that ain't true love, I don't know what is. The lesson went way well though, and we have high hopes for Manuel and his wife. The rest of the week was filled with lots of contacting and visiting members. Fun stuff. On Friday though, we had game night (to which Elder Thomson and I showed up soaking wet after biking half an hour through the pouring rain). We showed up a little late, but by the time we arrived, it had basically turned into a concert being performed by the other Elder's investigator, Kaito. He's a way big Ed Sheeran fan so he brought his guitar and put on a show for us. His favorite song just so happens to be "Thinking out loud", which he performed for us, and let me just say, kid's got talent. We're talking about starting a band but nothing is set in stone yet. I'll keep you posted on that. Fun week!

So thankful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary. Most of the time, it's so fun that I forget to take pictures (sorry Mom), but just know that we are out here having a blast. I love you all and hope everyone has a great week. Go out and share the Gospel!

Another picture from Fumika's baptism last week

Elder Thomson and I finally turned 19 (you're welcome Mom)

Bowling champs

Random live concert we found right beside our apartment

Lots of Missionaries and returned missionaries