My final week on my mission in Tokyo:

So now I am heading into my last normal week. I am really excited. We have a lot of stuff planned and I have two splits so the week should fly by. Last week went by so fast. I had a good time talking to people. I am just trying to make the most out of everyday. So, yesterday was good and sad. We had three investigators at church. Shibukawa, the guy who couldn't talk, came!!!!! we picked him up with a member and he was so happy. We have taught him about God and prayer and the time he talks most is in prayer. So he loved church, but the sad thing is this. When the member dorpped him off, his older sister got on to him and told us never to come back:( we can't talk to him now. I am going later this week to give him a shirt, but one day he'll get to hear the gospel. He loved it and I'm hoping he just comes to church by himself.
 
We also taked to Maruyama-san and it was sad. He told us his daughter also told him to stop talking to us. She is all he has so we have to stop. I almost cried. He really helped me so much in this last part of my mission. The end of my mission was a little bit tougher and I really think this funny humorous guy was just there for me. I really love him. I'm going to miss him. We taught one guy named Takashi. He said he was having a super hard time but then after we texted him it helped. He said he was about to give up on God and say He isn't real and won't help. I texted him about God loving him and will help. He finally came through and the other day I met him and he was so happy. I'll send pictures. he is a different person. Nice to help him in his life.
 
So some really good things and also not so good happened. I hate when people can't meet anymore!!! They don't even give us a chance to show what we are all about. Their family decides before even meeting us. Makes me mad but, oh well. There is a new video on the church website about the Sabbath Day. Watch it!! It is so good!!! Also, read your scriputres and pray!! If you are not doing it, it is wrong!! There is no excuse not to. Think about what matters in life. Always do your best to think about and worry about things that will affect you in the future. Your video games and lots of personal stuff will not affect you. Turn out to others and do things that will help others and make them happy which will in turn help you!!! Read Matthew 25:40. its one of my favorite scriptures now. I am giving my last talk on Sunday and will talk about sacrifice and service. I have really learned on my mission that serving is key to happines. If you are a millionaire or successful all by yourself, in the end, after accomplishing so much, it will be worth nothing if you have no one to enjoy with. Focus on others!!!! Forget yourself!! I am not perfect, but I have been really trying this. Do things for others and it turns into your happiness.
 
I love you all so much and I am so excited to see you in a short week and a half. Can't believe I am saying that.:)) I love you all and hope you have a good week!!!

Love, Elder Proctor
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Cool Shades

Texting friend

Seventy visit

Kouki

Nice Ward Family
 
 
 
Week 5 of my last transfer ‏
 
We had a good week last week. On Monday we taught an old investigator who we called and he said he would meet again. We met and now he is reading the Book of Mormon and doing well. Pretty cool. Something I haven't really talked about much is how awesome being at the end of my mission is - haha - there are some stresses that come at the end, but one thing that has been cool is Japanese. I really love it. I hope one of my siblings goes on a foreign language speaking mission. It really is so much fun to learn another language. Looking back at some of my old things that I wrote in Japanese are hilarious. It is so funny looking at the stuff I used to think was hard - haha - Japanese is still ridiculously hard - haha.  I love reading general conference talks about missoinary work and it always seems to have some reference about the Japanese language being hard. But it is possible. You really do learn what you need and just enjoy getting as much else as you can. I can't wait to continue learning it for the rest of my life.
 
I talked to a bunch of people on the trains this week going to a meeting. I'm going to miss trains. It's so easy to talk to people on them because they can't run...at all haha:P it always goes well. I gave out some copies of the Book of Mormon and had fun doing it. I also got assigned a talk for my last Sunday in two weeks! I am so happy they gave it to me. My topice is service and sacrifice. I'm happy.
 
We have been meeting with Maruyama and a couple of other poeople. The guy who was able to talk is doing alright. We will see him tonight. Just gotta get him to try things but hey, he is way happier and not lonely anymore. So cool to see how God works through us to help others. Elder Cowden and I are getting along well. Just doing our best. He really wants me to enjoy my last two full weeks. We have grown a lot together because we both have dealt with lots of challenges together these last two transfers.
 
I got my ticket and going away packet?!?!? It was a really weird feeling. I think it will set in on my last week when I get on the bus for Tokyo. It has been nice, I have been contacting people from my mission who live in Tokyo area and all of them want to see me before I leave. It really made me feel good. So, that last day all the people from Kamagay and Chiba like Shouta and Kenji and others will see me in Tokyo. It means a lot to me. I am doing my best. I love you all so much. The MTC teachers were right. Leaving from your mission is hard. It was super hard to leave you all., but it is also hard to leave your mission. I'm sure Taylor can explain. That said though, I really am excited to come home to you all. I love you all so much and don't take the hardness of leaving to mean I don't want to see you. I want to so bad - haha you have no idea. I found a cool quote:
 
"That is true. But before you make a decision against a mission, count your blessings, my dear friend. Think of all the great and marvelous things you have--your very life, your health, your parents, your home, the girl you love. Are they not all gifts from a generous Heavenly Father? Did you really earn them alone, independent of His blessing? No, the lives of all of us are in His hands. All of the precious things that are ours come from Him who is the giver of every good gift."
 
This was about a missoinary deciding to go on a misison or not. I faced the same things. But you guys were a big reason I went. Just like it says in that quote, there was a point in Utah where I prayed and thanked God for everything in my life. Because of all of you, I was able to do it. I love you all. I can't way to share everything with you in person in a couple of weeks. I got so many good stories! You have no idea:P   have a great week!!!!

New friend met on the train

Sign says "Danger" . . . Not sure why naked eyeball needed?

Sister Nagano, our Mission Mom

Departing Missionary Survey... wooo hooo

"Are you ready for some Ping Pong!" (sung like Hank Williams)





 
Awesome Fireworks Display!!
 
So, the Nagaoka fireworks are the best thing in the world. They blew my expectations out the window. You know how you think something is going to be awesome, you have all these expectations, then the real thing happens and it's so much better than you expected, that's what this was. I thought it will be awesome and it honestly was so good I felt like I felt the Spirit at sometimes haha:P There was a million people there and all were sitting on the highway. We just sat there and then they had a schedule for when the fireworks would go up. The biggest one, part of the video I sent you, is called Phoenix haha it was amazing. They do this dramatic countdown then the fireworks just go crazy and literally the entire sky is lit up. I couldn't even see it all. I hope the video somewhat shows you what I mean. I am so happy I got to see it. It felt so good to watch. I'll try to descirbe it better when i get home. The only problem is now for the rest of my life, fireworks are not going to be as cool - haha I can't go down from the best. Even in America New York Fourth of July stuff is child's play compared to the Nagaoka ones - haha im excited to see Nacogdoches fireworks in the future though just to see how different it is - haha.
 
This is something you all want to read!!!! Yesterday while housing we saw this man cleaning his yard. It was pretty weedy so we asked to help him. He just looked at us so we asked again. He pointed to the yard so we started helping. As we asked questions and tried to get him to talk we realized he couldn't talk for some reason. He couldn't say a word. So about 20 minutes into it I felt really inspired to ask him about it. I walked up to him and asked "can you speak?" he shook his head no. I asked if he believed in God and stuff and he just gave me a look like "maybe". I told him that there was this man named Jesus Christ and He could heal people. I asked if he was able to speak would he believe in God then. He nodded - yes. So after about 20 more minutes and lots of prayers in my heart, we started asking about his hobbies and stuff. He barely replied with yes and no. Then we got further and further till the end and by the end he was speaking in 4-5 word sentences. We gave him a drink, a Book of Mormon, asked him to read from 3 Nephi 11 where Christ comes and starts performing miracles. He said yes and we took a picture with him. We are going back and this mans face went from dark and sad to pure happiness. He was able to speak!?!??!?!?!? God is real. I prayed so hard. I really have been trying so hard lately to get closer to God. I wanted to believe miracles could happen in the lives of people I care about and myself. After this experience I really know God will perform miracles and give us if we ask. Amazing experience. I had a good week. I am so excited to see you all. Have a great week and get ready cuz im coming home soon!!!!!!!!!:))))

Love,
Elder Proctor

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Our new friend who speaks now :)

My hometown Newspaper in Sanjo

Another good friend

At the Fireworks!!!
 
 
 
 **Fireworks**
 
I'll just start this email by saying American fireworks are pathetic compared to Japanese. I guess I have only ever seen Nacogdoches fireworks, but on Saturday I saw the Sanjo fireworks and they were amazing!! I couldn't believe it. Today we are going to the Nagaoka fireworks which is the city south of us. They are the most famous fireworks in Japan and close to a million people come to see them. I am excited. I'll send pictures and tell you about it in a month - haha.
 
This week was pretty good. One day we had interviews in Nagaoka and district meeting in Niigata. Those are north and south of us so we spent a whole day on the train. We decided to try to give out as many copies of the Book of Mormon as possible. I was able to give out three to three awesome guys. They were all my age and I talked with them all for like 30 minutes each. I took pictures with them too - haha and they all thought that it was cool that I was a missionary. I told them about how the Book of Mormon changed my life and stuff and they took it. Wooh!
 
On Wednesday it was pretty cool. We went way up to the middle of nowhere where I thought it would be good. We found one lady who really wanted to know how to help her family, we will refer her to the Sisters, and then, after that we housed and these people gave us water, fanned us, and gave us fruit - haha, we were pretty hot. It is so hot!!!! I'm wearing a shirt and tie too. It's nothing compared to the Texas heat though. We win haha.
 
Yesterday was obviously my last fast and testimony meeting for Sunday as a missionary in Japan. I bore my testimony and, well yeah, the tears were flowing. I first talked about everyone needing to just find the one person ready to hear the Gospel. Don't stress about all the thousands. Just go one at a time. Then I testified of Christ and how He has helped me. That's where I started crying. He really has helped me and really is always there for you. You can always rely on Him.  Sanjo is small and everyone in the room was crying during the whole thing. I talked about how thankful I am for Japan and all the people. I really gained my testimony here, so although I am so excited to see you all again, I am going to be so sad to leave this place that really has changed me.
 
Because of serving as a missionary in Japan, I know that I want to follow God for the rest of my life. I want to be a husband and father, but I wanted that before. Now I just want to serve my family and be a serving husband and father. Missions are what every young man needs. I love you all so much. You are all so great and have changed my life. I can't wait to see you. I actually am pretty homesick right now - haha even though im so close, I just miss you all so bad!! I can't wait to hug you all at the airport but I still have August. I'm going to keep doing my best. Thank you all so much. I am so lucky to have you. Have a great week!!!!!!

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Middle School Friends - They wanted to practice their English on us.

Family visiting Sanjo - Dad served his mission there 20 years ago.

Too. Much. Meat.

Good friend in Sanjo

Posing

Train friend ... notice he has a book :)

Another new friend met on the train