Monday was the 29th Cosmos Marathon 5K race we had prepared to run. Pictured are Elder Koberstein, Akemi and myself standing by a Samurai Warrior, with our race numbers on before the race began. To my surprise, I did not come in last in the 40+ women's age group. I finished 23 out of 27 racers. My time was a personal best. There were 4 men over 80 years old participating in the races. They were recognized before the races began.
We each received an included bento lunch after the race to enjoy eating before the prize drawing.
We also received a pink athletic sweat towel. The Japanese often hang it around their necks while exercising and use it to wipe the sweat off. Elder Koberstein was disappointed they were all pink, so now I have two. We will buy him a Roasso (Kumamoto soccer team) towel.
29th Cosmos Marathon race was a fun preparation day activity. Thank you Akemi for making it possible and so enjoyable.
Thursday was Zone Conference for the Kumamoto 1 and 2 Zones. Sister Gustafson spoke on the fourth principle of the Mission Mott "Love is the motive".
Obedience is the price
Faith is the power
The Spirit is the key
Love is the motive
Christ is the reason.
She told us that the memories of her father that had lasted over the years are the good memories and teachings he gave his family. She said "everything our father loved is eternal." That made me feel good because in life everyone makes mistakes but there is hope that the legacy we leave our family will be the good things, times and teachings. She quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland "I love you...I love seeing you" to the missionaries in our zones. It is very special when we can get together and are taught by President and Sister Gustafson.
Scripture of the Week
1 Peter 4:6
For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.