Contradictions, paradoxes, and the God who defies them...

Living in Japan seems to entail a series of contradictions and paradoxes. On the one hand, we've been here for a few years and have figured a few things out. On the other hand, we are still very ignorant of many aspects of the culture and language, and often feel adrift. Thank goodness that the missionary life has nothing to do with how adequate we are, and everything to do with how capable our Heavenly Father is!

The past three days have been a blast—and not once did I remember to take…

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Shattering the "Silence"

"Silence" was one of the first books I read after coming as a missionary to Japan five years ago. I have not yet watched the movie, but since it takes us awhile to see movies in Japan, I thought I would put in my two cents here while it still might be useful.

Below is a recap of the storyline so we're all on the same page in case the movie differs somewhat from the book (warning: if you haven't yet seen the movie or read the book, this might spoil some things for you). Following that, I have…

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