WATERMELON

Watermelon!
Watermelon!

Hello everyone!!!!!!!

Fruit in Japan is so insanely expensive…… This week we splurged on a watermelon because we had to have it… Haha it didn’t last very long but it was worth every penny or yen? Ha! Also we found a new investigator this week!!! Her name is Aiya, she is 30 and has two adorable children!!!!!!!!

Postcard
Postcard. So cute!

She is so happy all the time and texts us like everyday πŸ™‚ so a few weeks ago we had sent out postcards to everyone in our branch and the sugiuras (An amazing family in the branch) set us a postcard back! It was SOOO cute!

I made takoyaki this week at the sugiuras! Which is basically a piece of octopus in a dough thing… They weren’t my favorite things to eat but they were fun to make! Sugiura Shimai made me eat 15 of those little things…… Yummmm….. Haha..

Takoyaki
Takoyaki

We had a sleepover in our Suwa apartment with all four sisters in the district Thursday night because we had a district meeting in Suwa the next morning and we had just barely finished a split πŸ™‚

Last week for FHE we made mochi waffles and played pit! It was lots of fun then we did a lesson on faith πŸ™‚ Aiya came to that so it was really cool! And our investigator Aruga Megumi prayed at the end of our lesson πŸ™‚ it was really awesome.

FHE
FHE

Sorry I don’t have much time this week but I love Japan and I love all of you! Thank you for all the support and prayers πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a great week! Remember you are loved! πŸ™‚

Love,

Jones Shimai

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Father’s Day! :)

It really is the rainy season
It really is the rainy season

There is never a boring week here in Japan haha!

First of all we had Eikaiwa, English class, on Wednesday night. This interesting old grandma lady comes named June. The whole time we are teaching the lesson she raises her hand and tells us random things like “Jesus Christ was born in the summer so we can’t celebrate Christmas in the winter” and “one time I heard a two year old got swallowed by a shark” haha! She is SO random. Anyway she’s just funny so she had to be included in my weekly email haha.

Ceviche!
Ceviche!

We also went to our Peruvian investigator’s house and she made us so much food!! It was SOOO good but SOOO much haha!! She made us some stuff called ceviche which was amazing and a lot of other things too! I’ll send pictures! She is so amazing. She is so excited for her baptism and she’s basically perfect. She understands everything and is just so excited πŸ™‚ I’m so happy for her!

It rained more……. Haha it really is rainy season……

On splits with sister Yamaguchi
On splits with sister Yamaguchi

I went on another Kokan this week (companion exchange) with another Japanese sister! Her name is yamaguchi Shimai and she is fluent in English πŸ™‚ we went and got ice cream at 31 (baskin Robbins) because you gotta have ice cream once a week πŸ˜‰ hahaha jk!

We rode through tons of rice fields this week!!! It was so hot but so fun! We went to go visit a bunch of less actives and they all lived really far away so we rode our bikes a lot!

Rice fields

Fireflies
Fireflies. Really, there were lots of them.

We also went to a firefly festival on Saturday night with a family in our ward!! It was so fun! I tried to get some good pictures but none of them showed up very well. They were really pretty though. We go to a place called tatsuno then you walk on the path and just see tons of fireflies! It was amazing. And before that we went to all you can eat pizza. Hahaha the elders ate 17 pieces of pizza….

Sunday was Father’s Day. We made treats and wrote notes for all the men in our branch. They loved them. So I just wanted to talk about my dad a little bit. My dad is amazing. I have learned so many things from him. He taught me how to love books and reading, he taught me how to love learning, he taught me about animals and nature, he taught me that music is wonderful, he taught me that forgiveness is so amazing and that this church is true. My dad has taught me so many things in my life and I am so grateful for him. I love my daddy and I will always be a daddy’s girl.

Anyway, that was my little tribute to my dad for Father’s Day πŸ™‚ thank you everyone! I love you all and I love the emails! Never forget you are important and that God loves you. ❀️

愛しています

Love,

Jones Shimai

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Lifeeeee :)

 

image1I think it might be officially rainy season. It’s raining a lot! Haha

This week we met a former investigator named Shion! She’s Japanese but she lived in America for 20 years so she speaks fluent English! She is awesome and owns an alpaca farm and an alpaca store! haha! She’s going to Peru today until July but she will be back πŸ™‚

I fell asleepWe went with Kina Shimai to visit less actives and we were in the car forever. I accidentally fell asleep for most of the car ride but it was ok! Kina Shimai is amazing. She takes us to visit less actives every week and she’s so nice!

Koike Shimai had an art show this week and we all went. She is such a good artist!!!! Later that day we had a ward FHE night. We played ping pong, decorated cupcakes and a had a little lesson about faith. The kids loved the cupcake part haha.

image3(2)After church on Sunday we had a big potluck! Asako San, the investigator getting baptized, came and 3 of our potential investigators! 3 of the elders potential investigators came too! Then afterward we had an English class. We practiced English for job interviews and the people that came thought it was so fun!

We also made postcards for all the branch members that we are going to send to them! We are so excited!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!
愛しています

Love,

ジヨーンズ 姉妹

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I love Japan!!!!!!

Sister MissionariesI love Japan everyone!!!!! Hahaha!!!

Anyway this week was great! But the Japanese people have a hard time saying my first name haha! We played a game with some members after FHE (family home evening) and we had to say each other’s names in this rhythm thing but they couldn’t say Lexi so sugiura Kyodai (the dad) was like we are going to call you reku. Hahahahah!!! Then all the kids started laughing. The sugiura family is great.

On Thursday I went on a kokan (splits) with a Japanese sister. She didn’t speak any english and I was terrified but it was so fun!! We were able to communicate in Japanese all day and I loved it!!!! πŸ™‚ We also had our branch pajama party this Friday! We watched meet the Mormons, wore pajamas and ate popcorn/other treats haha! Everyone loved it, especially the kids haha

Sister MissionariesOn Saturday we went with our Philipino recent convert and her sister to what we thought was going to be a Philipino barbecue but it turned out to be a seminar for people not from Japan to build houses….. What haha. But it turned out good! We were able to talk to lots of dermas (the recent convert) friends and they were so nice haha! After the “barbecue” (I really don’t know why we thought it was going to be a barbecue and we were starving because we didn’t eat lunch thinking we were going to be eating tons of Philipino food hahaha) we went to a little foot spa thing. You stick your feet in warm water and it feels so good.

Japanese kids are so cute!!!Ok the Japanese babies are SO CUTE!!!!! AHHHHH I CANT HANDLE IT!!!!

Also here’s a thought for everyone this week πŸ™‚ during companion study we were talking and I started thinking…. In the movie leap year the Ireland man asks Amy Adams what she would grab if the fire alarm went off and she wasn’t sure. Then at the end she pulls the fire alarm in her new fancy apartment with her fiancΓ© to see what he will grab and he starts grabbing laptops and stuff like that then she realizes what’s truly important to her. So I was just thinking what would WE grab if the fire alarm went off? What’s important to us? Would it be computers and laptops and iPhones or would it be something else? Anyway just something I was thinking about. πŸ™‚

I love you allll!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for everything!!!!!

Love

Jones Shimai πŸ™‚

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