Life is good

皆さんこんにちは!
Minasan Konnichiwa! I hope everyone had a great week!

This week was REALLY GOOD! Things feel like they are starting to pick up!! We had tons of appointments this week and our investigators are awesome!

So to start off the week we went out to dinner with Rachel, the American Member, and her friend Linda! We ate Mexican Food!!!!!! It was sooo good. I really miss Mexican food. Haha. We just talked about life and then Linda asked us about our church. She told us that she had gone to a Christian church when she was younger but hasn’t been recently. She said she loved the feeling she had when she went to church. She told us that she believed in God and we asked why. She told us some stories about when she was younger, she said that even though life was kind of hard she felt God’s love. She asked so many questions! She’s also been in a Mormon Church before! She said it was a crazy “coincidence”. Apparently her brother was not doing so well on his grades, so their mom got mad and said that she is taking them to a church. She didn’t care what church just any church. She took them to the first church she saw which just happened to be a Mormon Church. (Linda is from North Carolina, the church was 3 blocks away from her house. Haha) They went inside but the meeting had already ended but a church member gave them a Book of Mormon and invited them to play church ball! Haha isn’t that crazy?!? We are meeting her again tomorrow and we are soo excited! We gave her a Book of Mormon and she told us that she’s going to read it!

On Friday we went to しゃべりば (Shaberiba). It’s a class where you go and speak Japanese with everyone! It’s pretty fun! It’s meant for people that are from other countries to come and practice their Japanese! After the class we were talking to the teacher, Tomoe San, and found out that she has been to Utah before! She did a homestay in Orem, UT and the family she stayed with were LDS. She told us that she has been to church before and she really liked it! She wants to hear more about the church so we are going out to lunch next week! SO EXCITED! She is soo soo nice.

Saturday we went to the Yoshida’s house for dinner. They are a family in our ward. They are sooo awesome. Their faith is soo strong. Everything they do is literally for the gospel. They are basically angels.

Sunday was a great crazy day! Haha! Mikami San and Tokuyama San came to church, they are both investigators. During second hour we taught Mikami San a lesson about the apostasy and Joseph Smith. She is the sweetest little old lady. She told us that she thinks Joseph Smith’s story is true. She also told us all about the love she has felt from the church members and from Heavenly Father. She said she is excited to come back to church again next week because everyone is so warm and nice. She loves to talk haha! During young women’s class we went on splits. Knowles Shimai went to give a talk in primary and I stayed in Young Women’s to translate for Rachel since she was teaching the lesson. I know that Heavenly Father really does help and guide us when we need it as long as we trust in him. Translating was really hard but with Heavenly Father’s help the young women were able to understand the lesson through my far from perfect Japanese. That was a really big faith builder for me.

After church a lady came into the church and wanted to talk to us about Taiwan. Haha ok? We grabbed Brother Yoshida so he could help with the lesson. Apparently this lady wanted to talk about Taiwan because of a certain religion that’s over there. We told her about our church and testified a lot. She loves to talk but at the end of the lesson she told us that she is coming to church next Sunday to see what it’s like. YAY! She has had a really hard life and needs some good friends so we are really excited for her to come next Sunday!

This week has been great. We met lots of old investigators, lots of new investigators, and lots of members! I’m grateful that I get to be here in Fukui. The longer I’m here in Japan, the more I love the people. I can’t even imagine my life without these eternal friendships I’ve made throughout my mission with investigators, companions, and members. I love my mission. I don’t know what I would do without it. I know that Jesus Christ loves all of us and that we all matter. I love all of you and I’m thankful for all of you. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share the gospel everyday with the wonderful Japanese people. I hope you all have an amazing week!!!

Love,
ジョーンズ姉妹

God is invested in fixing broken things

Rachel!
Rachel! The American member in our ward.

Hello Everyone!

This week was AMAZING! Probably one of my best weeks ever! We saw lots of miracles and Elder Holland came to our mission!!

We found lots of new people that we have appts with this week! We have an appt with a new person or an old investigator every single day this week! We are excited because it has been feeling really slow with investigators lately so hopefully this will pick things up again!

Graviet Shimai!Graviet Shimai!On Friday Elder Holland came to our mission. He shook every single missionaries hand and gave an amazing devotional. One of my favorite things that he said was, “Love every single minute of this experience. You don’t have to like it but love it.” He was talking about missions but that totally relates to life. Sometimes we get so stuck just wishing something would be over or wishing for the future but he just told us we need to love every minute. During the closing song, The Spirit of God, the spirit was so strong. All the missionaries and all the leaders singing together was amazing.

Then in the devotional on Sunday night he talked about how the Lord loves broken things and how he can fix broken things. It was so good. He said, “God is invested in fixing broken things.” It doesn’t matter how broken we think we are or our life is or anything. God will always fix it, he can. Then he talked about how the thing God loves the most is a broken heart and a contrite spirit so we have to break a little. And when our lives are good but someone else’s isn’t, then we can pray for them and help fix them. It was just so good. I’m sooooo grateful that we have a Savior and a Heavenly Father. I know they love us and they will always fix us.

I love you all and I’m grateful for all of you. Thank you for all the support! Have a great week!

Love,
ジョーンズ姉妹

Goodbyes are hard, serving in a ward, and SO MUCH SNOW

So much snow!

Hiiiii!!!!!

I am now in Fukui! It’s crazy! I can’t believe that I was just in Nakatsugawa a week ago! It seems like forever and yesterday all at the same time.

Last Monday night we had a Bye Bye FHE. Ai Chan, Yuki Chan and some members came! It ended up being really good but saying goodbye at the end was soo hard. Ai Chan and Masa gave me a book decorated with all our pictures and a bracelet. I am really going to miss Ai Chan but the good thing is that I know I will see them again! Yuki Chan gave me an apron and the cutest note. I’m really going to miss Yuki Chan too! I have really loved working with these people and I know that Ai Chan and Yuki Chan will be baptized in this lifetime. I’m so grateful that I had the chance to meet them. I love them so much and I’m grateful that I was able to be a part of their life. I’m so glad that we have technology and that I can keep in touch with them! 🙂

Tuesday I went to Fukui! The first day here I met our investigator Mayu. She plays the violin and loves music so we are going to play music with her at old folks homes! We are so excited!

There is sooo much snow here!!! It’s freezing!!! I thought Nakatsugawa was cold but Fukui is so cold!!!! There’s so much snow that we can’t even ride our bikes. We have been walking a ton. Haha.

My first Sunday here was great! All the members are so nice and this is the first ward that I have been in! There are about 50-60 members and I love it!!!!!

I am so excited to be serving here in Fukui and I know that God has a plan for all of us. I’m so grateful for this gospel and I love our Savior!

Thank you for the support. I love you all and I hope that you have the best week!

Love,

Jones Shimai

     

Transferring to Fukui!

Konnichiwa!!!!!

I hope you all had the best week! This week was crazy!!!!!!! It was my last week in Nakatsugawa. We got transfer announcements on Saturday morning and I’m going to Fukui! Transfers are always bittersweet. I’m really excited to go to a new area and meet new people but it’s so hard to leave the people here. They are so awesome and I really love them.

Anyway for the week update…. We met with Endou Sensei this week and made DONUTS! They were SO GOOD! We had a lesson afterwards with her and Mizuno Shimai! We went back to the basics because she was having a hard time with the other lessons. We went back to talking about who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are. She had lots of good questions and she promised she would read Alma 32 which is a big deal for her! 🙂

On Saturday we had another lesson with Masami San’s kids! They are so cute and we are helping them with English! After helping with English we talked a little bit about who God is and sang I am a Child of God!

Sunday was so awesome! Elder Pope and I gave our last little testimonies since we are transferring and Ishii Kaicho came and talked and… AI CHAN CAME TO CHURCH!!! This is the first time she’s been to church here in Nakatsugawa so it was a huge miracle!!!!!!! After church we were able to see Monica again! We haven’t seen here in a really long time because she has been so sick but we were able to visit with her and talk to her which was really good. Sunday night we went to Masa and Ai’s. We ate food and played a game. At the end we sang I am a Child of God. I am going to miss Ai Chan soo much. She is so awesome and her heart is starting to open.

On the way to the eki Ai Chan said, “Jones I love you so much.” Ahhh! My heart! On the train ride home I just cried. Transferring hadn’t hit me until Ai Chan said that. I know transfers are really good, I’m just going to miss these people so much. Being a missionary is the best thing in the world but you leave little bits and pieces of your heart everywhere you go. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of us and I’m so grateful I get to be here in Japan and help these amazing people. I’m so grateful that I have this opportunity to be a missionary and love these people. I can’t even imagine life without meeting them. I know that this gospel is true and I know that we have a Savior who loves us. I’m forever thankful for that 🙂

I love you all and hope you have an amazing week! I’m thankful for all of your support!

Love,
ジョーンズ姉妹