Power of the Atonement

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

I cannot believe how fast the time is going and how fast this transfer has gone! AHH! This is the last week, on Saturday we get transfer calls. We are excited to work together as a trio for this last week 🙂

This week we had Zone training in Kanazawa. Ishii Kaicho and Ishii Shimai came to speak. It was so amazing and spiritual. There was one part of the training where they went around the circle of missionaries, gave everyone about 30 secs and asked us to say how the Atonement has changed our lives. It was the best part of the whole meeting. As soon as we started talking about the Atonement and Jesus Christ, the feeling changed. The spirit was a lot stronger and there was a lot more peace in the room.

They asked us to remember the feeling that we felt and to go share our testimony of the Atonement with others. They asked us to share it with the church members, our investigators, other missionaries, everyone.

Jacob 4:12
“And now, beloved, marvel not that I tell you these things; for why not speak of the atonement of Christ, and attain to a perfect knowledge of him, as to attain to the knowledge of a resurrection and the world to come?”

I’m so grateful for our Savior and the sacrifice that he made for us because he loves us. The Atonement has changed my life. I know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ we are able to have second chances. We can be forgiven and are able to return to our Heavenly Father. I love this gospel and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

愛しています

ジョーンズ姉妹

We went to the Dinosaur museum last week with Eri San, her boyfriend, the Elders and one of the Elders investigators


Zone Training


An old missionary that served here came back to visit and did some dendou with us!

Mayu San loves the app snow haha

A year in Beautiful Japan

A year in beautiful Japan
A year in beautiful Japan

Hi everyone!!

I can’t believe that I came to Japan one year ago. It’s been the craziest, most fun, full of ups and downs, best year ever! I absolutely love being in Japan as a missionary. I am so grateful that I get to talk to people everyday about this amazing gospel. It really brings so much happiness into our lives.

We were on TV
We were on TV

So this week we were on TV! We talked about our English classes so hopefully next week a lot more people come! Afterwards we were talking to the lady that interviewed us and found out that she used to meet with missionaries when she lived in Akita! She said that she was super surprised when she saw us come in because she recognized our name tags. We exchanged numbers and we are going to meet with her soon! Heavenly Father’s timing is so perfect.

Decorated chocolate fudge Easter eggs
Decorated chocolate fudge Easter eggs

Yesterday was Easter. It was such an awesome day. We met with some of our investigators yesterday night and showed them the new Eater video. After watching the video, the spirit was so strong. Everyone talked about Jesus Christ and what he means to them. To me, Jesus Christ means peace. During my mission I have been able to build a stronger relationship with my Savior and I am so grateful for that. I know that he loves all of us unconditionally. No matter what he always loves us. I love our Savior and I am so grateful that we were able to really focus on him yesterday. I know that he loves us and he is always there for us.

Festival with Jun and her friend Itsumi
Festival with Jun and her friend Itsumi

I hope that you all had a great Easter!
Thank you for all the support and love!
愛しています

ジョーンズ姉妹

See others as God sees them

The obedience lesson
The obedience lesson

Hi! I hope that everyone had a great week!
It’s finally starting to warm up in Fukui! There are SAKURA (cherry blossoms) blooming! They are soo pretty. We also watched General Conference this weekend, Japan is always a week later. It was sooo good.

We are doing Family Home Evening every week with the Mizumura family. This last week we had a lesson on obedience. We set up a table with a box at the end. We told the kids they needed to get the ping pong ball from one end of the table into the box at the other end but the tables weren’t straight so it was super hard, basically impossible, to make it into the box. All the kids took turns trying and said it was too hard. Then we set up a bunch of hymn books on the sides of the table like bumpers and told them to try again. This time all the kids were able to get the ping pong ball from one end of the table to the other without it falling off. We explained that the hymnbooks are like commandments. Sometimes we see them as restricting but really they help guide and keep us safe. When we are obedient and follow the commandments then we are able to reach our goal and stay safe from “falling off the table”. I’m grateful for the commandments and the guidance they give me in life. I know they really do keep us from falling.

SAKURA (cherry blossoms)!
SAKURA (cherry blossoms)!

This week we met JUN! She is AWESOME! We went to shaberiba, the class where you speak Japanese, and she was there too. She is from Taiwan but is studying at the college here in Fukui. She’s super nice and friendly. We are meeting with her again on Thursday for a Hanami, a picnic where you sit under cherry blossoms.

General Conference was so good. There were so many great talks and themes. They talked a lot about the spirit and service. Another theme that really stood out to me was charity and seeing others as God sees them. I really really liked those talks. They talked about charity in every session. They talked about it in the women’s session, the priesthood session, and the other sessions. We all need charity. We all need the pure love of Christ. We all need to see others as God sees them. We need to help build others up and help others see their potential, not tear them down. We are all humans and we are all trying. The hardest people to love need it the most.

SAKURA

These next few paragraphs are from C.S. Lewis and a talk that I really liked 🙂

“Humans do not find charity coming easily or automatically. C.S. Lewis said:
When I come to my evening prayers and try to reckon up the sins of the day, nine times out of ten the most obvious one is some sin against charity; I have sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed. And the excuse that immediately springs to my mind is that the provocation was so sudden and unexpected: I was caught off my guard. . . . [Yet] surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is. Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth. If there are rats in the cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man: it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light. Apparently the rats of resentment and vindictiveness are always there in the cellar of my soul.
The natural man is likely to find that resentment and vindictiveness come more easily than charity. More than we realize, those negative reactions are a choice—a choice to see people in a human, judgmental way. But we can also choose to see in a heavenly and loving way. That choice makes all the difference. Charity can be the lens through which we see each other.”

The reason charity never fails and the reason charity is greater than even the most signicant acts of goodness he cited is that charity, “the pure love of Christ” (Moro. 7:47), is not an act but a condition or state of being. Charity is attained through a succession of acts that result in a conversion. Charity is something one becomes. Thus, as Moroni declared, “except men shall have charity they cannot inherit” the place prepared for them in the mansions of the Father.”

Donuts!
Donuts!

I know that everyone is important and special. I know that everyone has worth. I know that everyone is a Child of God. I know that everyone deserves to feel loved and valued. I also know that at times having charity for others can be super hard but I hope that this week we can all be a little bit nicer, snap at people a little less, love people a little more, and be more Christlike, have more charity. I know it won’t come easy and it will take time to develop but I also know that through having charity we will be blessed. We will be able to live with God again and we will be able to feel more love for others. Our lights will grow stronger and we will be able to help others more.

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

ジョーンズ姉妹より

We went to Hamburger Land!

Fukui is the land of the dinosaurs!

 French toast party with Miyako Shimai! :) but next week she wants to go back to pancakes haha
French toast party with Miyako Shimai! 🙂 but next week she wants to go back to pancakes haha

We did a game for Eikaiwa. This is how some of them turned out haha

We had a pajama party with Mayu! We watched Meet the Mormons!

Fasting

皆さんこんにちは!
お元気ですか?
Hello Everyone! How are you??
I hope you all had a great week!

We had a great week here in Fukui! We were able to meet with Eri, the investigator with a baptismal date, 2 times this week!! She is praying! yay!! She is doing awesome. Progressing for sure!

We also had district meeting and the theme was becoming a consecrated missionary so I have really been thinking about. The time we have to be a missionary is so short. Heavenly Father deserves our very best for that whole time! We decided to do a 40 day fast from the things that are poking at our spirit.

The 40 Day Fast is when you fast and think about what things are poking at your spirit and/or distracting you. You write those things down and then you make a commitment with God that you won’t do any of those things for 40 days. By the end of the fast you should be more in tune with the spirit and be able to really focus more.

When I did the 40 Day Fast as a new missionary I really noticed a difference so I am super excited to do it again. I know that when we show Heavenly Father that we are committed and trying then he will give us the help and strength that we need.

I love being a missionary. This time is so short so we really need to give our all. We just need to try our best, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will give us the help that we need. I know that Jesus Christ loves us. I know that Heavenly Father loves us.

The new Easter videos also came out! They are so GOOD! If you can, please watch them. They are amazing.

I am so grateful for this gospel. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and is always there for us. I love all of you. I am so grateful for this amazing gift of life that we have. I know all the blessings that we have come from a loving Heavenly Father and I am so grateful for that.

I hope you all have the best week! LOVE you!

ジョーンズ姉妹

We don’t really have tons of pictures this week.

Hamburger Land with Kim Shimai when Tsujimoto Shimai went to Training
Hamburger Land with Kim Shimai when Tsujimoto Shimai went to Training
Tsujimoto shimai and I made Japanese food and chocolate milk while Kim Shimai was sleeping because she didn’t feel very good.
Pancake party with Miyako shimai, not a very good pic… haha