Life is good

We had a concert in a member's house that was like a treehouse
We had a concert in a member’s house that was like a treehouse
I had to tape my light
I had to tape my light
Our investigator's child
Our investigator’s child
Taco party!
Taco party!
Strawberry rings
Strawberry rings
Megumi!
Megumi!
District activity
District activity

Love every single minute

The Zone
The Zone

皆さんおはようございます!
皆さんは元気ですか?

Good Morning everyone! (Well at least it’s morning here)
How is everyone doing?
I hope that everyone had a great week!
Our week was SUPER fast but super great. The weeks just seem to be getting faster and faster and time needs to slow down a little bit. Haha.

Hiking
Hiking

On Wednesday we went hiking with one of the students that comes to Eikaiwa (English Class). The hike was fun but at the top of the hike there were HUMONGOUS bee things!! It was terrifying! They were like the gatekeepers of this mountain! They would just hover, in front of EVERY PATH! We thought we were going to die but Toshiko, the student from Eikaiwa, was fearless. Haha. She grabbed her fan out of her purse and started swatting those bee things away but then they would just return to the same spot they were hovering in. We just kind of had to duck and run past them. They weren’t too interested in people, they just wanted to hover. We found out a little bit later from another hiker that they aren’t actually bees, they just look like bees, and that they don’t actually sting. They are still pretty big. We made it out alive though and Toshiko thought it was hilarious how much we disliked the big bee bug things.

We had a missionary training meeting in Nagoya on Friday. They talked to us a lot about finding people to teach. At first it kind of made everyone feel bad because they showed stats and talked about how we need to be finding more but then they started talking about how we need to help and teach people, then everyone started to get really motivated. So on the way home from the meeting, we talked to a bunch of people on the trains and we found a new potential investigator! Her name is Megumi (恵美) and she is 19! She is the cutest and friendliest girl ever! We are meeting her next Saturday and she told us that she wants to learn more about God and what missionaries do! Super excited!

More Hiking
More Hiking

On Saturday night we met with a new investigator, the Ina family. We met the mom at a Japanese class. She wants to learn English with her family so we explained that we do a program that’s half English and half the gospel. She said that she was interested so we went over to her house on Saturday. We did an English lesson with her, her husband and their 3 sons. Then we told them about what missionaries do and asked them if they would like to continue doing 30/30. They said that they aren’t too sure about faith right now but they would like to continue and listen. We are excited for them. They have a lot of potential and we are just praying really hard for them.

Silly Dog
Silly Dog

Sunday night we went to a former investigator’s house because they invited us over for dinner. We ate tacos and it was delicious, then we showed the Easter video and testified of Jesus Christ. The spirit was very strong and they are super nice but they weren’t exactly interested in learning more. They were very nice though and they have the cutest dog named Sakura! They told us to come back anytime and that they want to have a BBQ with us haha!

Those are the highlights of this week. I’m very grateful to be a missionary. Being a missionary really is the best year and a half/two years ever. It’s super hard sometimes and not everything is always happy and fun but overall, everything is definitely worth it. Like Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told us, “Love every single minute of this experience. You don’t have to like it but love it.” I love every single minute of my mission. I’m grateful for every single minute of my mission. I’m grateful for all the hard times, all the sad times, all the good times, all the fun times. I’m grateful for all of it because going through all of those things has helped mold me into the person I am today. I am grateful that Heavenly Father sees everyone’s potential and helps mold us and help us become the best people that we can be. Heavenly Father loves us and he just wants the best for us. So if and when we go through hard times, please stay close to Heavenly Father and please hold onto faith. I know that Heavenly Father knows everything that we are going through and he understands. I am grateful for our Heavenly Father and the unconditional love that he has for us.

I hope that everyone has a great week! I am grateful for all of you! Love you all!

ジョーンズしまいより

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!! I love you all!! I hope you all had a great week!!  Here’s a few pictures because there is no time today. I hope you have a great next week as well!!

Last Skype Call of the mission
Last Skype Call of the mission

Why not speak of Christ?

Hello!!

This week was great! I hope everyone had a great week as well!

I got transferred to Toyohashi and as always transfers are bittersweet but I absolutely love Toyohashi! It’s really hot but the members are great!

My new companions are awesome! We are all very different but get along super well! There’s never a quiet moment in our apartment haha! I love it!

So many things have happened this week, but I’m going to talk about the title of the email. Why not speak of Christ?

Dinner at the bishop's house
Dinner at the bishop’s house

Yesterday was Sunday and we went to the Bishop’s house for Family Home Evening. We ate the Bishop’s delicious food, he is an AMAZING cook, then had Family Home Evening. We shared the message and we talked about Jesus Christ. Everyone went around the circle and shared who Jesus Christ is to them individually. Jesus Christ is our best friend, our example, full of grace, full of charity, hope, our rock, the one who will help us through our trials, always by our side, and so many more things. It was really amazing to be able to hear everyone’s testimony about Jesus Christ. As soon as we started talking about Jesus Christ the room was full of peace, you could feel the atmosphere change.

Spilled my ice cream
Spilled my ice cream

After we shared our message, the Bishop asked us to meet with as many members as we can this week and share that message about Jesus Christ because “Why not speak of Christ?”

I’m very grateful for Jesus Christ and all that he does for us. Jesus Christ really does love us and he really is my best friend. I’m so grateful that I was able to come on a mission. My mission has changed my life and helped me come closer to Christ.

I hope this week we can all think a little more about Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that he made for us. Christ loves us unconditionally and that will never change.

I hope everyone has a great week and a Happy Mother’s Day!

ジョーンズ姉妹より

 

Indo Curry!
Indo Curry!

Transfers came…….

Hey!

Last pancake party with Miyako Shimai
Last pancake party with Miyako Shimai

I hope everyone had a great week. This week went SO fast. Really, they are just getting faster and faster.

We had transfer mails on Friday night and I am transferring to Toyohashi! Transfers are always bittersweet. Saying goodbye is super hard but I know that we will for sure meet again so that gives me peace. I am going to be in another trio as senior companion. Whoo. Super excited and super nervous haha!

Jun! We drank actual orange juice, so good.
Jun! We drank actual orange juice, so good.

I don’t have much time today but I just wanted to talk about the Book of Mormon. I finished reading the Book of Mormon today. We had a zone goal to finish the Book of Mormon in one transfer, 6 weeks, and we did it! I really know that the Book of Mormon is true. The Book of Mormon has answers to our questions and can help us find peace in hard times. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and that’s why he gave us the Book of Mormon to guide and help us. I’m so grateful for this gospel.

Being a missionary is really the best thing ever. I’m grateful for Heavenly Father and his love. I’m grateful for our Savior and I know that he loves us. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us.

I love you all! Thank you for all the support! Have a great week!

ジョーンズ姉妹より
District Meeting

District Meeting
District Meeting

The Nozaki family took us on a “field trip” on our way home from Stake Conference!