I met the bean chan (new missionary) on Wednesday! She is soo awesome! Her name is Armour Shimai! She is also from St. George but we didn’t know each other before the mission. Haha! Everyone keeps on asking us if we did.
Tons of things happened this week but I’m really short on time so I’ll give a few highlights and add some pictures.
We did a lot of finding this week. We got tons of phone numbers and got some appointments with some new people so we are super excited for those!!
Yesterday, we were riding home from an appointment and saw an old lady clipping her trees so we stopped and asked if she needed any help. She actually said yes!!! Most of the time, we stop and ask people and they say no and kind of just tell us to leave. Haha. She told us that she is short and that my friend (Armour Shimai) is tall so she would like it if she could clip the branches off the top part of the tree! We clipped the branches then just talked to her for a little bit. Turns out she has been to church 10 years ago, I’m not sure if it was the Mormon church or a different one but it was a Christian church for sure. We asked her if we could come back and talk to her about our message again on Saturday and she said yes! So we will be heading back over there on Saturday! Super excited!
Today one of the members wanted to dress us up in yukatas! I’ll attach pictures!
Sorry this email is kind of all over the place but basically we had a great week and my new companion is awesome! She is fresh out of the MTC and super excited to work! This next week we are planning on working really hard and finding lots of new investigators! I’m so grateful to be a missionary and I love this gospel!
I hope you all have a great week! LOVE YOU!
This was one of the best weeks ever!!!! Oh my goodness, soo many miracles! Where do I even start…..
First of all, last Monday night we got a call from the people in the main office telling us that there was going to be a change in our transfer for the last few weeks. There was a new missionary coming in so one of the sisters in Meito was going to be her companion, one of the missionaries in Toyota is going to transfer to Meito and we are going to need to be with the other missionary in Toyota until the end of the transfer. We were a little stressed because we didn’t know how we were going to figure it out but we had a lesson so we decided to think about it after the lesson. When we got home that night we got another call from the office. They told us that there was going to be a change and that they needed me to transfer up to SUWA???? for the last few weeks of the transfer! AHHHH!!!!!!!! I LOVE SUWA! Just in case people forgot, Suwa was the area I was in when I very first came to Japan! I was so excited to come back!
Wednesday morning I got on the 5 hour train ride back up to the Nagano Prefecture! I got off the train in Suwa and felt like I was home. It was really cold up here compared to Aichi Prefecture but it was so amazing. I was excited to see all these people that I love so much.
Thursday was crazy! We biked all over the place, we biked over 20 miles that day. We were exhausted but our last appointment made all of the biking and exhaustion worth it. We had a 30/30 (30 mins English and 30 mins gospel) with Yuko san and her kids. Their friend and cousin were also over. All of the kids are in the age range of 3-11. We did lots of English games with them then Yuko’s 7 year old son folded his arms and said, “aren’t we forgetting something? We need to do the prayer thing.” It was so sweet. So we all prayed together then one of the kids asked us if we do memorized prayers. We showed them a picture of a sandwich and explained that prayer is like a sandwich. The two pieces of bread are always the same, the way we start our prayers and the way we end them are the same, but the middle is dependent on the person. Just like everyone likes different sandwiches, everyone says different prayers. The kids all thought that was really cool and started to flip through the pictures on my iPad, they got to the Plan of Salvation picture and had TONS of questions. We had originally planned on teaching them a simple lesson about prayer but it turned into a lesson on the Plan of Salvation. We taught it very simply and then asked the kids where they wanted to go. They all emphatically said, “The Celestial Kingdom!” It was just so amazing to see the Plan of Salvation click in these little kids brains. The gospel is so simple and amazing. At the end of the lesson we asked if we could pray again and one of their friends, Kanta Kun, asked if he could say it! Of course we said yes! He told us that he might have to read the words because he can’t remember them and we said that’s fine haha! We all sat ready to pray and the room was just silent, we opened our eyes to see if Kanta Kun had understood. He was sitting there with his eyes tightly closed praying in his head. The other kids started to giggle because he was so silent. A few minutes later he opened his eyes really big, looked at us and said, “I did it!” With a huge smile on his face. It was so amazing. This little 9 year old boy said the first prayer that he ever said in his life and loved it. These little moments make everything worth it. I absolutely love helping others and seeing them light up when things make sense to them. I love being with them when they say the first prayer that they have ever said. Everything about this gospel is just so amazing and I’m so grateful to have been blessed to be able to come to Japan as a missionary.
One more huge miracle that I’m going to talk about happened on Sunday. Last year when I was here with my trainer, a man named Jason walked into the church and asked if this was the Mormon church because he used to be Mormon and wanted to start coming to church with his family. We said yes and exchanged numbers to text him about church stuff. We texted him last year a lot and he could never make it because his wife wasn’t ready yet so we kind of stopped texting as much. 3 weeks ago Jason texted the missionaries in Suwa out of the blue and said that he was ready to come to church now. They told him when church was and he still didn’t come. We texted him again 2 days ago to ask if he was coming to church. He didn’t text back until Sunday morning. He texted and told us that he was coming with his whole family! They showed up for sacrament and stayed for the whole thing! After church we talked to his wife and she said that we could come visit them on Saturday because she wants to learn more about the Mormon church, she is Catholic. We invited them to church next Sunday and they are all excited to come! Their 9 year old son became really good friends with the Branch President’s son! It was one of the biggest miracles ever!!!!!!
I absolutely love this work. I love being a missionary and I am so grateful that I have had all the experiences I have. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. I know that we are all important.
I love you all and hope that you everyone has a great week!
P.S. I didn’t have time to proof read so I hope that this email makes sense 🙂