Hello Everyone! Tudo bem? How are you in Portuguese?
I hope that you all had a great week! We had an awesome week packed full of miracles, heat, biking and learning Portuguese. Haha! There are a ton of people that speak Portuguese in this area so we are practicing and learning Portuguese with them! It is a lot of fun but hard. I thought Portuguese and Spanish were basically the same, I was wrong. Haha. They are similar but quite different.
Last Monday we went to visit the Yahagi’s, the ward mission leader’s family. It was a lot of fun but on the way back I almost fell off my bike haha. We were riding back kind of fast and we were going down a hill. I was trying to pedal but one of my pedals is broken so I couldn’t get a good grip on it. Anyway, long story short, as we were riding down this hill I sort of face planted on my bike. The bike kept going but I was sort of hovering on the bar. I thought I might die. My bike was going so fast. Then miraculously, I was able to get my foot back on the pedal and get back onto my bike. Wow! It was crazy. God was definitely protecting us! Haha!
Update on Namiko Chan!! She is awesome!! We met with her again this last week! She is so awesome! We asked her if she had prayed and she said that she had but just in her heart because she wasn’t 100% sure what to do. We reviewed prayer with her again and asked her to pray again this week. She said she will! We also invited her to church and she said she wants to come! We are going to pray that she can! She is really awesome. I love Namiko Chan!
On Wednesday we were riding to a member’s house, on the way we stopped and talked to a lady. We asked her where a store was, we already knew where it was but it’s a good way to get a conversation going haha, and she told us to follow her to her work so she could look up the address. The Japanese people are soo sweet. They always want to help you the most that they can. We followed her to her work and she takes us into a birth control clinic, all of her coworkers looked very shocked. It was interesting. She looked up the address then explained to us how to get there. Haha. So nice! Then we gave her and her coworkers Eikaiwa flyers. They were all shocked. They took them but acted like a bunch of middle school girls when a boy walks into a room. It was an interesting experience but hopefully some of them come to English class. Haha!
We went to visit Maria Shimai in the hospital this week with Koseki Shimai. In the car, we were able to talk a lot with Koseki Shimai. She is amazing! Her faith is so strong!! She told us the story of when she got baptized and how life was for her when her husband was against the church. He is now very strong in the church but at the beginning of their marriage there was a time when he did not like the church. I’m just amazed everyday by these members and how much faith they have! I absolutely love them.
Yesterday we met with some new investigators! They are a family! We called them last week because their number was in the phone and they set up an appointment for us to come back and visit. They are from Brazil. Sandro is the father, Katia is the mom, Maria is the daughter and Rafael is the son. They are so awesome! Katia is hilarious! We talked to them about past missionaries and what they talked about. They said that we were the first girl missionaries. They didn’t even know that there were Mormon women. They said they used to meet with missionaries for 30/30. We asked them if they wanted to do that again. They said yes and set up an appointment for next week! We told them that we would teach English then teach the gospel part in Portuguese. They are super excited because they love helping us with our Portuguese! They are such a cute family! We also told them that I was singing next Sunday in Portuguese and asked them if they could help with our pronunciation. They said yes, then looked at their schedule and said they are going to come to church next week to hear it. We didn’t even need to invite them! They invited themselves! Super excited!
It’s been a great week! I don’t have enough time to write about all of it. I love Toyohashi! Learning Japanese and Portuguese is great! The members are awesome! My companion is hilarious! I am so grateful for my mission. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and he loves all of us. I know that Heavenly Father knows each of us by name. He loves us. I am so grateful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. I am grateful for eternal families. Please remember that you are all important!
I hope you all have a great week! I love you!!!!!!!