Sunday, September 17, 2017

Round 2 πŸš€


We're getting hit by a crazy typhoon right now! We basically biked through a river to get here. Good times.

Friday North Korea launched another missile over us!! I don't know if you hear about this in America or not but it's pretty exciting stuff! This time we were awake so I grabbed some cereal and sat by the window (because we still don't have a basement cellar) but it was too cloudy to see anything :/ the rest of the day the military flew over probably a million times. My comp and I decided to play "who can spot the fighter jet first" ... I'm a pro.

Tuesday it was POURING all day. And no one let us in so we were soaked right through our rain suits. By the time it got dark I was soaking wet, freezing cold and quite miserable. But we still had another person we wanted to visit. I was pretty positive she was going to be like every one else and slam the door in our face but she ended up letting our soaking wet selves in and made us homemade gyoza!!! Ahh, God is real. Blessings come after the trial of your faith. #1 most learned lessons from the mission.

Last night we went to a member and they asked me what my dad did so I said doTERRA and they were like woah hold up and went and grabbed their oils and were like THIS and I was like yeahhhhhh! And they were like teach us! And then we all sat around sharing our doTERRA testimonies- hahah so great.

We had interviews with kaicho this week and wow I'm so excited for all the miracles this mission is about to see! We've got big plans. My interview also happened to be my year mark of when I came to Japan and had my first interview with Nakatsuka kaicho. I remember walking in to his office and having him say "Welcome to the Japan Sapporo Mission" and walking in that same office exactly a year later was such a crazy feeling. I can't believe how much has happened and how much my life has changed in the past year. So blessed.

"As you serve, you will build rich eternal memories and friendships. I know of no field which produces a more bounteous harvest of happiness than the mission field." So true




Thursday, September 14, 2017

14 months 18hr


This week was goooood.

Tuesday, Frank Shimai and I got to go on splits!! And it was her birthday! It was super fun. We decided to walk to Honbu (because we can) and when we got there Von Forrell Shimai was like "oh hey I'm just buying your airplane tickets home right now!" πŸ˜³ We got to chat with her and Von Forrell Choro for a while and then McClure Shimai came and gave us some ice cream! (atsubetsu perks). When we got home that night the Elders had filled our balcony with balloons and hats they had signed- hahaha.

Friday we had Mission Tour and the area 70 president (Elder Gay) came to talk to us. Learned lots. Got to see some homies. It was a good time. I have no idea what I did to get sent to the best mission in the world and to serve with the coolest homies in the world but I major lucked out! That night the APs pulled some strings and made it so Lafaele Shimai could stay at our apartment!! So blessed.

Yesterday one of my investigators from Ebetsu got baptized!!! Yayyyy!!!! Congrats YumiπŸ’›

Today we're going curling because that's what you do when you live in Sapporo. I'm PUMPED. ⛸πŸ’

That's all I've got....

Here are some pics!!!


"The greatest decision I ever made in my life was to give up something I dearly loved to the God I loved even more. He has never forgotten me for it.”​​

I'm the new AP

Birthday presents😎


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The surviving douki (people I came to Japan with)

Mission TourπŸ’›


Curry Night with our new bud from America! Me and Takamasa are going to visit him when we get home🀘🏼

Sunday, September 3, 2017

What's Next?


Last Tuesday we woke up to a text on our phone telling us "North Korea shot a missile and its about to fly over so you have 5 minutes to get in a basement cellar or somewhere safe" 

We don't have a basement cellar. So we went back to bed. Sorry mom! 

Usually this kind of thing would probably freak me out but one of the best things about being a missionary is the constant feeling of peace from the Spirit. Whether it's been earthquakes, being hit by cars, walking through blizzards, biking through typhoons or having missiles flying over me, I've always had that reassuring peace that all will be well. 

I'm not gonna lie, my heart definitely starts beating a little faster every time the army flies by (my comp and I always have to stop and watch justtttt to make sure) but I still have total peace and trust in my Heavenly Father! 

Serving in Hokkaido has brought me lots of good stories for the grandchildren :') 

 "To share truth in difficult circumstances is to treasure it more."

"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you" Mary Tyler Moore

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16: 33




I got to see my perfect Kudou family at FHEπŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

I'll Be Home For Christmas πŸŽ„ πŸŽ…πŸΌ


This week was super funnnnnn. But I can't think of anything cool to tell you so here's some fun facts!!

My comps and I are γƒšγƒ©γƒšγƒ© in Shuwa (japanese sign language) 99% of our convos include Shuwa. Every Tuesday we have Shuwa class and it's soooo fun. We also got to teach one of our recent converts that is deaf so the whole lesson was in Shuwa! So cool.

I love Akamatsu 長老 and Takamasa 長老 SO MUCH. They brought us cupcakes and curry, pumped our tires in the rain, taught kids eikaiwa for us, and made it so Lafa gets to stay at our apartment for mission tour. ❤️

I got a call from kaicho telling me I'm going home December 19..... #merrychristmas

I love Atsubetsu

私は sapporo girl です。



byebyebrendon (hymas) :(

Thursday, August 24, 2017



This week was transfers!! I am now in.... ATSUBETSU. Home of the temple, our mission president, and the biggest ward in Hokkaido. I'm also back in the city!!! So many people. My new campionS (yes back to the trio life) are... SATO AND IWASA SHIMAI! They are both transfer 3 and Japanese. So yep I'm breaking 2 nihonjin! Didn't see that one coming!

Not gonna lie I had a bit of a panic attack when I got that transfer call. BUT turns out Atsubetsu is THE BOMB. 
  1. We have the APs and honbu elders in our area. The APs right now also just happen to be my favorite elders in the mission so it's a PARTY and they drive us places in their car. (We're the cutest family ever rolling up to church in our swaggin van) 
  2. The TEMPLE oh my goodness we get to see our beautiful temple whenever we go to Oyachi. So blessed. 
  3. The ward is amazing. So many families so many kids so many YSA so fun. 
  4. Our mission president and his family our in our ward!! Which means I get to go to young women's with Kacie and translate for her while my comps go to relief society hahah
  5. I GET TO LEARN SHUWA (Japanese sign language) we have a class every Tuesday and our Sunday school class is all in Shuwa! So cool. 
  6. The senior couple missionaries are also in our ward and we had a real American BBQ with them and kaicho on Friday!!! 
  7. Costcooooooo!!!!!
  8. I have a bunkbed!!!!! Which means for the first time in a year I'm not sleeping on the floorπŸ‘πŸΌ

So yeah I'm living the life. Our zone leader called the other night and told me I'm officially the Princess of the mission because not only am I in Atsubetsu buttttt I'm also the only gaijin shimai in Atsubetsu. Reaping the blessings. 

My companions are super sweet. After our first day of being together one of my companions told me that her last transfer had been super hard and she wasn't able to leave the apartment much. She had an interview with kaicho a few days before transfers and kaicho had promised her that her next companion was someone he trusted and that would work hard and teach her how to be a good missionary.... no pressure😳

I'm so pumped for all the miracles we're about to seeeee! 

γ˜γ‚ƒγ£~ γΎγŸγ­。πŸ€™πŸ½


Saying bye to Yuki :(

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lucky 13 🀘🏼


We got lost this week. A lot.

Monday we took the 6am train up to Asahikawa and when we got there we realized we left our phone in Ebetsu. First mistake. We had Zone Activity that day at the Suehiro church so we jumped on a bus that we thought would take us there, got off at what we thought was the right stop and walked in what we thought was the right direction forrrreverrrrrrr. We were wrong in every possible way. With no map, no address and no phone we were pretty かわいそう。we talked to sooo many people and no one could help us. We finally found a phone booth but only had one coin. So I called Hymas 長老。He gave us the address to the church but we ran out of time before he could give us any directions. Lay Shimai just looked at me and said "start praying Hymas comes to the rescue." We started walking again foreverrrrrr and right as we were about to turn down the totally wrong road and be lost forever who would come flying down the street but Hymas and Fukuda Choro to the rescue. Miracles are real people!! Hahaha so blessed.

Wednesday we went to the Hokkaido museum with an investigator except Lay Shimai and I got lost AGAIN. this time we decided to take a "bike path" through the woods, hoping it would get us to the museum. Yeah it wasn't a bike path. We started riding down this dirt path which turned to no path which turned to us flying through a bamboo forest which led to a GIANT drop off which we somehow managed to carry our bikes down, across the river and then back up the other side. All in the rain. But hey the museum was cool!

Thursday after teaching eikaiwa in Iwamizawa we jumped on a train back to Ebetsu. Except the train didn't stop in Ebetsu. Or anywhere near Ebetsu. So we got to take a unexpected field trip to downtown Sapporo! Good times.

This week is transfer week!! It's been a crazy 12 weeks with Lay Shimai. We've worked ourselves nearly to death haha but we've seen a lot of miracles. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" Lay Shimai and I definitely kept the faith the past 12 weeks and we've seen so many miracles because of it. The miracles don't come till after the trial of your faith but I know for sure that they come. Crazy to think I've only got 18 weeks left.

ι ‘εΌ΅γ‚ŠγΎγ—γ‚‡γ†。



byebye hymas :(