Wednesday, October 18, 2017


"Hard is the constant! We all have challenges. The variable is our reaction to the hard."

"What good does it do to save the world if we neglect the needs of those closest to us and those whom we love the most? How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don’t notice? Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us closest to us, knowing that we are best suited to meet their needs."

"While in mortality let’s strive for steady improvement without obsessing over what behavioral scientists call “toxic perfectionism.” 

"'I came into the world to do the will of [the] Father,' Jesus taught. Dear brothers and sisters, so have we."

"Our Father in Heaven is concerned not just about our comfort but even more about our upward progress"

"I might paraphrase President Brigham Young in saying, “I wish I had the voice of seven thunders to wake up the people” to the truth and power of the Book of Mormon."

"No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man."

"I believe that every man, woman, and child has felt the call of heaven at some point in his or her life. Deep within us is a longing to somehow reach past the veil and embrace Heavenly Parents we once knew and cherished."

Dang, wasn't Conference THE BOMBBB? So much fun.  Really pumped to watch next conference in my pjs on the couch with my fam. 


Today we went to an Olympic ski jump with the elders and Von Forells!! So fun. Leaving my Sapporo is gonna kill me. 



PB&J: Americas γŠγ«γŽγ‚Š


This week was super crazy and awesome! Conference was soooo good. Loved it. Probably comment more on that next week buttt no time today so here's some pics!

We climbed Moiwa Yama Monday! Hiking Whitney = happy Whitney 

You can see all my areas in this picture. #SapporoGirl



Last transfer we were able to meet with a bunch of non active members and I realized they all have one thing in common: none of them read the Book of Mormon. I've decided that if you read the Book of Mormon every day, there's no way you can go inactive. If you read the Book of Mormon every day there's no way you can deny this church is true. The Book of Mormon is soo powerful. Because it's true. I loved President Monson's talk last Conference on all the blessings that come from reading the Book of Mormon.

"I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives."

Woahhh yeah those are all things we need in this crazy world we live in!!! I love the Book of Mormon. Because it's true. I read it every day. Because it's true.

Now for my favorite scripture

Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God. Ether 12:4

I'm blessed because I know it's true.

'Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.' Alma 26: 16

The BOM is da BOMB!
Read it.




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) :(