Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Christmas Time in the City

Hello hello!

This week we found out one of our investigators used to be in the Yakuza!!! (Japanese mob) HOW COOL IS THAT!!! A little scary because we've been teaching him for a month and had no clue but don't worry we passed him to the Elders this week :)

Thursday it snowed. And it's been snowing ever since. I have to keep reminding myself Christmas isn't for 2 months.... Could've fooled me. But since they don't celebrate Christmas in Japan I guess everyday can be Christmas!!πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„

The kids here make me feel like I'm famous :) Whenever I say hello to them they get so excited. One day there was a group of kids that walked by so I said hello and waved. They spent 5 minutes walking backwards waving and yelling "bye bye" it was the cutest. Gaijin power is real.

We taught Tonaka San yesterday (the guy with the microphone throat) he told us he knows God is speaking through us because he can see it in our faces. Best compliment.

Remember when I was in the MTC and I told you about the group of 10 Elders that came in that we're all going to Sapporo?? Well they come to Sapporo THIS WEEK!!!!! I'm soooo pumped to get some of my pals back.


PS Apparently I haven't been getting a lot of people's emails that they've sent so if you wrote me and I didn't reply that's probably why! gomen nasai!

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Monday, October 17, 2016

Apostles & Earthquakes


This week we went back and visited the golden lady we found the other week. She told us her husband died a month ago and she was really struggling the day we met her. She said when we showed up on her doorstep that day she knew it was God helping her. She's been praying and said she feels so much peace when she prays the way we showed her. She's the best!!!

We're teaching another old man who talks through one of those microphone things on his throat like you see in smoking commercials. He's so awesome and so prepared. He said he loves when we come because he feels the spirit so strong. He's pretty hard to understand but we're making it work :)

I survived my first earthquake this week and it was awesome. It was the middle of the night and I woke up to everything shaking. We sleep on mats on the floor so if the ground is shaking, you're shaking. I was about to jump up and finally use the earthquake drill stuff they teach you in school, but I looked over and my companion was sleeping right through it so I figured it was okay..

We got to watch Meet the Mormons!! I may have gotten a little teary watching the part about Nepal and seeing all the places we had gone. Namaste for dayz. I'm so grateful for this gospel and all the
blessings and opportunities that have been given me because of it!!

Of course the highlight of the week was Elder Bednar coming!! Nothing better than spending 3 hours talking with an Apostle of the Lord.



"Strong faith in the Savior is submissively accepting of His will and timing in our lives- even if the outcome is not what we hoped for or wanted" David A Bednar

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Still 寒い

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It's been another great week in Shinkotoni! We finally got to watch conference and it was awesome!! We had to listen to Japanese and English at the same time so it was a bit of a headache, but still good. :)  I loved the shout out to Hokkaido!

One day we went to visit a member and she brought us mugicha. Let me tell you about mugicha. It is a drink here that everyoneeee drinks and it literally tastes like liquid burnt popcorn!! It is AWFUL. She brought it out for us and my soul died a little. My companion knows how much I hate it so while the member wasn't looking she grabbed my cup and chugged it for meπŸ˜‚ MVP.

In other news it's still freezing here. I'm already wearing my snow coat and apparently the coldest time of the year is February so that means it's only going to get COLDER for the next four
months................ :):):):):):):)::):):) yay. The members here love to make fun of me when they find out I'm from a place where it never snows. They always joke that I'll be the first sister to serve in
Wakkanai, the coldest and most northern part of Hokkaido. Let's pray not :)

Elder Bednar is coming to visit our mission this week and I'm so pumped!! I'll tell ya all about it next week :)



"The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives." Russell M Nelson

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shinden ni iki mashita!


Sorry this is coming late in the week! We didn't have pday Monday because today I FINALLY got to go through my beautiful new temple!! It's the most beautiful temple I've ever seen or been in in my entire existence.

Things are getting extremely 寒い in Sapporo... It's been raining pretty hard which makes dendo quite the adventure. We spend most dendo time riding our bikes around and stopping people on the streets or going door to door housing. So when it rains we're in it allllll day. The best part is riding through all the puddles:) if you're going to be soaking wet all day, might as well have some fun am I right??

We still had the BEST miracle this week. We were housing and this lady opens her door and says "I want to be baptized I just don't know which church to join." We hadn't even started talking about the gospel yet!! Then she tells us she doesn't like Buddhism or the Jehovah witnesses. THAT NEVER HAPPENS HERE. So pumped.

We got to take an investigator to President Nakatsuka's for Family Home Evening last week. We took this sweet old lady that I just love. We can't really communicate because I can't speak Japanese but she grabbed my hand and walked with me the whole way there. When we walked past the temple she looked at me and touched her heart and said "ii kimochi" which means good feeling. I love the temple so much:)

Oh and just to answer everyone's question, no I didn't crash into any poles this week:)



PS... I got really cute letter stuff so send me your addresses so I have
a reason to us them :)

"Theres no such thing as coincidence when you're on the Lords errand"
-Elder Bednar