Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lucky 13 ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

ใŠใฏใ‚ˆใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™!

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 ใ‹ใ‚ใ„ใใ†。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 ้•ท่€。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.

้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ—ใ‚‡ใ†。

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚‹ใ‚‹ใ‚‹

ใƒชใ‚ฐใ‚บ

byebye hymas :(

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

ใƒคใƒผใƒ›!

This week we went to Kushiro!!! It's the opposite side of the island from Sapporo. It was a lot of fun. Ozaki Shimai and I decided to do some basketball dendo so we went to this court right on the harbor and played ball right next to the ocean and a bunch of pirate ships. It was awesome!!!

Afterwards we were walking down the harbor and my exact thoughts were: "Wow I like this place. This reminds me of the Netherlands. Man I wanna live in the Netherlands" Literally 2 SECONDS later we walk past a gaijin so I ask him where he's from and he's like "The Netherlands!"

*que me freaking out*

We talked about how great Holland was for a bit. It was a good time.

BUT WAIT it gets better.

The next day we went to catch our bus home and he was there taking the same bus as us to Sapporo!!! 5 hour bus ride with my new Dutch bff. Turns out he's been to SLC and has met the missionaries in Holland (probably my dad) before!!! I gave him the only English "I'm a Mormon" card that I've been carrying around since I left the MTC 10 months ago and told him to find the missionaries again when he goes home.

So cool that God would send probably the only missionary in Hokkaido that knows anything about the Netherlands to the other side of the island the one day that someone from the Netherlands also happens to be on the other side of the island. "There's no such thing as coincidence when you're on the Lords errand" -Elder Bednar. If there's one thing I've learned on my missions it's how God loves His children individually, not just as a mass whole. He'll go through great lengths just to bring a smile or comfort to one person.

In other news North Korea shot a missile this week that came within 70 miles of hitting Sapporo haha...... yeah one of our eikaiwa students told us we should go back to America because Korea is getting closer and closer every week and they're probably going to hit Sapporo by the end of the year. I guess we'll see! Good times in Hokkaido!

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚‹ใ‚‹ใ‚‹

Rigs

This week we had summer festival and got to wear yukatas (summer kimonos)!!!









Sunday, July 30, 2017

๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป

HEYOOO

Happy Pioneer Day !!๐ŸŽ†

This week has been cool beans.

One day we were out housing and we knocked on a million doors and no one talked to us (typical) but the last door we knocked on a lady cameout. We told her we were missionaries and she told us that her daughter had just passed away that day. She was really busy so she couldn't listen to us but she was super grateful we had come. We asked if there was anyway we could help her and we were able to testify of eternal families and Gods love. It was a really sweet moment for me to see that God loved this lady so much that He sent us to her, just to show her He's there and He loves her. She's most likely Buddhist and doesn't even believe in God but He still loves her enough to send us to her.

Saturday we got to go cherry picking with our ward! Turns out Hokkaido is AWESOME. All I've seen of Hokkaido is the city and the farmland so that's all I thought there was BUT we drove 2 hours out and up the coast and holy cow Hokkaido is beautiful! We were cruising up the coast and turned a corner and all the sudden we were in the middle of a rainforest!! So pretty. I love Hokkaido.

Also had the worst experience of my life this week. We were housing and it was dark and we went up to ping a door and it was pitch black and Lay Shimai goes "oh flip don't look behind you" so obviously I did. Then my heart stopped, my legs went weak and I almost died. The BIGGEST spider I've EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. it's legs were probably as thick as my fingers. It was HUGE. once my heart started working again I screamed and ran out of there so fast. Lay Shimais new goal is for me to marry someone who is as afraid of spiders as I am. She thinks it'd be funny, I think it'd end with us burning our house down. I'm ready for the snow to come back so the spiders will go away.

Oh yeah we received 50 cucumbers from people this week so if you have any ideas for using cucumbers let me know.....

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆ

ใƒชใ‚ฐใƒ“ใƒผ

1&2- these kids were watching us house and then started going door to door with us hahaha #futuremissionaries. Then we played at the park :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1 Year Later!

My name is whit rig and I'm a family history addict.

Yesterday at church we were sitting in a lesson about missionary work and Yuki told us the story of when she met us. She said the week before she met us she was so lonely and sad that she didn't leave her apartment for a week. Then she met us, learned the gospel, was baptized and her whole life changed. She was happier than she'd ever been, she was able to start making friends in school and the church members became her family. It was sooo sweet to hear how grateful she is for the gospel. Then she said "im never ever going to forget Rigby and Frank Shimai. They'll be my best friends forever." MY HEART. I love Yuki.

THIS WEEK I HIT MY YEAR MARK WHAAATTTT. It's been the craziest year of my life. Learning a language I never thought I'd learn and loving a people and culture I wasn't sure if I'd ever love. I've had the highest highs and the lowest lows of my life and I've learned more than I could ever imagine. I've made the best friends I could ever ask for. There's no one quite like the frozen chosen:) Most importantly I've come to know that Gods love is real and Jesus Christ is sure proof of that. The Book of Mormon changes lives. Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true church on the earth today. And I am super blessed to know that!!! I can't imagine life without the peace and happiness this gospel brings, especially in the world we live in. I love getting to share that every day, even though it's breaks my heart into a million pieces every time we get rejected (which is 99.9% of the time). Can't wait for these next 6 months :)

So back to the addict thing... this week we were with the elders and someone brought up family history and long story short, we all downloaded the app and we're all ADDICTED. seriously it's all we do with our free time. Gosh I love family history. You all should look into that stuff!!

ใ˜ใ‚ƒใญ!

ใƒชใ‚ฐใƒ“ๅง‰ๅฆน

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived- that is to have succeeded"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

1- We teach these cuties English
2- My bfffffffffffffffs




Thursday, July 13, 2017

How It's Already JULY! ๐ŸŽ‰

ใ“ใ‚“ใซใกใฏ!

We had a crazy big earthquake the other night. It was my companions first earthquake haha it was awesome! (and pretty scary)

This transfers has been pretty tough. We've been working soooo hard every day trying to find people to teach and it's just been rejection after rejection but this week we finally met some really cool people and it's been so fun!! The craziest thing is that THEY have been coming to US. It's still not people that are interested in the gospel but they're willing to let us visit them so it's a start!

We've made a goal to hand out one Book of Mormon everyday and it's been working!! We devote the last hour of our day solely to finding someone that will accept a Book of Mormon. It's been so cool to see God prepare people for us every single day. There's been days we've doubted if we could do it or not but we just kept going with faith and every. single. day. God has provided. If you have a goal, do all you can to achieve it, and trust God, He will do the rest.

One day we went to the park by our house trying to find someone to give a Book of Mormon to. We were riding around and there was a boy playing basketball by himself. He started talking to us so I asked if he's ever played basketball with an American before, he said no so I jumped off my bike and we shot hoops for a bit and then we got to give him a Book of Mormon! We saw him at the park again a few days later and asked if he's been reading and he said yes!! So cool and fun haha.

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!! If there's one thing I've learned from all my travels, it's how blessed I am to be American. Enjoy the fireworks and eat lots of watermelon for me. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ†

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆ

whit

1. Sea snails๐ŸŒ
2. The dancing never ends

Thursday, June 29, 2017

๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ

ใ“ใ‚“ใซใกใฏ!

Mazu, thanks for all the birthday wishes! Today just started and it's already been my favorite birthday ever.

Holy, this week was jam packed with awesomeness!!!!

On Thursday we had a talent show with half the mission. It was a goodbye to our Mission President and his wife and the Arrington's since they go home this week :( it was sooo much fun to be together and just laugh for a few hours. Early in the week I had the idea that we should do a flash mob for the Nakatsuka's so I called everyone and sent them a video of the dance and it was the last thing we did at the talent show. It was SO fun. It's not everyday you get to have a dance party with half your mission- haha. And It made the Nakatsukas cry.  I love my mission so much.

The next day we had a mission conference and said bye to the Nakatsuka's and Arrington's. It was sooo sad. They really are family to me, I'm going to miss them so much.

This week we went to football practice again and Andy (Yukis friend) asked for a Book of Mormon so we gave him one! Yayyyyy!! Then we were talking to some baseball players and I pulled out an eikaiwa flyer and one of them started freaking out and said "I've gotten one of those before from 2 guys in Hakodate!! And they gave me this old book that I still have!" And I showed him a Book of Mormon and asked if it was the book and he said it was!! So I invited him to church. It was super cool and he was so amazed. And one of the elders that first met him was Bateman ้•ท่€!

One day we were housing and we met this guy that was Christian so we gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to church. 20 minutes later we were walking down the street in the rain  and he pulled up in a car and handed us an umbrella and told us to be careful because Hokkaido is cold. It was seriously the most Christlike thing that's happened to me in Japan. Then he told us he wants to come to church!!! What a guy!

I heard the Book of Mormon got translated into Nepali this week!!!!!! Now my favorite country can have my favorite book! They just need some missionaries to give them out... I volunteer!!!

Last but not least, Thursday is the number 1 homie (Lafas) birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! We're so ichi we came to earth just 3 days apart. You're my fav kiwi. Have a sick day ya rippa. ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹。


ใƒชใ‚ฐใƒ“

1. FLASH MOB
2. Squad goals

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

๐Ÿˆ+๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป‍♀️๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿš™

Hi! Yes im still alive but we'll get to that later...

If anyone was going to find a football team in Japan, it was going to be me. Yuki told me a while ago that a guy in one of her classes was on a football team. I didn't believe her at first because I've never heard of football in Japan before. Her friend told her we could come to their practice so we went. They were all inside cleaning equipment and what not so I stuck my head in the window and it was legit American football stuff!! I became besties with all of them reallllll fast. They had a picture of Tom Brady on the wall but none of them knew he was-hahaha. We're having a pancake party next Monday for my birthday and they're going to come! So basically I'll be converting a football team this transfer. Pumped!! I also met the rugby team and they told me I could come play with them sometime so maybe I'll convert them too-hahah

Ah... so ne.. this week I got hit by a car. It was pretty exciting. I was crossing a street and the lady didn't see me and ran into me. It didn't hurt in the moment but I'm definitely feeling it now. They're making me go to a chiropractor today -yay!

Just trying to experience everything the mission has to offer :)

Last but not least a special shout out to the man I've faced bears with, scaled mountain sides with and traveled half way around the world and back again with. People might mistake him as Matt Damon but he's actually my DAD!!! Thanks for being my adventure bud and my
biggest fan. You're the best, better than the rest. I love you dad!!!!! 

็ˆถใฎๆ—ฅใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใพใ™!

ใพใŸใญ!

ใƒชใ‚ฐใƒ“ๅง‰ๅฆน

Papa Burke!!!







Thursday, June 15, 2017

๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿš

Heyooo.

This week was rad. Met a ton of really awesome people!!

One day we biked out to the country side and I saw this hidden road that went behind a forest so I wanted to see if anyone lived back there.. we went behind the trees and there were RICE FIELDS FOR DAYSSS. It was so pretty. We met this old rice farmer man that was in his car leaving but we stopped him and talked to him for a bit then he got out of his car, got us some juice, introduced us to his dog and cat and gave us some fresh rice from his rice field!! The whole time his car was still running hahah. He was so awesome. We gave him our number and the next day he called and told us he wants to feed us sushi sometime haha what a guy.

We met another rice farmer that told us in the next life he wants to be a Christian but he can't in this life because his ancestors would come back and kill him haha  it he was super cool and said he'd pray for us. I LOVE RICE FARMERS!!

We got to go to Asahikawa this week for splits, I love that place so much. Met my new best friend. She came to eikaiwa and we talked the whole time and became buds and she said "I wasn't going to come tonight but I felt like I should and I think it was so I could meet you" then she drove us home and the next day she called to see if we had left yet and we said we were just about to and she told us she was going to come get us and drive us to the eki. She came and got us and gave me some homemade jam and said "i went home last night and just thought of all the things we're going to do together when you transfer here, I'm going to teach you how to cook and how to make bread... it's going to be so fun!" I LOVE HER SO MUCH! I pretty much have to transfer to Asahikawa now.... everyone start praying!!!!

ใพใŸๆฅ้€ฑใญ!

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹

ใƒชใ‚ฐใ‚บ

If you translate this movie poster to English it says "I want to eat your pancreas"


Friday, June 9, 2017

My Slice of Heaven

ใ“ใ‚“ใซใกใฏ!

This week was pretty awesome. Last Monday was the Nakatsuka's last FHE. We took Yuki San and as we were waiting to go inside a car pulls up and out jumps my KUDOU KAZOKU!!!!!(The family I was teaching in Shinoro) never been so happy in my life. I ran over to them so fast- hahah. They had come just to see me because they knew I'd be there. I love them so much.

FHE (Family Home Evening) was so awesome, there was a point we were sitting there listening to a musical number and I looked over and saw Yuki, my Kudou fam, all my missionary buds, and a bunch of members and investigators from my past areas. That's what my heaven is going to look like. It was probably my favorite moment of my life.

Also got to talk to an investigator from Shinkotoni and he is getting baptized in 2 weeks! And Yuki went through the temple this week and did baptisms for her grandma!! YAY!!

This week we met so many cool people and had a lot of fun experiences. One day we were walking down the street and there were some people outside having a BBQ and we walked by and they were like "come join us!" So we got to hang out and eat some BBQ- hahah. Another day we met a guy from India that's fluent in English so we got to teach him the whole first lesson in English!! It was awesome! We also met this sweet old lady that told us to come visit her so we did and she sang us traditional Japanese songs and fed us veggies from her garden. My comp looked at me and was like "isn't it so weird that our lives basically consist of going into strangers houses and becoming friends with them" hahah being a missionary is the best!

I love Japan so much.

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ‚‹

Rigs












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