Monday, January 23, 2017

Shinkotown to Shinoro


First things first... this week was transfer calls! My new area is Shinoro and my new companion is Sato Shimai!! I looveeee Shinoro. It's just outside of Sapporo and super Inaka (country). Sato Shimai is super sweet! I was really scared to be her comp because she's Japanese and my Japanese is not the best but we actually don't have a problem communicating. (which just means I'm really good a charades) The Bishop here is Ota Bishop!! He put the Angel Moroni on the Sapporo temple!! There's an awesome video about it so if you haven't seen it go watch it:) 

This morning I was watching the Mormon Message "Good Things to Come" I tend to watch it a lot because it's filmed in good ol St George:) but today I actually really listened to it and there's one part I really love "Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come." What a blessing it is to know no matter how hard life can be, things will always gets better because that is what this gospel is for!! Better days here and in the life to come. 

I've seen so many little miracles this week and have had so many prayers answered (mostly me praying that someone will let us in before I freeze to death) it usually doesn't happen till the very last person we visit but hey "no witness until after the trial of your faith" right? Haha Heavenly Father takes care of His missionaries! 



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Basketball Champ


This week was 素晴らしい!Monday we had zone activity in Kotoni. We had a major snowball
fight and pied the leaving missionaries. Then we played that basketball game where you try to get the person in front of you out by scoring before them... I WON THE ENTIRE THING. Beat all the Elders and everything. I clearly missed my calling in life to join the NBA.

The next day we had zone training meeting and we found out they're changing the schedule for missionaries worldwide so now we will be out working for 10 hours instead for 8. We also talked
about how the best way for us to share the gospel is to live it. And through our example others will come to know Christ.

This week almost every person we've talked to has said "This is Japan everyone is Buddhist, you're wasting your time but good luck" literally every person. Word for word. It's been pretty frustrating. But one night we only had a few minutes left so we went down a street and knocked on 3 doors. All 3 doors were young families that had some interest in our message! It was so cool. We've been praying to find young families because Shinkotoni is 99% old people. It was a cool little miracle!



Sunday, January 8, 2017



Things have been pretty slow here since we haven't been able to dendo the last 4 days due to the craziness that is New Years in Japan. We basically just spent 4 days playing monopoly and cards at the church with the elders. Gooood times.

Tuesday we had District meeting. I somehow ended up in the same district as my 7 favorite people in the mission. We can't make it 2 minutes without someone (me) on the floor laughing. And we all have ukuleles now so it's so much fun. This week we talked about testifying about things we love. It's really easy as a missionary speaking a different language to just kind of be a robot and say the same things to every person we talk too. But if we're not testifying about things we love and know to be true than that person isn't going to feel the spirit and if they don't feel the spirit than nothing we say matters.

I got to go to Kotoni for splits this week! I was with Oka Shimai and we went to visit an investigator at her store. Halfway through this 87 year old man walks in that speaks English with a New York accent and used to be a sumo wrestler/ taxi driver. He looked at me and was like "Where's your husband?" So I told him I was 19 and didn't have one and he just shook his head and said "beautiful" 100000 times hahaha it was so funny and a little weird. I think I'm going to stay in Japan forever just so I can get compliments for the rest of my life.😂



"A deeper understanding of Jesus Christ will give us greater hope for the future and, despite our
imperfections, more confidence in achieving our righteous goals." José A. Teixeira



This week was super hectic and awesome! Monday we went to downtown Sapporo to see the light festival, then we decided it would be a good idea to walk all the way back to Shinkotoni (lols) we got super lost trying to find a house and it took the help of the police and us being late home (oops) but you better believe our stubborn selves found the house we were looking for!

We spent the whole week running around delivering Christmas presents and singing to less active members and our investigators. It was super fun and we saw some awesome miracles! Nobody really celebrates Christmas here so whenever we wish someone a Merry Christmas they just get super awkward and laugh and walk away- haha good times....

This week is Shogatsu (New Years) which is the biggest holiday in Japan. Like its CRAZY. So crazy that we're not allowed to leave our apartment from 12/31-1/4 . Yoshhh.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!! Talk to you next year:)



“If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and
confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us." Gordon B Hinckley