This week was a rough one you guys. But a good one.
First off.. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! (I can say that now thanksgiving is over.) I hope your thanksgiving was full of gratitude and the spirit of the Lord as we draw out hearts nearer to our Savior for the Christmas season.
We taught our lesson on P-day and it was great! Yamamoto San was receptive to our teachings and said shed be baptized once she understood a little bit more and returns to Tokyo this week. She was so cute she wanted to take a “selfuri” with us. I’ll attach it below. We love her and will miss her.
Thanksgiving was CRAZY!! We had a morning devotional with Neil L Anderson of the twelve apostles and we all got a thank you card from his grand kids
. It was adorable and heart warming. The theme of the day was ” Be grateful in all things. God gave us everything so why cant we at least be grateful?” Later we did a service project and packaged food for children in need. Then we Had another devotional. But it was a fun one. Kinda like…a staged district meeting mixed with a BYUH culture night. It was way cool. We also watched Ephraim’s rescue. Great movie. And at the end of the day we looked at the Christmas Lights hung around the campus!
Thursday was when our district had a spiritual awakening….first thing’s first we got a new teacher. Hahaaha our teacher is Yamamoto San!!! Its way awesome that she is our teacher and not in Tokyo. Her name is Gappmeyer Shimai. I love her. Anyways, We are terrible at speaking Japa-glish (Japanese and English speaking) It was a rough day for all of us adjusting to thinking in two very different languages all the time. I was particularly frustrated with myself because I felt like I could do more. Be better. Speak better. Be kinder. Do more service. Have ALL my vocab memorized. And when my companion and i were preparing our lesson I was so angry with myself i couldn’t speak to anyone. After our class Gappmeyer Shimai came and talked to me by myself. It was nice because I could just vent to her. It was good because she reminded me that I’m doing enough. There always is something more to work on, but we must remember we are not and cannot be perfect.
I had many tender mercies that day. Id never felt so much love from so many people. In the mail I got three letters, a package, and a letter from my zone leaders. I cried because i could see the Lord’s hand in my life. We are not alone. Ever. Sometimes it wont be as apparent as my situation was, but there is always someone looking out for us. And if you ever have a prompting to serve someone…do it. Never hesitate on how silly, little, or irrelevant it is. When we are needed, we are needed.
Friday and Saturday kinda bunched up together, i don’t remember much but we got two new investigators, we start TRC on Wednesday (basically a lot more teaching but with actual members), and lots of grammar rules. I love Japanese. It clicks in my mind so much better than even eigo (English). Its just the matter of memorizing it all. Sometimes i get really jealous of people going in-state eigo speaking or spanish speakers. I get caught up thinking “man i could easily do this in eigo but i have to translate my entire lesson into Japanese and it sucks.” But I’m wrong. It doesn’t suck and i shouldn’t be jealous. Our sensei made a good point the other day… “would You get called to serve in a language you cannot learn?” The only thing that is mine on this mission is that I got called to serve in Japan. Not my friend, not my neighbor, but I did. When we are needed, we are needed. And I just gotta put my foot forward and not look back. The gospel is a forward looking religion. And Satan wants us to look back.
Sundays are wonderful. Always. I got to teach the lesson on Sunday about recognizing and understanding the spirit with my doryo, conduct music for sacrament meeting, and say the closing prayer…LOL I didnt realize how much I did. It was awesome. Devotional with the person who is in charge of missionary stuff.
Mondayyyy…is great. I love Mondays. Actually i love any day here. To explain my subject for this email I will tell a short story. So we have to speak as much Japanese as we possibly can throughout our day. In the middle lf the day I needed to use the restroom and I forgot how to say it. So I just went off and said to my companion… “toire desu ka?” Which means haha “is you toilet?” And her response was “hai”. Which means yes. Anaha and our sensei laughed so hard because we had no idea what we were saying. It was a good day. We learned head, shoulders, knees and toes and then another cute game i don’t really know what its called. We are prepping for our lesson on Tuesday with a new “investigator”. We have 6 lessons this week. We cant bring any notes anymore so I’ll update y’all on how it went on Tuesday. Basically were all really scared but ready to take it on in faith!
Wow that lesson was bad. But i still felt the spirit. It was rough because i know all these words and i don’t know the grammar and sentence structure is making me go crazy!!!! But I can’t be upset. No use to be. I’m still happy. Just time to work more. Elder Zeballos of the seventy spoke at devotional. The devotional was awesome. It focused on investigators.
Remember to always serve others first. You will be blessed infinitely
for your service to God’s children always…