Japan is amazing and cold and beautiful and the best. My trainer
is Hannant Shimai and she is the cutest ever. We click so well. And
she is from Australia, and her Nihongo is amazing.
Our area is Sapporo. It is called Shinkotoni and it is super cute!!
I had to bare my testimony in Sacrament. That was scary but awesome. A
lot of grandmas. About 40 of us in our ward.
A MIRACLE OF THE WEEK:
My first day in Sapporo my trainer a few days before found this girl
who is about 22 who wanted to come to Eikaiwa (English class that
missionaries teach) And she came my first day in Japan! So…we then
talked to her after class and realized she is fluent in English and
wanted to talk English with us. So the next day we went to dinner and
taught her in English about prayer and now we are going the snow
festival for another lesson. She is awesome and I can’t wait to see
how she progresses.
Anyways. There are miracles everyday, especially when you work
hard. We housed all week long and probably walked about 30 miles for
the whole week. We found more investigators as we housed for long
hours. Holy cow. God is everywhere.
Time to go!Love y’all! Be obedient.
January 16th, was travel day for Sasaki Shimai. She literally traveled for a day, poor girl. She reported to the Travel Office in the MTC by 4:50am. Then she and her group were put on a train headed up to SLC. While on the train she called mom at work. Mom and Leigh talked for a bit.
She checked in to the airport at SLC. Her group boarded their flight at around 9:40am and headed for SEA-TAC airport. While waiting for their flight, she was able to call the family again and talk for a bit. She is doing well, but so excited to be heading out to Japan. Seh said she wasn’t nervous about talking to people in a different language. The cold made her more nervous. After a 2 hour layover, they boarded again and got comfortable for their 10.5 hr flight.
They landed in Tokyo and had another 2 hour layover, then she and her companion along with another 4 elders in their group made their final flight up to Sapporo. I’m sure they were all exhausted after their long journey. The next evening we received a quick short email from Sasaki Shimai:
I am in Japan, and I am good and this is the best place on earth. My first area is Sapporo and we get the University and this is the best. Okay time to go, I love you!!!!!!
This is has been a very busy week. Lots of studying and packing. We
gave our last lesson to Moeka San and it was a really good lesson. We
taught about after you are baptized you can go to the temple and how
you feel the spirit a lot there. It was so special. Even though they
are fake investigators, we are teaching real people.
I can’t believe I’m done with the MTC. I’ve grown so much and had so many experiences. I’m eternally grateful for my decision to serve. This is exactly where I’m supposed to be. It’s weird to think that me, being a 19 year old girl,has left everything to learn about Christ and God 24 hours a day, and leaving my home country to tell people of this great gift about the Savior and what he can do for you.
日本に行ひつよがあります。 (I need to go to Japan)
I started the book of Mormon again in the MTC. I finished it a week
ago. I can testify that the book of Mormon is the word of God and that
it was made for the latter days. As someone in the Millennial
generation we go through a lot of discrimination because our beliefs
are not contrary to the political correctness of this society. As
Jeffery R Holland said “be older and bolder!” The first gift we were
given is the Book of Mormon, and we need to use it more. It testifies
of Christ, and the joy this gospel brings. Testify of THAT! Testify
that Jesus is the Christ and everything is possible because of that
simple truth. Mormons are not a cult, we are not a secret society, we
are normal people living high standards of God, and believe that WE
are truly children of God.
Wow is it really 2017?? Everyone in the MTC defs didn’t remember that there was a new year happening. Nothing special went down. Except me and the sisters in my district woke up at 11:55, counted down the new year in Japanese and drank apple cider then immediately hopped back in bed at 12:01. ghahaha We kinda lost our minds in the process.
Our New Years Celebration. Our dai-senpai left a strobe light..(we don’t know why),BUT IT WAS GREAT!
I’ll just give a brief overview of how my year went.
I moved home from Salt Lake last year around this time, lost 30lbs, started my mission papers, submitted my papers, got my call to the Japan Sapporo Mission, got ready to leave for a mission, I finally left, and now I am a missionary!!
I’d have to say 2016 was a missionary year. It was hard, long, but very worth it. When we focus our lives on Christ we really pay attention to the beauty of this earth that God created and are filled with more gratitude each day. I invite you all to be more aware of Christ helps and changes your life for the better! And I promise you will see a lot more blessings come to pass then ever before.
ONLY 11 DAYS TILL I GO TO JAPAN!!!! I can’t believe this is week 8 of the mtc. I am like an obaachan to this MTC. I love this mission of mine. OH yesterday Bonnie L. Oscarson came and spoke to us for devotional tomorrow. I love that woman. I want to be her. I actually listened to a couple of her talks on Monday and was presently surprised when I walked into the devo building. And I got almost starstruck. ahahaha Oh man. Anyways!! Have a wonderful week!! I love you all and pray for you all often!
QUESTIONS FROM MOM
MOM: DID THE MTC DO ANYTHING FUN FOR NYE?
SASAKI SHIMAI:All we did was wake up at 11:55 and then went back to sleep. Apparently the MTC doesn’t care about New Years hahaha.
MOM: WHAT’S YOUR ONE-WORD GOAL THAT YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAR?
SASAKI SHIMAI:My one word goal is patience. I am learning that I am patient with others but with myself, I can’t do it. Once I learn patience and continue to learn patience I will be a lot more successful.
MOM: IS THERE A GIANT MAP IN THE MTC?
SASAKI SHIMAI:Yes there is. I need to take a picture by it soon. There’s like a schedule. lol
MOM: HAVE YOU SEEN AND SMELLED THE TREE THAT LOOKS LIKE CREAM-SODA THERE?
SASAKI SHIMAI:LOL When I read that i was like “what even is that”. My teacher said it’s right outside our building. It’s so snowy idk if it’ll smell anymore haha
MOM: WHAT WAS THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU THIS WEEK?
SASAKI SHIMAI: HAHA I HAVE A STORY. So . . . . . . . This was the week of the potato. At lunch they have baked potatoes and I was really excited for it. It was my first time and I was so happy. I was the first in line and I got my potato and I had bell peppers and it was a good day for a potato. I picked my potato and I was walking towards an area had to decide “should I get my water first or put food down and get water?” I decided to put my food down. So I walked over to the table….and BAM!!! Someone ran into me and my potato falls to the ground and my plate shatters and I get a round of applause. haha So yeah, then I had to go back in a long line. The potato wasn’t as glorious as the other ,but haha still SO good. So there is my funny story.