Week 24: Sakura and more.

**Mom’s Post**

There was no email today, but she did share lots of pictures. I will share a story that she shared with us on her Mother’s Day call. Hopefully, I remember it correctly. lol

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More sakura!

Sasaki Shimai and her companion went to help an investigator clean her apartment. Before they left, they gave her a Book of Mormon and challenged her to read it. They followed up with her and found that she had not read it yet. So they challenged her again. She said she would read it.

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Tag picture.

Sasaki and Watabe Shimai went back on Saturday to see how this investigator was doing. When she opened the door, the investigator was there, with a visitor. They told her that they didn’t want to bother her and would come back later to see her.

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Sasaki and Watabe Shimai.

The investigator quickly said, no. Please come in. And then kicked out her visitor, a man. After he left, the investigator explained that she was so happy and thankful that they had come to visit her. That she was happy to kick that man out because all he did was drink and smoke.

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Wet ninjas

She explained that she wanted to change her life and didn’t want that kind of life any more. She had started to read the Book of Mormon as well. Sasaki Shimai and Watabe Shimai were super happy and excited about this miracle. There aren’t a lot of investigators in her area right now, so it was truly a miracle.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

**Mom’s post**

We waited all day for her call. It was set for Mother’s Day here in AZ at 5:40pm. She said that because of there being Stake Conference, if they would have called on Mother’s Day in Japan, it would have been 3am here. LOL!

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The whole family was there. We even had Grandma and Grandpa Sasaki Facetimed in as well. It was so fun to see and hear Sasaki Shimai talk about her mission. She was very happy. We asked her what her favorite thing about being in Japan. She said it was the people. She said they are very humble people. We asked her what she eats there. Her response was, ” a lot of rice, with egg.” She explained that they cook the rice and while its hot, they crack a raw egg in it and stir it up. Her grandpa suggested putting shoyu (soy sauce) on it.

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She says the weather is very windy now, which makes it hard to bike in. I asked if there was anything she was in need of right now. She said no. Her companion was there and we were able to say hi. She chatted with Grandma and Grandpa for a bit in Japanese. Grandma said her Japanese accent was very good. We did record a little of her introducing herself and telling all about herself in Japanese. It was impressive to hear. She says the language is coming along, but her companion says she speaks Japanese very well and that Leigh is being modest.

She was excited about Tyler being called to Tonga. She gave her brother advice about his mission. She said, “Remember, everything that happens on your mission is a miracle, even if someone happens to give you bread that day.”

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She ended the call with sharing a recent miracle that she experienced. She may share it in her P-Day email, but the kids seemed to enjoy listening to the couple stories she shared.

We of course had to get our family picture with her! Happy Mother’s Day!

Week 24: Golden Week . . . not too Golden.

Konnichiwa!

Wow this week rough, but also it was good!

So for starters we had many many problems with different things, but I’m alive!! Because this week was hard, I’m going to just give y’all the miracles that happened:

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YAY! Moiwa missionaries!!

1. SAKURA IS HERE!!! I’m very happy, there’s green and pink and it’s
all happy and stuff now here in the downtown of Sapporo.
2. We got 2 new investigators! It was truly a miracle.
3. We have appointments everyday this week!! Also a miracle!!
4. My current STL was my second trainer Koyama Shimai and I was able to go on splits with her this past week! I also got to go back to Kotoni which was my second bean area. It was a very nice 24 hours.

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The cutest sister in our ward. WE LOVE HER!

More has happened but I’d just like to explain that Heavenly Father gives trials to us to grow. To show us what weaknesses we have. It’s truly a blessing in disguise. Even though in the moment we feel like everything is falling apart, the picture is much grander than we could ever see.

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Odori Zone Conference

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I’m grateful for this mission everyday. I’m grateful to be called as a personal representative of our Lord Jesus Christ. This calling is so hard because what Christ did was even harder. So much more we could never truly understand the depth of it. The mission is only scratching the surface of that pain He felt. But everyday I learn more and more about how great God’s plan of happiness truly is. I love you all!!

Sister Sasaki

P.S….ELDER OAKS IS COMING TO OUR MISSION IN TWO WEEKS.

Week 23: Miracle of the Week.

KONNICHWA!

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When the church members are confused because we have kanji tags and we can’t speak Japanese. . . . . haha.

 

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Last P-Day,! We went to the Sapporo Chocolate Factory!

Hello I’m gonna share my miracles of the week…..
WE GOT A NEW INVESTIGATOR…so long story short. She met the missionaries a long time ago. Then haven’t met with them in forever then called us because she knew the missionaries would always help. We helped her clean her house, and then we shared the message of the restoration to her. The spirit was so strong and she willingly accepted our message to pray to feel God’s love and to know our message is true. We will follow up soon, but I’d never seen anyone so willing to accept our commitments. That is seriously one of the best feelings ever.

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MATSURIYA!! WE LOVE SUSHI and soft cream.

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Me and Sister Watanabe went on splits in Moiwa.

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More of the Chocolate Factory with one of my fav humans . . . Sister Arnold.

There are so many little miracles everyday. We just have to try and look. This week I received a priesthood blessing and I was reminded about how much our Heavenly Father and our Savior love us individually. I testify that He loves us. He always wants us to feel that love.

This month I’ll be gone for 6 months already and it feels so unreal. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. May 16th….I’ll be a third of my mission done. I wouldn’t trade my mission for anything. It’s probably the best decision I could’ve ever made. My testimony has grow so much in such a short amount of time. If there’s anything I’ve learned the most, it’s that I’ve been changed for the better.

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We went on a hike today!

In my mission particularly there are not a lot of baptisms. On average there’s only about 3 baptisms a month. And it’s really easy to feel like you’re wasting God’s time. But really…our work is much greater then we think. We each have a purpose and gifts to bring. And this week I learned that my spiritual gift is to love the people. I’ve seen that as you love the members and share your testimony to them, they realize that missionary work is more then housing and knocking on doors, it’s to share the gospel with their loved ones.

I love you all!!

Sister Sasaki

Still No Sakura

UPDATES!!

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I love the English on the introductory paper. “Heat Warning Scripture”

Language: yeah still don’t know what goes on at church, but sometimes I have a gist of what’s happening. Gift of tongues is also the gift of patience. 笑う!just gotta keep going.

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This is the street cart that all of our money goes into.(not bitter
or anything)

Area: I love the city!! There’s a lot of potential, and it’s a lot of fun to help it grow. We don’t really have Investigators right now so it’s a lot of finding. And finding, and finding…lol but there have been lots of tender mercies in our lives as we try to find new people. One of them was as we were walking near a the famous clock tower and
some women recognized us! And she was so happy to see us. It was so much nicer rather then people telling us that Jesus is bad. Heavenly Father is truly mindful of His children.

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The bishop’s FHE we gave a spiritual message at!

Spiritual: Wow! This transfer I decided that I would study preach my gospel from cover to cover. And it has been a really amazing experience. Right now I am in the chapter about studying and how we can make study time a more sacred experience. I’m really grateful for study time and the revelation we able to receive through it. When you study with intent we learn so much more and the spirit is able to teach us more because we are willing and seeking the words of God. I invite you all to set apart an hour of your day to meditate, study God’s word, and take time to take care of your spirit. Just like we need exercise everyday we also need spiritual exercise everyday to be more conditioned to the promptings of the spirit. I’m truly grateful for this mission I’m serving, the people I’m loving, and the hard stuff in between.

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Sometimes your Tahitian/Tongan bestie surprises you in the ward
your serving in???(but also really a tender mercy)

Have a wonderful weeek! Love y’all!

Stay Genki,
Sister Sasaki🌸

P.S. Still no cherry blossoms, I’m “patiently waiting.

Week 22: Two Halves make a Whole

Hello!!

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I loooove you Koyama Shimai! Have fun with your bean!

As to my surprise, (actually, not really) I have transferred yet again!
So there are actually 4 areas in the zone I am in, and I have now been
to three of them. I call it Tour de Odori.

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Moiwa w/渡部姉妹

Haha oh man. I am in Moiwa! The heart of the city of Sapporo. It’s super fun and the ward is really big and I love it.

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My companion is Watabe Shimai! She is half Japanese like me, she is from Ohio and was in BYU’s color guard! Fun stuff!

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Texting in Japanese is probably the hardest thing I’ve done.

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Kotoni District activity before transfers last week.

This week was kind of crazy, I don’t have too much to write about, but
all is well here in Moiwa.

Love y’all!

Week 21: Bean Chan days are over!

This week is transfer calls! And my training will officially finish! Which is kind of scary but also exciting.
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Japanese face masks are funny.

Not much has happened in between last Wednesday and today. I got sick over the weekend which wasn’t fun but today I’m alright. 🙂 we got to watch conference this weekend and it was amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever sat and listened so intently in my life.

One of my favorite lines from general conference is from the last talk President Uchtdorf gave called “Perfect love casteth out fear”. In it he says:

 “My beloved friends, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, if we ever find ourselves living in fear or anxiety, or if we ever find that our own words, attitudes, or actions are causing fear in others, I pray with all the strength of my soul that we may become liberated from this fear by the divinely appointed antidote to fear: the pure love of Christ, for “perfect love casteth out fear.”
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The snow has melted. The view is always gorgeous.

I’m not sure who knows this but I’ve always been a very anxious human. Sometimes I have a hard time feeling the spirit because I find myself in fear, worrying constantly about nothing. But something I have learned in this mission experience is to let go, and take that leap of faith. I testify that as we take that first step of blind faith, Christ is there to catch us when we fall back in fear. His love is always there. It’s always perfect. It’s always 10000% accurate when our jumps have miscalculations. That’s the best part about this gospel. No matter how bad we feel we messed up, the path to healing is much nearer then we think.
I love you all! I’m sorry I don’t have much, this week. Next week should have more 🙂
Stay genki! 
佐々木姉妹🌸