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!
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.
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.”
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!!
P.S….ELDER OAKS IS COMING TO OUR MISSION IN TWO WEEKS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
P.S. Still no cherry blossoms, I’m “patiently waiting.
This week is transfer calls! And my training will officially finish! Which is kind of scary but also exciting.
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.”
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 🙂
Thank you for all the wonderful emails I’ve received! You all sound happy and very very in love! Anyways!
I’m sorry I didn’t email on Monday. (so sorry Mom) Today is temple P-day. It was sooo good to just sit, and ponder in the house of God. The people are so blessed to have this beautiful jewel in Sapporo.
Weather: FINALLY SPRING. 春になった！やった！There are buds on the Sakura and ume trees (cherry blossoms and plum) and it is so refreshing. Today we didn’t have to wear a jacket outside either! I’m so excited because in a couple weeks it’ll start to feel like a new place with all the snow gone. Once all the snow melts we get our bikes!! Yayyy!!
Language: Yeahhh…. it’s comin! I’m getting fairly comfortable with it. i understand about 40% of what is going on. But still so much to learn! It’s cool to see far along you come since the first day in the MTC.
Companion: Koyama Shimai is the bomb! haha so cute, and I learn so much from her all the time! I’m so blessed to have her as a companion. And also sad because this week might be our last week together since transfers are next week! We shall see what happens!
Miracles: WOW let me tell you, God is everywhere you look. Last week we found 3 new investigators, and this week 2 more. By the end of this week we should have taught 13 lessons. the days are getting crazy. Not much finding anymore because we are hopping from appointment to appointment. I can’t complain. My heart is full, and it truly does
bring joy to teach the gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. I love Hokkaido so much. The people are so humble. Snow, rain, or shine, these church member’s testimonies are always warm and full of the Savior’s love.
Spiritual: This week I learned about charity and patience! This transfer i really wanted to learn patience with myself. I found it easy to be patient with someone else but personally I have been struggling. This week I read a scripture and it talked about the Savior’s example of Charity. 1 Nephi 19:9 “Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.” This scripture made me ponder on how Christ needed patience to have charity, and charity to have patience. This transfer I have definitely learned about how I can create patience and show love through it. Heavenly Father loves everyone so much!! As we serve others, we feel just an ounce of how much God loves His children.
Love you everyone!
Sasaki Shimai 🙂