Monday, May 18, 2015

Old things are done away- all things become new

Well, here we are.
This last week was the opposite of boring. I told my companion,"You
know, I think my last week will be a little bit quieter than usual."
SO, this week was awesome. After climbing the hill to her house
several times, our friend Miho finally finished her lessons to
prepare for baptism. And on her 29th birthday, she decided to join the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
She taught me so much. I think she can teach everyone a lot about
life. She is a very simple lady who lives a simple life. And, even
though she has had many mountains to climb in her life, she has stayed
positive. She has taught me that every scar we have had can eventually
one day be healed. And that they do fade. But, it is only through
Christ does that happen. We have seen this woman completely understand
the Gospel (something she had NEVER heard about before) within a month
and a half. And she has every intention to endure to the end. Sister
M and I feel like we were sent here for Miho.

And then the next day...all the elders were acting weird at District
Meeting. So, I complained to Sister M ALL day about how I thought
the elders were going to throw a surprise farewell party. I even tried
using my lie detecting skills on her (didn't work. That was a waste of
3 credits) That night we had a lesson with Kanae- one of my favorite
people. We hadn't met with her for a long time, and we both went into
the lesson expecting her to drop us. She surprised us by asking us
about baptism and said she wanted to receive it. That was pretty cool!
After that we went to the third floor for game night which was.......a
surprise party! But not just ANY surprise party- a surprise birthday
party. Because, it was my birthday (not really. It was because all of
the cheap stuff was birthday themed). It was really sweet...and I
didn't know how to react.

Yesterday, we had tacos, some weird British dish, and a whole bunch of
rolls. Saying goodbye to the members was very, very hard. Saying
goodbye to everyone is hard. I don't think I can bring all of myself
home. Some of me will always be here.

I am excited about the new adventure, though. God plans things for our
lives that we would never expect.

Here in Japan, one of the most agnostic countries in the world, I have
come to to know my Savior. I have come to see my friends to discover a
God they didn't know was there. And for them to find that He was
really familiar all along.

I will continue this blog. In the words of one of my Ward Mission
Leaders, "You will be a dork." the other, "You are going to be really
weird." We will see what happens.

The Book of Mormon is true. Seriously. And by true I mean legit, real,
actually God's word, cool, never-failing, ever-helping, awesome blue
book. And I thank God for it.

See you all soon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

It's not over yet


Sorry about the big gap between emails. This one has been a long time coming.
This last week was awesome. We have been preparing with our friend,
Miho, to be baptized. She is absolutely golden. In her story, it has
been very evident that the Atonement has worked in her life. It was
wonderful to see and is cool to see her progressing. The biggest thing
she has taught me is that no scar of the heart cannot be fully healed
by the Savior.

I have been panicky about coming home. I had the privilege of going to
the Tokyo Temple a few weeks ago, And, as I walked in, I felt so much

As of right now, I am trying to stay in the moment. I had a cold this
last week and received a miraculous blessing(someone who holds the
priesthood, God's authority, says a very special prayer tp help with
healing and sometimes counsel). And God told me in that prayer,

"It's not over yet...there are still many
great things you have left to do".

I am holding onto that. :) We have seen a whole lot of miracles out
here, and I am excited to see what else happens.

Wish these were longer! The church is true, and life is awesome. Just
depends on how you look at life,

Sister Molen

May 2015 - Miho

May 2015- Planners 

This is an excerpt from an email that Sister Molen sent to her mom.  We think this is a wonderful way to represent her love for the people of Japan that she has.

It is hard to describe the condition of the hearts of the people in
Japan. Imagine living a life with no purpose, no end result, no real
motivation. They have instilled in their hearts so deeply the light of
Christ and they do not know it. The greatest hope that I have is that
God has made it this way for reasons. I think it is because if
they had a Christian background as soon as they were born they would
be taken up into heaven pretty quickly. So their big struggle in
life is not having Christianity. I think Satan works really hard on
them because he knows how good they can be. The good thing is that the
members in Japan are amazing. And God is with us.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone in America had an absolutely
wonderful Easter :-) as for Japan… Well… They don't really celebrate
Easter here.
Which is sad.
But, it is a great opportunity for us to
talk to people about Jesus Christ :-) understand who he is or what he
did, so was a really easy way to bring up who Jesus Christ.
After all,
he is the center of our message.
Which reminds me if anyone has not
seen that because he lives video, I would give it 10 stars :-) and
anyone who is watch movies with me knows that that is a really big

This week we learned a lot about doing service.
When Christ was on the
earth He performed service.… When you think about it, actually,
Jesus Christ whole life was all about serving other people.
Even after his friend John the Baptist died and
he went to a mountain alone pray and
to mourn, He decided to look outward and serve other people.
We've had the privilege of serving a lot
people this last week.

And, two hours ago I got my last transfer call.
It is the second time in my mission where I will have a companion
for more than one transfer :-) :-) :-)
I'm excited to be with Sister M as I try my best to
finish up the work the work of the Lord wants me to do here in Japan.
I'm excited to continue working on Yokosuka in to help the friends I
have here.

That is it for this week! Sorry that this email is a little record, I
will make it up the pictures :-)
I know that this church is true.
It is so good and so beautiful to know that God lives.
And I wanteveryone to know that for themselves.

Ai shite iru yo!

Easter Activity She is right here       ^^^^^^^

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Konnichi wa minasan

As the title of this email states, this week has been quite intense. A
lot of ups and downs, but I figure that is life. :)
For all those wondering, out dear friend Evelyn, is doing great. She
has received such a glow. And it keeps growing! there is an innate
strength in her and a fire within her. And, because she is quiet some
of the time, people might not see it initially. But it is amazing and
beautiful. I think of all the quiet people in my life that I have not
taken a lot of time to know. I think I should slow down more.

In other news, my companion, Sister C, left me. She is off to new
adventures in a place called Yamato. But my new companion is Sister
M. We knew each other in th MTC, and she is so awesome! People here
think we look a lot alike.

We have been running around like crazy this week, letting Sister C
say Goodbye and introducing Sister M (I don't know about
"introducing" her to too much, This was her first area, so she has
come in hitting the ground running)

We have a friend who is studying with us. And we have not known how
involved she has been in really wanting to know for herself whether or
not this message is true. And we were sitting with her talking about
the Book of Mormon. It went a little something like this:

Us: Do you understand this passage?
Her: Yes.... actually, this book is super easy to read.
Us: (I have NEVER heard that. It is written in old Japanese and
English) Wait, what?
Her: Yeah, this is super easy to read. And I don't know why.
Us:...yeah, it IS easy to read! (because it is easy for us)
Her: I don't get it, but whenever we are talking about this I have this
懐かしい feeling.

懐かしい-threw in a Japanese word there. Google translate doesn't do it
justice. No dictionary really does. Natsukashii is like that feeling
you have when you think of your childhood. Like a familiar feeling of
something that you have been missing.

When she said that, I felt so much joy inside me. "Yes. That's normal.
There is a reason." We then gave her a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and
told her we would talk about it.

THEN fast forward a few days. We get a text from our SAME friend,
saying she doesn't want to meet with us anymore. Out of the blue. We
call her and followed the Spirit like crazy. Turns out she decided to
start doing some research because she DOES want to know for
herself...and stumbled onto a Japanese website with lies about our
church (*sigh* do people not have better things to do than put lies on
the internet) We told her those were not true, and after a very long
phone call, were able to set another appointment with her. Rest assured
we will be bringing pamphlets, and try to get a member there to tell
her what our church is REALLY like.

This whole story is supposed to amount to something. And I will quote
something our Relief Society teacher said yesterday, "It is very easy
to find a voice to confirm your thoughts, good or bad. You will always
find voices for both. But the most important thing to do is to go to
the only source you know will not lead you astray. And that is the

We all have affiliations with the darkness and light in this world. I
have helped many people as they have tried to learn for themselves. No
matter where we are, there will always be those two. But we decide
where we choose to stand.

Hope everyone had a great week.
 Love you all, and cannot wait to hear from you.


Me and Sister C on our last day

Birthday party for a member!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Sorry, this one will be short. We had some technical difficulties with the ipad.
The good news is, I have now realized that I still remember
how to use a keyboard (somewhat.. it is actually kind of difficult)

Transfer calls came... and I am still in Yokosuka! Yay!
I am so excited to continue working here. 
I have met so many wonderful people and
am excited to see how we can be God's hands in helping others!

On a sad note, my companion is leaving :(
I will miss her a lot.
She is going to a good area with a
good companion, though, so I know she'll have fun.

Elder Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the 12 apostles, came and spoke to us.
That was an awesome experience.
There were 400 missionaries in one room, singing, "Called to Serve". 
That was a powerful moment.

He spoke of us teaching our investigators to teach themselves.
Which is difficult, but He said we could do it.
Sorry this one is short.
But the church is true. God lives. It isn't a catchphrase, it is a fact.
And, as Christ had said, all things are possible to them that believe.

ai shite imasu

Moren Shimai

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dramatic One.........

Hope you all are doing well. A lot has happened this week. But I would
like to share one story on here.

So, we had our Sisters' Conference! Our area is
near the very bottom of our mission, and, because we had never made
the trip together before, we got VERY lost. But that is okay.

Because there was one train that usually goes straight to the mission
home. You take it from the Yokohama train station, which is in my old
area, Yamate. It was the morning, so the train was very packed, It was
actually one of the most packed I had ever been in! The pushers had a
really hard time closing the doors. And I watched as a 45 year old or
so man got on the steam of people, and he made eye contact with me. He
gave me a look, and I felt a little uncomfortable. As of late, we had
some men approaching us, and we had to explain to them we don't date as
missionaries. It turns our the man got pushed right behind me. I heard
him rustling after a few minutes, and then felt a tap on my shoulder.
I awkwardly half turned around to see him holding my zone leader's
business card. He then said, "I met you on this train one year ago."

Needless to say, I was confused.
He continued, sheepishly. "One year ago, you and your companion were
on this train, You gave me an English flier. I chased you down the

All of a sudden, it all clicked. I remembered! We were talking to a
woman who had no interest in our message, or even in our English
class. And a man chased us down and asked for a flier for English
Class and church.

I got very excited! "hey, nice to see you again! have you been coming
to church?"
he replied that he went to class quite a few times, but had recently
gotten busy. He said he had not seriously studied with the
missionaries, but thought it was a good idea to start.

I found myself on the same train with the same son of God- twice.
Expect now, I was more experienced than when I was a new missionary in
Yamate. and I can say a lot more now.  I was able to testify to
him about church boldly, and invite him to meet with the missionaries
again. he is now working that out with the elders he was in contact

I am so grateful for second chances. I feel very privileged that
through being lost on a bunch of trains, we were able to invite
someone again to hear the Gospel.

Heavenly Father is truly aware of each sparrow. And, as the Savior
Himself says, "You are worth so much more than Sparrows".(Matthew 10:31)

I am glad God is looking out for this man.

Hope you all have been able go find the miracles amidst things going
hayware in your lives.

You are all amazing. Would love to hear from you.