Monday, August 25, 2014

 Long time now see!
i am sorry i have not been able to send out an official email to
everyone in the past couple of weeks. This is the first P-day
(preparation day) that I have been able to spend good time emailing in
quite a while.
I want to start off by saying I love being a missionary. I think
everyone would enjoy being a missionary, and I hope everyone who was
one reflects on their experiences often.
This area has been quite difficult in many aspects (simply because we
 cannot openly proselyte on Base) but it has reminded me of how much
God is in charge of our lives. I know He's there and I am watching
Him, through no real effort of our own, lead those who want to hear
about the church to us.
We have met many wonderful friends here, and I am so grateful for the
opportunity to serve here.
Never mind the bugs.
The bugs here are....well, insane. The worst is the cicada, which is
called semi in Japanese. It is so... Ugh. Because you rarely see them.
You just walk by trees and you hear this rumble of bugs and their high
pitched chirping going faster and faster...sometimes I wonder if I
will survive being here. None have dive-bombed me yet, bug the Elders
get hit quite frequently.
I am trying to find an object lesson to relate semi to a Gospel day I'll find one...until then, if you feel
brave, please google them.
I have had a lot of great experiences this past week, but there are
two specific ones I would like to share with all of you.
One: We were in a lesson with one of our new friends, who is Chinese.
i cannot even begin to express the amount of love I feel for this
person who i have just met. We are excited to teach her, and she
 really wants to learn. We have to work through a translator to speak
with her, but that is okay. Yesterday we taught her about Jesus Christ
(because she literally knew nothing about Him. She thought, because
there were two names, that it was two people) and we briefly explained
 who He is and why He is the most Wonderful person on the planet. When
we were done, she leaned back and, as simply as possible, said, "Well,
if Jesus loves me like that, then i will love Him." We asked is she
beloeved in Jesus, and, after hearing about His life, said, "Yes, I
do. I think He's real." Her simple faith is so beautiful. I wish I,
and others, could also have such pure, childlike faith. I have found
 on my mission that having faith like that is refreshing. It is not
for the simple minded, or the dumb. It is a faith that we find after
having run around in psychological circles, trying to find another
answer-any answer, from that which is so simple. I do not know why we
do that-try to make things more complicated than they need to be, but
I find that, after I run a mental track of complicated notions for long
enough, I find myself back at the origin the simple answer I knew all
along- that I believe.
Second: This week i went to a meeting where our mission President
spoke. I love my mission President. He is one of the best examples of
me of a person who loves the Gospel and has fun in living it. I have
learned a lot from Him. And, ask he spoke about his conversion story,
I finally made a connection. He spoke about being a quiet teenager who
met missionaries on the street, and, I connected it. There is a
stereotype of quiet Japanese teenage boys- we see them everyday. And
they act quiet and scared of...well, a lot of people. And. I realized
my mission president was one of those little boys who met the
missionaries. He was one of the quiet, nerdy boys who we see dauily.
And then i watched my mission president bear powerful testimony on the
Book of Mormon in a language that is not his native, speaking of
things that he knew. I suddenly saw all of those High School students
on the street as future President Wadas. People who believe in the.
Gospel so much and are strengthen by Jesus Christ.
Sometimes when we see people, we only see them in their current state,
not as who they could be. I hope I can, and i hope all of you cn, see
people this week not as how they are but how they can be. And maybe,
we will trest those people a little bit differently.
This. Gospel is true. This church is real. God loves you. Just read
 the Book of Mormon, people. Let it flow through you.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello to all

Sister Molen has been so busy that she has been unable to send us an email to include on this blog.
I have accumalated random thoughts from her emails to family to bring everyone up to date.
Summary, she has been on the move again and has found yet another great adventure waiting for her.

July 28, 2014

Well, I am transferring.
And I am in LOVE with Kawasaki. I really do not want to leave. But,
yesterday at church, I was sitting in sacrament meeting, and I had the
strangest feeling I would be leaving. And I had peace.
So when the call came, I was not too surprised. I WAS shocked that my
companion was also transferring out. I will miss the people here more
than I can say, but I know this will be good for us.
So I'm transferring.
That's not the weird part.
I am going to a place called Yokota, andI will be serving an only
English speaking mission. (well, as much as you can get in Japan) I
will be serving in a military ward, and I am to help people by finding
them, teaching them, and preparing them to be baptized ONLY in
 That is a very interesting principle. To be honest, I am not quite sure
how to do that. I will still talk to everyone I see about the church,
but I will be focusing on speaking English.
My companion is going to Odawara-one of the most beautiful places I
 have ever seen. I will miss Sister R a whole lot, but I know her
new companions, and they will help her out a lot.
 So when I received the information regarding my transfer call, i was
told to go, to build up this English ward, and to "work like crazy".
I can do that.
In other news, we had a Music Festival this weekend. it was so much
fun! Mt friends were able to feel the Spirit very strongly and I
watched them grow.
 Kawasaki is growing. I am so happy. I hope and pray all will go well here.
Well, off to packing (again.) I find that packing gets easier, but
leaving does not. It is one thing to fold up shirts you wear all day
and another to tuck away your life and move forward to another one.
But I know I will never truly leave the people here. i hope to stay in
contact with them for a long time. A part of me will remain in
I know this is what God wants me to do. This is His plan. As much as I
want to say this is my mission, i know it is not. This is God's
mission. I am grateful for it.
And I feel very strongly there are reasons He wants me to serve in Yokota.
 So I will go. And I am absolutely
excited! :D
This was an interesting entry. But I am so grateful to be a missionary.
I hope you are all doing well.

August 4, 2014

I am assigned to a military ward, and I am asked to bring people to church. Missionaries used to be in charge of both the Japanese and English ward, but this is the first transfer they are splitting the two-so I am only with the English speakers. And we are not allowed to proselyte on base. We cannot even wear our nametags. So all work will be through members. 

August 11, 2014

I am doing good. :) I have forgotten a lot of American table manners, though, so it is interesting to eat with them. There is a golden investigator here who is only waiting to turn 18 to be baptized. And we met her Mom today and was able to build a great relationship with her.
We are having an adventure on base, too. We ate dinner with a member whose friend wants to learn about church. So we will be praying for them.

August 18, 2014

God has us here for a reason.  I am determined to try must best to follow Him.  I am over my half way point now.  That is weird but I am trying my best. The Book of Mormon is true, so everything will work out fine.  Japanese class went very well, our ward is very good and we have a busy schedule this week.  My companion is awesome, and this work is true.
The Work is not only great but good. Praying for all of you!!