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.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This will be a short one.
This last week was super busy, but full of miracles.

Our friend, through all craziness, was able to follow Jesus Christ and
be baptized. It was amazing to see. I have been how God is a part of
her life. Me and my companion did very little, if anything. It was all
 between her and God.

Love you all! Please remember: Have fun this week!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Frantic Happiness

So, week three in the chosen land of Yokosuka!!! I am finding that
there are times when I have no time, but I suppose that is a better
problem to have. We are bouncing around everywhere like crazy! It is a
really good thing and is super fun, but sometimes I wonder if I can
really do this: balance the ward and the branch, finding and teaching,
coming and going, all while trying to be more Christlike. And I
realize; No, I can't. Not alone. But I DO know I can do it will God
and Jesus Christ. And somehow,
They are getting all of the necessary things done.

Here are some quick adventures and thoughts for the week:
So we come home from English class, climb up a bunch of steps, go into
the genkan(apt), and turn on the lights. And..nothing. Flick it again.
Nothing. We tried everything we could and...nothing.It was pitch
black. A few days earlier my companion mentioned how she resented a
little bit how our mission is so safe, so taken care of, and so
pampered. So I blame her for our power going out. And it was so much
fun!! I loved it. It was SO cool!!!!! After lighting a candle and
pulling out our emergency packs, we called the Mission Home, who was
nof as excited as I was. And さすが Mission Home, they were able to call
a very kind man to fix it in the middle of the night. (Mission Home
can do anything). But, as we were sitting there, I realized that this
was an opportunity to be grateful for everything we DID have. Isn't
life interesting? We do not tend to realize our blessing until they
are extinguished. And, amidst all the places we were going, God took
some time to pause us, and remind us of our blessings. It was a great

We had a lesson with a sweet new friend. She knows nothing about
Christianity and told us that she was scared of it when she was in
school. She said she thought people are forced to join, and when you
enter a church building they rob you. o.0 She then said when she met
us on the street we did not seem to be those kinds of people, but
seemed very friendly and respected people's agency. She said that
because she had a good feeling, she figured she would decide to find
out a little more. We told her that we most definitely respected her
agency, and would NOT make her join, but teach her how to find out for
herself if it is true. She likes that.

One miracle: We went bowling on Base last P day with the kindest
couple I have ever met. And, afterward we headed over quickly to the
McDonalds nearby so we could hurry to go out and work. To our surprise
we walked in and saw a church member from the branch! We then took a
few more steps and met a friend who drops by church! We set up a table
and were able to get to know them better and teach them. Miracle in

Will tell you more next week. And the beginning of this post, I said,
"necessary things". And I love being a missionary-because those
"things" involve serving God and serving others. And, even though
sometimes the days are long, or the Japanese is difficult to
understand, I am so glad I have the privilege to act in the place of
Christ. I hope to be a better person so that I can help these people
the best I can.

Hope everyone had a great week! Would love to hear about it!