Sunday, February 12, 2017

Straight up Doby

Sunday night used to mean the end of the weekend and thoughts of the work week would start to enter my mind as I would contemplate what I need to do.  Since Jordan has been in Japan, Sunday night has been and will be my favorite time of the week until she gets back.  I always love her emails and cherish the short time we have to communicate with each other and share our experiences from the previous week and encourage each other for the upcoming week.  Here is Jordan's experience in Kumagaya, Japan for the past week.

Those who know me know I love Harry Potter and this week Gorner Shimai and I felt a lot like doby. This week I learned how to be super genki (happy/healthy) even when I was absolutely exhausted. And I learned that being happy and tired is way better than being grumpy and tired. 

We woke up at 5:30am to catch the train to make it to Oyama for exchanges. We got there around 8am and used the directions the Oyama Sisters gave us to get to the church. We ended up getting so lost, so we called them and tried explaining where we were and they had no idea. Lots more confusion, walking, and time later we found out that we had gotten off at the wrong train station. Hahahaha oops. By the time we got to their apartment it was 11:30am. We were exhausted the whole exchange, but learned so much and they were still super fun. We then had to wake up at 6am the next morning to get home. Sister Gorner and I were absolutely exhausted but instead of complaining and being grumpy about everything, we decided to laugh at everything which made it way more fun.

Sweet little Ingrid:
I had to put the "sweet little" in there because she's just so cute. She heard we went to Tokyo this week and was worried one of us had transferred, and she always texts us goodnight and good morning. We had a lesson with her this week and basically just planned out with her these next two weeks of lessons with her. She is really worried about being ready for baptism by February 26th, so we sat down with her and taught her about the atonement and made it really specific to her, and showed her everything we need to teach her in the next two weeks. She seemed a lot calmer after that! 

We had another lesson with her on Sunday where we taught her the restoration and after we asked her if she knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the Book of Mormon is true and if Thomas S. Monson is the real prophet today and she said, "of course!" 

We haven't been able to meet with Joy for a couple of weeks because her sons been sick and she's had to work a lot, but we were finally able to meet with her on Friday. I love Joy, but she's been having a really hard time with keeping commitments for the whole year that she's been an investigator so we basically sat down with her and asked her what big goal was. She wants her family to be together forever. We told her that was great and we made a plan for her to be able to accomplish that big goal. The first part of that plan is for her to stop smoking. She usually smokes a pack or more a day so we committed her to only smoke 10 cigarettes a day. We have called her ever night since then and she's been keeping her commitment! She also prayed about baptism and accepted our baptismal date for March 12th!! 

Everyday I'm a missionary is a happy day!! So grateful to be in Japan doing His work. 
Wunderli Shimai 

Word of the week 
Word: Obaachan
Pronunciation: o-baw-chawn
Meaning: grandma 

1. Gorner Shimai and my favorite person ever!! Obaachan (grandma)
2. This peach water is straight up heaven 
3. Kumagaya 
4. Straight up Doby 
5. Kumagaya part 2
6. The light cut off part of my head but oh well


As always, thank you so much for your support for Jordan via your thoughts, prayers, emails and snail mail.  For those who don't have it and would like it, her email address is  If you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to share them in the comments section.  Until next Sunday, make it a great week.

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