I woke up this morning, looked at my tablet, and realized that it was the 13th, which means I've been on my mission for 11 months. Holy holy, it feels like just yesterday I came to the promise land (otherwise known as Japan). I'm loving every second I'm a missionary.
We teach Yuri Chan English at the Takadanobaba teaching station every week and recently, she became an investigator!! We taught her English for the normal hour and then after class, she was telling us how she wants to go on a service trip really bad. We asked her why and she said that she feels really good when she is serving and then we were able to testify that that feeling was God's love and how he wants everyone to serve. She had never really learned about God so she asked us about Him and we told her that he was our loving Heavenly Father. We ended teaching her a lesson on God and told her about the Book of Mormon. We asked her if we could teach her more and she said yes so we will now be teaching her about the church after teaching her English. It's amazing to see mission school working and to see how our simple service of teaching English softens people's hearts.
Wow I love her so much. I could literally probably talk about her all the time and Sister Her and I actually do that.. So she came to the church 5 days in a row this week..yup 5 days in a row. She went to stake conference and then FHE (family home evening) with the single adults, then to a family history night, then eikaiwa, then we had a lesson with her. I thought only missionaries were at the church that much, but nope, Aya too!!
We had a lesson with her which was amazing. I was also able to teach the lesson with my trainer from Sado, Sister Call, because we were on exchanges which made it all the more amazing. During the lesson we briefly introduced the Plan of Salvation because she had the question "What is the purpose of life?" We asked her if she believes in God and she said, "I don't believe in Him because in the Japanese culture we're brought up not to believe in Him and don't learn about Him, but I really want to believe." She probably went on for about 5 minutes on how much she wants to believe in God. She even recognized that her experience with meeting the missionary 5 years ago was probably a sign from God. She goes, "It's not a coincidence that I was having trouble, and that a guy who spake not only English and Portuguese, but Japanese too was there to help me." Yes Aya, yes!! She asked us if we had any experiences where we had a hard time believing or anything so me and sister call both shared experiences and she felt so much better afterwards. We taught her about prayer and how to pray (she had never prayed before), and she thought it was amazing. We asked her if she had any questions and she just said, "I just want to know if God is there." We asked her to pray and ask Him if he's there and she said: "I can do that?!" We said yes of course, and she got so excited and committed to praying to him that night. We testified to her a lot about real intent and desire. She has such real intent and the strongest desire to believe in God and that's where it starts.
We went to burger mania and wow it's amazing. I honestly had a dream about this burger place because of how amazing it was (I went there last temple p-day). Usually the "hamburgers" in Japan don't come with buns or tomatoes or anything normal hamburgers in America come with and the ones in Japan usually have sauce and rice, which isn't bad, it just isn't a hamburger!! But burger mania does hamburgers right. In fact it has this fancy cherry burger which has cherries and cream cheese on it along with the normal stuff. Now, this might not seem too tasty , but holy cow don't judge a food by how it sounds...it is SOOO YUMMY.
Just eat a burger and read your scriptures and you'll be happy. Sending my love from the promised land.
1. Exchanges with Call shimai
2. Dinner with a member and eikaiwa student
3 and 4. Last temple pday :( go to the temple everyone, you're privileged!!
5-10. The Ueno zoo (yes the temple thing was in the zoo. I also have a new appreciation for flamingos and also the seal life is the life for me.
After a year and a half of almost nothing but work, Jordan might sleep like a seal for the first couple of days; I know she wants to get back in the water and do some swimming as well so she might actually experience the seal life a bit. She loves her mission and the people she is serving and serving with. She also is excited to watch her brother play basketball and get back to school and all the great stuff that will come because of it, like hanging with friends and going to football and basketball games and gymnastic meets. July 13th will be a great day because she will have been gone a year and that means she's only six months away from coming home. Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comment section. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, emails and snail mail. We'll be back next week with more of Sister Jordan Wunderli's exciting adventures.