Monday, July 10, 2017

1 Year

Well on Thursday of this week, my baby girl will have been on her mission for one year.  I'm very proud of her work / service that she's performed over this time.  I knew she'd be great because she has such a great attitude and she works really hard.  Japan is lucky to have her and she's lucky to have this opportunity - it's a win-win.  I'm really excited that they have two investigators.  Hopefully they will gain a testimony and decide to get baptized.  Enjoy this week's blog / email.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I love America and I love you all!!

Two flat tires:
At the start of this past week, I got a flat tire two days in a row. One of the days was p-day so we had to take a good chunk out of p-day to walk in the dying hot heat to take my bike to the bike shop. It was pouring rain when I got my other flat tire. This time we had to walk about 30 minutes in the pouring rain to take it to the shop and when we showed up to the church afterwards, my companion and I looked like we had just gotten out of the shower...with our clothes on. There's not really any lessons that I learned form this, just fun mission experiences that I'll remember forever.

Momoko is another English student from the teaching station. She comes every Friday to learn English and is really good, diligent and dedicated. This week she became a new investigator!! We went out to dinner and ice cream with her and talked to her about her beliefs. She told us that she believes in God and that she prays everyday. We were able to relate it to our church since what she does is more part of the Shinto religion. We asked her if she had interest to learn more. At first she said that she was was really busy this next week, but wanted to learn more. We felt prompted to say that even if she made time for short 20 minute lessons she would be blessed, and she got so excited and pulled out her agenda and scheduled us in for Friday at 6pm. The thing I've been realizing with talking to English students is that the gospel will come up with whatever conversation you have. The gospel is our lives, so naturally, it will come up in conversation. It makes conversations so much easier and natural when you just realize that all you have to do is really be yourself and almost, as if by default, the gospel will come up, the light of Christ will shrine through.

During Aya's last lesson Sister Her and the sister that she was on exchanges with committed her to meet with us once a week. She's busy with two jobs and barely has time to sleep, let a lone time to meet with us. However, we know that she won't be able to progress if she doesn't meet with us, so they committed her to meet with us once a week and she kept that commitment!! She told us that she was really busy this week and probably wouldn't have time to meet, then on Friday, we messaged her and asked her if she could meet us at 8:30pm at the church. She originally told us she couldn't and so we made other plans. We got a call from her at 8:40pm on Friday and she said that she had finished work early and she was at the church. We, however, were a 30 minute bike ride away from the church and couldn't make it. We were devastated because of how hard it is to meet with her. She ended up going to the sports night at the church and having fun there, but we were so sad we couldn't teach her.
We messaged her the next day and asked if there was anyway we could meet with her (we still hadn't met with her this whole week). She messaged us back and said she couldn't and told us that she has an interview for a 3rd job at night. Wow Satan is really trying hard to get her not to meet with us. She messaged us again a few hours later and said that she actually can and that she moved some stuff around. She made time to meet with us twice this week even though she's insanely busy because she knows how important this is! This is salvation!! We met with her and were able to teach her about the Restoration and at the end when she was reading about prayer and the Book of Mormon and through those two things you can know if it's true and thus our church as well is true, she said, while pointing to the pamphlet with a smile on her face, "This is what I have to do! I will do this!" Needless to say I'm so happy to see that even though Aya doesn't know a lot about this church and even though she's crazy busy, she knows the importance of it and she's following that feeling. What an example of faith she is to me.

1 Year:
This next week I'll be hitting my year mark as a missionary and it's so surreal. I'm so grateful to be a missionary in Japan and I'll be serving with all my heart, mind, might, and strength for these last 6 months. Have a righteous week! 

Wunderli Shimai
1 and 2: takadanobaba at night 
3. Miki Shimai ❤ one of my favorite YSA members 
4. Modersitzki Shimai and mango lassi,  two of my favorite things 😁
5. Jenny oaks baker (Elder oaks daughter) and her family performed a concert this week and we got to go and wow it was amazing. I love music and how strongly it brings the spirit. 
6. When you see it...
7. No better way to celebrate the 4th of July than eating corndogs from your local 7-11. Let freedom ring. 🇺🇸 #murica 

As always, thanks for your positive thoughts, comments, prayers, snail mail and emails - Jordan loves them and really appreciates the support.  Feel free to share your thoughts or ask questions in the comment box.  Back with more next week.

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