This week has been fun, confusing, and a little bit chaotic. But in
the best way possible! It's Golden Week in Japan. Golden week isn't a
holiday in and of itself, but the combination of several holidays all
crammed into one week. Everyone is off work, spending time with their
families, and just enjoying life. It's kind of like everyone is on a
friendly family centered spring break. One would think that because
everyone is off work, they'd be lining up to be receive lessons from
the loving and adoring sister missionaries right?
Every single one of our lessons were cancelled this week. We even
planned an incredible lesson at a great family in our ward's home and
she cancelled on us 30 minutes before the appointment because she was
sick. We were bummed, but even worse is the fact that we had to
inconvenience this family so much. But the thing is, it's no one's
fault. These things happen, and it just meant that we got to have a
ton of time to find more of God's prepared children. Which I am so
grateful for. I love all forms of missionary work, and as long as we
are being 100% obedient and striving to follow the Spirit, God will
allow us to see success in His vineyard.
We were able to go to the Tokyo Temple this past week! I can't
remember if I already wrote about it, but I am so grateful for the
temple and the blessings it brings into my life. I know that this is
Jesus Christ's church restored to the Earth, and I know that it is by
God's power, the Power of the Priesthood, that this church is
organized, and I know that through this power, we can return to our
Father in Heaven and live with Him as an eternal family.
All of the members in this area have been so good to us, and so
willing to help hasten the work of salvation. They all want to get to
know our investigators, come to English class, and they serve us in
every way that they know how. I'm so grateful for these people who
work so hard so that I can feel a little more at home in such a
We had gospel choir on Saturday!! The new song we're learning: "This
little light of mine." So much fun! The girls who are in the choir
with us are all just incredible, and they all make me so happy!!
Spending time with them is a highlight of my time here in Japan.
On Sunday, we were completely worn out. We were fasting. We had just
sat through a lecture about eternal marriage in Japanese (which are
both things as American sister missionaries you aren't exactly feeling
anyways). We still had 3 hours of finding time until dinner. I'm
usually pretty chipper, but Sunday I was just not feeling it. That's
when the miracle happened. Because it was golden week, the zoos at the
park were open free to the public. We were able to go with the crowds
of people, meet a lot of families, and see some cool animals!! It was
the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for us. Everyday is a
rainbow, but sometimes the pot of gold is what gets you to the end. It
was such a tender mercy of The Lord that our spirits were lifted in
such a simple way.
Well, I guess it's about time I told y'all the big news! We received
transfer calls!! It was a really interesting situation, because our
entire zone was in the church with a bunch of our friends for zone
p-day when we started getting our calls. We were able to see
everyone's reactions and get excited about what was happening. I got
my call and I am going to Atsugi!! Atsugi has never had sister
missionaries before so I am opening the area and kind of starting from
scratch. My new companion is: A mystery!! I'm training, so I will meet
my new companion on Thursday!! I'm so nervous to go to a new area, and
definitely humbled by this opportunity to train and help shape a new
missionary's idea of what missionary work is. AH! I'm so excited!!
Atsugi is in the Fujisawa Stake, so I already know a lot of the
members down there, and there is a Costco there! I love Costco. I'm
stoked to learn and to take on this new challenge as a missionary.
Life is good and exciting. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ,
every single day is a new best day of my life. I am happy and excited
for the new adventures that lie ahead of me. Being a missionary is the
best decision I have ever made, and I really do believe that it is
blessing my family and will be a blessing to my future family as we.
Thank you for all the love and support!!
PS: The subject of this email is a play upon the fact that I survived
the biggest earthquake in Tokyo since 2011 (it woke me up but didn't
scare me enough to make me get out of my futon) and the fact that I am
transferring. Play on words thanks to my brilliant mother! :)