My beloved brethren.
One perk about reading the Book of Mormon everyday in Japanese: My
Japanese improves so much from it!! The bad things, I learn how to say
things like, my beloved brethren. Let's be honest, people just don't
say that conversationally! But I love it nonetheless. I love the
Japanese people, I love the Book of Mormon, and these days I am just
Time to follow up on my emergency transfer to Fujisawa!! It was
incredible! I returned back to Kichijoji on Sunday, but time just flew
by! I feel so blessed to have seen the miracles that I have seen, and
I honestly love the people of Fujisawa. I was able to attend music
night and guess who got roped into singing a musical number? Yeah,
that's me. For a girl who really doesn't sing, it seems like that's
all I've been doing lately! I sang "A Whole New World," from Aladdin
with Tsuchida Shimai. We all know that's a favorite of mine and it was
really nostalgic to be singing it. I would have felt right at home,
except for the fact that I sang it in Japanese. Yeah, that was weird.
It was exciting though to totally understand it in Japanese!! The next
day was sports night and it was a blast! Like, I'm still the clumsiest
sister in the mission and completely uncoordinated, but it was so fun
to talk with old friends and to make sure that others felt appreciated
and needed. I love it so much!! I get so embarrassed when I tell
people there was a time in my life that I was athletic. Yeahhhhhh I
have to emphasize that it was a long time ago :D
Then was Hiro's baptism!! Hiro is so incredible! He lives in Odawara,
and I've known him since my first transfer. He is brilliant, and so
kind, and it has been amazing to see how the gospel has influenced his
life. If I hadn't been in Fujisawa last week, I wouldn't have been
able to go, and I was so grateful for that chance I had! I got to sing
at the service with all the missionaries who have taught Hiro and it
was such an amazing experience. Before the service began him and I
were talking and he was looking at all the missionaries and people who
were there for him and he just said, "I am so happy." It summed it up
perfectly. As we follow our Savior Jesus Christ, we will simply become
so happy. It doesn't ever have to end. We will always feel that love,
and will always be able to progress. I love this gospel. I love my
Savior Jesus Christ. He is my Redeemer. Without Him, I am nothing.
Because of Him, I can become just like Him! I'm far from perfect, but
I am loving this game of trial and error to learn how to become like
Christ. I am so grateful that I don't have to simply go at it blind
though. I have great examples in my life to follow, an the Book of
Mormon teaches us how to change. I promise, that if you are facing any
challenge in your life, the Book of Mormon has the answers. All we
must do is look with a sincere heart.
Sunday was incredible. To see the ward members, to reunite with old
friends, and to have that familiar setting was incredible. I was so
grateful for that opportunity to thank the members who helped me get
through the first parts of my mission. They helped so much, and were
so good to me, and I was so grateful to see them again to thank them
for their love and support. the members of our church are really
incredible, no matter where we go.
It was so fun to work with Sister Tsuchida again. She helped me with
my Japanese, and was so patient with all of my questions. I was
incredibly impressed by how she is still the same missionary she was
when I worked with her. She has gone through so much and worked so
hard for this year and a half, and yet she is still working hard until
the end. She really wasn't trunky at all. I feel really blessed that I
was able to be with her this past week and I really hope that she had
a good time too.
After returning to Fujisawa, I think it would be really easy for me to
get caught up in seeing the fruits of my labors. I'm not going to lie
to you, it felt pretty amazing for everyone to notice how much I've
changed and to compliment me. Like, I'm feeling pretty good about
myself :) But right now, I am simply humbled to remember that it was
not on my own that I have done this. It is by the strength I receive
through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that I am blessed. It is through
His power that I am strengthened. And I know that He strengthens me
not to improve my own life, but so that I can be a tool in His hands
and help others. I loved being able to see my old investigators and to
be able to try to figure out how to help them. I loved to be able to
help investigators, pis, and members feel welcome at sports night and
Eikaiwa. I am so happy, and I just feel so incredibly blessed.
Today for Pday, we climbed Mount Takao!! It was incredible!! First
off, guys, I climbed a mountain!! Before the mission, I never would
have done something like that! It's so fun to be able to push myself
and find new things that I enjoy! I had a blast, and it was way hard,
but we killed it!! We talked to so many people, and it was such a
productive way to spend our time. I am so happy, and the weather was
Oh, we got our transfer calls today!!
I am transferring... To Kichijoji Sisters A! I will be with Sister
Reeves!! So excited to be with someone who is already my friend!!
Sister Wells is,.. Staying in Kichijoji and training!!! So we'll still
be seeing the miracles and having a blast in Kichijoji together. We
are so blessed!!
I love where I'm at right now in my life, and am so grateful for this
opportunity to improve. I was talking with an elder on the hike and he
was saying that he had no self confidence before his mission, but now
he's encountering the problem where he might be becoming a little
cocky. I laughed because I have the exact opposite problem!! I thought
I was just incredible premission, but now I realize how much I need to
improve!! Like, I really am nothing without my Savior. It's funny how
The Lord helps us change in just the ways that we need.
Love you all!! I'm praying for you always!!