Okay family, I'm really sorry for the late and short letter!
This past week was incredible as usual. We are busy. Our schedule is
full, and we are going hard in the paint. I remember when I was at
home, I had a very specific routine in order to fall asleep. Lay on my
side. Sing a Child's Prayer. Flip over to my other side. Fall asleep.
There is no need for a sleeping routine anymore. I fall asleep so
quickly!! We say our prayers, my head hits the pillow, and I am out
until the alarm in the morning! I love it! I feel as though I am
spending my days to their fullest, and I am loving every minute
because I love the people I'm spending them with.
Honestly, people make me so happy. There is goodness in every person
you meet. I can honestly say that every single person I talk with
gives me a new perspective about life. Because every one of us
experiences life differently, and have been able to grow in so many
different ways! Therefore, we all have this beautiful opportunity to
learn from each other! I am so lucky to be where I am with the people
I am with right now. Moreover, I'm so blessed to have had so many
people who have blessed me in the past and have shaped me into the
person I have become.
Adriana texted us on Friday. We were getting so worried about her
because we hadn't met face to face for a month and we didn't know how
she was doing or if she was still progressing. All our worries were
washed away when we got the text, "I want to baptize help me. I want
to serve the next following the commandments of Jesus. Jesus want to
follow his example of love. Saturday ok. Please." Granted she google
translates all of her texts from Portuguese to English so everything
she emails has a lot of urgency, but when we heard this, we were
overwhelmed with joy. To see the hope that our friend had and her
understanding of the gospel amazed us. She's looking stellar to be
baptized on the 24th and she is amazing us every day. We were able to
teach her the law of tithing and word of wisdom on Saturday using only
google translate and the True to the Faith book. The only question she
had about the law of tithing: Only ten percent? What if I want to pay
Yeah, talk about a prepared daughter of God.
Being on Facebook I love being able to see my family and friend's post
about missionary work and becoming a member missionary. What a
privilege we have to share the gospel we have with others. I've been
thinking a lot about being a missionary and I realized that not only
is it a privilege but an obligation! A duty! When I was baptized, I
covenanted with God to always strive to follow the example of Jesus
Christ for the rest of my life and become like Him. He lived His
entire life in order to share this plan of happiness with others. I
pray that I too, may continue to follow in the footsteps of my Savior
and share God's plan for us. That I might love others, and forgive
frankly. To have a constant hope in the future, because I know in whom
I have trusted, and I have no need to fear!
Hey, guess what everyone! I'm happy :) Simply, purely, unexplainably
happy. And you know what else? I love you! And it would really make my
day if you too would smile off the pains of life and be happy too!
Did I mention how hot Japan summers are? Remember last summer how we
were all baking during that heatwave? Yeah, that's the whole month of
August. Throw in humidity, and you understand why "Man, it's hot out"
is a completely natural conversation starter here!!
But, even though it's incredibly hot, we have been able to have a
great time and see lots of miracles!
Since Sister Jolley left for Fujisawa on Thursday, we spent Wednesday
with some of our favorite members in the ward. We had lunch, then went
to a park and slid down a giant slide!! I'm not kidding, this slide
was so big! It reminded me a lot of the slides at the Triple L ranch,
but a lot more safe and less terrifying. It was so much fun to spend
time with these people who we love and help them feel the Spirit and
spend time with their daughters who are in their rebellious teenager
Thursday we said goodbye to Sister Jolley, then hello again because
she took Sister Handy's ipad instead of her own. Impromptu trip to
meet her led to meeting some great people and having lots of
Friday was our neighborhood party! Can I just say that I love where
we live? There are so many families, everyone is so friendly, and we
just laughed so much!! We were able to make so many great friends, and
see a lot of miracles!!
Have I told you all about Radio Taiso? Here's the lowdown. Every
morning at 6:30 am in parks throughout Japan, old men and women gather
and do a 15 minute stretching activity. We have been doing it for
about the past 2 months, and I've gotta say, it's a blast! Us and a
few elders go every morning, chat with the old ladies, and get a great
workout in. Well, we actually had a chance to meet up with our radio
taiso friend at the neighborhood summer festival on Saturday! She
bought us a ton of festival food and we just laughed and chatted
together. I think that it is a tender mercy of The Lord that no matter
what the age, culture, or language might be, women can still bond and
bless eachother's lives. I think of the women who are some of my
greatest role models or my best friends at church, and age was not a
factor in our friendship. We have so much to learn from eachother, and
The Lord will bless us and teach us as we love eachother as Christ
Another festival and fireworks show later Saturday night and we were
wiped out!! Life is busy when you have such an involved and caring
Today I was able to attend the temple, and I just want to share my
testimony about happiness. We are on the Earth, in this lifetime to
learn how to be happy. I know that every day we can find joy in the
little things, because that's why they're here. God gives us the
little things in life to make us happy. He gave us the commandments as
guide to pure joy. God loves us! Everything He has done and will do is
so that we can partake of eternal joy. I know that as a missionary, I
am the happiest I have ever been in my life. I am serving others and
trying to share with them find the joy in life that I feel every day.
I love my Savior, and I love this Gospel! I love you all, and am
grateful for your prayers and support!