Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Livin' the Dream! June 26, 2013

Konban Wa!!
This week I had a really neat experience with a scripture passage that I wanted to share. Read Moses 7: 23-37. It talks about a vision in which Satan was seen with chains in his hands. The chains were wrapped around the Earth and Satan was laughing along with his followers. Then, the Spirit was brought to many to be lifted up in remembrance of their Lord and Master. However, after the Spirit took people up, a residue of people were left in the chains. When our Master looked upon them, He wept. I know he wants all to live with Him someday. He paid the price of sin for everyone, not just the saints and not just the sinners. Every day, I try to live in such a way so as to strengthen others relationship with God and maybe, just maybe, take a few drops of sweat, blood, and pain away from our Savior's suffering.

My Japanese teachers are incredible.

Brother Brinley was my first MTC teacher. He went to Japan on his mission and is married with a little baby boy coming in another month. He just left us last Saturday for a new job to support his family. He is so wonderful. I'm awful sad to see him go. Saying goodbye was hard, but how grateful I am for the hello's that make the goodbye's possible.

Brother Willard is our other teacher. He is so sooo fantastic. Remember how I told you our first investigators name was Shuma-san? Well, Brother Willard was Shuma-san (he played the part really well). He is funny, spiritual, and understanding. His hard is made of solid gold. He got married last month. His parents (they are leaving on Thursday to preside over one of the Brazil missions) came to our classroom last night to share their testimony with us. The Spirit was literally dumped into that room. I have grown so close to my district and my teachers. Yes, I left my family, but at the same time, I found a family. 


We just got our new teacher to replace Brother Brinley on Monday. His name is Brother Hugo. I don't have a picture of him yet, but he kind of looks like Super Man if that gives you any sort of a picture.
DSCN0037: My companion's name is Sister Smith. She is from American Fork and attended BYU before hand. She is going to school to become a sewing teacher.






DSCN0076: Happy Birthday to you, Daddy!! I love you so much and think of you often. This is Sister Willden and I. She is one of the girls in our district. Her birthday is on the 28th as well, so we will have a little celebration here too!! She is half Japanese as well. :)
Guess who I saw today?! Neil L. Anderson!! He was walking out of the building that has been locked down due to the mission president training that ends today. What an incredible experience it was to be face to face with an apostle of the Lord!!
Today was our last P-Day to go to the Provo temple before it closes for cleaning. As a district, we decided to eat lunch in the temple cafeteria. They have some seriously heaven-sent food. :)

The food here is great. The salads are my favorite. Everyone says not to drink the orange juice. I really think it's a great big rumor that has been going on forever. Taylor Bybee even wrote and told me not to drink it. BUT...I won't take my chances just in case.

My district is really great. We all have completely different personalities, but I know the Lord knows where to put us and when. His plan for us is perfect, which is why we have the best of everything when we follow Him.
To my beautiful family, I love you so much!! Thank you for all the updates, love, and support. I could not ask for better. Kelsey, thanks a million for your letter!!! It was so great to hear from you. So, since you wrote on one of the back of your practice ACT's, I'm VERY curious to know how you did?!?!?! I hope you rocked it!! Let me know, okay. :) How was the Ragner? You asked me what I thought about a woman's role was in the Priesthood. Although the men might hold the priesthood, they themselves are not the priesthood. I love the scripture that says the woman is not without the man, neither is the man without the woman. Everything in our church revolves around priesthood ordinances. It is our great privilege to lift up and support the hands of the priesthood. The men carry a huge burden and responsibility and cannot do it without our love and support. Women ought to express their thanks to the men more often for exercising the priesthood keys righteously. As we do so, I know we will notice a change in the way men honor this power. Reagan, congrats on the Rodeo Queen business. I knew you could do it!! Riley, I hear you are doing superb in rodeo and basketball. Keep it up...I'm rooting you on!! Thank you so much Dad, for sending me an email in Japanese. I know most of the words, but am still trying to decipher a few. :) To my siblings, I loved your cute letter with a note from each of you. Talk about make my day!! I want each of you to know that I could not be more happy to call you my closest friends. You each have a significant role to play in our Heavenly Father's work. Continue to trust Him and He will perform miracles in your lives and the lives of those you come in contact with.

Thank you so much to all who have taken precious time out of your day to write me. It never fails that you write exactly what I need to hear. I love you all so very much. I pray you will be watched over and protected as you continue to do the Lord's will.
Love,
Yamauchi Shimai

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pictures from Provo







                                                                                                The Roommates!
                                                                                 My amazing Sister Missionary Training Leaders!
                                                                                               At the temple!

Lessons for Life - June 19, 2013

Greetings!!
What a wonderful week it has been! Time is already going by way too fast.
The Lord, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, continues to give each of us "lessons for life." When we listen with spiritual ears and see with spiritual eyes, you too will see His tender mercies in your life. The more you recognize and acknowledge them, the more He tends to give you.
1) The Lord has opened my heart to the true character of Christ. We live in an imperfect world, with imperfect people. When we have hard times in our lives, most of us expect others to help us rather than us helping them. To this, I say, look to our Savior and follow His example. He turns out when you and I would turn in. In Matthew 4:2-11, the Savior is tempted by Satan. If you go to the end of this excerpt, you will notice that it talks about angels ministering him. Have you ever taken a look at the JST footnote for that scripture. Those angels were not sent to Him! When the Savior is utterly exhausted, He sends angels to minister to John in prison! He turns out when others would turn in. When the Savior was about to die and was with all his apostles for the last time, He prayed for the Spirit to be with them, not with Him. Coming out of the Garden of Gethsemane, we read that soldiers came to take Jesus away. Peter smote off one of the guards ear, but God healed the guards ear (a superficial suffering compared to what the Lord was feeling at that point). He did missionary work with the two thieves while he hung on the cross. He made sure that his mother was in good hands right before He died. He turns out, when we would turn in. The mission isn't about you. In fact, your life isn't about you. We are surrounded by others!! Serve them!!
2) Have a testimony is not enough! We have to be converted unto the Lord. Testimony is knowing what is true, but conversion is being consistently true to what you know.
3) Nihonjin senkyoshi (Japanese missionaries) arrived in the MTC last Monday. They are the cutest!! I love these people! They got really excited when they saw my name and wondered if I was related to families from Okinawa. I told them I didn't know, but it sure would be sweet if I found someone who was part of my extended family. Every Tuesday night, the entire MTC goes to the Marriott Center for a devotional. After the devotional, our district gets together to review what we learned. The entire district shared, in English, our thoughts from the devotional. Then, the three Japanese sisters going to Sendai bore their testimony-some in Japanese and tried very hard to say it to us in English. I believe that they felt the most inadequate of all in our room that night; however, I felt the Spirit the strongest when they spoke to us. I bear witness that it's the Spirit that converts. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I felt the peace and happiness of the gospel.We may not have understood one another completely, but the Spirit was all that we needed to testify of truth.
A very Happy Father's day to each and every one of you Dad's out there!! To my amazing Dad, I love you with all my heart!! Lastly, I hope each of you took time out of your day to remember to wish a Happy Father's Day to the Father of the universe-our Heavenly Father. How lucky we are to be children of a King!
Ai Shite Imasu!
Yamauchi Shimai

First days in Provo

                                      Missionary initiation-This tree's bark smells like Cream Soda!!!
                                     Our District - How about the sisters outnumbering the elders.
                                 When you walk into the classroom on the first day and see this...
This is Cectpa Winterton. She is going to Russia and we live right next to each other. When I saw her name tag, I introduced myself and told her I felt like we were related. She's related to Van...does that ring a bell?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

First Letter from the MTC - June 12, 2013

Konnichiwa!!
O-genki deska?  I can hardly believe an entire week has gone by. I have absolutely no sense of time here. I feel like I've been a missionary forever, yet I feel like I just saw you yesterday.
The MTC is like drinking from a fire hydrant. It's coming at me so fast and it's hard to take a good drink. But, the water just keeps coming, so I take as much in as possible.
On our first day at the MTC, we had a teaching experience with several different investigators and a room full of missionaries. Each one had questions and concerns about different topics. The first, Heli, didn't understand why God allowed bad things to happen to people, especially the youth. The second, Carlos, didn't understand how you, yourself, know the gospel is true. The third, Chochi, was Catholic, and had a feeling of guilt because he thought he was responsible for is three-day-old child dying before baptism. Many missionaries shoved doctrine at these investigators, but I recognized the importance of listening with an open heart and spiritual ears. When you first get to know someone, you are simply skimming the surface, but it takes so much for than that. You've got to go swimming. You've got to truly understand them and seek for a deeper meaning in their words. But, going swimming isn't enough...I want to go scuba diving!! More than that, I don't want want to go scuba diving alone...I want someone to go with me. I don't want to have to pull them in, I want them to pull me in because they trust me and want to learn about "The Happy Plan." I want the investigators to know that truly care about them.  I felt a power in those three rooms unlike any other. Focus on the fundamentals. It is important to be a good mouthpiece for the Lord, but it is ever so crucial to be a hearer of the word.
I have the best mission, best zone, best Branch Presidency, best zone leaders, best sister training leaders, best district, best roommates, and best companion. Attitude is everything!! Each of you has the best everything too!  As you recognize
Okay, drumroll please...the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be holding a Wolrdwide Missionary Broadcast at BYU in the Marriot Center towards the end of this month. The First Presidency, and most if not all of the Quorm of the Twelve will be present. This is a training for all the new Mission Presidents. I am in the missionary choir and will be singing two of the songs during this broadcast!!
The language...I don't even know where to start. Everyone in my district has some sort of background in Japanese because they took it in high school or college. I have learned to be very cautious in comparing myself to others. It is human nature to do so, but in the strength of the Lord, we can overcome all things! I know that language is not the most important thing I will learn while at the MTC. Language is meant to be a tool, not a barrier. Every Sunday, our entire zone has been asked to prepare a talk on a given topic in Japanese. This last Sunday, our topic was the Book of Mormon. We don't know who will give the two talks each week among us until it is announced in sacrament. This is a very effective way to learn! On our third day at the MTC, we taught our first discussion to Shuma-san. He doesn't know that he believes in a religion, but wants to become better. The first discussion, we taught him about prayer (inori). Let's just say it was quite the learning experience with such a limited vocabulary. Thank heaven he was patient with me and Smith Shimai. We scripted our first lesson, but then realized the best way to learn and grow was to take the words we know, and say them from the heart (kokoro). Since our first dicussion, we have challenged him how to pray to feel of God's love, read the Restoration and Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlets, read the Book of Mormon, and on the third discussion, he accepted our challenge to be baptized!! This week, my goal is to learn the Hiragana alphabet. I can recognize most of the alphabert if I go slowly, but I want to be able to sing the Hymns on Sunday's better. Our teacher, Brother Brinley, served his mission in Japan. The first couple days, he only spoke in Japanese. When we asked him questions in English, he would respond in Japanese too! I am getting better every day at tuning my ear to the Japanese language. I know that listening to and understanding the language will come before I can speak it well. Leaning a language is quite the challenge. My motto for the week is, "Two steps forward, one step back."
I get to go to the temple in another three hours. Wahoo!!
I'm really, REALLY sorry, but I didn't bring my camera with me, so I'll have to send you lots next time. 
I pray for each of you often (in Japanese)! I love being a missionary and look forward to another week on the job!
Lots of loves and hugs!
Ganbatta nei,
Yamauchi Shimai

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Called to Serve

I received my call on January 25, 2013 and am thrilled to be serving as a representative of our Savior in the Japan Tokyo Mission. It's a dream come true!! I will be in the MTC from June 5 to August 5; I will be in Tokyo on August 6.
I'd love to hear from you.

This will be my MTC mailing address:

Sister Breanne Yamauchi
AUG06 JPN-TOK
2007 N 900 E Unit 33
Provo UT 84602

This will be my mission office address in Japan :

Sister Breanne Yamauchi
Japan Tokyo Mission
4-25-12 Nishi-ochiai
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
161-0031
Japan

Another fantastic option for sending letters is through www.dearelder.com. During my stay in the MTC, you can write me for free!!

I am particularly excited to share my experiences and testimony through this blog! I hope and pray with all my heart that it will strengthen your testimony and desire to serve the Lord every day of your life. I love my Savior. He lives. I know He lives! In the strength of the Lord, we can do ALL things!!

Hugs and loves to all,
Sister Yamauchi


P.S. My Mom will be updating this blog. She wants you to know it may not be too fancy. ;)