Monday, September 30, 2013

Progress - September 30, 2013

Yakiniku party with some of the ward members at Gen Kyoudai's house

Zone P-Day in Naka-Urawa's koen (park)
For P-Day today we went to Naka-Urawa for Zone P-Day, so I don't have much time to email, but I thought I'd send a few pictures and little food for thought.
DSCN0427: Zone P-Day in Naka-Urawa's koen (park)
DSCN0426: Yakiniku party with some of the ward members at Gen Kyoudai's house.
Every week, our area continues to become better. We meet new people, we recognize more miracles, we teach more lessons, we become better tools in the hands of the Lord, and the list goes on. I think that's what life is all about, right? Progress. I promise that as we do our personal best, the Lord does the rest. I know that He is ever aware of each of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. How precious we are in the sight of God. We are children of God. He is our Heavenly Father. When we truly understand this relationship, nothing can stop us from following in the Savior's footsteps.
I love you all so much.

この教会は真実だとしています。‏ - September 23, 2013

P-Day has rolled around once again. I can hardly believe it. Where has the time gone? I know I'm still rather new to the mission, but I already feel like time is passing WAY too fast. I want to be a missionary forever!!! Missionary life is real life, and it's the closest anyone will ever get to know what real life is all about.

So, apparently everyone is curious to know how the language is coming. That's a rather difficult question to answer, but I'll try my best. Speaking a different language has been such a blessing. I think the Japanese people get a kick out of watching a gaijin (foreigner) speak Japanese. This week, while I was talking to a lady on the train, EVERYONE was listening to our conversation. The Japanese people really appreciate those who try to learn their language. They always say, Wow, you are "jouzu" (skilled). The hour of language study I get in the morning never feels like enough. I am always seeking to learn more and be better. I love the promise in the scriptures that says whom the Lord calls, He qualifies.The Lord has given me an hour to study language every morning. He has also surrounded me with Japanese people who help me learn the language. The key to learning another language is speaking it. Just open your mouth and have confidence in yourself. You've also got to put your trust in the Lord. When we do our very best, I know that He will do the rest!

Here are a few of our progressing investigators stories that I thought you might be interested in.

1.Tamura-san has been taught be 6 different sets of missionaries. She has finished the Book of Mormon and is almost done with D&C! However, the previous missionaries have not been able to get her to pray. We had our first lesson with her a couple of weeks ago. We invited her to pray at the end of the lesson. Although Tamura-san was a little hesitant, she prayed. One of her member friends called us a couple of days ago and said that Tamura-san has been praying!! When missionaries give a commitment, there is so much power in helping them start the commitment while you are with them. If you can get them to start the commitment while they are with you, they are much more likely to continue keeping the commitment in between visits.
2. Yesterday, before church, we were able to meet with an 11 year old girl. Her name is Sayaka. She is super shy. Her Mom is a less active member, but we have been able to get her to come to church for a couple of weeks now. We extended the baptismal invitation and she said that she wanted to be baptized!!! We are so excited! 
Yesterday, I also spoke in church. I talked about "Catching the Wave" of missionary work. It was so much fun!

I love missionary work. I've never loved something so much in my life. Missionary work isn't necessarily what I expected it to be. I don't know that I ever had a vision of what it was going to be like, but no one can ever really know what missionary work is like until they serve one for themselves. The mission is all about others. I love the song, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." "Here's my heart, oh take and seal it. Seal it for thy courts above." When we give our hearts to the Lord, He truly changes us. The church is true!!

Here are a few important concepts that I have learned as a missionary. Although these apply specifically to my mission, but the principles can be applied to everyone.

1. Choose to be happy everyday. You can be happy no matter what the circumstances
2. Love The Lord and follow his spirit.
3. Love those Japanese people with all your heart, I promise that as you do so that your heart will expand and you will be amazed at how much you more you can come to love them. Love them with all you have got.
4. Never forget how much The Lord loves you, and how much I love you.

Safe travels this week and always.



In Japan, it is normal to ask someone how old they are. Unlike older Americans, the older Japanese people aren't ever embarrassed to tell you how old they are. Also, Japanese people all look super young. As a result, I always think Japanese people are younger than they actually are. They always think Americans are older than they actually are.

Okay, you've got to try these cookies!!! They are the best!!

Cowboy Cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tablespoon baking powder
 1 tablespoon baking soda
 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
 1 teaspoon salt
 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
 1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
 3 large eggs
 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
 2 cups sweetened flake coconut
 2 cups chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Place cookies on cooling rack. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

NOTE: For 6 dozen (72) smaller cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each. Bake at 350 F for 15 to 18 minutes.

Happy Eating!!

Yamauchi Shimai

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Transfer #2 - September 17, 2013

In Japan, missionaries have the opportunity to teach free English classes to those who are interested. It is a wonderful service and finding opportunity.

 Sister Lowry and I have made history in Kasukabe. We set up the first Kid's Eikaiwa class!! It has been successful thus far. Here are a few of our cute students.

Every Wednesday night from 7-8:30, we teach English class. We typically have around 15 students. Last week, we went out to dinner with a few of them and shared a message with them. P.S. I have now officially eaten squid legs and fish eggs.

Happy September 16 from Kasukabe, Japan!!

Sister Lowry and I thought it would be fun to write each other's families. So, here she is...

"Hey guess what? This is Sister Yamauchi's companion, Sister Lowry! Before she starts writing all of you I just wanted to write a quick not and let you know how awesome I think she is. She's one of the hardest working missionaries I've ever met. She does what needs to be done, even when it's really hard to do. I know she's going to go far on her mission. She's already such a good missionary, that it's really hard to believe that she's only been through one transfer. I'm so blessed to have her as a companion. I've learned so much from her! Thank you for teaching her so much. I can tell that she loves you all so much!"

So, this morning, we got transfer calls!! I feel like getting the transfer call is like getting a mission call all over again. Sister Lowry and I are going to stay in Kasukabe for another transfer. Our zone actually didn't change that much.

This week has been super busy and I have loved every minute of it. We have been fortunate to teach several lessons.

The Saints in Japan are so dedicated. There is a lady in our ward who is absolutely amazing, however, I'm very worried about her. She was baptized in February and has five young children. She has been married twice and it hasn't worked out either of those two times. It is very difficult, as you can imagine, for her to come to church. When she sees families who are strong, she has a really hard time. Some of her children are very reluctant to come to church, and it makes it hard for her to enjoy church at all because she's trying to keep them quiet for everyone else. Recently, she feels like Satan is going to win this war. Luckily, the ward is very supportive, but I'm still so worried about her. She is thinking about moving to Tokyo to be closer to her parents so that thay can help her out. However, if she moves from this ward, I'm afraid she might go inactive. I talked to her last Sunday about family history work and she was excited about that. We are getting her in contact with the ward family history consultant. I also wrote her a note of encouragement on Sunday morning and gave it to her at church. I hope and pray for her all the time.

I love Preach My Gospel. I could study that inspired book for years only to find that I've only scratched the surface of the doctrines and principles it contains. Chapter 6: Christ-like Attributes, is one of my favorite chapters. At the beginning of every week, I choose one of the Christ-like Attributes to study and work on. Charity is my favorite attribute. Don't get me wrong, the other one's are super important and we've got to develop all of them, but there is something about charity that pierces my heart. I think one of the main purposes of this life is to develop charity, for without charity, we are nothing. The message we have to share with others is a message of charity. We get to tell other people that they are loved. We get to help others remember that they are children of God. What a priviledge it is!

Now is the time to catch the vision of missionary work if you haven't caught it yet. You don't need to wear a badge to share the gospel. If we give our heart to the Load, He will put a missionary badge in your heart. We need EVERYBODY'S help as we continue to go on in so great a cause. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true! I know it, I live it, I love it!


I thought you might like a few recipes that are easy, require only a few ingredients, and super delicious.

Hot CoCo Cookies

120g butter,
 50g sugar,
 50g hot chocolate or milo, 130g flour,
 20g chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven180 degrees
 Put butter in bowl and stir until creamy
 Add sugar, hot chocolate an d flour together
 Add chocolate chips
 Shape cookies and put on cooking sheet. Cook for 15-18 minutes.
 (Makes about 12 cookies)

The World's Easiest Pancake Batter

Mix one banana with one egg



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pictures from Tokyo Temple trip - 9/10/13


And the Work Moves Onward and Upward‏ - September 10, 2013

Sorry I am one day late. Hopefully I didn't worry you too much. I forgot to tell you that once every transfer we go to the Tokyo temple. Apparently they usually go on Tuesday. So, once every transfer, if we go to the temple, we do missionary work on Monday and then go to the temple as part of our P-Day on Tuesday.

1. Every time the garbage truck goes by, I think of ice cream. In Japan, the garbage truck plays a jolly song like you would hear from an ice cream truck in America.
2. The mailmen in Japan ride on motorcycles.

Just wanted to let you know that I felt an earthquake for the very first time yesterday. I honestly don't think I would have noticed it if Lowry Shimai hadn't pointed it out. I've decided the reason that I don't feel earthquakes ever is because I wiggle my legs to much when I'm sitting down. ;)

Greetings from Kasukabe, Japan!!

I hope you can take a moment from your daily activities and enjoy a bit of my adventures in the land of Japan this past week.

The work in Kasukabe is fantastic! We have been EXTREMELY busy this past week with appointments and such. Our ward is THE GREATEST. Gaining the ward's trust is such a huge part of missionary work. Too often we think of missionary work as bringing those who are not of our religion into the waters of baptism. This is huge, don't get me wrong, but we are also called to strengthen Zion. One of the best ways we do that is by strengthening the ward in which we serve. It has been such a delight to visit members’ homes and strengthen their testimonies.

I had the opportunity to attend the Tokyo temple for the first time today!! It was so incredibly wonderful.  When I think of these people who we will help come closer to Christ, I see them going much farther than the waters of baptism. I see them going to the temple!!!

Miracle of the week: About half way through sacrament meeting on Sunday, a family of three walked in and sat down. After Sacrament Meeting, I went as quick as I could to greet them. They have only been in Kasukabe for three months, are Philippian, and speak English!! They run a family business here. There are the most beautiful family and I could not be happier. I asked them how they heard about our church. They said that they were walking by and just decided to come in. What a miracle!!!! We are going to meet with the daughter (Sandy) on Saturday.

I love the gospel!! I love missionary work!!! I believe I've said it before, and I'll say it again: God doesn't NEED us to do this work,. He could do it Himself. God LETS us do this work and allows us to experience a little bit of what He experienced/is still experiencing. The path our Savior took during his earthy ministry was not an easy one. How great was His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross of calvary. But, now, how great is His joy when one of His children uses the Atonement and follows Him. So it is in part with us: We may be rejected by the world and we may be hurt by the choices of others...but how worth it when just one out of the many people we talk to comes closer to our Savior.

All my love,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pictures from 9-2-13

  Ogaki-san's baptism
 The Yamauchi name is everywhere here. No one has trouble pronouncing it or spelling it. It's so weird (in comparison with my previous American life). :)

 For P-Day, we got together with a few of the other area sisters and an investigator to visit "Sweets Paradise." It was a buffet and oh, soooo yummy. They actually have a rule in Japanese resturants that whatever you put on your plate, you have to eat it. I think they ought to make that a rule in America too.

This is at the Naka-Urawa church Matsuri we had last Saturday. There was lots of free food, music, and games.
 Missionaries and some of the Eikaiwa students
Me and Miki. We became best of friends, even though I only got to talk with her for about 10 minutes. I love her soooo much!!