Monday, September 30, 2013

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

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