Monday, March 24, 2014

MISSIONARY MARCH MADESS - March 24, 2014


On the day of our Zone Meeting, it was one of our sisters birthdays,
so we went out to eat. We just happened to go to a place and sit next
to a Chinese lady and man. The lady is coming to church next
week...woot woot!

As we say in Japanese, ぐうぜんではない(not a coincidence)
 
Fairly close to our church is an incredibly beautiful park. In the
park, there is a bathroom on the left and then just outside of the
park is a library. Obviously this sign says the library is 30M to the
right, but it cracks me up that it's right by a bathroom.

March 24, 2014

Hey all you basketball fans out there, if you want to experience real
March Madness, you better come on a mission. Missionary work takes
March Madness to a whole other level! The Lord's March Madness is the
best of all.

It all started with a tip...don't ask me what the tip was...I don't
know everything, but I do know that he loveth his children. (1 Nephi
11:17)

On Monday, we had our big game prep.

On Tuesday, we went on exchanges with the Nakano Sisters. I did the
exchange with Sister Skabelund in Nakano. We had a lesson with Sua
san. Sua san is actually one of President Budge's investigators that
they have been working with for quite some time now. She is super cute
and I love her so much. Her lesson reminded me of a quote from last
General Conference, "after you have prepared yourself and your lesson
to the very best of your ability, you must be willing to let go. When
the quiet prompting of the Holy Ghost comes, you must have the
courage to set aside your outlines and your notes and go where those
promptings take you. When you do this, the lesson you deliver is no
longer your lesson, but it becomes the Savior's lesson." We were able
to set a baptismal date with her!! I felt like she left our exchange
empowered and she called the next night to tell me they had set
another baptismal date with Terumi san. What a miracle! We are so
excited for them.

Wednesday we met with a lady from France. She is incredible. She will be
going back to France soon, but we have been able to introduce our
church. She believes that there are so many false church's created by
men and that lots of people interpret the Bible in too many different
ways. It was one of those times when I just wanted to stand up and
say, you get it! She is very prepared and will be a great referral for
the missionaries in France.

Thursday, We had zone meeting. Last transfer there was only one sister
training leader per zone, but this transfer it's two, so we got to
teach together to pump up our Tokyo Team! I love this quote that I
shared in the meeting. It is from Joseph Smoth, "I don't care what a
man's character is; if he's my friend-a true friend, I will be a
friend to him, and preach the Gospel of Salvation to him, and give him
good counsel, helping him out of his difficulties." Also, we met with
Mari chan and two young women for a lesson and then afterwards me and
Sister MacArthur made crepes and pancakes with them. We set a
baptismal date with her for next month! Her Mom has been less active
for a bit, but has been working her way back to reactivity. The Dad is
Buddhist. He isn't hantai, but he doesn't seem to ever want to join
another religion. We had Bishop Hori talk to Kamino Shimai (the mom)
about the importance of getting both parents permission to be
baptized. Our Bishop is the best. We called Kamino Shimai the next
day, having prepared a scripture about the importance of being brave
and asking for permission. As it turned out, Mari chan had already
asked for her Dad's permission!! What an incredible indicator of her
desire to receive baptism. Please pray for her family so that Mari
chan will be able to enter the waters of baptism on April 13.

On Friday, we went on exchanges with the Shibuya Sisters. I was with
Sister Sticht in Senzoku-Ike. She is quite the character. She kept me
laughing for most of the time. We saw so many countless miracles and met
lots of new investigators/friends. I'm so grateful she came on a
mission!

On Saturday, this random lady called our phone and said she'd met us
and got our number, though neither Sister MacArthur or I can remember.
She apparently has finished a third of the Book of Mormon. She says
she isn't sure if it is true or not. I told her we would love to meet
with her and tell her more about it. She says for now she would like
to study along, but hopefully sometime soon we will be able to meet
with her.

Sunday's, I love them. Ward members are the best! Also, we had a less
active show up and bring his friend. She is such a sweet heart and
really wants to know truth. She knows that there is only one true and
perfect religion but she's not sure where to find it. How cool is
that!?

I love this work. The Lord is over it. There is no doubt in my mind.

It is so incredible to just watch the hand of the Lord perform thee
most incredible miracles (upsets) ever. He can do anything! Also, when
all is said and done, it is inevitable that we are the champions!

山内姉妹

P.S. Even if you're not a basketball fan, you still better come on a mission Winking face
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Be Bold! - March 17, 2014


These are the Senzokuike missionaries!! From right to left: Elder Day,
Elder Loftgreen, Sister MacArthur, and Sister Yamauchi

Way cool view of Japan from the top of....actually...I don't know...Winking face


 
  THE BIG RED MAN
 So there are two really scary statues outside of the shrine. I think
they are brothers and have some sort of symbolism, but I have no idea
what....

These buildings are so incredibly elegant!‏

Mushu is in Japan!!‏





Dear People of the United States Regional indicator for USA
 
We have had a wonderful week here in Senzoku-Ike. We have been working
with one of the ladies in our ward that is a less active. Her name is
Kamino Shimai. We have met with her a few times to tell her how
important it was to share the fruits of the gospel, just like Lehi
wanted to share the fruit with his family. We got to meet with her 13
year old daughter a couple times this week. I cannot believe how much
we have in common. She loves basketball, she loves pancakes, I won't
go on with the list any more, but I am so thankful The Lord allowed me
to meet her! It always strengthens my testimony that there is a reason
they live here and I came here. There just isn't any coincidences in
the Lords work. She accepted the baptismal commitment and we are so
excited to continue to work with her and just love her to pieces.
 
We have run into so many people this week who know about our church
and several who have been to our church before! I know The Lord has so
many prepared people. We just have to keep praying for the chance to
meet them!
 
We teach kids eikaiwa (English conversation class) here in Senzokuike
as well. This last Saturday, we invited a boy by the name of Daiki-kun,
who always comes alone to Eikaiwa, to come to church the next day. He
asked if there would be games and things. We told him it is a ton of
fun. He came with his mom about half way though church! We ended up
getting the mothers name and number and she is planning on coming to
church and church activities soon. All it took was us asking if he
would come to church tomorrow and he came. We can't just assume that
our friends aren't interested just because they don't walk up to us
like kinjin (a golden person) and say the want to come to church or
want to be baptized. Yes, those people exist, but The Lord is
hastening his work and if we keep it up at that rate, we won't be
doing what The Lord wants us to do.
 
I love reading my mission certificate that we carry around with us
everywhere (of course in Japanese). The last part says that I am
authorized to invite all people. Pretty cool right?! I'm inviting
everyone I can here in Japan, but each of you has got to invite
everyone you can in your part of the world. The best way that we can
help people is by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them! Give
everyone you meet what I like to call the testimony punch. No one can
reject your testimony!
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Love a person in JapanRegional indicator for Japan
山内姉妹

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are You Having Fun?‏ -March 10, 2014

  Hugs are the best. Here's saying goodbye to two super cute girls I love so much.
  

Way funny story behind this picture. This was my last night in the Kasukabe church...english class and the day before transfers. Lucy/Yumi/has a million different nicknames is the one wearing the big glasses in this picture. She comes to sacrament meeting nearly every Sunday, but for certain reasons doesn't want to be baptized. I can't even describe her. You have to meet her to know her. Anyway, she loves dancing. I told her she better do something special for me on my last day. She started dancing with Sister Miyaki and then she got other people involved in the dance. I was laughing so hard it hurt. You can tell by Sister Miyaki's face that she knows I told her to do something special. Winking face
The pictures below are pictures of my new area, Senzokuike.
The kanji is very interesting for Senzokuike. Sen means wash. Zoku
means foot. And Ike means pond. So I guess it means washing your foot
in a pond. Anyway, it is a really beautiful place. This is the pond
right by the Senzokuike train station that I would guess it got its
name from. This is also way close to our church, which makes for
convenient finding. Yahoooo!
We went out to eat lunch and have a lesson with one of our investigators...Chiharu san. She is simply adorable. She met the missionaries when her sister had just died and she found a lot of comfort in knowing that her sisters spirit is still alive. Someday she'll get baptized...I know it! Oh, the child is Kiyora chan. She is the words spunkiest girl you will every meet.
  This is a picture after Eikaiwa (about half of the students didn't get in the picture). Oh, ps, Elder Healy got transferred as well. We came into Kasukabe at the same time, stayed for 7 months, and left at the same time. What a coincidence.  
 
Welcome to my weekly letter everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful
week and can sit back, relax, and enjoying reading how The Lord is
showing His power in His work.
 
This week has been one to remember. So many miracles happened in
Kasukabe it was amazing. We have a couple listening to our message
now. Their names are Dave and Ai. I am excited to hear what happens
with them. We also had our first lesson with a lady named Tanaka san.
She is so incredibly interested in baptism and is going to go to
church on Sunday. On Tuesday, we met with Maria. We bore down in solid
testimony and she promised she would continue listening to our message
and eventually receive baptism. She wants to become a member of our
church. We visited Sayaka chan on Tuesday. Talked to her mom for a
little bit. She got a yasumi (break) from work this month on the
thirtieth, so she can come to Sayaka chan's baptism on March 30th.
That is a HUGE miracle. We started teaching Sayaka chan a couple of
weeks after we opened up Kasukabe last August. At first, her Mom
wanted her to go at a slow pace and didn't even really want to set a
baptismal date. However, through challenging her and providing her
with opportunities to feel the spirit, she has come to find how
important it is to act now and not procrastinate the day of her
repentance or her daughters!
 
Senzokuike is such a wonderful area and an incredible ward as well. I
am very excited to work with each and every one of them. Here pretty
soon, Senzokuike is going to EXPLODE in missionary madness....I know
it!!
 
We met with Bishop Hori the first night we were here. He is way
awesome! He has a great vision of where he wants to go. He said
something that really hit me hard. He said that as he has been
interviewing ward members, he has been asking questions like, "are you
praying, are you reading your scriptures, are you holding family home
evening." Most of them, like any good church member would do, say yes.
He then asked, "Is praying fun? Is reading the scriptures fun? Is
family home evening fun?" The response, he said, caught them off
guard. Fun? Well...
 
So, my question is, are you having fun? The gospel is fun! If it's not
fun for you, you're doing something wrong.
 
Walking the path of discipleship is a blast. I feel so blessed to be
doing it along with all the saints everywhere throughout the world.
Now go and have the funnest week EVER!!
 
All my love、
山内姉妹より

Monday, March 3, 2014

Long Live Kasukabe‏ - March 3, 2014

 
 "I am so thankful for the goodbyes because it was the hellos that made
them possible."
-Sister Yamauchi 
 Former bishop Abe and his wife. 
Picture 1: this is Kiyora chan (the bishops daughter) helping Kurokawa
san down the stairs after a lesson with her...it melted my heart.
Picture 2: this is Kurokawa san getting ready to leave the church on
her bike. It was raining and she had the cutest rain jacket ever. What
a champion to bike an hour to see us. She told us she wouldn't do it
if she didn't feel such a good feeling every time she met with us. She
says it is well worth her time.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 This is the churchhouse in Kasukabe.
I am really going to miss this place.
 Over the river and through the woods, to find a referral we go. The Lord knows the way, He wants us to g...dondondon....Multiple musical notes So, we have been giving out referrals for other people like crazy is week. Between going to the temple, having President's interviews, Zone Meeting, and a new missionary meeting, I have been running from one place to another. We are always looking for finding opportunities and so we found longs of referrals as a result. The Lord blessed us this last Friday with a referral from the Fukuoka mission that lives in our area. We were given an address and no other information. We went to visit them on Sunday after church with a few members. Turns out, we ended up clear out in the sticks (as my Dad would say). Literally driving through a field the whole time and thinking, this cannot be safe. We didn't end up finding the house. It remains a mystery as to who this person is right now, but we are getting in contact with the Fukuoka mission to see if we can figure that out.
 MARCH 3, 2014 
 After some morning study, transfer calls, tears on my part, and some
biking, we made it to the church so that I can email you right now.
President Budge called us for transfers this morning. Now that I've
been through all the seasons in Kasukabe (7 months...starting with
summer and ending with spring...yes, it's pretty much spring here), I
suppose it's my season to leave it. I love Kasukabe with all of my
heart. I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Charity is
that feeling you can't describe that just fills your whole being with
the best feeling in the world. Kasukabe will always be a huge piece of
my heart and a place I will forever and always call home. The sisters
are powerhouses in this mission. This transfer is the first time that
sister training leaders are doubling up (just like zone leaders have
been doubled up forever). I will be transferring to Senzokuike and am
companions with Sister McArthur, who if you recall was in my same
district at the MTC! She isn't in Senzokuike right now either, so we
will both me starting anew!
 
Just a very tiny glimpse at a few of the many miracles this week:
 
Remember how I told you about Johnathan (Urrichkie Shimai William's
friend). Well, we brought him a Book of Mormon in his own language the
other day. He read the first couple of pages and then said, I think
I've read this book before. He apparently met with missionaries
several years ago, but because of work, he lost contact with them
because he moved to a  different work place. Now he can learn here!
Also, in that same apartment, there are a couple other people living
there. Last night, we felt the need to go visit Johnathan. Johnathan
didn't end up being home, but we met a girl who was interested in
hearing more about our message. She is really shy and has always been
in another room when we come. What a blessing!
 
We had a random man call us today and we talked to him for a little
bit. He asked us what we were doing in Japan and we told him we are
church volunteers. We asked him if he wanted to listen to our message
and he said sure and I hope I'm a good student. I like to learn about
religion!
 
One of our new investigators come to church this week. Her name is
Connie. She is a Filipino and is the cutest ever. I wish you could see
her smile and hear her laugh...it is to die for. She said that she had
a wonderful experience at church and felt so good. A major theme in
all thee meetings during church yesterday was charity. I know that it
is a real gift. I love The Lord. I love my Savior, I love the people
of Japan, I love each and every companion...love.
 
I love you all. Thank you for all you do as a representative of Christ.
 
Out from Kasukabe. Talk to you all next week in Senzokuike.
 
山内姉妹より