Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Last week of a 7 week transfer‏ - May 26, 2014

This is Shiho san, one of the most beautiful‏ women in the world. We walked around for about 10 minutes just talking and building our relationship and then had a lesson at the Senzokuike park. This was after that lesson. Please pray for her that she will be able to be baptized on June 28.

Twinners! We have the same Hawaiian skirts on, white shirt, name tag, same in purpose! Oh, yeah Smiling face with smiling eyes

This is Ryuuya kun!‏ I love this boy so much. We have a super close relationship and I am so thankful for that. After our lesson on Friday, I told him I was going to take a picture and it ended up being a fun photo shoot. This will give you a little idea as to how funny and awesome he is. Wish you could meet him.

 I'd love to say I'm not accident prone, but....
This one, right next to my ACL scar...

 Beautiful! Looking out our balcony.
Here she is again...the hero of a lot of photos I send to you. She is
such a fantastic missionary. She knows her priorities and always puts
helping God and the missionaries above everything else. I am really
grateful for her. We saw her almost every day this week because she
would help us and then we would help her with her friends. Whenever we
see her, she always has food for us. 

Good ole Hall Shimai‏.It was this girls birthday on Sunday. I love her so much. She has taught me so much. So thankful for her.

Thought you might be interested to see what a Japanese bathroom is like. These two pictures are in separate rooms, by the way. So in Japan, most people don't use soap,they just wash their hands with water from this spout after flushing.
As for me...I'll still be using soap.

May 26, 2014
I hope your week has been as fabulous as mine!

Baptismal dates: We have three baptismal dates right now. Shiho sans
baptismal date is set for June 28. We are praying that The Lord will
help her understand that this church is the only true and living
church. Ryuuya kuns is set for June 29. Sometimes his grandma and
grandpa still have doubts. Ryuuya kun is completely ready. He knew his
previous baptismal date by heart, but didn't realize he'd missed it.
When we asked him this week if he remembered the new date, he said the
old one. We told him that date had already passed. He asked us in the
most sad voice, why didn't I get baptized? Although his grandparents
are active members they see little urgency for the work right now. We
are working on developing that urgency. Misaki chan's is set for July
5. We had a lesson with her mom and her Mom loved us. She says she
wants Misaki chan to be just like us. I hold these baptismal dates
very sacred.

Our progressing investigator who doesn't have baptismal dates right
now is Kay. However, we are very hopeful that we will be able to set a
goal with him on Monday (this week). He seeks for the truth. He is
very knowledgable, but yet very humble. He knows that there is a god
and everything. I think that if he figures out that Jesus wasn't just
a nice person, but is actually the Son of God, things will start
clicking for him.

After P-Day ended, we had a few lesson. I think the thing that hit me
most about was bring able to meet with Tess. She is from Utah, but has
been in Japan for several years now. She has a lot of hard times and
it sometimes feels very lonely here in Japan. It was so great for her
to be able to speak in her own tongue. At the end she said, ah, that
was a therapy session. It reminded me of hyena scripture that says
everyone needs to hear the gospel in their own tongue. I testify of
I went on splits with Sister Orton this past week. The Lord guided us
to a wonderful college that specializes in tourism and English. They
are all at a great age to learn the gospel and are so excited to come
to Eikaiwa. I know they will see a lot of success with that college.
We taught a lady named Yuko who has been investigating the church
since last year. She is doing super well and will hopefully be able to
set a baptism date soon.
Met a less active who started the road to hard times when she stopped
praying, reading the scripture, or going to church. Please,
everyone...do these three things. It is soooo important! Also had
eikaiwa and some lessons. Super great!
Visited a lady who was interested in meeting us through another
investigator. There names are Moma and Suzuki san. Suzuki san is very
sick right now, but she loves that love is the center of our message.
So, sooo very busy. Tons of lessons and lots of help from The Lord.
Taught Suzuki san, mamabeti, takatsuke shimai, and Ryuuya kun.
This past Saturday had to have been one of the most miracle-filled
days of my mission. Let me tell you a little bit about it. Elder Cook
came to Japan and we had the 2 zone mission conference. That was very
spiritual and I learned so much and was able to find the answers to my
questions. Also, being able to sing in the choir for it was very
touching for me. Then we went back to our area and had four lessons
back to back to back and were able to set baptismal dates. There is
much more detail that I could put into describing this day, but let me
put it in short by saying, God is real. I know it. I love Him so much!
The Tokyo stake was blessed to have Elder Cook come to speak to us. I
got to hear from him twice...it was awesome! Ryuuya kun was able to go
to stake conference. He was so happy to see a real apostle of The
Lord. We also had several less actives come to stake conference, so
that was wonderful. We also talked to Tess and she told us that The
Lord must really love us. She happened to be talking with someone at
work that said they are less active but would like to maybe go back.
She also thanked us several times for a email that we sent her
thanking her for all she does in our ward. She said she had a really
hard week and it really helped her out.
We did the normal shopping, cleaning, and study. We also had a lesson
with Kay. He is soooo awesome. He seeks for truth. He had been reading
in the scriptures and found a way awesome verse. 2 Nephi 9:42. He
loves to completely understand things before going into them, so we've
still got a lot more studying to do with him, but he has such a great
desire to learn.

Lastly, I'll share with you some spiritual thoughts of my week:
Joseph Smith represents all investigators. Heavenly Father and Jesus
Christ were the first missionary companionship!! Sweeeetttt!!
Staying on purpose is so important.
Missionaries are problem solvers.
When I invite, I succeed as a missionary.
I am the message.
The thing I focus on the most is getting back to my Heavenly Father
and bringing others with me.
God should be your highest level of worship.
We need to have balance in your lives.
Every time I live a principle, I gain a testimony of that principle.

Love you all!!

May 19, 2014

So, we were asked by our dendo shunin to make American food for a
young single adults activity right after church this past Sunday. They
would be making Japanese foods. Well, you know the Yamauchi clan, we
cook tons of Japanese foods and I really didn't have any American food
ideas. Japanese food definitely wins in my book. We made some rice
crispies and mashed potatoes. Everyone loved the rice crispies and was
asking how to make them. 
Also, this paragraph doesn't have anything to do with this young
single adults activity, but I have to tell you that this week we went
to go teach Ryuuya kun at the Kawamura's and I ate some way insane
stuff. They have this meat that they pull out of the fridge. It looks
like normal meat, but it's not. It's an egg sack. Sister MacArthur
passed, but I said I'd try it. Wasn't too bad. Super grainy and spicy.
Also, at the end, they pulled out this big bottle. It is this way
expensive juice that is good for your skin. It's made up of like 80
different leave extractions and then...this is what kills
me...placenta. Yuck! Well, I still drank it. Wasn't bad,
but...well...it was placenta. Enough said. 
This is our dendo shunin (ward mission leader) having Elder Smith
smell kimuchi. It is really tasty, but Elder Smith wasn't the biggest

This is by our paradise park on our way to by groceries. First and
probably last time I will ever see a pig in Japan. Look at the cute
baby pig!

Carp at Senzokuike kouen‏

 This week was full of lots of different events, so I think I'll just
take the approach by going Wednesday (since I emailed you on temple
pday last Tuesday) to Sunday (yesterday).

Wednesday: I went on splits with one of the sisters from Shibuya. Her
name is Sister Combs. She is one of the most hilarious girls I love
ever met in my life for many reasons. I love all of the sisters so
much and learn lots about them. I am so grateful for their influence
in my life. Exchange miracles are always so HUGE! By the way, I don't
think I ever mention too much about splits, but I do them about once
every week with a different sister. This past week however, we ended
up doing two.

Thursday: weekly planning. Lot of other appointments. I actually am
spacing as to what we did specifically on this day. I forgot my
planner to come to the church to email. PS, if you don't know this
already, a missionary would be completely lost without their planner.
Love my planners so much,

Friday: had zone meeting. Me and sister MacArthur gave a training on
the importance of being unified with your companion. It is so crucial
in this work! Also, we were able to set a new baptismal date with
Ryuuya kun. It will be for June 28. His uncle returns back from his
mission in America on the 27th, so he will be able to baptism him.
Thank you for all your prayers in his behalf. Please continue,
especially that he will be able to faithfully attend church every
single week and recognize church as a blessing in his life.

Saturday: always our busiest day. kids eikaiwa, which is always a
blast. Going over to the Yamashitas for dinner. They are new in our
ward and don't know a whole lot of people yet. Following up with
people about church and seeing if they need any help getting there.

Sunday: church. I gave a talk on work and personal responsibility. It
was a great way to get people to church by telling them that I needed
them to hear the talk. We ran into three people (Maysoun, Okada
Shimai, and Rina san just randomly on different roads in the largest
city in the world. That sure wasn't a coincidence.

Monday: the normal clean house, wash laundry, go shopping, write
letters. Tonight we will be meeting with a lady that me and Sister
Combs were able to find on splits. Also, we are going to be meeting
with one of our ward members who is having a hard time right now and
just needs a listening ear (Tesu).

One last thought for today: The Lord is on His game! Are you?

Love ya so much!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Motherhood - May 12, 2014

My Dearest Mission Mother,
How do I start this letter without saying some part of what I feel. So
much compassion and love. I guess it's not something words can
explain, but I'm going to try to explain it using my mission. A
mission has taught me so much about motherhood...more than I ever
expected. I wanted to share my love for my mother by sharing these
precious experiences.
First, there's the one I think everyone relates to marriage in the
mission...a companion. Just like we have been taught by prophets that
no success can compensate for failure in the home, I have learned that
no success can compensate for failure in a companionship. Companions
are so crucial in missionary work. Sometimes it's easy to think that
you could do it better or more effectively or whatever on your own,
but. I am so grateful for each of my companions and what they have
taught me. The Lord knows where, when, and the reason why two people
should be together. I completely trust Him.
Along with a companion comes the chance to raise children...or
investigators. We put all our efforts towards our investigators, our
friends. We find them, we pray for them, we fast for them, we study
for them, we plan for them,we sleep for them, etc. To put it short, we
live for them. You know that saying that moms say. Actually I don't
know it really word for word, but it says something to the effect of,
you'll never now a mothers love until you become a mother. It's the
same with missionary work as well. I think missionary work is the
closest you can ever get to knowing what that is like without being a
mom. I have learned to love in ways I never thought possible. I have
learned to be patient, kind, sincere, forgiving, and the list goes on.
Not hat I will ever master any of these qualities I this life, but it
hope to be pretty close.
Cleaning is another one. Mothers always clean the house. I firmly
believe that a house of God is a house of order and we must keep clean
in order to receive revelation. As I clean, I recognize that most
things will go unnoticed, and then I think of any Mom out there who
does the same thing and even more. What angels! They ought to be more
praised for their work.
Working with Urrichkie Shimai and her son William, Etou Shimai and her
daughter Sayaka chan, Kamino Shimai and her two daughters Yuri chan
and Mari chan, Kawamura Shimai and her grandson, and the list goes on
for miles, I have learned the important role of a mother in a child's
life. In general, the child does exactly what the mother or motherly
influence does. Although children don't really think this is
happening, it is. It definitely is!
There are so many other things I could relate, but I don't have much
more time left, so...until next week.
I love my Mother. She is the best! I am so thankful for her influence
in my life.
I also love my Heavenly Parents who also watch out for each of us
every single second of every single day. They are my Hero's and I will
do all I can to show my love for them.
Sister Yamauchi (a mother in training)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

 Well, this is the only picture I took this week, apart from a whole bunch
of map pictures trying to find our way around Japan. So...this is
evidence that girls have lived in this apartment. Way gross. Didn't
want to go hunt out new garbage bags, so....I picked it out with
chopsticks...go Japan!
Hello my dearest friends and family. This week's email will be kind of
short. We spent a lot of time trying to figure skype time, didn't we
family? That was fun Winking face Sasuga the Yamauchi clan. Super busy, but
super awesome.
This week, I have grown a lot. Well, every day I do, but what I
learned this week can be summed up by saying this:
’Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar”; then, “Two!” “Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three--” But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone!” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game--and he travels on.
He’s “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
Love you all tons and tons!!
I have an onegai for everyone (that means favor). Please, please,
please, in every prayer you offer, pray that Ryuuya kun will be
baptized on May 18. We could use your faith and prayers.