Aubree wrote this August 24, 2014
A few weeks ago this random guy told Ward shimai and I if we went to the top floor of this really tall building next to the park that you could see the city really cool. So we decided to go there. When we got in the building we weren’t sure where to go so we just went to the first elevator that we found. The only problem was that it needed a swipe card to open. Then the door opened and this guy came out and asked if we were lost. The building was half for the public and half for police, and we were at the police elevators. It was really funny because we couldn’t read the signs. The view from the top was so pretty.
We taught our investigators the Tomita fufu this day. We had planned to do the first half of the plan of salvation really simply with them but they asked a lot of hard questions. They agreed to hear the lessons to help us with our Japanese, so they decided that in order to help us they needed to ask lots of questions. It went really well 🙂 That night we had a dinner appointment. They had actually forgotten about it and so the wife’s mother was there. She isn’t a member and we were able to teach her a simple lesson about the spirit. She doesn’t live in Shizuoka though so we won’t be able to teach her again.
We went to this family’s house who lives way way in the mountains. One of the members drove us there, it would take about 2 hours on bike. It was so pretty there. I love the way Japanese mountains look, they are so green, and from a distance they look blue and purple. In this family, there is one girl who is really sick. She is about 30 years old and she used to be a completely normal person. She would bike to church every week and do every day activities. Doctors don’t know what happened but she can’t do anything anymore. She has to have attention at all times. Its really hard on their family. Her parents are really awesome people. After that the church member who drove us took us to sushi for dinner. Her and sister Ward made me try nato finally. It was really gross.
We visited a less active member who lives in Shimizu. She gave us a cheese cake. We also went out to dinner with a member from the Fujieda branch. We went to this cute restaurant called Tamago to Watashi. It was really cute 🙂
We had an awesome lesson with our investigator Shibata san. We talked to her about finding answers in the Book of Mormon. I think that she really understood it. She is going out of town this week and won’t be back for two weeks.
After we had kids English class it started to rain super hard. We decided that we would just write records for 30 minutes and then go out even if it was raining. We figured that it would at least slow down a little bit. When it was time to go out it was drizzling a little so we put on our rain coats. We prayed again before we left the apartment and when we went outside it had stopped! It was really a blessing, after the rain it was a really cool temperature too!
We got a referral from the Elders to go visit this Filipino women named Jessica. The Elders had been teaching her but it would be easier for us because we don’t have to have a member to visit her. She is so amazing. She has such strong faith in God and Jesus Christ. She told us so many stories of miracles happening in her life. I am so excited to keep talking with her. She is just so awesome.
I love you all!
love, Thompson Shimai
Missionary work is going good 🙂
You know what Sister Ward and I were singing last night in bed? Dumb ways to die hahaha