Baptism

Awkward Turtle (Japan Week54)

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May 17, 2015

Yesterday Brother Goto got baptized! He is so awesome. From when I first met him to now, he has changed so much. It was really great because his wife is a member. She was so happy. They got married 10 years ago and since then, she has been hoping for him to be baptized. Now next year, they can get sealed in the temple! The Elders also brought two investigators that have baptism dates. It was really good for them to be able to see. As you can see from the pictures, Brother Goto is really tall. The man he asked to do the baptism was the first councilor in the bishopric. He just so happened to be a tiny 70 year old man. When we filled up the fount, it looked so shallow, we weren’t sure how it was going to work. I was nervous that they would have to preform it more than once but it was right the first time.

One of the Elder’s investigators is Filipino and does speak much Japanese. In Japanese, Ohaiyo means good morning. He said that to one of the members. Then the member said ” are you from the state of Ohio?” It was so funny.

Our Eikaiwa class(English class) in kozouji is so funny. We always teach them funny things. Last week we taught them what awkward turtle is. Now they all use it when someone messes up haha We also all go to eat donuts after class each week. It really good for a dendo tool because we can make good relationships with them.

I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

We’re going to the BYU wind symphony on Wednesday 🙂

Today we are going to a mall that is near here.

I have been in Kasugai 3 months, as of the next transfer it will be 4 1/2 months but if I stay until the end it will be 6 months.

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Feed Me Spiritually (Japan Week51)

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Aubree, Sister Carey, and their ward mission leader.

Aubree, Sister Carey, and their ward mission leader.

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Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Aubree's nametag and scriptures.

Aubree’s nametag and scriptures.

May 3, 2015

On Tuesday, we got a call from a less active, and she wanted to meet about an hour after she called us. When we met she gave us banana
bread and told us “Now that I fed you physically, feed me spiritually.” It was amazing be cause as we talked, she shared with us her
conversion story. It was really touching. She really has such a strong testimony.

We also got to meet with this woman who, she isn’t an investigator yet but, she has potential. Every time we meet we just talk right outside
her door. She always is carrying her dog. She doesn’t talk a whole lot so whenever we have an awkward pause, we just fall back on petting the
dog. We have been trying to not have these awkward pauses but it is so hard!

We have been meeting with our investigator Goto a lot this week. We have been talking a lot about baptism with him. We had an amazing lesson, and we had an awesome member come with us. We watched the video of Christ getting baptized off of our iPad with him and his wife. We all were testifying about it and today he is going to pray about it. After his lesson, we just felt so good, they spirit had been so strong.

I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

I think I will call at like 10:30 next week on Monday for Mothers Day, does that work?

We just got a message form our investigator who had said he would pray about getting baptized, and he said he will!!
He will be baptized in 2 weeks!

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Love is Spoken Here ( Japan Week 19)

Aubree and her new Companion Papenfuss Shimai eating ice cream.

Aubree and her new Companion Papenfuss Shimai eating ice cream.

Monday:

Since Ward shimai was transferring she had to do a lot of packing on last P-day. The people who pick up her luggage showed up a half hour early so we just started stuffing things in her bags. We got it all sorted out 🙂 Then we went out to dinner with this grandmother and her two grandkids. They come to Eikaiwa every week and they took us to sushi.

Tuesday:

We went to Nagoya and I got my new companion Sister Papenfuss. She is half Japanese and grew up in America. She has been speaking Japanese her whole life so she is fluent, which is a really big help. She is super awesome and is majoring in Piano Performance. We got to take the Bullet train so that was pretty fun. That night when we went to leave for a lesson, we realized that sister Papenfuss’s bike had a problem. It was like the brakes were staying on part way. Thankfully we were able to borrow one of the Elder’s bikes and make it to our lesson.

Wednesday:

We got sister Papenfuss’s bike fixed in the morning, they just put on new brakes for her. Then we went and visited our investigators the Tomitas. We have been teaching them the plan of salvation recently but I’m not sure if they understand it completely yet. They like to come up with really hard questions to ask us. We have been trying to use the scriptures a lot to answer their questions.

Thursday:

We visited a lot of less actives this day. One of them is the Sato couple. The wife is Filipino and the husband is Japanese. The husband is really into music and playing guitar so we invited them to come to church and hear our musical number.

Friday:

We tried calling Watanabe shimai earlier in the week to make an appointment but he phone told us that it wasn’t working. We went to her house this day to check on her but she wasn’t home.

Saturday:

We went to Watanabe shimai’s house again and found out that she had bought a cell phone and canceled her other phone. She also had no idea how to use her phone so we taught her how. A member from another ward came and took us to dinner this night. They were taught by sister Papenfuss’s dad actually. So it was really cool to hear the story of how they were converted.

Sunday:

We had a really good lesson with our investigator Nakayama san about repentance. We talked about our it is how we change and become better people. We also invited her to think about baptism. At church Sister Papenfuss and I played a musical number “Love is Spoken Here” and it went really well.

I love you all!

Love, Thompson Shimai

These little fish that you put on rice.

These little fish that you put on rice.

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Transporting Cupcakes by Bike is Just Interesting ( Japan Week 17)

Kita San's baptism.

Kita San’s baptism.

Monday:

It was one of our investigators birthday so we decided to make her cupcakes and take them to her. I thought it was hard to transport cupcakes in a car but by bike is just interesting. We actually got them there without any problems.

Tuesday:

We did another companion exchange. I stayed in Shizuoka with sister Fredrickson. We visited a lot of people who had been investigators when she was here. They were all super excited to see her again. We were running from appointment to appointment so that we could meet with everyone. When we got home we did planning and went to bed because we were tired.

Wednesday:

We switched back companions at Fukuroi on Wednesday morning. That morning I had decided that we needed to take our rain coats with us to the station because ward shimai and I wouldn’t be coming home till late and it might rain. So even though it didn’t look like it would I took the rain coats. Later when we were far from home, it started to rain and we felt blessed that we had the rain coats. It was just a little thing but it was definitely Heavenly Fathers guidance.

Thursday:

On Thursday morning we went to help this family clean their house and move. Their situation is really sad. The mother is blind and is getting a divorce right now. She has 4 kids all under 13 and has to work to support them. So we went with some other sisters form the Relief Society and helped them clean.

Friday:

We had district meeting in Shizuoka again, it was really good. We tried visiting our investigator Jessica but she wasn’t home. We were able to meet with a member instead though.

Saturday:

At kids English class we had 6 kids come! That has been the most that has come since I have been here. It has also been summer break so I think that is why not many kids had been able to come recently. We had dinner at a members house. She made Tacos for us, it was so good! She is really awesome and always makes American food for us.

Sunday:

The Elder’s investigator Kita san was baptized on Sunday! After he was baptized he bore his testimony. He has a very strong testimony. I couldn’t understand most of what he said but I could feel the spirit from him.

Two scriptures I have been thinking about this week are 1 Nephi 10:19 and Jacob 4:7.

1 Nephi 10:19

“For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round”.

Jacob 4:7

“Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions uno the children of men, that we have power to do these things”.

I love you all!

love,

Thompson Shimai

Today for p-day we are having a district activity making pizza and playing games and probably going to take puri kura.

They will send me a paper when I have six months left and that is when I fill it out and tell them. The new mission president will come in like June or July.

We find out on Saturday if we transfer and transfer on Tuesday.

I did at kita san’s baptism 🙂 we found out the day before and prepared a song really quick! I played Did you think to pray with Ward Shimai on piano.

Cute cookie from Hokkaido.

Cute cookie from Hokkaido.

Ward Shimai and Aubree in rainsuits. Aubree is in a spare they have at their apartment, way to big for her haha.

Ward Shimai and Aubree in rainsuits. Aubree is in a spare they have at their apartment, way to big for her haha.

Aubree and Ward Shimai, a tricycle on the the side of the road. Aubree's in the basket :)

Aubree and Ward Shimai, a tricycle on the the side of the road. Aubree’s in the basket 🙂

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A Violin :) ( Japan Week 15)

Monday: For P day we watched a bunch of videos with the Elders on LDS.org. Actually we watched videos for 4 hours. It was really fun to watch a bunch of the Mormon Messages, they were all really good. We also tried to visit our investigator Stephanie but she wasn’t home, so we just gave her son a birthday present.

Tuesday: We had a practice lessons with a woman in our ward. After our lesson she brought out a violin and told me that she borrowed it from a friend who wasn’t using it. It had even been missing a string and she bought a new one for it. She is so nice! I am borrowing it to play in sacrament meeting. We also had an awesome lesson with our investigator Shibata san. Because we had a baptism this week we invited her and explained about baptism. We just explained it really simply and she asked us a lot of really good questions about it. She was more into this lesson than in our previous ones. It was really cool because in her prayer at the end she said she was grateful that she understood our message. She also made dinner for us, one part was a baked potato, and we had to eat it with chopsticks. Not as easy as it sounds haha

Wednesday: We went on a companion exchange! I stayed in Shizuoka with Fredrickson Shimai. We visited a lot of people who live in Shimizu, about 6km from Shizuoka. Fredrickson Shimai had been in Shizuoka before so we visited a few people who she had taught before but stopped hearing the lessons. We hope that they will hear them again.

The Baptism

The Baptism

The missionaries at the Baptism

The missionaries at the Baptism

Thursday: Baptism! Marilou got baptized and it was so amazing! It was kind of funny because they baptized her once and they both got out of the font and then it was decided that it wasn’t right and it needed done again. So she was baptized twice. She was so happy after, she was just glowing with joy. I felt so happy for her! It has been so amazing how the gospel really changes people . There were so many people at her baptism, about 40! We were so surprised because it was on a Thursday. The ward already loves her, she was given so many flowers haha We gave her a CTR ring and a picture of the temple with a card signed from us and the Elders. Her daughter was also able to come and we were able to talk with her. Hopefully she will become an investigator.

Eating Blue Raspberry Cookies

Eating Blue Raspberry Cookies

Friday: We went to district meeting and it was so good. The APs came and taught about OYM and about how to talk to people on the streets about the gospel. We got a lot of good ideas from it. We also got a new investigator this day! She has investigated the church before but it has been a while since she last heard the lessons. She is super nice and speaks English too.

Saturday: We visited Watanabe shimai and brought her some more pocari sweat. While we were there a member showed up and gave her a bunch of juice and things like that! It was so nice and just amazing to see the ward taking care of her. When we were leaving her house I pulled my bike out and realized that my back tire was completely flat. We were about 6km from home. The same thing happened to the Elders, in the same apartment complex, last week and they had to walk home for three hours. We had kids english class scheduled in about 40 minutes from when this happened so we called the Elders and had them go for us. It was really funny because watanabe shimai thought we were there still because our bikes got wet from the rain or something so she started throwing paper towels at us. Her apartment is on the second floor so I tried yelling to her what was wrong but I didn’t really know the words and I didn’t understand what she was saying either. Ward shimai was on the phone at the time but was able to help me know how to say it haha It was really funny. Watanabe shimai asked one of her neighbors where a close bike shop was and it was only about 15 minutes away. We got it fixed really quick and were able to get to all our appointments. We also went to this BBQ that the Tomita fufu had. They are college professors and so at this party it was a bunch of teachers and their favorite students. They all were really smart and all spoke English. It was really cool because they all asked us why we were in Japan and we were able to tell them about the church.

Sunday: Marilou and Ward shimai both gave talks in sacrament meeting. During Marilou’s talk you could feel the spirit so much! She was a little nervous and got mixed up on her Japanese a little but it was great! It was super cool to be able to hear here testimony like that.

Love you all!
Love, Thompson Shimai

A picture of our bikes with a scooter parked next to them.

A picture of our bikes with a scooter parked next to them.

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Faith is Like a Little Seed ( Japan Week 14)

Monday:

We got new futons from the mission home! When we had apartment inspections they took our old futons and sent new ones. They are so nice and it feels awesome to sleep on. Monday afternoon we got ice cream with one of the members. We also visited some potential investigators and we counted one as an investigator but we had to drop her a few days latter. She was super nice though.

Tuesday:

We made a really cute flower pot for our investigator. We wrote “Faith is like a little seed” and planted pink flowers in it.

Pot that we painted for investigators.

Pot that we painted for investigators.

Wednesday:

We had zone training and President Yamashita came. It was really good. We learned about how sometimes investigators will know the words coming out of our mouths but will have no idea what we are talking about. They did an example by showing one person a picture of someone we all knew. Then that person had to describe only what they could see and we didn’t know who they were talking about, but it was president Yamashita. So they talked about ways we can help them to understand.

Aubree and Ward Shimai at Zone Conference.

Aubree and Ward Shimai at Zone Conference.

Thursday:

We have been visiting this less active every week for months and she hasn’t come to church in about 10 years or so. Two weeks ago we challenged her to read the whole Book of Mormon. We told her that we could read together when we visit and it would make it easier. So we read 1 Nephi chapter 2 together. When we asked her what we thought about it she told us about how she thinks she needs to come back to church, that she wants to. It was so cool to see the power that the Book of Mormon has. This chapter didn’t talk about going to church specifically but was able to touch her heart and lead her to that conclusion. We had had lessons about coming to church but until she read this, she hadn’t wanted to come. That night we also went and visited Wantanabe shimai. She is really old and summer is hard on her body so we bought a liter of this sports drink and took it to her. We biked 8km to get to her house but it was so worth it to be able to help her.

Friday:

Last week our investigator shibata taught us how to paint daisies. So we wanted to thank her is a cute way. A Japanese pear is called Nashi, and there is a grammar principal Nashi ni and it means without. So we bought some Nashi and wrote that If we were without her we would be sad and thanked her for teaching us. She lives really far away so we were able to take a train there. Then we went to Shizuoka College. The Elders had given us a referral of someone who lives over there. We tried to visit her but she wasn’t home, we think this week is a lot of tests so most college students are probably busy.

Daisies that Aubree painted and gave me ( her mom) for my birthday :)

Daisies that Aubree painted and gave me ( her mom) for my birthday 🙂

Saturday:

We had Marilou’s baptism interview this day! Our district leader came from Fujieda to do it and it all went well. She is so awesome! She will be baptized on Thursday by Elder Brown. We were suppsed to meet with Wantanabe shimai again but she wasn’t feeling well so we had to come up with a backup plan. We decided to visit our 12 year old investigator. We hadn’t been able to meet with her this week because she had gotten home too late that night. We were able to share a scripture with her and her mom, who is a member, and it turned out really good.

Sunday:

It was pretty rainy this day, we had the typhoon but it didn’t go directly though Shizuoka. We had a good day at church. One of the Elders investigators is in his 70’s and he bought a cell phone just so he could talk to the elders haha. It is his first one! He was taking pictures of a lot of things and thought it was super cool haha.

I’ll tell you all about the baptism next week!

Love you all,

love Thompson shimai

Notes From Aubree

This week was really good, we had another typhoon but nothing really happened again, it just rained. I’m not sure what we are doing today, probably going to go eat somewhere with the elders.

Also you should watch the new Mormon Message, its called the Hope of God’s Light. We watched it at zone training and it was really amazing.

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Samuel the Lamanite ( Japan Week 13)

This message was sent August 3rd, 2014

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Monday,

We went shopping with the elders and I actually found a pair of bright pink flats, and yes they are children shoes. We also went and visited this less active who is really likes Hawaii. It was cool because we were able to talk about that a little bit because I had lived there.

Tuesday,

We had five lessons this day. It was really good because we were busy. We have been teaching a lot recently about Samuel the Lamanite and about how because he was obedient he was able to have the spirit there to protect him. I think that is super cool. When we follow the promptings of the spirit, we are able to receive guidance and protection.

Wednesday,

We met with a recent convert named Wantanabe shimai. She is really old, 84 years old. This week she lost her wallet with a lot of money in it. She told us that on her own she decided to pray about it. We also prayed together that she would be able to find it. We also did this really cool project with our investigator. She teaches people how to paint and so she taught us how to paint daisies, for two and a half hours, it was really fun!

Thursday,

We visited a lot of less actives.

Friday,

We were able to do a lot of housing this day. We found one lady who seemed pretty interested, she took a pamphlet and we are hoping to talk to her again today and ask if she will hear the lessons.

Saturday,

We had a lesson with our investigator who is getting baptized. She is doing so well, she only smoked once this last week! We are hoping to have her interview on Saturday and baptism next Thursday! We were able to go to the shimizu festival that night with a member. It was really cool! There were so many people there! There were also a ton of dancers! It was really fun 🙂

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Festival

Festival

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Festival

Festival

Festival

Festival

Sunday,

It was fast Sunday this week. It was really good, one of our investigators even bore their testimony during sacrament meeting! Then we had an appointment with the stake president. His wife made Gyoza for us, which is my favorite. We talked a lot about goals and how when we make goals we are able to accomplish so much more.

This week has been really good, we are hoping to find more investigators this coming week!

Love you all,

Thompson shimai

Notes From Aubree

Ward shimai wants me to have a Japanese companion.

The electronic translator is awesome, I use it a lot, it also has an English dictionary on it too so that is helpful.

We like to watch the new testament seminary videos during lunch haha.

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Hamburgers, Root Beer and Really American Food :) ( Japan Week 12)

Aubree and Ward Shimai at a picnic viewing fireworks.

Aubree and Ward Shimai at a picnic viewing fireworks.

This week went by really fast! We had transfer calls and… Ward shimai and I are staying together in Shizuoka! We are super excited to be together for our third transfer. Especially because one of the investigators is getting baptized this transfer.I am also no longer a bean chan! 
On Tuesday we found two new investigators! This couples has been kind of eternal potential investigators. We have gone over to their house a few times to help with their garden. They agreed to hear the lessons in order to help us with our Japanese, so we are hoping that they will feel the spirit and want to learn.

On Wednesday we went to a place called Nihondaira. We went there with the elders and three church members to watch fireworks. It was really cool! The fireworks launch super close to where you sit in Japan. When they first started going it really surprised me! One of the members made a picnic for us, they said it would be like the 4th of July. We had hamburgers and Root beer and really American food, it was really fun.

On Thursday we went to Fujieda for training from the AP’s. It was good, we talked a lot about working with our ward and our ward mission leader.

On Saturday for Eikaiwa and a ward activity we went and saw fireworks again, this time it was at Abekawa. We also had transfer calls this day, we were expecting to get a call, but thankfully we didn’t!

Yesterday at church Ward shimai and I did a musical number. Ward shimai played the piano and I sang, we did “I know that my Redeemer Lives” it turned out really good. I sang it in Japanese so everyone could understand it. It was really cool because I could feel the spirit testifying about what I was singing was true, and I know it is true.

I love you all!

Thompson shimai

Our Awesome sock tan line.

Our Awesome sock tan line.

Notes from Aubree
Can you send two or three really easy kid books for kid’s eikaiwa? Like really easy, おねかいします.

I’d always be happy to get a cake mix  Any is good

Is there anything you guys want from Japan? I got some chopsticks to send.

They just do fireworks a lot in the summer. When we saw fireworks it had some music with it and it started with star wars and had pirates of the Caribbean too.

I haven’t played violin at all because we haven’t met anyone else who plays or has one, I have played guitar two or three times though.

Here are some videos that we received from Aubree on July 20th, 2014.

This is Aubree 🙂 I love her comments and her laughter 🙂

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I am Going to be done Being a Bean Chan This Week! ( Japan Week 11)

Aubree

Aubree

This week was Senpai week, and I think it went pretty well. I was in charge of leading us places, the phone, and leading the lessons.

On Monday we went to this really cool shrine. We thought it was just a few shrines that were at street level and a few that were higher up this hill. So we climbed some stairs to get to them. Then we saw that the path goes on longer and we decided to see if there were any other shrines. We walked up this mountain for about an hour and we see a beautiful view of Shizuoka from the top. You could see all of the city, Mt. Fuji, and the ocean all at once. It was super cool to see the city like that.

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

On Tuesday we went to this old couple’s house, they are potential investigators. They are really nice just not super interested in the gospel yet.

On Wednesday we were really busy, we had four appointments. One of the investigators that we visited has been investigating for 2-3 years. She is slowly understanding the gospel and I know that one day she will be baptized. This last time we visited her we talked about the spirit a lot and she told us that she finally understood that the spirit is a good thing. She hadn’t known that is was good. It was really cool to see her finally understand that.

On Friday we went to visit this less active that lived really far away, we took a train and then walked from the eki to her house. We had her address in the GPS but we couldn’t find it. So we decided to ask a lady on the street if she could help us. She actually knew the less active and knew which house was hers. We knocked on the door and she wasn’t there so we planned to heart attack her. Well right in the middle of doing that she came home and we were able to share a message with her. So if we hadn’t gotten lost we wouldn’t have been able to talk with her.

On Saturday we had an awesome lesson with our investigator who is getting baptized. We told her that we wanted to talk about temples and she just says ” There are 142 operating temples worldwide and 14 in Utah.” She then preceded to tell us where in Utah the temples are. She is so amazing, she hasn’t even been to a temple grounds and she loves it so much already!

Sunday was an awesome day because we had Ward conference. The bishop gave us a list of less actives to visit this week and invite them to Ward conference. It was really cool because 5 less actives came to church! We had really awesome speakers too so hopefully they will come next week!

This week has been really awesome. I am going to be done being a bean chan this week!

Aishiteimasu!

Thompson shimai

Notes from Aubree

It doesn’t thunder here very much, but we had some on Saturday it’s called, Kaminari. Yeah this week this lady at Eikaiwa gave Ward shimai lillies and they are super pretty!

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I didn’t get to see the cherry blossoms, they only last for 1-2 weeks in the spring.

How Transfers Work
So on this Saturday we will have transfer calls. We get a text from the mission home at 10 saying transfers are starting. Then we are supposed to stay in our apartment until they are over so that we don’t miss the phone call. It will normally last until 11:30 or so. Then Yamashita kaichou and the two assistance to the president call all the companionship that are changing. Then if you don’t get a call you aren’t changing. We get calls on Saturday and on the next Tuesday we all meet in Nagoya eki and switch companions.

Ward Shimai is looking forward to the postcard.

My bike is good, just normal; it feels super normal to bike everywhere now.
haha my trainer won’t let me try wheelies yet.

I do a bunch of sit ups and pushups in the morning for exercise.

haha we also don’t have a real oven, they only use a microwave and a microwave oven.

My favorite thing about Japan has to be how pretty it is.

Ward Shimai

Ward Shimai

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View of Shizuoka

View of Shizuoka

These are wishes that people have made.

These are wishes that people have made.

View of Shizuoka

View of Shizuoka

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Senpai Week For Me (Japan Week 10)

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This week was really awesome!

For P day last week we went and ate sushi again. Even though it is raw fish, it doesn’t feel gross. I think sushi is really good.

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After that we tried to find me some new shoes for the rain.

I still have to buy children’s shoes in Japan! I thought that I might be able to get adult shoes but my feet are just a little too small still.

On Tuesday we visited this part member family with the Elders and we had an interesting lesson. The father likes to drink and so at the end of the lesson he was trying to convince the Elders that they should start drinking. It was really funny.

On Wednesday we had Interviews with President Yamashita. It was really good, he gave me some really good advice. At the end of our interview he gave everyone a priesthood blessing, it was so cool.

Then I went on a companion exchange with Smith Shimai in Shizuoka. We were supposed to switch back the next day, but we were supposed to have the Typhoon that day. So on Thursday morning we got a text from the mission home telling us not to leave our apartments so Smith Shimai and I got to spend a whole day in the apartment together.

On Friday after Ward Shimai came back to Shizuoka we went and checked on one of the less actives that we visit regularly to see if she was okay after the storm, she was really worried about it. She told us that she prayed that it wouldn’t get bad in Shizuoka and it didn’t so Heavenly Father answered her prayer. It was really cool to see her faith strengthened through that.

On Friday we meet with our investigator who is getting baptized and she is just so awesome. We taught her about the priesthood, and the blessings that we can receive from it, then on Sunday she got a blessing to help her to stop smoking. She is so awesome I know that she will be able to stop soon. After the blessing she just cried because she felt the spirit so much.

This week is senpai week for me, which means that I am in charge of everything. So we will see how this goes!

Aishiteimasu

Thompson Shimai

Notes from Aubree

(We asked Aubree about the typhoon) It only drizzled here, no wind whatsoever. Yeah they had us stay in our apartment all day on Thursday just in case but it was fine.

I think that I am okay for now, but if you see any shoes that look good you can send them, I am at the size that is hard to find between adults and kids here. I bought a pair of Crocks for the rain.

Jaden, I am sending you Octopus Jerky.

Since I only have two weeks of being a bean chan I am in charge this week of the lessons and leading us places.

When you come, I wouldn’t plan on trying to drive, we can just take the bus and trains places easy.

We haven’t found any new investigators yet, we have 7 right now.

It’s been pretty nice, has rained a little but not much.

Next week is ward conference and so they are having food after.

Always sung in Japanese at the MTC so I am pretty used to singing in it but they do sing some weird ones I’ve never heard of before. One of the songs, Waiting for the Reapers, is only in Japanese hymn books. There are a few others too.

I have to go now! I love you!

Look at the Size of that Spider

Look at the Size of that Spider

Shizuoka

Shizuoka

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