Gokiso Japan

Kasugai ( Japan Week 42)

Aubree and her Gokiso companions.

Aubree and her Gokiso companions.

This week was really interesting.

On Tuesday I moved to Kasugai with sister Grecco. Kasugai is a lot smaller than my last area. There is not a lot of people here either. Nagoya is only a 15 minute train ride so most people here work in Nagoya, not Kasugai. It has made OYM a little harder but we are trying hard.

Its interesting having a companion from Argentina. She told me that in Argentina they don’t eat dinner. So everyday she just eats breakfast and lunch. I don’t know how she does it! I still eat dinner though. Since she came to Japan, she has had a rash on her face. She has been going to the doctor a bunch and they finally told us what it was today. She is allergic to the sun! So we will have to get creative in order to cover up all of her skin.

We have an investigator here whos lesson is in Spanish. She can understand Japanese but Spanish is better. During that lesson, sister Grecco taught most of it. I couldn’t understand anything! We taught her about the plan of salvation and she just loves it! She is also reading the book of Mormon.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

Its okay, the apartment is so gross. I wanted to die when I first went in haha

The ward is so small I don’t know how it is a ward. It should be a branch haha In relief society there was 11 people including us.

This week was just hard.

The Elders in Gokiso.

The Elders in Gokiso.

Pugs walking down the street in Japan :)

Pugs walking down the street in Japan 🙂

Aburee is 20.

Aburee is 20.

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Pugs walking down the street in Japan :)

Pugs walking down the street in Japan 🙂

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Aubree Turned 20 (Japan Week 41)

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We had transfer calls on Saturday and I am transferring. I am going to Kasugai. I’m really going to miss the people of Gokiso! They are all so nice 🙂 I also have loved being with my companions, Sister Nakamura and Sister Konno, they are way awesome. They are both going to stay in Gokiso and Sister Nakamura is the new Sister Training Leader.

This week was very spiritual because Elder Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Bishop Stevenson, and Elder Rasband came and visited us. When they walked in the room, I could immediately feel the spirit. We all had the opportunity to shake hands with all of them.
Elder Ballard talked to us about remembering Gethsemane. When we get discouraged or just in the quiet moment remember Gethsemane. Remember what Christ did for us. We may feel that we are the only ones but because of what Christ did, he will always understand. One thing he said was “When you think of Gethsemane, you heal.” They also did a question and answer at the end.

Yesterday we had an appointment set up with a family, and the mom is pregnant. We got a call from them on Saturday to confirm the appointment when we found out it looked like she was going to have her baby. The husband told us that we should still come over and he would make dinner. Which is way nice but we were pretty sure she was going to have her baby. Then Sunday after stake conference we got a text saying they were at the hospital. We told this to the member that we drove with to the conference and she invited us over for dinner! It was really nice because it was so sudden, and it was Sunday so she wouldn’t be able to go to the store. After we finished dinner she brought out a cake! She made it for my birthday! It was so nice! I didn’t really expect to get anything for my birthday from members because of how transfers worked but I felt so much love from her. I really felt like God was watching over me at that moment.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

My companion will be Sister Grecco from Argentina. She has been in Japan for 3 months.

I guess my Japanese is pretty normal, I have only been speaking Japanese for 3 months now.

We also heard that there was about 86,000 missionaries total right now and they announced 11 new mission making it a total of 417 missions in the world.

I am about 30 minute train ride away from Kasugai.

Shizuoka is about an hour and a half away by bullet train. 3 hours by normal train.

I went downstairs and the Elders and my companions planned a surprise party for me! I was totally surprised haha.

Aubrees Japanese Lunch box that her companions taught her how to use.

Aubrees Japanese Lunch box that her companions taught her how to use.

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Japanese sausage.

Japanese sausage.

Aubree finally got her Valentines.

Aubree finally got her Valentines.

Aubree and her Valentines candy.

Aubree and her Valentines candy.

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Birthday Cake Number 1 :)

Birthday Cake Number 1 🙂

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Birthday Party for Aubree

Birthday Party for Aubree

Birthday Party for Aubree

Birthday Party for Aubree

Surprise Party

Surprise Party

Surprise Party

Surprise Party

They drew Aubree a pug for her birthday :)

They drew Aubree a pug for her birthday 🙂

More Valentines Candy.

More Valentines Candy.

More Valentines Candy

More Valentines Candy

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Game Night

Game Night

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Valentines Week (Japan Week 40)

This week was really good 🙂

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On Tuesday we decided to go eat katsu with the Elders. Then we heart attacked the members that live around there. It turned out that this was really where we needed to be. We were OYMing right by the restaurant when Konno shimai OYMed the Bishop’s wife! It was kind of funny but we have been wanting to build a better relationship with her. I believe that we were meant to meet with her that day.

Heart Attack

Heart Attack

On Saturday it was Valentines Day 🙂 We were able to do Valentines dendou 🙂 which means when we did streeting we gave a piece of chocolate to them after we talked. It was a lot of fun 🙂 It was really cool because everyone smiled after we did this. My thought was that even if they don’t accept the gospel now, they can see Christ’s love for them through this little act.

We also made a bunch of truffles and little chocolate squares to give to people in our ward and the elders in the district. Then the Elders gave us a sign with chocolate and kit kats.

Aubre's district.

Aubre’s district.

Missionary nicknames.

Missionary nicknames.

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Rapunzel's Tower ;)

Rapunzel’s Tower 😉

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The sisters heart attacked the elders door.

The sisters heart attacked the elders door.

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The Elders made the Sisters a valentine.

The Elders made the Sisters a valentine.

The Hungry Callahan.

The Hungry Callahan.

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An all you can eat restaurant where you can order anything off the menu.

An all you can eat restaurant where you can order anything off the menu.

Raw Octopus.

Raw Octopus.

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Yesterday after church, we had just been planning to do a lot of finding. Then the Ward Mission Leader asked us all to come over for dinner 🙂 it was a lot of fun! They have two little kids and they are super cute 🙂 It was especially cute when they shared with us what they learned at church. The older sister told us that she learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The little boy told us that he had a snack at church. It was so cute 🙂

I’m really looking forward to getting to hear Elder Ballard speak this week 🙂 I’ll tell you about it next week!

Love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

They celebrate Valentines here, girls make chocolate and give it to boys.

The elders gave that to us, it is written on the bottom but it is in Japanese.

The Valentine the Elders made the Sisters.

The Valentine the Elders made the Sisters.

I got a birthday card from Grandma and Grandpa this week.

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Aubree's ice cream haha.

Aubree’s ice cream haha.

Valentine from the Sisters.

Valentine from the Sisters.

Valentine from the Elders.

Valentine from the Elders.

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Aubree said that ice cream bar is called black thunder, and its very hard to find in Japan. It has chocolate of some sort on the inside.

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Mini Concert ( Japan Week 39)

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

This week was really great 🙂 We were able to find another investigator! The funny thing is is that her name is Nakamura Yuki, which is Nakamura shimai’s last name, and Konno shimai’s first name.

This week we had a lesson with our investigator named Hikaru. We went to lunch with her and a member. Last time we had talked, she asked what kind of food I like. I told her of the Japanese food that I like, which is food that you have at a normal restaurant. She thought that I probably liked traditional Japanese food too. The food was all really weird but I had to eat it. We were able to have a good lesson with her about the Plan of Salvation. She doesn’t have a ton of interest yet but, she listened intently to our lesson 🙂 It was really great that we were able to go with a member because they were able to become friends. I learned that its really important which member you ask to come to a lesson. All members are good but, if they have the same experiences as the investigator or have similar personalities, it can help the lesson a lot.

A few weeks ago, a member took us out to lunch, it was really expensive, and she is always buying us food. To thank her we put on a mini concert. It was a lot of fun, and it was very spiritually uplifting. Throughout the whole thing I could just feel how much love Heavenly Father has for that woman.

Love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

We had a lesson with a member about member missionary work and then we went to McDonald’s together.

Have you guys read, “The Power of Everyday Missionaries” by Clayton M. Christensen?
Its a really good book. President Yamashita has us sharing it with all the members here.

Rainy season is in June
it will depend on what part of the mission I am in. February is actually the coldest.

I have to go now, I love you!

This is what they call a hamburger in Japan.

This is what they call a hamburger in Japan.

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Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

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We Found 5 Investigators this week :) (Japan Week 37)

January 25, 2015

This week has been AMAZING!

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We have seen so many miracles this week.

To start off we found 5 investigators this week! We found two through OYM(street contacting) and three were former investigators. It was amazing to see how Heavenly Father guided us to all of these people.

We had stopped meeting with one of the former investigators about a month ago because she got really busy and didn’t have time. We had only met once before but when we met, she has been very conservative and didn’t ask many questions. This time though, when we taught the Plan of Salvation she asked questions about how to apply it to her. She asked us that if this was true, what do you do after you enter the church. Another cool part was that during the lesson, we could have flowed easily into inviting her to be baptized but I had a feeling that we should invite her in the next lesson. After the lesson I found out that sister Nakamura had the same feeling. It was really cool to see that that feeling really was from Heavenly Father. This investigator is going to come to church with us and then to a baptismal service that is after church. She is totally fine with going to church from 10am-2:30pm! It was really a spiritually guided lesson.

This week was also Sister Nakamura’s Birthday! We got a card for her and had everyone sign it. Sister Johnson and sister Takahashi were also here because we were doing a companion exchange. The Elders were super nice and bought a cake for her! To pay them back, we heart attacked them haha

We have been able to make so many appointments with members and investigators that we are going to be really busy this week!

Love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

I got new tires, they work really good 🙂 the tires I got make it easier to pedal, so I go really fast now haha.

I like the raw shrimp and tenpura shirmp sushi. I don’t really like the eel.

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100% OYM Everyday (Japan Week 36)

January 18, 2015

This week was a lot of fun.

Last Monday night we had a big get together at a former investigators house with a bunch of former investigators and members. We all ate dinner together, played games, and at the end we shared a message with them.

On Tuesday we all transfered to Gokiso. We decided that it was too much work to take apart all of our bikes and send them to Gokiso so, we biked from Takabata to Gokiso. It only took us about an hour or so 🙂 This is probably the only time I’ll get to bike to transfer.

Sister Papenfuss is training again this transfer. Since only one sister came in, sister Papenfuss needed a companion for a day. She came with us to Gokiso 🙂 it was a lot of fun! During companion study she helped us practice talking to people on the street. It really helped a lot 🙂

The Harada family is finally able to move back to Brazil! I was really happy and sad to see them go. I know that in Brazil they will be able to receive more medical care for their son, because they are natives. They gave us their contact information and want to be contacted by missionaries in Brazil 🙂 They are so awesome, I know that they will be baptized soon!

We have been doing so much finding this week! We have been doing 100% OYM everyday. That means that we talk to every woman we see. We hadn’t found an investigator from that but through doing it and showing Heavenly Father our commitment to find those who will hear his message, Heavenly Father blessed us. We got a text last night from one of our former investigators telling us she wants to meet this week. We then got another text from an investigator and were able to set up an appointment with her later that day. It was really awesome to see how much Heavenly Father blesses us!

Love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

So two days ago I had to get new brakes for my bike because they were completely gone. Also I can see strings running all down my bike tire, they told me I needed new ones but I didn’t get them yet. I wanted to know what you thought. ( We of course told her to get new tires haha).

Today we are going shopping and going to eat Takoyaki.

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Back to Gokiso! (Japan Week 35)

January 11, 2015

Aubree and her violin :)

Aubree and her violin 🙂

This week went by so fast!

We were really busy because it was the last week of the transfer.

We did get a transfer call….. and all three of us are transferring together to Gokiso! Its a really weird transfer call but we are really excited to stay together. We are sad about leaving Takabata though because no more sisters are going to be there. It will just be four elders. I’m sad because I only got 4 weeks in Takabata total.

On Tuesday Sister Nakamura and Sister Konno had to go to Trainers Training Meeting but since I am not a trainer or a bean, I didn’t have to go. The meeting is in Meito so I got to go with Sister Papenfuss and Sister Murakami for the day 🙂 It was a lot of fun, we went and made a lot of appointments with people and we were able to meet with some really nice less actives.

We also had a Sisters Conference this week! It was so much fun! All the sisters from the mission got together. We first had a really spiritual message from a sister who served in Japan and now lives within our mission. She had a goal to baptize 55people every week! She baptized hundreds of people, in Japan! It was really cool to hear her speak, she gave us a lot of advice about missionary work. Then we had a talent show. Sister Papenfuss and I played “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” together.

Yesterday we had a really a good lesson with one of our investigators. Last year her mother passed away and so we taught her about the Plan of Salvation and how though the gospel they can be together again. We had her lesson a restaurant right during the lunch rush. The cool thing that happened was, none of us even noticed because we felt the spirit so much and we felt so focused on this lesson. At the end of the lessons sister Konno invited her to be baptized. She told us that she doesn’t know if this church is true or not yet. We testified of the truthfulness of it and invited her to pray about it. I have a really good feeling about her. She is really awesome and she always asks us the best questions.

This morning we had a ward activity of making mochi! It was a lot of fun! We got to help with all of it. Its a lot harder than it looks to hit the mochi! The giant hammer like thing is really heavy! It was really cute to see the little kids do it too 🙂

Tomorrow we are moving to Gokiso. We decided that since it is just an hour bike ride away, we will just bike there. Otherwise we have to take apart three bikes, ship them, and then put them together again. So its a lot easier, and more fun, to bike there 🙂

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

We have a party that we are going to that is for the New Year.

You’ll think this is funny but one of my favorite foods is shirasu, its a little fish, see if you can find a picture.
I eat it raw with rice and soy sauce for breakfast, and miso soup;It tastes just like string cheese.Its also really good in a rice ball with tuna fish.

I eat sea food every day almost, I eat shrimp everywhere haha.

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Its Mochi, strawberry, and Anko; its called a Ichigodaifuku.

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Aubree and Papenfuss Shimai

Aubree and Papenfuss Shimai

Aubree and Urling Shimai

Aubree and Urling Shimai

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Happy New Year (Japan Week 34)

Aubree and her companions with their fun dip.

Aubree and her companions with their fun dip.

Happy New Year!

Its been a lot of fun spending this time on my mission.

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We got to do a lot of fun things this week.

On Tuesday we went with a big group of members to eat yakiniku. It was a lot of fun! We had been told that we would each pay for ourselves, and we were totally fine with that but when the bill came, one of the members paid for all of us! It was so nice!

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On the 1st in Japan everyone wakes up early to watch the sunrise. We tried to do that but, it was cloudy! We got to go with a member to the biggest Shrine in Nagoya city though. It is called Atsuta shrine. It was so big, and so many people were there! It was really interesting because even if you are not Buddhist you go to a shrine so it was super packed. That night we had dinner at the Bishop’s house. During the first week of the new year, they eat really weird food. Elder Sato and Sister Nakamura forced me to eat fish eggs. It was really gross and not something I want to eat again.

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Yesterday we went to a members house for dinner. They own a Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki shop so they taught us how to make it. It was so good! I had had Okonomiyaki before but I didn’t like it but this time it was the best! Then we got to do two practice lessons with them. Sister Konno and I did a lesson about Joseph Smith and sister Nakamura and a young woman from the ward did a lesson about prayer. It was really good practice because they asked real questions that people could ask. We got a lot of good advice from them.

Today we are going to have our district activity. We are just going shopping in Sakae, which is the biggest part of Nagoya city.

Love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Post offices were closed the 1,2,3.4th of Jan. On the 1st and 2nd like everything was closed.

Okay, we found out that the Brother and sister Ishii will be the ones to replace Elder and sister Yamashita.

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An apartment they were trying to get to.

An apartment they were trying to get to.

An apartment they were trying to get to.

An apartment they were trying to get to.

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Caroling in the Streets (Japan Week 33)

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

This week was really fun :) 

This week we had Christmas! 

It was so much fun to be able to do Google Hangout!

Being out in the mission field was really interesting.

A couple from the Gokiso ward took us and the Gokiso Elders out for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, it was so good!

Christmas Dinner with the missionaries.

Christmas Dinner with the missionaries.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Then as a district we went to the busiest part of Nagoya and went caroling on the streets. We had been given cards that were for the new Christmas video the church made. We handed out all of the cards we had! It was a really fun way to do missionary work.

On Friday we went to Gokiso for the first time since I left. For the time being, we are allowed to visit with the investigators that are in Gokiso. It was really weird being back, I got lost haha We eventually got there though haha

On Saturday we went to a year end party with a bunch of former investigators. We all made dinner together and then we played games together and we able to share a message with them.

Yesterday we were able to come back to Gokiso again for a service that we do every week. We got to spent the night at the Gokiso house and it was way fun! The Elders were super nice and put milk in the fridge for us so we could have cereal in the morning.

Its really fun having two companions again. Its a lot different than last time though but I guess that is to be expected. I love getting to be with sister Konno and sister Nakamura, they are such good missionaries and there is so much I can learn from them!

The presents we sent for Aubree's Companions.

The presents we sent for Aubree’s Companions.

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

We stayed the night at the Gokiso apartment last night because had an appointment that was late enough that we couldn’t get back to Takabata in time.

Yeah its nice because we can just bike here, we didn’t today but we probably will next week.

Today we are going back to Takabata and then I am going to get my package from Derek and then we are doing FHE with a bunch of people tonight.

We are going to go to a shrine on 1/1 haha its where everyone goes.

Aubree's Christmas Stocking :)

Aubree’s Christmas Stocking 🙂

His name is Dave Choro, Aubree said she about died when saw his name tag (done by her dad).

His name is Dave Choro, Aubree said she about died when saw his name tag (done by her dad).

Pug Pj.s

Pug Pj.s

Presents

Presents

Presents

Presents

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Missionaries talking to their parents.

Missionaries talking to their parents.

Aubree doing Google Hangout for Christmas.

Aubree doing Google Hangout for Christmas.

Aubree Google Hangout with Derek.

Aubree Google Hangout with Derek.

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Aubree's companion.

Aubree’s companion.

Aubree Google Hangout.

Aubree Google Hangout.

Aubree Google Hangout with siblings and niece.

Aubree Google Hangout with siblings and niece.

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Christmas In Japan

We talked to Aubree at 11am Japan time on Christmas Day ( 7 pm Christmas Eve Idaho time). It was the best part of our Christmas 🙂

These pictures were taken Christmas Eve morning in Japan.

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

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Aubree

Aubree

Aubree with Sister Papenfuss and one of her new companions.

Aubree with Sister Papenfuss and one of her new companions.

One of Aubree's companions talking to their family.

One of Aubree’s companions talking to their family.

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