Mission Training Center

We Found Three Investigators ( Japan Week 62)

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This week was good 🙂 we were able to find three investigators! It’s great because we teach all of them in English. Two of them are a members’ mom and sister. We have met with them a few times but were never able to set a next appointment. On Sunday we taught them about the plan of salvation and how we can be with our families forever. They then asked us ” how do we get to the celestial kingdom.” We explained that there are 5 steps, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were able to set an appointment for next week to discuss the 5 steps.

This week it was a members birthday! He is the only one in young men’s. My companion and I went early and helped his mom cook. Then we all had a big lunch and went to a Filipino shop and ate hulahula. It’s like shave ice but it has a bunch of fruit and seeds it in.

There is a cute little boy named Ta kun in our Ward. He is about 3 years old. We went and visited his family the other day and he was so cute! He loved my companion haha he kept calling her Anesan which means older sister. Sometimes he would switch it up and call her Onisan which means older brother. He was just a little ball of energy!

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Also it’s getting suuuuuper hot! And humid! Everyday I get surprised by how hot it is. We visited this member who lives pretty far from us, about an hour bike ride. The first half wasn’t too bad but then we got to the hills… It was the hottest, stickiest ride of my life haha by the time we got the the appointment, we were dead haha it was fun on the way home though because we got to go down all of the hills.
I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

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It was so hot (Japan Week 56)

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May 31, 2015

This week we got to meet with the mother and daughter who are doing
the 30/30 program. They are sooooo nice! Every time we go over they
make us so much food! We were able to teach them about the restoration
this week. We challenged them to pray about it and they said they
would.
We also had a Relief Society activity this week. We all met at a park
and walked from there along a river path to another park. We then had
a picnic all together 🙂 it was way fun! Sister Carey and I didn’t
know where/how long we were going to walk. We were surprised by the
length, it took an hour to walk one way. It was so hot! Half way
though we stopped and ate ice cream. All the women were covered in so
many layers! They don’t like to get tan. There was a pretty good turn
out 🙂 on the way back, we stopped at one of the members houses that
was on the way. It was so hot that we needed a break and to get more
water. The sisters are so fit. They are all older than us but they
were walking faster than we could! It was really fun!
We also had the best English class! We decided to teach them the words
hot and cool. We made a conversation for them with the different
meanings.
A: it’s so hot!
B: what? I’m hot? Well, your pretty cool too.
A: No, I meant the weather!
B: oh well… That’s awkward
*awkward turtle

It was so funny, I took a video of it!
I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

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I’m Pretty Excited To Train ( Japan Week 46)

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Sister Grecco and Aubree decorating eggs.

Sister Grecco and Aubree decorating eggs.

This week we were able to find a new investigator! She used to be an investigator and some how her and the sisters stopped talking. We called her and made an appointment for the next day 🙂 She is way nice. We were able to make a next appointment with her too! We are going to make Takoyaki together at her house.

We also had a really good lesson with our investigator Goto. We read together from Enos about prayer. It was really awesome because his wife is a member and was able to share an experience that she had had with prayer.

Sister Grecco is doing a lot better 🙂 We were able to leave the apartment for most of the week. She just needed to rest for part of the day on Tue. and Wed. Now we are just dendoing like normal 🙂

This week we also had transfer calls! We had them a week early because President Yamashita has to go to training in Utah the week that we would normally have transfers. Sister Grecco is going to transfer to Toyama. My next companion is going to be a bean chan. I’m pretty excited to train, I think it will be a lot of fun 🙂

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

Yesterday we went in primary and decorated eggs. Two of the kids brought friends with them 🙂 Yeah it was really cool 🙂 They were being missionaries too.They normally don’t dye eggs so it was the first time for them. But they used water that was dyed and then used paint brushes.I told them about easter egg hunts and how you use real eggs but if you can’t find one, in two months or so you can find it from the smell hahaha.

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This week we had transfer calls. Since President Yamashita is a member of the seventy and his assignment as mission president ends in June, he has been called to go to General Conference for training and to receive his new assignment. So we had transfer calls a week early. We still transfer on the 7th though. Sister Grecco is transferring to Toyama. If you remember the word Yama means mountain. I’ve heard from other missionaries that it basically is that. My next companion is a bean chan.

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Faith is Like a Little Seed :) ( Japan Week 45)

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Sisters who stayed in Meito for the Ipad Conference.

Sisters who stayed in Meito for the Ipad Conference.

This week we saw a lot of really awesome things happen!

We were able to meet with a former investigator named Fujishiro san. This week it finally got warm! It was about 70 degrees! Fujishiro san loves to garden. We were talking with her next to her garden and so we asked her about it. She showed us some plants that had just started to grow and she explained that they would grow to get very large. We then were able to teach her the principle of faith by using this as the example. Then we were able to make a next appointment with her! It was really cool 🙂

We got to meet the less active from Gifu again! She is so nice! When she moved from Gifu she lost her Book of Mormon so we gave her a new one 🙂 She was so happy to have it again! We plan to meet with her more.

When we did planning for Saturday we planned to visit this random less active who we had never met before. Normally when this happens, its kind of hard to meet with them because we don’t know their schedule. We also had never been in this part of the city before. We were way surprised by how many hills there were! We had to push our bikes up a bunch of stairs. When we got to her house she came a talked to us for about 10 minutes and made a next appointment with us! We were so happy! It reminded us of D&C 58:2-4. After hard things, you have blessings.

On Sunday before church sister Grecco crashed her bike really bad. We cleaned it up and then went to church. We thought it was fine but when we checked it was really gross. We were then advised to got to the hospital. A member took us! They are so nice! We had an X-Ray taken and she is fine but it just hurts a lot. We will be taking it easy until she feels better.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

We asked Aubree how the Ipad training was and this is what she said “It was good, it mostly wasn’t training, it was just warnings against the dangers of technology. It was way intense. Elder Evans of the seventy came”. We will get the Ipads in a few weeks, they weren’t specific. It will take about 3 months after receiving the Ipad for our mission to be approved for facebook. We also do not get to buy them. They are specially configured by Apple for the church before the church receives them. Also if you try to change it or download an unapproved app the mission president gets an email right away.

Aubree’s companion got in a bike accident yesterday before church. We thought it was fine but when we got home, she was bleeding and had a whole in her knee. we then went to the hospital with a member. This was after we put wrap over it so she could take a shower.

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Grecco Shimai got in a bike accident, but she is ok.

Grecco Shimai got in a bike accident, but she is ok.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai with cookies.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai with cookies.

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Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai.

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This Week Was Great ! (Japan Week 38)

February 1, 2015

Aubree and her companions did a heart attack.

Aubree and her companions did a heart attack.

This week was really great!

On Tuesday we found another new investigator! We were doing streeting when we met her. At the time, we were really close to the church. We asked if she had some time then and she did! We all went to the church together 🙂 We were able to do a church tour and sing some hymns together. We exchanged phone numbers and she told us that we could call her whenever. It was really a miracle.

Aubree and her companions.

Aubree and her companions.

On Friday we had an amazing lesson with our investigator Ogawa san. We talked about God, families, prophets, and a bunch of other things. At the end of the lesson, we invited her to be baptized. She told us that she wants to learn a little more before she decides but we can tell that she is thinking seriously about it. She asks such good questions about how to apply it to her. Next week she is going to come to church with us. After church there is also a baptismal service so the timing is perfect!

Aubree and her companions.

Aubree and her companions.

This week the Elders investigator was baptized. He is Chinese. They met him about a month ago. Since the first lesson, he was the perfect investigator. He is way nice. 🙂

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I love you all!
Love, Sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Funny thing is is that the pig kanji can be read two ways:Buta or Ton. Well it just so happens that Thompson is Tonpuson in romaji. They shorten my name to Ton chan. Which means pig.

I got my hair cut :)it had a lot of dead ends, so it feels healthier now.

Aubree's first haircut in Japan.

Aubree’s first haircut in Japan.

Aubree's first haircut in Japan.

Aubree’s first haircut in Japan.

Aubree's first haircut in Japan.

Aubree’s first haircut in Japan.

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Aubree and her companions.

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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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Pictures From The First Week at the MTC March 2014

Aubree was able to start uploading all of her pictures so I will be adding pictures as she sends them. These are from her first week at the MTC 🙂

March 8 , 2014 Urling Shamai and Aubree.

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Urling Shamai and Aubree.

March 8, 2014 Aubree trying to be tall.

March 8, 2014
Aubree trying to be tall.

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March 12, 2014 Some of the Elders from Aubrees zone at the MTC.

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Some of the Elders from Aubrees zone at the MTC.

March 11, 2014 Urling Shimai and Aubree.

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Urling Shimai and Aubree.

March 11, 2014 Urling Shimai and Aubree.

March 11, 2014
Urling Shimai and Aubree.

March 10, 2014 Sisters in the zone from the MTC.

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Sisters in the zone from the MTC.

March 10, 2014 Sisters in the zone from the MTC.

March 10, 2014
Sisters in the zone from the MTC.

March 9, 2014 Aubree's zone from the MTC.

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Aubree’s zone from the MTC.

March 9, 2014 Aubree's zone from the MTC.

March 9, 2014
Aubree’s zone from the MTC.

March 9, 2014 Aubree's zone from the MTC.

March 9, 2014
Aubree’s zone from the MTC.

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A Dog Named Tomato

Aubree and Ward Shimai with the Elders at a Pizza Restaurant.

Aubree and Ward Shimai with the Elders at a Pizza Restaurant.

Monday:
We had a district activity on p-day. We made pizza together and played ping pong. It was a lot of fun! We decided to go just down the street and get ice cream but it had started to rain just a little bit. Some of us took umbrellas with us but some of the Elders didn’t. During this 15 minute walk it just started to dump! The elders were soaked by the time we got there! It was really funny. That night we went and visited Stephanie. She is doing really good, we invited her to church and she almost came. We found her a ride for church but Sunday morning she called us and told us she couldn’t come because her son hadn’t finished his homework. Hopefully she will come next week!

Aubree and the other missionaries getting ice cream.

Aubree and the other missionaries getting ice cream.

Aubree and the other missionaries getting ice cream.

Aubree and the other missionaries getting ice cream.

Tuesday:
We went to a members house on Tuesday for dinner and it was really good. She also fed us Nashi which is a Japanese Pear. Right now Nashi is in season so a lot of people are giving them to us.

Aubree with Ward Shimai and the Elders Jumping in the rain.

Aubree with Ward Shimai and the Elders Jumping in the rain.

Wednesday:
On Wednesday we went to Watanabe shimai’s house for lunch. We made sushi rice together, it had tuna and salmon. Eating raw fish doesn’t even bother me anymore. I actually really like it. Then we met with Tsukika chan and took puri kuras together. It was lots of fun! Then we ate crepes together. Crepes in Japan are so good, they are more of a dessert.

Thursday:
We had a really funny OYM experience this day. We met this lady at the park who was walking her dog. She talked to us for a long time but the funny thing was her dog’s name. He dog was named tomato. She told us that because he is an Italian breed she wanted to give him an Italian name. She also has another dog named Tissue. He is named that because before you could grab a tissue to clean up the mess, he would eat it. Thursday night we also had a really cool lesson. We met with this lady called Warashina san. She normally is super busy and doesn’t have a whole lot of time or no time to meet with us. We didn’t have an appointment but just knocked on her door at about 8:10pm. She told us that because her son’s swim practice had been canceled she had time to talk with us. We read 1 Nephi 11:17 and talked about how we can feel Gods love. We challenged her to find one or two things that she is grateful for everyday. She was really excited about the challenge because she had been trying to do the same thing all last week but hadn’t been able too. She told us that one good thing God gave her was that we were able to talk together. We left her house at 8:24pm. It was one of the fastest lessons that I’ve done but I think that for her it really works well and we all could feel the spirit.

Aubree and Ward Shimai.

Aubree and Ward Shimai.

Friday:
We had a Zone Training Meeting in Hamamatsu on Friday. It was really good. They talked a lot about obedience and some new rules that are going to take effect.

Saturday:
We had transfer calls this day and Ward shimai is getting transferred to Meito, which is the mission home area. Ward shimai had to call a bunch of people to let them know she was transferring then we went and visited people so she could say bye to them.

Sunday:
Sunday was kind of sad because it was the last one with Ward shimai. After church an 8 year old boy got baptized. It was really cool 🙂 We had dinner with one of our investigators and she actually taught us the word for selfie in Japanese : Jidori. Then we visited Marilou one last time. Marilou said that she might go visit ward shimai next month when she goes to Meito.

Aubree and Shizuoka Ward.

Aubree and Shizuoka Ward.

I love you all!

love, Thompson shimai

Notes from Aubree:

Ward Shimai is going to Nagoya-shi Meito-ku.
I am staying in Shizuoka.
On Tuesday morning all the missionaries and their companions who are transferring meet at this eki in Takabata. Then we switch companions and go home. I will be with sister Pappenfuss. She is half Japanese and is fluent in Japanese and English.
Other than transfers everything is normal. My companion is still senpai but I will be area senpai.

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September 2014 Letters From Aubree/ Postcard from Ward Shimai

These are letters we received this last week September 7 – 14th, 2014.

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Dear Daddy and Mommy,

Isn’t this paper really cute! I learned the Kanji for flower the other day. One thing that is weird is that everything is in Kanji. Some signs have the romaji written but not all. Japan also doesn’t name streets, its broken into neighborhoods and then into numers.

Ward Shimai and I had a funny experience the other day. We were getting on a train from Shizuoka to Kusanagi. The train was pretty full so we were just going to stand. Then this old women tells her 5 grandpa friends to move over and make room for us. When we sat down we realized that the guy next to Ward Shimai was drunk. He started talking to us and he got spit on Ward Shimai’s face while he was talking. When I said something and he couldn’t hear he would ask Ward Shimai what the Princess said. Thankfully our train was only about 15-20 minutes. It was really funny though.

We visit a lot of less active women, and a lot of them aren’t married and that’s why they wet less-active. They are really lonely so when we visit they want to talk with us for a long time. Ward Shimai and I were talking about it and decided it’s like the Eleanor Rigby song. “All the lonely people, where do they all come from”. Now we just quote that at each other all the time.

I think that being on a mission is a lot different that I thought it would be. I think that it’s hard work but also that it is really fun. I love all the people here so much and I hope you guys are able to meet them all.
Love,
Aubree

Dear Jaden, (Jaden is Aubree’s brother)

It’s been a while since I did knuckles with anyone.

Its been getting really hot here, and humid. As soon as you walk out the door you are just coated in sweat! When you guys come next summer its going to be really hot.

So last week we had Marilou’s baptism right? Well the first time she was baptized Elder Brown didn’t say her name. But they didn’t catch it till after they had both got out and were starting to change. Then the bishop said we had to do it again. So I guess Elder Brown had and extra pair of white pants that he put on. When he was about to get in the font, his front zipper was completely down! It was really funny because just me, Marilou, and Ward Shimai saw. So Ward Shimai had to do some “discreet” hand motions to let him know. We died laughing! So When you baptized someone check your zipper first, that’s the moral of the story. Remember that when you go on a mission.

Love,
Aubree

We received this postcard in the Month of August 2014, from Ward Shimai.

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Konnichiwa!

Thanks for the postcard. It was great. This postcard showcases all of my artistic talents, I hope you like it. I’ve had lots of fun being Sister Thompson’s companion. I’ve had her try lots of new foods like peaches, potato salad, and grape fruit. Also things like squid too. She’s great. I am so grateful for this chance to serve the Lord, and even though I won’t always wear a name tag, I hope to always be in the mission field. We really get a first had view of God’s work.
Thanks for everything,

Love,
Sister Ward

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The Last Week of My First Transfer ( Week 5 in Japan)

This week has been really exciting, I got to go to Hamamatsu on Tuesday. I went there for a companion exchange with the sister training leaders. It was really fun! We went to this place that has disabled people working at it and helped. The people there are all super cute and nice. Then we visited some ward members and less actives and shared a message with them.

When Ward Shimai and I got back to Shizuoka on Wednesday, the AP’s met us at the train station and filmed us for an OYM video for zone conference. We think they were trying to get videos of all the new Bean Chans. It was really good because it was an off day for a lot of junior high schools, so we got to talk to a lot of young people and tell them about the English class we teach.

On the 21st is the Saturday session of Ward Conference and the stake president asked us yesterday if we would be able to go, because it is all about missions. He told us that one of the four of us might have to speak. So I guess we will see who has to give a talk.

This week is the last of my first transfer, it feels like it has gone by so fast!

aishiteimasu

Thompson Shimai

Notes from Aubree

We are going to get a kappa today hopefully. I bought some clothes like two weeks ago.I got a white V neck, and pokadotted shirt, and a dress.

Can you send me a blank personal progress book? we are doing it with one of our investigators but it is all in Japanese and I need English haha Can you ask the YW for a new one?

I haven’t tried any sushi yet haha.

Can you guys also send me some music? Like pretty classical music or the ukulele music. Could you also send a copy of the recording from Carnegie Hall? ( Aubree went to Carnegie Hall with her orchestra in 2011).

Most people use some type of Ipod or a flash drive.( We are sending Aubree an iPod Nano).Music to listen to. Church instrumentals would be really good. If it is just pretty piano or something like that it is okay too, just not like a cover of a popular song.Ward shimai uses an Ipod shuffle, and I know that one of the AP’s has an Ipod touch but that can go on the internet so its a little weird haha.

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(We sent her a picture of the colors they had). THE FIRST BLUE ONE IS REALLY CUTE. YOU SHOULD TRY TO PUT A TON OF MUSIC ON IT. THE CHURCH WEBSITE HAS A LOT OF STUFF I THINK. THE COMPUTERS HERE HAVE ITUNES. I CAN BUY THE SPEAKER HERE. I AM DOING GOOD 🙂 THANK YOU

I HAVE ONLY GONE ONCE, OUR THING GOT SWITCHED, I MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN TO TELL YOU THAT HAHA IT IS ONCE A TRANSFER. EVERYTHING IS COUNTED IN TRANSFERS.(The first week she was there she was supposed to go on a companion exchange, but she didn’t go that time).

IT WAS FUN 🙂 (talking about the companion exchange this last week with Sister Smith).

Pictures of lego's for my brother Jaden :)

Pictures of lego’s for my brother Jaden 🙂

Pictures of lego's for my brother Jaden :)

Pictures of lego’s for my brother Jaden 🙂

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Aubree's desk :)

Aubree’s desk 🙂

This really awesome cake I got.

This really awesome cake I got.

A sign we made fore the ward.

A sign we made fore the ward.

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