Preparation Day

Elders Eat A Lot (Japan Week 61)

July 5, 2015

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One of the members mom here is really good at knitting. We call her ishikawa obaachan. She is soooo cute! We went to her house this week
to learn how to knit. She would take our needles and do a bit for us, set it in our lap and say “hai!” Which means yes. That was the extent
of the lesson haha she just kept telling us that we were 下手or unskilled, but it was true haha.

Saturday was super busy for us! We had a lesson with our investigators and ate lunch with them, we had temakizushi. You take seaweed and put rice and fish on it, then you dip it in soy sauce. It was super good πŸ™‚ it was kind of sad though because it was our last lesson. We had been teaching them English and about church but we can only do that for 6 weeks. We took them Tim Tams and hot chocolate and did a Tim Tam Slam with them πŸ™‚ after the lesson we were super full but we promised the elders we would go to dinner with them.

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For the 4th of July, we went out with the elders to eat Yakiniku. Basically you have a grill in the middle of the table and you cook lots and lots of meat. It was all you can eat, and the elders eat a lot! It was really good but sooooo expensive! We spent about 3700円 each!

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After that, we had a lesson with a less active back at kachigawa station. The only problem was that we were about a 30 minute walk from the station and we would never make in time. Also, it was raining, a lot. The elders were super nice and let us borrow their bikes and rain coats. We gave them our umbrellas and they walked to the station. Thankfully we were able to make it to the appointment πŸ™‚

We also got the fruits basket from the ward yesterday. The ward here is soooo generous! We got so much chocolate from them! I don’t think I’ll ever finish it!

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I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

btw I was just talking to the bishop and since you guys are coming here, he wants you and daddy to give a five minute testimony. You guys will speak in English and I will translate.

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We Made Chocolate (Japan Week 60)

June 28, 2015

This week my bike decided to break. We were just biking on a flat,straight road when I heard and felt the bike freak out. The gear shifter entered the spokes of my tire and my chain was off. We had to just walk it home. The next day, the Bishop came and took our bikes to the shop for us. It was just a downpour and would be a little difficult to push the bike and hold an umbrella. It took just under an hour to walk to the bike shop. They told me that it would take about a week to fix it. Until then, they gave me a mamachari to use. Which look super nice, they are what everyone here uses but they are soooo tiring!! We biked to Goto kyoudai’s house last night and I pretty much died haha it took us an hour and 20 minutes to get there. Normally we can do it 50 minutes or so. When we got home I just layer on the couch for like 20 minutes and almost feel asleep. We went to our investigators house this week and made chocolates to get her with them and their friend πŸ™‚ it was so much fun! Then she taught us how to make inari sushi which is Carey shimai’s favorite. It was so much fun!

I love you all!

Love sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

I met the new mission president about a month ago when he came to our
ward. He comes in tomorrow as president. Today we aren’t doing too
much, just relaxing.

Can we eat spaghetti when I come back?

Sister Urling is going home as well, there is 8 sisters going home including me.

Yeah I’m excited to sleep in a bed haha.

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Pizza, Pj’s, Pamper :) (Japan Week 59)

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June 21, 2015

This week we had so many funny things happen. Mainly on Thursday and
Saturday. On Thursday we had eikaiwa πŸ™‚ we are having so many new
students coming every week! We are having so many that we have to
change to a bigger room! We usually play a game at the end and so this
week we taught them “old McDonald had a farm” it was so funny we took
a video πŸ™‚

So our kitchen haas been having this weird smell for a while. We had
just thought it was the sink. Then on Thursday morning I opened the
cabinet under the sink and the smell was so rancid. Someone had placed
potatoes in a plastic container and left it there. I didn’t know about
it and I’ve been here for 4 months so I don’t want to know how long it
was there but it was wet, nasty, and crawling with bugs. I grabbed it
and threw it in the trash can. Trash day was the next day so we
figured it would be fine. When we got home, Carey shimai threw
something away and an army of nats flew out, Carey shimai ran and I
closed the kitchen door behind her. Our solution was to close the
door. We got permission to have help from the elders to dispose of the
trash. They came over to our apartment on Saturday. They were there
for 3 hours cleaning and we just got to sit outside haha we took a
time lapse of it. They did so much! We went to the store nearby and
bought them ice cream after. They gave us a bunch of instructions as
to what to do to keep it clean haha

On Saturday night we had a P-Night activity. We did Pizza, Pj’s,
Pamper πŸ™‚ we had about 20 people come! We all made pizza together
first and then we did face masks and painted our nails. It was so much
fun! We had about 5 eikaiwa students come too. We shared a message at
the end about the spirit, that is what the video is. We shared the
same message in primary the next day.
I love you all!
Love, Aubree

Notes from Aubree:
Aubree is staying in Kasugai for the remainder of her mission. It is a seven week transfer.

The kimono was given to us as a gift from an investigator πŸ™‚

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Watch Out For Polls (Japan Week 58)

Aubree the bowling pin :)

Aubree the bowling pin πŸ™‚

June 15, 2015

Warning: watch out for polls, they jump right in front of you when you
least expect it. So we were biking, looking for a good place to house.
We were literally 4 minutes from
home. We go over this bridge and I’m just looking around, not paying
attention when I see this poll right in front of me. I tried
swerving/breaking but I was also on a little hill so I went air born!
That’s when my companion turned around to see me in the air. Basically
I fell and the bike slammed on top of me. I Heard my companions
footsteps as she ran toward me. I yelled ” help me! I can’t move!”
Then she lifted the bike off of me. My helmet was all askew and my
companion took it off for me. I only got minor scrapes and bruises but
it hurt haha we just sat there for about 5 minutes. Then we walked
home and bandaged me up. Later as I was thinking, this seemed to be
comparable to the atonement. I made a mistake (Not watching and then
hitting the poll) and was put under a heavy weight ( weight of sin)
but when I asked my companion for help she lifted it away from me.
Christ is the one who can lift the burden of sin from us.

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We also got to go to Nagoya castle on Saturday. We had a lot of people
show up, it was way cool πŸ™‚ we walked around it for probably 3 hours.
I took a lot of pictures. A lot of the original structure was burned
down during world war 2. Right now they are in the middle of
Love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

Hi! We just got done with our district activity. We ate ramen and then we went bowling.

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Prayed To See A Miracle (Japan Week 57)

June 7, 2015

Last week at the kachigawa English class we only had 3 students come.
We decided that we needed to step it up! We had been dedicating an
hour every week to hand out flyers at kouzouji station for the
kouzouji English class. This week we did it at the kachigawa station
as well. Our efforts were rewarded by 4 new students coming to each

On Wednesday sister Carey and I were given blessings by the Elders. At
fast and testimony meeting, elder McClellan talked about it. That day
the he and his companion prayed to see a miracle. They had an
appointment set up with an investigator but, he canceled. They just
thought ” This isn’t a miracle.” Then we called them and asked for a
blessing. If the investigator hadn’t canceled, they wouldn’t have been
able to come right then. Right after we got off the phone they got
another call from a man they had met on the street a few days ago.
They were able to set up an appointment with him. Elder McClellan then
closed by testifying that God is a God of miracles. It was so cool to
hear the whole story.

This week we were just OYMing on our way to eat when we ran into this
couple. We told them that we were missionaries and asked if they had
been to church before. They told us they had been to our church
before. We were astonished! Then the woman goes inside and this less
active walks out of the house. We talk to this less active quite
frequently but, it was always at the train station. It turns out we
OYMed her nonmember parents. They were really nice. We were way
surprised though!

Yesterday we also went to look at fireflies. We walked along a path
near this river. There wasn’t a whole ton, we saw about 7 or so. It
was really cool πŸ™‚ it was a ward activity.

I love you all!
Love, Aubree

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Heavenly Father Really Knows Where All His Children Are (Japan Week 55)

May 24, 2015
Aubree wishing her Sister Ashlynn A Happy Birthday from Japan πŸ™‚

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On Thursday we chose a random spot to do housing. We just looked on the map and choose a spot with lots of houses. We when a long just like normal and we got a few people to talk to us. Then we knock on this one door and a woman comes out. She sees us and says “Oh is there only two of you today? Come on inside.” Turns out she is a less active. She was baptized 30 years ago in Kyoto. Then she went less active and moved to kasugai. It sounds like she has met with the missionaries here before but we don’t have her records here. We were able to hear her conversion story. Then she gave us her phone number and told us to come anytime πŸ™‚ super cool! Heavenly Father really knows where all his children are. We also got to go to the BYU Wind Symphony this week. It was so good! There was so many missionaries and nonmemebers. It was really fun because I got to see a lot of members from Gokiso ward and Takabata ward.
Yesterday President Ishii (next mission president) came to our ward. In preparation for being the mission president, he has to go to different wards and observe their Missionary Coordination Meeting and the Ward Council Meeting. He also gave a talk during sacrament meeting. He is way cool, his English is almost perfect. Goto kyoudai also got confirmed on Sunday! It was so awesome! We could all feel the spirit so strongly!

I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

Two of our Eikaiwa students became investigators this week!

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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 πŸ™‚

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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Mothers Day 2015 (Japan Week52)

May 10, 2015

Mothers Day Google Hangout on Air with Aubree from Japan.

Aubree playing Love is Spoken here on her violin.

Aubree jumping πŸ™‚

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Aubree and Sister Carey soaking wet.

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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 πŸ™‚

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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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Very Beautiful and Attractive :) (Japan Week 50)

Aubree and a random pug haha :)

Aubree and a random pug haha πŸ™‚

Last P-day sister Carey super glued her fingers together! She had been trying to glue her shoe together. She had been picking some of the extra glue off with her thumb and index finger when she realized that they wouldn’t come apart. She had to pick it apart with tweezers.

On Monday it was also raining in and off. We had an appointment that was about an hour bike ride. We had made it to the appointment with just a little bit of rain. When we finished, the rain had stopped. It was a little cold though so we just put on our rain coats. We were bout 5-10 minutes away from home when it just starts to dump rain. We didn’t put on our rain pants so our skirts just got super wet! Sister Carey’s skirt literally had a puddle of water in it as we biked. It was way fun πŸ™‚

We also found another investigator this week. We have been having a lot of success from doing OYM at the train station recently.

There is a middle school that is right next to our house. We had just left our house when a big group of kids where going home. We all stopped at a stop light. There were three boys that were close to us, and we could hear two of them telling one of them to talk to us. Then he says hello to us, it’s hard for Japanese people to pronounce L, because they don’t have it in Japanese. So it sounds like herro, it’s really cute haha. Then I asked him if he speaks English. He said “no speakie ” while waving his hand back and forth. Then as the light changed, he said “Very beautiful!” It was way funny. The about a minute later, we passed this woman who looked at us biking and said かっこいγͺ which means cool or attractive hahaha, it was an interesting ride to the church.

We had a relief society event that was watching the general woman’s session of general conference. Then we made ice cream sundaes together πŸ™‚

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Today we are going to eat shabushabu:)

Today we are going to go to a recycle shop for clothes. I looked through my clothes when I brought out my summer clothes and I realized that I only had like 4 short sleeve shirts left haha.

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