These pictures are from Aubree’s last week in Shizuoka, this includes Papenfuss Shamai’s and Aubree’s concert.
This week has been really good 🙂 We did a ton of things.
On Wednesday we had a plan to visit 3 less actives and a recent convert in the afternoon and then we would have an appointment at 7:30pm. As it turned out the 4 people in the afternoon couldn’t meet with us. We had not had appointments with them but we had expected all of them to be home. So we decided to visit a woman that the ward asked us to visit, she lives right next to the ocean. We were able to met with her and she even walked us to the ocean! It was really pretty 🙂 Then we decided to go back to where we had been earlier in the day and see if the recent convert was home. We got a little lost on the way there but as it turned out she wasn’t home. Then it was time to go to our appointment. When we got home we counted up the distance that we biked. We bike 46 Kilometers in one day. I was so tired when I got home, after planning I just went to sleep.
Then next day we went on a companion exchange with the sisters in Hamamatsu. I stayed in Shizuoka and sister Fredrickson came here. It was a lot of fun 🙂
We had an appointment with our new investigator at his house this week. Last week his wife had been there so we hadn’t needed a member to go with us. But as we were starting the lesson we realized that his wife was not home and so we had to leave. We were able to set up a next appointment with him the next day. We ended up having it at the park next to his house because his son wanted to keep playing outside. His son is so cute, he is 5 years old.
We were able to have a lesson with Watanabe shimai finally. It has been hard to get a hold of her since she got a cell phone but I think she has gotten a hold of it finally. She is going to be moving into an old folks home latter this month.
This week was General Conference for us and I loved it! I really loved President Uchtdorf’s talk. I also thought that Elder Bennar’s talk was really funny. It was really cool because it was Marilou’s first time hearing conference. I am really excited to study the words that they spoke more.
Papenfuss shimai and I are going to do a mini concert next week for the ward members, less actives, and our investigators. We are going to play a bunch of hymn arrangements. We have been practicing all transfer for it so I am really excited. I hope that we will be able to help them all to feel the spirit through the songs.
I love you all,
Love, Sister Thompson
Notes From Aubree:
In Japan a lot of holidays on on Mondays so when there is a holiday our P-day gets changed to Tuesday so we can talk to more people while they are home. I’m not sure when the holidays are. There is one today but since we already had a lot of appointments made for Tuesday they let us switch it.
Last p-day we practiced our music for about 2-3 hours and then we went and had Pizza with the elders for dinner. Today we are going to go shopping in downtown 静岡。
My ankle is completely healed 🙂 I haven’t had any problems with it.
I think everything should fit. I find out on Saturday if I am transferred and would need to send my bags Monday so I’m just going to have to stuff everything haha but I would unpack it on Tuesday so It wouldn’t stay that way for long.
I love the tempura shrimp sushi 🙂 have you tried Nato sushi? Natto is fermented soy beans haha you should try it.
Eating raw fish is just really normal here. I like it a lot 🙂
I think it would be cool to go some where in Nagano ken or to Gokiso.
Yeah she (Papenfuss Shimai) is super good at drawing. We made a ton of copies and have been handing them out to everyone 🙂 It is on Saturday the 18th at 7pm.
Ramen here is way good. You know what else is super good? Apple juice, it is way better than cruise apple juice, even the cheep stuff haha
You know what else I get to eat all the time? Miso soup. They eat it all the time, especially now that it is getting to be fall. I know how to make it now.
This week we had a really cool experience. By Thursday my foot was still hurting and I needed crutches to walk. We had been trying to visit people by using the bus but it was really hard. We also had interviews with President Yamashita. After that we went to the doctor again. They decided to take an X-Ray again because it shouldn’t have been hurting still but, it looked fine. They did rehabilitation on it, which was putting Ultrasound Waves on it. It was really interesting.
That night we decided to visit our investigator and go by bus. We got there fine and had a good lesson but when we were coming back we missed our bus stop. Then we tried to find a bus stop that would take us back home but it was really confusing. We were trying to find the 70 bus but all we saw was the 20 bus. We later found out that the 70 was called the 20 when it was coming back but we didn’t know that at the time. So we just walked home, it was about 1.5km, and I did it on crutches. When I got home I was so tired.
The next morning when I woke up though, I could walk and even rode my bike! It was really amazing. I think that it was a miracle that I healed so quickly. It was because we showed our faith in still meeting with people even though it was hard. Since then we have been able to go about our normal activities.
On Wednesday it was Elder Brown’s birthday. We went to a members house for dinner to celebrate. Because my foot was still hurt I had the chance to bake a cake and decorate it. It was really fun getting to decorate a cake again, it had been a long time since I had got to do that.
On Friday we went and tried to visit our investigator but she wasn’t home. So we decided to go check out this giant park that was on the map. We saw that we would have to bike though a tunnel to get to the other side of the mountain that was in the way. It wasn’t very long but it was a sketchy tunnel! It was super random too. When we got to the other side we were just in the middle of nowhere! All that was around us was some random factories. The park wasn’t really a park it was just wilderness.
We also have a new investigator this week! It is one of the parents of a kid that goes to our kid English class. They are interested in learning English and so we him English and a church lesson. We have our second lesson set up for next week 🙂
I love you all!
love, Sister Thompson
Notes from Aubree
The Typhoon was bad this morning but it is fine now. Not even raining anymore.
The parking lot flooded from all the rain haha but it is draining now. We didn’t even get that much wind. Just rain.
They have really good candy here 🙂 You know what sister Papenfuss’s mom does? She orders things off of Amazon Japan and sends it using Prime. But Amazon Japan is in Japanese obviously, but if you could figure that out it would be less expensive to send I think.
I had slept a little extra the next day but I am doing good now. My armpits aren’t sore anymore.
This week has been kind of a weird week because on Wednesday night I sprained my ankle and now I can’t walk or ride a bike.
I was riding my bike and we were going to an appointment in the rain. I was on the road and decided to go on the side walk so I wouldn’t be next to the cars. When I tried to go up the lip of the sidewalk my bike slipped and I fell on my left side and twisted my right ankle. I was really lucky because I crashed right in front of a Circle K and two women saw me. They ran over and helped me get inside. When they saw that I couldn’t walk, one of them carried me on their back.
Then the people working at Circle K gave me a chair and some ice while they washed off my foot and my left knee that got scraped. It would have been worse too if I had not been wearing my rain coat because my knee didn’t touch the ground directly. After we had iced my ankle for 20 minutes one of the women took us home in her car and the Elders came and got our bikes for us. We were really close to home thankfully.
I went to the doctor the next day and the doctor told me it would be a week before I could walk. I have slowly been getting better. I am hoping to be able to walk within the next few days.
Sister Papenfuss and I have had a lot of time on our hands since we can’t go anywhere right now. We have been practicing music a lot at the church. To keep ourselves occupied we have told each other a bunch of stories. I told her the plot of a three book series. We sang movie themes for about an hour. We play a game of drawing a person while the other guesses who it is.
On Wednesday afternoon we had a good experience. We went to city hall and a bunch of different places down town. We were talking to a lot of people about service opportunities that we could do. We were able to talk to all of these people about why we are here in Japan because they all wondered why some Americans would want to do service for the city. We were able to find out the dates for all of the service projects for next month and are looking forward to helping.
I love you all!
Love, Sister Thompson
Note From Aubree:
The doctor said it would be about a week till I can walk. On Thursday I am going back to the doctor and they will give me a brace.
It happened Wednesday night. I wasn’t in a lot of pain because It surprised me so much. I will be on crutches for hopefully just a few more days. I tried standing today but it still puts a lot of strain on my foot.
The doctor was good, my companion is fluent so it was really easy. They took three X-Rays and it is just a sprain.
We asked Aubree how she got to the doctor, We took a taxi.
We speak in English, sometimes she tells me Japanese fairy tales in Japanese and I translate it into English for language study. She helps me write kanji too.
Well I started reading the old testament two days ago and am already past Genesis. We have been practicing music at the church for 2-3 hours everyday. and drawing pictures and guessing who it is. Telling stories. I told her the whole plot of a three book series.
Sister papenfuss wraped my foot for me. The wraping was took thick for me to feel the ice so we wrapped it with the ice packs haha.
I had to sit by the front door for a while because we couldn’t figure out how to move me.
This is how I got to the church a few times. The Elders pushed me on my bike.
The two in the picture is Elder Brown and Elder Graff. Elder Graff is in Fujieda area but was on a companion exchange with Elder Brown that day.
The night it happened the Elder bought us mochi ice cream. Mochi is really good with this thing called Anko. Which is a sweet bean paste.
Elder Brown and Elder Yamada gave me a blessing yesterday.
Yeah, well I have gone up the curb a bunch of times before so I wasn’t paying attention. I was mostly thinking about going fast so that we could get to our lesson on time.
I got these medicine pads from the doctor that are like compressors. I put them on my foot twice a day. Yeah I don’t know, I haven’t seen pads like these before. It is sticky on the side that you put on your foot and just feels like it has icy hot.
September 21, 2014
This week has been really great! We have seen a lot of really cool things happen this week.
On Tuesday we had Zone Conference! It was really cool to be taught by President Yamashita and the other leaders. We learned a lot about using the book “Power of Everyday Missionaries”. We are using this book to talk to members about member missionary book. The book outlines how to do missionary work really simply as a member. We have started having “member investigators”, that means that we study out of the book and give them commitments just like an investigator. I think its a really good idea and from this the members will be able to do missionary work.
This week we tried to call Watanabe shimai a few times but she wasn’t answering. Then on Friday she answered and told us that we were the first ones she had talked on the phone with all week because she didn’t understand how to use her cell phone. When we went to her house on Saturday we practiced calling her and her calling us. I think that now she should be able to use her phone but just in case we are going to practice some more. She was able to talk to Ward shimai this week too so that made her really happy.
Yesterday our plans for the day switched three different times in about 5 minutes. I know that they were meant to though because we had an awesome lesson with one of our Filipino investigators. She has such strong faith. We didn’t have an appointment with her but she let us talk together for three hours! She just told us story after story about how she prayed to God and he created a miracle in her life. It was truly amazing listening to her. I could feel the spirit and the truthfulness of her words. I loved hearing her stories because it strengthened my faith as well.
This week we have been doing a lot of housing, we really want to find more investigators. We haven’t found any yet but I know that in Gods timing we will meet the people he has prepared for us.
I love you all 🙂
Love, Thompson 姉妹
Note From Aubree:
I’m reading the Book of Mormon for the third time, and started the New Testament today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
“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!
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.
Aubree wrote this August 24, 2014
A few weeks ago this random guy told Ward shimai and I if we went to the top floor of this really tall building next to the park that you could see the city really cool. So we decided to go there. When we got in the building we weren’t sure where to go so we just went to the first elevator that we found. The only problem was that it needed a swipe card to open. Then the door opened and this guy came out and asked if we were lost. The building was half for the public and half for police, and we were at the police elevators. It was really funny because we couldn’t read the signs. The view from the top was so pretty.
We taught our investigators the Tomita fufu this day. We had planned to do the first half of the plan of salvation really simply with them but they asked a lot of hard questions. They agreed to hear the lessons to help us with our Japanese, so they decided that in order to help us they needed to ask lots of questions. It went really well 🙂 That night we had a dinner appointment. They had actually forgotten about it and so the wife’s mother was there. She isn’t a member and we were able to teach her a simple lesson about the spirit. She doesn’t live in Shizuoka though so we won’t be able to teach her again.
We went to this family’s house who lives way way in the mountains. One of the members drove us there, it would take about 2 hours on bike. It was so pretty there. I love the way Japanese mountains look, they are so green, and from a distance they look blue and purple. In this family, there is one girl who is really sick. She is about 30 years old and she used to be a completely normal person. She would bike to church every week and do every day activities. Doctors don’t know what happened but she can’t do anything anymore. She has to have attention at all times. Its really hard on their family. Her parents are really awesome people. After that the church member who drove us took us to sushi for dinner. Her and sister Ward made me try nato finally. It was really gross.
We visited a less active member who lives in Shimizu. She gave us a cheese cake. We also went out to dinner with a member from the Fujieda branch. We went to this cute restaurant called Tamago to Watashi. It was really cute 🙂
We had an awesome lesson with our investigator Shibata san. We talked to her about finding answers in the Book of Mormon. I think that she really understood it. She is going out of town this week and won’t be back for two weeks.
After we had kids English class it started to rain super hard. We decided that we would just write records for 30 minutes and then go out even if it was raining. We figured that it would at least slow down a little bit. When it was time to go out it was drizzling a little so we put on our rain coats. We prayed again before we left the apartment and when we went outside it had stopped! It was really a blessing, after the rain it was a really cool temperature too!
We got a referral from the Elders to go visit this Filipino women named Jessica. The Elders had been teaching her but it would be easier for us because we don’t have to have a member to visit her. She is so amazing. She has such strong faith in God and Jesus Christ. She told us so many stories of miracles happening in her life. I am so excited to keep talking with her. She is just so awesome.
I love you all!
love, Thompson Shimai
Missionary work is going good 🙂
You know what Sister Ward and I were singing last night in bed? Dumb ways to die hahaha
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.
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.
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
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.
We made a really cute flower pot for our investigator. We wrote “Faith is like a little seed” and planted pink flowers in it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.