Shizuoka Japan

Samuel the Lamanite ( Japan Week 13)

This message was sent August 3rd, 2014

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Aubree and Ward Shimai


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


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


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


We visited a lot of less actives.


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


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










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

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

Love you all,

Thompson shimai

Notes From Aubree

Ward shimai wants me to have a Japanese companion.

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

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

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

Aubree and Ward Shimai at a picnic viewing fireworks.

Aubree and Ward Shimai at a picnic viewing fireworks.

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

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

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

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

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

I love you all!

Thompson shimai

Our Awesome sock tan line.

Our Awesome sock tan line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

Oldest Shrine

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thompson shimai

Notes from Aubree

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

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

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

Ward Shimai is looking forward to the postcard.

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

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

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

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

Ward Shimai

Ward Shimai

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View of Shizuoka

View of Shizuoka

These are wishes that people have made.

These are wishes that people have made.

View of Shizuoka

View of Shizuoka

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Senpai Week For Me (Japan Week 10)

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This week was really awesome!

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

Japan Week10 Photo1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thompson Shimai

Notes from Aubree

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

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

Jaden, I am sending you Octopus Jerky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have to go now! I love you!

Look at the Size of that Spider

Look at the Size of that Spider



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I am American, Small and Have Curly Blonde Hair, People are Interested in What I Have to Say (Letter From Aubree)

Dear Family, June 30th, 2014
I’m about to finish reading the Book of Mormon for the first time on my mission. It’s really awesome and I wish that I had taken more advantage of reading it before.

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During companion study I always ask Ward Shimai questions about it and sometimes she shows me funny parts. For example did you know there was teleporting in the scriptures? It happens in Acts8:39-40, it happens in the Book of Mormon too but I can’t remember where. The scriptures really are super cool. I really love getting to study from them every day.

So the other day we went to visit this potential investigator. She lives in an apartment building that is for people who just got out of the hospital. It was really funny because she told us that she never studied English, she just knew it because in her previous life she was an American. She wasn’t really interested in our message so she isn’t an investigator.

Our mission President told us that we to be talking to more people on the street (OYM). These past few days we have met some of the nicest people. Especially because I am American, small and have curly blond hair, people are interested in what I have to say. You just go up to people and say Chotto iidesuka? Which just means like is a little okay? And people just give you their fully attention.

You guys know how much I didn’t like talking to random people before. OYM is kind of hard but through Heavenly Fathers help I have been able to talk to people. The other day we passed this lady on the street who had been singing and Ward Shimai stopped and asked if she had been singing. Then we were able to invite her to Eikaiwa. She even told us I have interest. Ward Shimai told me she hadn’t ever had anyone say that before.

In our mission right now there are tons of miracles happening as we are doing the 40 day fast. We are really excited to see how it is changing the mission.

Aubree's Letter

Aubree’s Letter

Aubree's Enevelop

Aubree’s Enevelop

Aubree's Lettter

Aubree’s Lettter

Happy Birthday Daddy From Aubree

Happy Birthday Daddy
From Aubree

The Birthday Card Aubree Made for her Dad.

The Birthday Card Aubree Made for her Dad.

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I Don’t Even Have to Buy Kids Shoes ( Japan Week 9)

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This week was really good. On Tuesday we did a bunch of OYM. We talked to 20 different people. We started talking to these two grandmas and one of them gave us some cupcakes!

People here are so nice to us.

We went to a park that is in the city to do the OYMing while everyone was on their lunch break. After we had planned to sit on a bench and eat lunch. About five minutes into sitting there we had so many bug bites. Ward shimai got 16! We just moved to another part of the park and it was all good.

Video is a view of the city.

The weather here has been so pretty this week. It only really rained hard once or twice. On Saturday morning it was dumping until we needed to leave. It was really awesome that we didn’t have to use our Kappas. When it rains here it is still hot, so when we put on our kappas we just feel all sticky haha and it isn’t even as hot as its going to get!

We had another lesson with our investigator who is getting baptized in August. She is doing so well. We have finished teaching her all of the lessons that she needs before baptism and filled out the paper work with her. Now we just have to wait till August. We would like to move up her date but she thinks it would be too fast, so we are just going to have to wait. She is so awesome, yesterday at church she started making friends with all the members.

On Friday after district meeting we went and ate Shabushabu. Its basically a pot of boiling liquid that sits on the table and you put meat and vegetables in it and it is really good.

Yesterday we had an appointment with the Stake president. They fed us dinner and then we had a lesson. They had us over for three and a half hours! It was so long, but they just wanted to keep talking to us. It was really fun.

This week we get to have interviews with Yamashita kaichou, so I am really excited for that.


Thompson shimai

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Aubree and Ward Shimai

Notes from Aubree

So on Friday we made homemade root beer. It was sooo good. They don’t drink that here! We had it at Eikaiwa and all the students thought it tasted like medicine. haha well the missionaries liked it.

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I think I have everything I need right now 🙂 I made the chocolate chip cookies for our district meeting and all the Elders played rock paper scissors over the last one haha.

We have some food storage, and we just went shopping this morning. Also on fast Sunday the ward members give us a ton of food.

We are going to go eat Indo curry and then I am going to look for new shoes because the black ones need to be put out of commission. I’ll try to find a few pairs. My size is the smallest adult size here, so I don’t even have to buy kids shoes.

I am on the first memory cards still but I am taking lots of pictures and some video. I like the picture quality best (of the Cannon Camera). I carry the selfie one (Samsung Camera) with me every day just in case I find something cool to take a picture of( its smaller) but if I know I am going to take a picture I use the Canon.

My bike is doing perfectly well now.

I just emailed a few pictures to mommy that are from this festival that they have here. It is so that you are healthy in the summer.
Our church is just two blocks; we walk there most of the time.

Festival that focuses on being Healthy.

Festival that focuses on being Healthy.

Festival that focuses on being Healthy.

Festival that focuses on being Healthy.

Path of Storm

Path of Storm

Aubree’s dad emailed the Mission Home in Nagoya about the Storm that was headed their way, this is their reply.

Bro. Thompson,
The Tropical Storm so far in Nagoya has been just a minor “off and on” rain storm and is getting weaker as it moves to Shizuoka. But the missionaries were told to stay in their apartments today.

Hope this eases your concerns.

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I Looked Like Minnie Chan (Minnie Mouse) Japan Week 8

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Last Monday we went and ate Wasabi ice cream. It was surprisingly really good, it wasn’t really spicy, it just made your tongue tingle.

Then we went to Burger King for dinner, apparently it is one of the only ones in the mission.

On Tuesday We did another Koukan and I went to Hamamatsu with Smith shimai again. It was really fun 🙂 We were able to teach 3 different lessons.
On Wednesday when we were meeting back at the Fujieda train station, Smith shimai and I were just waiting for Brady shimai and Ward shimai when we saw these two Americans with really big bags. They went to the ticket line for the bullet train and looked a little confused and unsure of what to do. We then walked over casually to see if they knew how to speak Japanese and it turns out they didn’t! So then Smith shimai translated for them. Ward shimai and I got to sit next to them on the train actually. The guy told us all about Berries because he does farming. Then we told him that we could tell him about the Mormon church and he said, ” Okay, you have two Minutes.” Ward shimai did an awesome job of explaining everything really quick and simple. Unfortunately we didn’t have a book of Mormon in English to give them, but hopefully they will run into missionaries again.

On Thursday I ate sushi for the first time. We ate tuna, salmon, and shrimp. Eating raw fish wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be, I actually really liked it.

Recently we have started OYMing more, it has been hard but we are seeing the rewards. We invite people to come to the free english class that we teach all the time but mostly new people don’t come but we talked to this really nice lady on Thursday and on Friday she came to class! It was really awesome and she said she would come next week!

Then on Saturday we taught our investigator who is getting baptized in August. We only have to teach her about Tithing and Fasting and then she is ready to be baptized. She is so awesome, she has such strong faith. We kind of want to move her date up, but she really wants to be baptized on her birthday, so we will see what will happen with that.

Then yesterday at church we got a new ward mission leader, which is kind of good because the last one had that calling and was also in the bishopric. So we are really excited to work with the new one.

This week has been really good!

We are hoping to commit another of our investigators to baptism this week, so I will tell you how it goes next week!

Thompson Shimai

Notes from Aubree

I got the package from you this week! It was awesome and it made me really happy! We have been listening to the iPod constantly 🙂

I’ve been listening to it a lot, I even listened to the scriptures while I ate dinner last night.

Also that minion is super cool \! (Her brother sent her a minion that was made on a 3D printer at HP).

The shirt you sent fits and is good, I wore it to church yesterday with a black skirt and everyone told me I looked like Minnie Chan (Minnie mouse).

We are going to watch a movie about the Old Testament today. We are just watching it on a computer at the church. One of the members went to Costco this week and bought us muffins! So us and the Elders are going to snack on those. Like U.S. muffins, they don’t really have muffins in Japan.

We get i Pad minis in December. I just found out like right before I sent that, I was reading my mission presidents Email and it said that.

We didn’t really take many pictures this week, I left my camera at my apartment on accident so I will just send extra next week!

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The Long Awaited Letter :)

May 18th is when we asked the questions.
We received Aubree’s answers in the mail June 26, 2014.

1. What have you eaten this week?
Yakisoba, onigiri, ramen, and chocolate.

2. Have you met any interesting people this week?
No, we are trying to find some investigators now.

3. How do you like sleeping on the floor, and eating on the floor?
I like sleeping on the floor, it is actually really comfortable. I sleep like a rock. We have a normal table and chairs so we don’t eat on the floor.

4. How is your apartment, what does it look like and do you like it?
Our apartment is really nice. Just the two of us live here so there is a good amount of space for us. I think it just looks like a normal apartment.

5. Are you getting better at Japanese?
I am able to bear my testimony in Japanese in every lesson. Sometimes I have no idea what is going on it’s really funny the way I translate things sometimes because, the other day I thought that Ward Shimai said that Jesus rode a bicycle.

6. What is your daily Schedule like?
We do study in the morning and then we teach lessons and try to find more investigators.

7. Can you read any of the signs like street signs?
No—Well a little Stop Signs are weird, I can read a few kanji but not a lot.

8. What time is your church on Sunday? Is it a lot different from ours? Take a picture of the church?
Church is at 10am.

9. Are you able to sleep at night? How is time change?
Yes I sleep all night and wake up only when the alarm goes off.

10. Did you have any diners with anyone this week?
We had dinner with Wantanabe Shimai’s house and the Matsuraga faimilies house it was really good.

11. Have you bought your rain suit?
Not yet.

12. How do you like your bike?
I really like it, it is the perfect size for me. The elders adjusted the seat for me it is really good.

13. Did you get a basket?

14. How do you like your companion?
My companion is awesome! You know how curious I am about everything? Well I ask her questions all day and she answers them all! She really helps me a lot!

Another interesting and funny fact, Aubree said that most of the toilet seats in Japan are heated.

I found two really cool scriptures this week:

3 Nephi 7:5-8

5 The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiter, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded. Therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 And the Lord is near, and he justifieth me. Who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is mine adversary? Let him come near me, and I will smite him with the strength of my mouth.

Jacob 3:2

2 O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.

They are really cool.

Ashlynns Birthday Card that Aubree made :)

Ashlynns Birthday Card that Aubree made 🙂

The back of Ashlynns birthday card, It says I love you :)

The back of Ashlynns birthday card, It says I love you 🙂

This is the envelope for the letter Aubree sent us.

This is the envelope for the letter Aubree sent us.

The first page of Aubree's letter and her cute stationary.

The first page of Aubree’s letter and her cute stationary.

Thompson Shimai

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